The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe #1)
The Big Sleep introduces one of the finest crime detectives in literary history, Philip Marlowe. Called to the home of dying millionaire General Sternwood to investigate the blackmailing of Sternwood’s daughter, Marlowe quickly finds there is more to the story than just blackmail.
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"I'm sorry," she said. "We're not quite open yet."
"That's okay," I told her. "Neither are my eyes."
I could tell right away I wasn't going to win any hosannas by being a smart-aleck.
"I need a book," I continued by way of apology. "Something fun but dark. I'm looking at five hundred miles today, but I'm not in the mood for...more
A paralyzed millionaire, General Sternwood, hires Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe to have a talk with a blackmailer with his hooks in his daughter. But what does his daughter's missing husband, Rusty Regan, have to do with it? Marlowe's case will get him entangled in a web of pornography and gambling from which he may never escape...
For the last few years, me and noir detective fiction have gone together as well as strippers and c-section scars. When the Pulp Ficti...more
4.0 stars. This was the first noir crime fiction book that I ever read and I don't think I could have found a much better place to start. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy the genre, but decided to test the waters with this classic that introduced the world to the iconic private detective Philip Marlowe. I am very glad I did.
This is a fun, fast read and I was immediately sucked in by the superb dialogue, which was both politically incorrect and just slid off the page and into your head.
Money was the goal anyway you could ge...more
Hardboiled? Certainly. But I've read some hardboiled stuff that was boiled down to a tasteless mass. This stuff's full of flavor, bitter and sometimes bittersweet.
You've seen the movie, now read the book. They're similar in style, but the story diffe...more
Over time I seem to have fu...more
This is the first of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels, featuring a complex plot with twists and turns so sharp that even the author ultimately couldn't figure them out, but so beautifully written that nobody cares. And at the heart of it all is the man who will become the prototypical P.I. with a co...more
Chandler wrote this back in 1939, and the book itself holds up remarkably well even though it's been 70 years.
It's very readable. Some of the slang is a little opaque, sure, but not nearly as much as you'd think.
And some of the intuitive leaps Philip Marlow takes are a little difficult to grasp. But I'm not sure if that's because
Again, shame on me for not having read yet another American classic. I've always been a fan of noir in movies or on television, but had not read much at all, until recently. So I set out to make up for my un-American pinko commie ways and read a red-blooded American mystery. Now I honestly can't tell whether Raymond Chandler loved or hated America.
I can tell...more
I don't usually hold that against the story I'm being told, I just figure it wasn't my cup of tea and let it go.
This one, though, I loved every minute of and will absolutely have to reread someday. Just to re-savor all the little crackling asides, poetic...more
I really need to say a couple of words about Raymo...more
I got given The Big Sleep in the omnibus collection of Marlowe books 1,2 and 6 on a long term loan/gift, from my friend Justin (the same awesome Zimbabwean s...more
In the last few years, I have developed quite an appetite for detective fiction. However, in the past few months, I've wanted to dig deep into the hard-boiled and noir sub-genre. What better place to start t...more
The Big Sleep is Raymond Chandler's debut novel published in 1939 and it's a corker featuring Chandler's now iconic hard boiled private detective Philip Marlowe. It's filled with memorable characters; tough guys, wise guys, grifters and chancers all playing their roles in the tangled web of a plot. Although complex I really like how much of the detail in the book actually turns out to be connected with everything else. There is no hiding the answers behind piles of irrelevan...more
Welcome to sunny L.A. It's sunny unless you're caught without an umbrella or you're dead.
It's 1939. A lot of people don't know it, but in a couple of years, a lot of girls and boys are going to take the big sleep, courtesy of, if you want to call them men, Hitler, Hirohito, and Mussolini. Now there's an axis of evil. It's something called World War II. Forget about that "War to end all wars" stuff.
Me, I wasn't born yet. After I was more than a glint in Mo...more
There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.
This is the opening to Chandler's short story "Red Wind" and the excerpt that brought h...more
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Ah, the wonderful Raymond Chandler.
'The Big Sleep' (a euphemism for Death), is the first novel written by Chandler, featuring the wise cracking Phillip Marlowe. Chandler's style has often been copied & more often than not, butchered, by would-be, wanna-be contenders, in the 70+ years since Chandler penned his wonderful Marlowe novels. Chandler practically invented the 'Noir' genre with his witty, sardonic & beautiful prose. I love how Chandler has Marlo...more
Published in 1939, the book was as fresh to me as if it was published last week. Can't recall one time when I thought, hum, he wouldn't do that because of such and such. My favorite bookseller...more
Marlowe had his hand full with the Generals daughters associating with dangerous and crooked men, and Marlowe trying to fend off one very frisky daughter who is popping up in places, nude and doped, a...more
I think the thing I liked best about it (aside f...more
Comment upon third reading: Okey, Raymond Chandler, you win. I'm no longer obsessing about the (not inconsiderable) defects in this novel's plot, which has freed my brain to marvel at the incredible craft of your writing at the level of the chapter, the page...more
About this specific edition I must say it's a nice one...more
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In 1932, at age forty-four, Raymond Chandler decided to become a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Depression. His first short story, "Blackmailers Don't Shoot", was published in 1933 in Black Mask, a popular pulp magazine. His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. In...more