The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe #6)
Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, who he's divorced and re-married and who ends up dead. and now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.
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I'm not really sure how I feel about the Long Goodbye. It's Chandler so the writing is great, with Chandler's trademark similes and hard-boiled atmosphere. On the other hand, it's written a little differently than his other...more
This book gives a very realistic gritty picture of US life in early fifties. It provides social commentary on the subject. It is considered by many critics to be the best Raymond Chandler novel, a classic of literature in general. It also happened to be unnecessar...more
Yet for a hardboiled novel with the slickest of metaphors, Chandler is still a very sensitive writer. For a genre so easily stereotyped as gruff plastic machismo, this is an oddly meditative and melancholy book. You root for Marlowe, of course, but you admire his cases and his dedication, and h...more
It had a thoroughly adult, disillusioned worldview but it also had a hero who refused to renounce his principles, even when h...more
So are you familiar already with the "One Book One Chicago" (OBOC) program? We're not the first city to do it (in fact, we stole the idea from Seattle), but are definitely now the largest city in America to do so; basically, roughly three or four times a year the Mayor's Office and the public library...more
C’è tutto quello che deve esserci in un romanzo del genere. Come principale protagonista c’è l’alcool, motore e spinta propulsiva della storia, che scorre a fiumi nelle case eleganti dei quartieri più esclusivi e nei bar silenziosi di Los Angeles; ci sono i bulli dal grilletto facile, grandi criminali tenutari di case da gioco in Nevada, messicani dal sangue caliente e con la vi...more
Everyone's been telling me that The Long Goodbye is the best. I think they're right. Several people told me I should read it first. I think they're wrong. I think it's best when you know and love Philip Marlowe, and you know and love Chandler's writing, and he can come along and punch you in the gut and bowl you over all over again. Or shoot you in the head.
I loved this one the best. I loved Terry Lennox and I loved Marlowe for helping him and I kind of follo...more
The first time I laid eyes on Terry Lennox he was drunk in a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith outside the terrace of The Dancers.
I’m adding this to my list of favorite opening lines. Twenty-three words that set up a story with precision and punch. This sentence is why I decided to read my first Raymond Chandler.
Chandler’s crime noir characters and images are iconic: Philip Marlowe, the embittered, enigmatic private eye; the long-limbed blonde, elegant, cunning and in need of rescue; the corrupt and bru...more
One of the many gems of dialogue:
"Alcohol is like love," he said. "The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl's clothes off."
"Is that bad?" I asked him.
"It's excitement of a high order, but it's an impure emotion-- impure in the aesthetic sense. I'm not sneering at sex. It's necessary and it doesn't have to be ugly. But it always has to be managed. Making it glamorous is a billion-dollar industry and it costs...more
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Twilight was written for a particular audience of young women and sometime older women who fall for this kind of yearning love of a beautiful and misunderstood half human creature. There is something compelling and romantic about it, even sexual even though there's no sex.
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I read all the Chandler books so long ago that frankly I don't really remember them that well. I just remember loving them! So I'm giving them all five stars even though I know I didn't like them all equally nor were they all worthy of five stars. If I can recall correctly The Long Goodbye was my favorite. For me Chandler was all about his style. The only thing I remember about the plots is that there was, you know, a murder,...more
Gosto deste título.
Gosto de Philip Marlowe e da sua linguagem divertida e provocadora, principalmente quando está vulnerável.
Gosto da escrita. Correcta e despretensiosa.
Não gosto muito do enredo: detectives, mulheres fatais, crimes passionais… prefiro policiais com psicopatas que fazem as vitimas em “tiras”…
Não me surpreendeu. Até o final foi exactamente como eu esperava. Provavelmente li o livro quando era “criança” e esqueci-me…
Mas, retirando o enredo clássico e colocando o bom d...more
He can't be beat and now know why he's mentioned so frequently as an influence by writers who followed him.
Philip Marlowe: Adult male, early 40's, tall, attractive, professional private investigator. He's all that and 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