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Jason Pettus
Apr 08, 2008 Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

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
Nov 12, 2010 Martin rated it really liked it
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The first thing you notice in The Long Goodbye is that classic Raymond Chandler style – everyone on the Planet Earth is at least familiar with the parodies, but the real thing is elegant and sturdy. You’d think after a million years and a million imitations and a million spoofs that the authentic original would be diminished somehow, transformed into self-parody. Couldn’t be further from the truth. Even as the slang has dated and a few of the details have become quaint (telephone operator “girls ...more
Sep 21, 2008 rachel rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, beautifully written. Now I understand why Raymond Chandler defines the noir crime genre. Features tough-guy detective Phillip Marlowe, and will keep you engaged till the end, assuming you can stomach the sexism and racism.
Dec 27, 2007 Kelly rated it really liked it
Chandler is a master at taut, punchy, and absolutely great prose. He is not too bad at writing dialogue either. Marlowe has to be one of the best characters ever created in American fiction.
Mar 26, 2008 Christy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christy by: One Book, One Chicago
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my only complaint is that there were a lot of characters and i had a hard time keeping everyone straight in my head. otherwise i loved it. tons of great one-liners.
Sep 01, 2008 Molly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 50's crime story lovers
Recommended to Molly by: chicago public library
a vintage crime story with lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing and surprised. fast paced. well-written. enjoyable.
Jul 31, 2008 Traci marked it as to-read
This was the Spring 2008 selection for the Chicago "One Book, One Chicago" program so I would like to read it eventually
Mar 14, 2008 Aod marked it as to-read
This is the "One Book, One Chicago" selection for April.

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