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Trouble is My Business by Raymond Chandler
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chosen as extra credit for class. I wanted to continue reading Chandler, might even become a completest!

I think these are some of the earlier stories which Chandler sort of made his name with before he came out with the limpid and inexhaustible "Big Sleep"...they are all Philip Marlowe stories and they sort of have that almost-there quality which you can see in some writer's early work...they have a style, a vision, but it's not quite realized yet. For some reason I take a lot of solace in reading that kind of work sometimes. It's encouraging, I think, to see mediocre to outright bad writing from really great authors. Less discouraging when you go through your own crap...

Forgot to mention that as much as I love Chandler, these stories were more dryly amusing than as engaging as the novels I've read. I can imagine a guy at a gas station in Cedar Rapids or Cactus Rat Gulch in, say, the mid-50's nodding over some crumbly paperbacks or a creased folio of Black Dog Dead Hand and Dame fiction or whatever.

"The Goldfish" was the story that really got me leaning forward- that one's just a beaut. Definitely recommended, if you want to dip a toe.

The rest? Meh.

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