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The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
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Jan 11, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, crime, mystery
Read in January, 2010

...And now I'm fresh out of Chandler.

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 followed the whole plot and thought it was clever and probably the best. I love the last two chapters and wanted to punch Chandler for them at the same time. I love the way it finishes up, and I hate the way that Marlowe is just as alone, just as bitter, just as poor, at the end. Except, I hate it in a good way.

Probably the best plotted and the most emotional of the lot. If you're only going to read one, read this.
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message 1: by F.R. (new)

F.R. If you want to keep the good feeling then it's probably best to ignore 'Playback' altogether.

As someone once said "It starts at L.A train station and then goes nowhere."

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