Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Farewell, My Lovely” as Want to Read:
Farewell, My Lovely
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Farewell, My Lovely

liked it 3.00  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  4 reviews
[Penguin Readers Level 4]
Paperback, 62 pages
Published March 13th 2001 by Penguin Longman Publishing
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Farewell, My Lovely, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Farewell, My Lovely

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-32
liked it Average rating 3.00  · 
Rating details
 ·  10 ratings  ·  4 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Farewell, My Lovely
Nov 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, 2013, reviewed
“Penguin Readers” editions are rewritten in simplified language for learners of English, with restrictions on both vocabulary and grammatical structures depending on the level.

Sometimes this works well. Here, it doesn't work at all. The original is pretty much entirely about the language and writing, but this "translation" loses almost everything, sometimes even to the extent of making the meaning quite confused.

For comparison — the original has an elaborate multi-page section of him arriving at
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The ur hard-boiled detective, Philip Marlowe, in all his glory. Hard drinking, quip-throwing, understated and overheated, the witty/jaded/sarcastic quips that end many paragraphs were almost too much. But in the end, it didn't cross the line. Interesting to see all of the classic detective novel elements, and described in charmingly archaic language, though the unpurged epithets (for italians, slovaks, african-americans, women, gays, etc.) in the early edition i was reading were a little disturb ...more
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have a special space in my heart for great pulp writing. I could not spend 10 years on a desert island with pulp such as Raymond Chandler, L'Amour, Zane Grey, and Edgar Rice Burroughs but I can give a listen (on and feel the time well very well spent.

Elliott Gould does a couple stories on that is simply great. His reading introduced me to the feeling and "sound" of Chandler's stories.
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like it. The way the author writes made me laugh. For example, in a scene that the "smelled" man attacked Marlowe "I smelled the man behind me just before he took me by the throat and lifted me into the air. I stopped breathing. The only good thing about that was that I couldn't smell him any more."
Michele Bariani
rated it liked it
Apr 19, 2014
rated it it was ok
Jul 04, 2018
rated it it was amazing
Nov 10, 2017
jennet wheatstonelllsl Proc
rated it it was amazing
Jul 26, 2020
rated it did not like it
Aug 29, 2010
rated it it was ok
Jul 20, 2020
marked it as to-read
Sep 29, 2016
Emin Kocanovic
marked it as to-read
Nov 26, 2019
added it
May 13, 2014
Hanan Hamzah
marked it as to-read
Sep 19, 2014
Tacxtiiz HQ
marked it as to-read
May 24, 2015
marked it as to-read
Sep 09, 2016
Burmaa Sambuu
marked it as to-read
Feb 05, 2017
Sìha Míttå
marked it as to-read
May 13, 2017
marked it as to-read
Jul 04, 2017
marked it as to-read
Oct 30, 2017
Maik Leijten
marked it as to-read
Nov 07, 2017
Fleure Lotus
marked it as to-read
Nov 16, 2017
marked it as to-read
Dec 12, 2017
added it
Dec 26, 2017
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

News & Interviews

  Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa’s highly anticipated new book, Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America, arrives...
18 likes · 0 comments
“The eighty-five cent dinner tasted like a discarded mailbag and was served to me by a waiter who looked as if he would slug me for a quarter, cut my throat for six bits, and bury me at sea in a barrel of concrete for a dollar and a half, plus sales tax.” 0 likes
“Gin," dissi io. "Capito tutto. La gente per bene non beve gin."
"La gente per bene non beve niente," precisò la vecchia.”
More quotes…