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The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe #6)

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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.

Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 12th 1977 by Ballantine Books (first published 1953)
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Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: One and All
To say goodbye is to die a little.

There are some books that just feel good to have on your dashboard, never too far from your fingertips to read in the tiny gaps between obligations and responsibility. The type of book that rides shotgun and keeps you company through the darker hours, through lonely nights at a shady laundromat or booze-soaked rainstorms on your porch. Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye is that sort of book, that sort of friend. The past few months have seen some bleak times an
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not just hard boiled detective fans - anybody - give it a shot:)
Recommended to Florence (Lefty) by: Edgar Award for Best Novel (1955)
Chandler’s known as the king of LA noir and word is this is his best. His writing is lean and clean, short staccato sentences with not a word wasted. Almost poetic in its brevity – not to be confused with lack of substance. Humour me, I’m trying it out on this review (view spoiler) Marlowe’s amazingly complex, a fast-talking P.I. surviving on tough cynicism. Deep down just a stand-up guy with a soft spot for underdogs. Got a moral core that e ...more
Henry Avila
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philip Marlowe, a cynical shamus, looks down at the parking lot of The Dancers Club, watching a drunk, be put into his car, a silver Rolls Royce, but the annoyed valet, has trouble, the left leg refuses to be moved inside, instead remains firmly on the ground. Where the rest of the intoxicated man, will soon be also. The pretty red- headed woman, sitting next to him, or was, in the automobile, is very angry, with good reason. Turns out she is Sylvia Lennox, ex- wife of this inebriated war vetera ...more
Dan Schwent
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A down and out friend of Marlowe's flees to Mexico with Marlowe's help, his wife dead under suspicious circumstances. Marlowe's friend soon turns up dead, an apparent suicide. But what does his death, if anything, have to do with a drunk writer Marlowe finds himself watching?

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
Ahmad Sharabiani
511. The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe, #6), Raymond Chandler
خداحافظی طولانی - ریموند چندلر (روزنه کار) ادبیات آمریکا؛ یکی از صد داستان جنایی برتر دنیا؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سوم ماه می سال 1999 میلادی
عنوان: خداحافظی طولانی؛ نویسنده: ریموند چندلر؛ مترجم: فتح الله جعفری جوزانی؛ تهران، روزنه کار، 1378، در 408 ص؛ شابک: 9646728073؛ موضوع: داستانهای پلیسی از نویسندگان امریکایی - ماجراهای فلیپ مارلو - کتاب 6 - قرن 20 م
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Anthony Vacca
When it comes to Raymond Chandler’s novels starring the smart-ass, misanthropic PI Phillip Marlowe, there’s The Long Goodbye and then there's everything else Chandler ever wrote—and it’s a long, lonely drive in-between. The Big Sleep, Farwell, My Lovely, and The Little Sister are all seminal works of the hard-boiled genre, too be sure; and on any other day of the week each is its own fuel-injected suicide machine; but in a bare-knuckled brawl, these books are packing wet noodles for arms when th ...more
Philip Marlowe saves a drunken guy from being dumped in a ditch. He does it again another time. He does is yet again another time. And another. And another. Finally he gets into trouble for doing this: no good deed ever goes unpunished.

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
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, americana
Marlowe cresce, senza invecchiare.
Letterariamente nato nel 1939, qui appare quattordici anni dopo, per la sesta volta.

Disilluso, e apparentemente cinico, è in realtà il solito inguaribile romantico, qui più che mai.
Al punto da credere ‘ancora’ in valori come l’amicizia, e perfino l’onestà.
In questo romanzo, più che in altri, la tematica dell’alcol la fa da padrone, ci sono ben tre personaggi che ne sono schiavi: lo scrittore in crisi creativa, l’amico fuggitivo, e lo stesso pro
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People. They pass through your life, your mind, your heart, bundled in their own worlds with their wants and needs and feelings. And they'll tangle you up and drag you with and leave you with a lump in your throat and a weight in your gut. That's the best case scenario. Worst case scenario you end up broken, in jail, dead. Philip avoids the latter case with an insight into the human condition so instinctive and accurate it is frankly terrifying. Doesn't help him at all with the former though.

Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, mystery, fiction
Dammit, Raymond Chandler has style. He has finesse. His use of metaphor is so good that he is still an original, even after lesser noirists have copied or stolen from him outright for the past sixty years.

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
May 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aere-perennius, 2015
“I was as hollow and empty as the spaces between stars.”
― Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye


Labels like genius and masterpiece get thrown around a lot in the arts. Certain writers are deemed to be brilliant and yet their stars fade quickly. Their notable books are soon forgotten, misplaced, unread and eventually pulped. Other writers seem to have the opposite trajectory. They are viewed as pulp or genre writers, but over time they seem to transcend the genre and even seem to dance on the graves
I enjoyed the atmospherics and mood of this one, the last of Chandler’s detective stories featuring Philip Marlowe. This one is different in being more meditative and in having more of a focus on alienation among the wealthy residents of gated compounds. Chandler also restrains Marlowe’s use of colorful similes in his interior monologues, which became a cliché in many of his imitators. Compared to the earlier tales, Chandler is more judicious here in the playful, sardonic banter Marlowe uses for ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchin
Tom was a quiet, reserved kind of guy. Which at the time was unusual within my circle of friends. Most everyone I knew back when I first returned to Sheffield was a lush, a druggie or just plain crazy. I made friends in pubs and clubs. My friends didn’t exist in the daytime. Except Tom. He was 24/7. Normal. I was in a bad way myself, although I couldn’t see it. Perhaps the company I kept gave me a false sense of my emotional and physical well-being. When J is getting the sack because he has been ...more
Jason Pettus
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(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
Sep 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Chandler wrote tighter, tougher books, but this one was his masterpiece. I'd been pulled into loving noir by Hammett & W. R. Burnett but they didn't write like Chandler. The Long Goodbye has all the best snappy dialog and constant menace, but it had something more. It was cynical poetry, it had the brittleness and immediacy of the "existential", as we used to call it.

It had a thoroughly adult, disillusioned worldview but it also had a hero who refused to renounce his principles, even when h
Slightly spoiled by having fallen for Elliot Gould in Leigh Brackett's adaptation, The Long Goodbye is still an overwhelmingly impressive piece of dark literature. When people talk about Chandler's influence on crime fiction it's always in reference to his hardboiled dialogue, his similes and metaphors but in reading this final entry in the Marlowe series you can draw a long powerful line from Chandler through Crumley, Sallis and Block, to name only three, writers who have taken the mantle of wr ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, noir
“L’alcool è come l’amore. Il primo bacio è magico, il secondo intimo, il terzo un’abitudine. E poi si spoglia la donna”
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
John Culuris
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is generally agreed that The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler’s penultimate novel, is his final masterpiece. A single reading easily affirms that. A rereading, which brings with it a foreknowledge of events and the ability to consider all its far-reaching elements collectively, creates a corollary to that longstanding assertion: yes it is a classic--but it should not have been. There are several structural flaws, though each can be quelled with the same irrefutable response. For example: the bo ...more
“Time makes everything mean and shabby and wrinkled. The tragedy of life … is not that the beautiful things die young, but that they grow old and mean.”

Marlowe befriends a down-on-his-luck war hero roaming the streets of California. A few months after Marlowe cleans him up and sets him on his way, the man is standing on Marlowe’s doorstep, holding a gun and asking for a ride to Mexico. While Marlowe refuses to hear out the reason for this request, it’s revealed that the man’s wife has been murde
David Gustafson
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outside of a 1940's Hollywood nightclub, a congenial drunk falls out of a Rolls Royce and his lady friend drives away leaving him on the pavement. Surprisingly, Raymond Chandler's alter ego, the cynical, private detective Philip Marlowe, picks the lad up and takes him to his home to sober him up.

Within the first few pages the window has been opened from the stifling, antiseptic culture of political correctness that is suffocating us today and the reader encounters a refreshing noir breeze from
Julie Christine
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
Carla Remy
I'd never read this one before! I usually don't watch a movie if I want to read the book it's adapted from, but this was an exception, as I've seen the 1973 Altman version 3 times at least. It's irreverent and very 1973 Altman, and Elliot Gould is the best Marlowe ever. However they of course changed so much that it didn't detract from the book. It gave away the ending, but didn't capture the mystery itself. The book was still captivating, and I didn't even picture Elliot Gould (Marlowe says he' ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
What follows, of course, is just my (generally worthless) opinion. As genre (the crime/detective novel), High Window is Chandler's peak. It's a perfect specimen. His next book, Little Sister, though good, ran into trouble (see my review). It was somewhat deeper, more ambitious, a little literary..., but Chandler didn't know how to get an increasingly bitter, frightened, alcoholic 62 year-old author, with great craft-skills, to continue to write a 38 year-old, hardboiled character. It was a crisi ...more
Nathan Alderman
Jul 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of pulp detective novels
Chandler's unabashed masterpiece, this novel is his only work to truly transcend the pulp genre and rank as first-rate literature. All of Chandler's books have gorgeous language and bafflingly labyrinthine plots, but this one stands out because of the author's poignant willingness to stare into his own soul. His stalwart, incorruptible hero Marlowe is hired to guard a washed-up, alcoholic, self-loathing writer who derides his own work as trash, and it's hard not to see the troubled Raymond Chand ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apparently, Chandler regarded this as his best book and I can see why. It’s longer than his other Philip Marlowe novels and this gives the author space to look a little deeper into his characters.

Two of the characters, Terry Lennox (an alcoholic war veteran) and Roger Wade (an alcoholic author), are clearly proxies for Chandler himself. This, to me at least, makes this book the most personal of the series. He speaks through these characters, not only via their dialogue and actions but also by th
Mohammad Ali

بین سه تا داستانی که از چندلر تا حالا خوندم - یعنی این کتاب، پنجره ی مرتفع و بانوی دریاچه - این داستان یکم پایین تر یا حتی هم سطح بانوی دریاچه است ولی از پنجره ی مرتفع بهتره - این مقایسه ام ترجمه رو هم در بر می گیره. اگر اواخر این کتاب رو نادیده بگیریم حتی می تونم بگم که بهترین کتاب چندلره که تا حالا خوندم

اینکه از اواخر کتاب چندان راضی نیستم کلیتش دلیه و نمی تونم منطقا بگم دلیلش چیه - شاید اینکه چندلر بعد از اینهمه گله گشاد کردن داستان تو جمع کردن عناصر یکم سمبل کاری کرده. البته اینو قاطعانه می
Feb 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
" هیچ تلهای به اندازه تلهای که خودت واسه خودت گذاشتی مرگبار نیست "

از نظر معمایی میتونم بگم کتاب جالبی بود. البته شیوه نقل قولش متفاوت بود. خیلی زیاد یاد "آوای فاخته" رولینگ افتادم و البته درستش به نظرم این بود که قبلا این کتاب رو میخوندم و موقع خوندن آوای فاخته یاد این میفتادم. دقیقا چرا یاد اون میافتادم؟ نمیدونم.

کتاب زیادی توصیفات داشت. خیلی زیاد. البته نه از اون توصیفاتی که همیشه حوصله سر بر هستند. از اون سری توصیفات که بعضی وقتها آدم دوست داره بخونه و خودشو مشغول کنه و ذهنش رو رها کنه. نویسند
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2011
I could not set this book down.

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
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, mystery, crime
...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 follo
Jun 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't say enough good things about Raymond Chandler. He took one of the lowest, scummiest, quick cash-in forms of writing, the private eye novel, and turned it into legitimate literature. Every paragraph boils over with some kind of allusion, metaphor, or analogy that you'd never imagine in your life, yet afterwards you don't know how you looked at the world in any other way. His cynicism is note-perfect- bitter and sad, but with plenty of humor and just the slightest hint of hope for human de ...more
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Raymond Thornton Chandler was an American novelist and screenwriter.

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
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Philip Marlowe (8 books)
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  • The Lady in the Lake (Philip Marlowe, #4)
  • The Little Sister (Philip Marlowe, #5)
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