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message 1: by Kristel (last edited Dec 26, 2018 10:24AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Kristel (kristelh) | 4259 comments Mod
Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler set in 1940, Los Angeles, hard boiled detective Philip Marlowe in a twisty turny mystery with lots of descriptive writing. Not his best but entertaining. 3 stars.

Diane  | 2051 comments Rating: 4 Stars

Fun noir mystery set in the 1940's LA. I loved the language of the time period and the rich character development. Not my usual genre, but a great read, nevertheless.

Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount) (ravenmount) | 481 comments I've been reading classic crime/spy novels lately, so I read this book in the same week as Ambler's Cause for Alarm(pub. 1938) and Fleming's Casino Royale(pub. 1953). It's been interesting comparing these genre classics, all geared towards White male readers. As a woman reading this sort of fiction, all sorts of gender issues come up, the sort that would label modern authors as sexist pigs unworthy of decent publishing contracts (well, maybe.)
Farewell, My Lovely focused on a private investigator who gets drawn into a mess involving murder and maybe stolen jewels, and somehow also connects to a recently released jailbird's search for his girlfriend. He meets a young woman right away who helps him, and who turns out to be a rather competent private detective herself. While the bulk of this story is very solidly in the 'masculine' world of gangsters, guns, and tough action, and Marlowe is not much better than James Bond sometimes when it comes to his attitudes about women, Chandler does include strong female characters with their own stories that are significant to the story. Still, Marlowe is far too similar to James Bond and other tough-guy characters for my liking. But, the story is fast-paced, and the point of these novels is entertainment, not great literature, so for the genre, this was a pretty decent, if not super-memorable novel.
I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.

Wayne Sweigart | 37 comments Halfway through I was ready to give this at least 4 stars but the second half of the story really fell flat for me. 3 stars.

Pamela (bibliohound) | 160 comments I liked this more than the previous one in the series - the writing is sharp and clever, and the plot threads combine neatly. The character of Marlowe with his mixture of hard drinking cynicism and knightly honour is a memorable one and the grubby world that Marlowe operates in is skilfully conveyed - it’s just not a world that really engages me and I never really cared which bad guy had done what or why.

These are quick and undemanding books to read, and I can see why they are admired and popular, but they’re unlikely to become favourites of mine.

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