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The Big Sleep; and Farewell, My Lovely (1995)

av Raymond Chandler

Serier: Philip Marlowe (Omnibus 1-2)

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These two classic novels featuring private eye Philip Marlowe made Raymond Chandler's name synonymous with America's hard-boiled school of crime fiction.  The Big Sleep was an instant success when first published in 1939.  It centers around a paralyzed California millionaire with two psychopathic daughters; he involves Marlowe in a case of blackmail that turns into murder. Farewell My Lovely, which Chandler regarded as his finest work, came out the following year.  It has Marlowe dealing with the Los Angeles gambling circuit, a murder he stumbles upon, and three very beautiful but potentially deadly women. "Chandler writes like a slumming angel and invests the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence," said Ross Macdonald.  And George V. Higgins wrote:  "Chandler is fun to read.  He's as bleak as tundra, and his dirtbag characters far outnumber his stellar citizens, but Philip Marlowe is a laconic tour guide through a zoo of truly interesting animals."… (mer)
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The prose can be cryptic and so dense with 1930s street jargon as to be all but nonsensical to the contemporary reader. Chandler also relies awkwardly on the indefinite article "a," so that lines like "A darkened window slid down" and "A gun had peaked at me," for example, unnecessarily obfuscate the action. Those criticisms aside, the novels do not fail to amuse and thrill. Noir is, after all, a sensibility, and Marlowe's quips, the rain-slicked Hollywood setting, and the portraits of corruption, Depression-era distrust, and sexual antagonism combine to create what some scholars call a truly American brand of existentialism. ( )
  BeauxArts79 | Nov 20, 2022 |
The last time I had seen Dr. Cliff Harbour, we had spent time talking about the book I was writing as well as the book that he had written, John Dewey and the Future of Community College Education. During that visit, he insisted that I read The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler. In fact, he opened the book to the first page and had me read the first couple paragraphs. He wanted to point it out, and what I noted while reading the book, was that Raymond Chandler sparingly used his words. Yet, he was able to elicit an emotion. Read more
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  skrabut | Sep 2, 2020 |
El relato empieza con la investigación de un caso criminal, que al cabo de unas cuantas páginas queda interrumpido, en suspenso o sin solución aparente, dando paso a un segundo caso criminal, vagamente relacionado con el primero. Finalmente, ambos convergen y se resuelven, y el detective, vapuleado pero triunfal, puede volver a su polvoriento despacho a intoxicarse a gusto con cigarrillos Camel y una botella de whisky.
  swiltsesa | Feb 4, 2016 |
Raymond Chandler has a very cynical, hard-boiled writing style which I love. He uses lots of metaphors and similes to describe his scenes and characters; thereby, making brief and yet thorough description. I love Raymond Chandler's work, it makes me feel like I'm there in that time and place. I also love Philip Marlowe, he is cynical, funny, smart-assed, and doesn't let beautiful women manipulate him. I recommend to all who like detective novels. ( )
  Joybee | Jun 7, 2011 |
I was a bit disappointed by the more famous "The Big Sleep;" despite the enjoyable writing style, it felt somehow lifeless. "Farewell, My Lovely" is significantly better.
  kvyar | Mar 24, 2007 |
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These two classic novels featuring private eye Philip Marlowe made Raymond Chandler's name synonymous with America's hard-boiled school of crime fiction.  The Big Sleep was an instant success when first published in 1939.  It centers around a paralyzed California millionaire with two psychopathic daughters; he involves Marlowe in a case of blackmail that turns into murder. Farewell My Lovely, which Chandler regarded as his finest work, came out the following year.  It has Marlowe dealing with the Los Angeles gambling circuit, a murder he stumbles upon, and three very beautiful but potentially deadly women. "Chandler writes like a slumming angel and invests the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence," said Ross Macdonald.  And George V. Higgins wrote:  "Chandler is fun to read.  He's as bleak as tundra, and his dirtbag characters far outnumber his stellar citizens, but Philip Marlowe is a laconic tour guide through a zoo of truly interesting animals."

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