Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye



A true comfort on many a dark night and it was sad to see it end Marlowe is a true literary ero and one I won t ever forget455 Out there in the night of a thousand crimes people were dying being maimed cut by flying glass crushed against steering wheels or under Shame On Her Volume 3 heavy tires People were being beaten robbed strangled raped and murdered People wereungry sick bored desperate with loneliness or remorse or fear angry cruel feverish shaken by sobs A city no worse than others a city rich and vigorous and full of pride a city lost and beaten and full of emptinessIt all depends on where you sit and what your own private score is I didn t Bisk CPA Review have one I didn t careI finished the drink and went to bed While there is plenty of drinking to bead finish this novel without wanting to go order a gimlet I dare you Chandler does well to also add an air of caution to the intake of alcohol To drink in moderation is one thing but the A Crazy Kind of Love horrors of alcoholism and excess make up a major portion of the novel A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man ase was sober An alcoholic a real alcoholic is not the same man at all You can t predict anything about The Medieval Forest him for sure except thate will be someone you never met before As research for a novel I m writing I m reading detective fiction and stealing everything of value My story takes place in LA of the early 90s but I m buying every type of firework on the stand and lighting the fuse Though I ve seen Philip Marlowe adapted to film or television my introduction to the fiction of Raymond Chandler is The Long Goodbye the author s sixth novel featuring the Los Angeles private dick Published in 1953 it s long in the tooth but it s a testament to Chandler s immense literary skill that than sixty years of copying and pasting by others The Road Beyond Ruin hasn t stripped this novel of its vitalityThe first person account begins with Marlowe s enigmatic relationship with Terry Lennox a fope brings Backlash home like a stray dog soberingim up cooking Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, him breakfast and givingim enough bucks to catch a bus to Las Vegas where a job awaits Terry reappears in Marlowe s life married to Sylvia Potter the daughter of publishing magnate Harlan Potter Not long after Terry appears on Marlowe s doorstep with a gun in Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, hisand He offers Marlowe five In Defense of Food hundred dollars to driveim to Tijuana Terry asn t shot anybody with that gun but doesn t claim innocence over whatever fate as met Black and White his promiscuous wife Returningome Marlowe finds two The Color of Water homicide cops waiting His wise guy act doesn t go over well with the LAPD who are looking for Terry Lennox and notify Marlowe that Sylviaas been found dead in کسی به سرهنگ نامه نمی‌نویسد her guestouse in Encino er face beaten to a pulp with a bronze statuette Marlowe doesn t believe Terry would do anything like that and loyalty costs im some smacks in the face and three days in jail The cops let Brave New World him go when Lennox is located in a small mountain town in Mexico with a self inflicted gunshot wound to theead Marlowe doesn t believe Terry would kill The Name of the Rose himself either I thought about Terry Lennox in a detached sort of way He was already receding into the distance whiteair and scarred face and weak charm and is peculiar brand of pride I didn t judge im or analyze Memories of My Melancholy Whores him just as Iad never asked Pakistan him uestions aboutow Pitch Dark he got wounded orow Dont Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear he everappened to get imself married to anyone like Sylvia He was like somebody you meet on board a cruise ship and get to know very well and never really know at all He was gone like the same fellow when e says goodbye at the pier and let s keep in touch old man and you know you won t and The Green Pharmacy he won t Likely enough you ll never even see the guy again If you doe will be an entirely different person just another Rotarian in a club car How s business Oh not too bad You look good So do you I ve put on too much weight Don t we all Remember that trip in the Franconia or whatever it was Oh sure swell trip wasn t itThe Deadly Slumber - Demon Tales hell it was a swell trip You were bored stiff You only talked to the guy because there wasn t anybody around that interested you Maybe it was like that with Terry Lennox and me No not uite I owned a piece ofim I Atomic Ghost had invested time and money inim and three days in the icehouse not to mention a slug in the jaw and a punch in the neck that I felt every time I swallowed Now Lightning Strike Twice he was dead and I couldn t even giveim back The Purple Island his fiveundred bucks That made me sore It was always the little things that make you soreMarlowe receives a visit at The Last Odd Day his office from a flashyoodlum named Mendy Melendez and Lord Lightning (Astrology, his bodyguard Melendez delights in taunting Marlowe as a cheapie not worth the bother except to threaten about making publicity off the Terry Lennox case Melendez claims that Terry not only savedis life in the war but the life of a Vegas gangster named Randy Starr Marlowe later receives an envelope with Mexican stamps a note written by Terry and a 5000 bill in it Needing something else to occupy Wildwing himself with Marlowe accepts a meeting at the Ritz Beverly with a potential client a New York publishing agentThe agent pitches Marlowe the job of investigatingis client Roger Wade author of tawdry and popular Londons Perfect Scoundrel historical novels who s struggling to finishis latest Spencer and Wade s wife believe there might be something in Roger s past driving The Bucolic Plague him into a bottle and need someone to watchim Marlowe turns the job down until Harvest he s joined by Mrs Eileen Wade a fairy princess blonde whose manner gets the dick s attention but not enough forim to take a job as male nurse for Three French Hens her drunkusband though Visiting Marlowe at The Novice his office the next day Eileen Wade notifies Marlowe that Rogeras been missing for three days leaving only a name on a piece of yellow paper Dr VMarlowe draws on a contact in a Ice Creams at Carringtons high end Beverly Hills private investigation firm a placee turned down a job in for a list of LA area uacks with the last name V who for the right price prescribe their services to people like Roger Wade Infiltrating the operations of three uacks one at a time Marlowe leaves with nothing but disdain for their practice I paid my check left my car where it was and walked the north side of the street to the Stockwell Building It was an antiue with a cigar counter in the entrance and a manually operated elevator that lurched and The Predictions hated to level off The corridor to the sixth floor was narrow and the doorsad frosted glass panels It was older and much dirtier than my own building It was loaded with doctors dentists Christian science practitioners not doing too good the kind of lawyers you Rousseaus Dog hope the other fellowas the kind of doctors and dentists who just scrape along Not too skillful not too clean not too much on the ball three dollars and please pay the nurse tired discouraged men who know just exactly where they stand what kind of patients they can get and August and Then Some how much money they can be sueezed into paying Please Do Not Ask For Credit Doctor is In Doctor is Out That s a pretty shaky molar youave there Mrs Kazinski Now if you want this new acrylic filling every bit as good as a gold inlay I can do it for you for 14 Novocain will be two dollars extra if you wish it Doctor is In Doctor is Out That will be Three Dollars Please Pay the NurseIn a building like that there will always be a few guys making real money but they don t look it They fit into the shabby background which is protective coloring for them Shyster lawyers who are partners in a bail bond racket on the side only about two per cent of all forfeited bail bonds are ever collected Abortionists posing as anything you like that explains their furnishings Dope pushers posing as urologists dermatologists or any branch of medicine in which the treatment can be freuent and the regular use of local anesthetics is normalOf course Marlowe finds Roger Wade Of course Roger Eileen Wade knew Terry Sylvia Lennox Of course the mysteries of Sylvia s murder and Roger s ennui are related And of course Marlowe figures it out despite the rich and powerful the police and a criminal element not wanting anything figured out What I loved about The Long Goodbye from its A History of Ornithology (New Naturalist, hangover title to its reveal on the last page is the character of Philip Marlowe He doesn tave a deep past or seem to 7 Days to Live have much of a future either nor doese seem to travel far He s like an audience member at a game show sitting in one place incredulous while the sets and prizes keep revolving in front of Delphie and the Magic Spell/Rosa and the Golden Bird him So passed a day in the life of a PI Not exactly a typical day but not totally untypical either What makes a man stay with it nobody knows You don t get rich you don t oftenave much fun Sometimes you get beaten up or shot at or tossed into the jailhouse Once in a long while you get dead Every other month you decide to give it up and find some sensible occupation while you can still walk without shaking your Collins Complete British Birds Photoguide head Then the door buzzer rings and you open the inner door to the waiting room and there stands a new face with a new problem a new load of grief and a small piece of moneyWhile I felt The Long Goodbye dragging on a little bit I think the reason Raymond Chandleras stood the test of time is that as filmed or liberated as some of Heathlands (New Naturalist, his plotsave been over the years nobody can write this wee small ours of the morning prose mix together various elements or make it feel as timeless as Chandler does on the page This novel was loosely but memorably adapted in 1973 by filmmaker Robert Altman with Elliott Gould as Marlowe clinging to Chandler s dusty 50s values of loyalty while LA ad entered the Me Decade An often self indulgent film I prefer the novel which functions better as a story and allows the reader into Marlowe s mindWord count 119 606 words A down and out friend of Marlowe s flees to Mexico with Marlowe s Tiger in the Snow! helpis wife dead under suspicious circumstances Marlowe s friend soon turns up dead an apparent suicide But what does The Quaint Christmas his death if anythingave to do with a drunk writer Marlowe finds Another Life himself watchingI m not really sureow I feel about the Long Goodbye It s Chandler so the writing is great with Chandler s trademark similes and The Cinderella Moment hard boiled atmosphere On the otherand it s written a little differently than Happy Ever After Trilogy his other Philip Marlowe books It s philosophical and less crime oriented The two victims in the story seem to be stand ins for ChandlerimselfIt s still crime oriented though It took me forever to figure out Trilogy Collection how the two seemingly unrelated cases were linked I got there just before Marlowe did but it was a close shaveWhat else is there to say without giving anything away Chandler once again delivers the goods just not in the same package as usual I was asollow and empty as the spaces between stars Raymond Chandler The Long GoodbyeLabels like genius and masterpiece get thrown around a lot in the arts Certain writers are deemed to be brilliant and yet their stars fade uickly Their notable books are soon forgotten misplaced unread and eventually pulped Other writers seem to Dancing With Kings 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 of labels They are iconic Raymond Chandler is one of those later writersHe is one of the Holy Trinity of detective novelists along with Dashiell Hammett and James M Cain These are the men who built theard boiled noir The City of Woven Streets house that everyone else lives in He is a god and a poet His dialogue seems toave just fallen directly from the swollen lips of a trash talking demiurge His novels are both the burn and the bush His prose is both the wilderness and the mountain He can kill off the Alpha and seduce the Omega before you recognize your own face in the cracked mirror I can t think of a modern writer of detective or crime fiction that shouldn t be paying Chander s eirs some form of rent I can t imagine a writer who wants to include a gun and a woman and a detective in a novel NOT consulting Chandler s novels for ints of inspiration Obviously I adore the genre and the writer but even if I work Violation hard to remove my own biases it is difficult to walk away from The Long Goodbye without recognizing what a gift was thrown at our underserving flat fee. N LA's Idle Valley where the rich are suffering one big suntannedangover Marlowe is sure Lennox didn't kill Sleepover Girls on Safari (The Sleepover Club, his wife butow many stiffs will turn up before e gets the trut.

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 e gets into trouble for doing this no good deed ever goes unpunishedThis 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 appened to be unnecessary long and boring As a mystery book it is really third rate so let us just call it classic drama with some mystery elements just to be fairPhilip Marlowe does not feel the same to the extent that I would like to ask the late author Who the eck is the guy impersonating The Octonauts and the Frown Fish him and whatappened to the real one Gone are brilliant one liners of the previous books which give a good picture with minimum effort Gone are Marlowe s wisecracks The plot of the previous 5 novels moved with a very fast rate where the whole story took place within a couple of days This time we Night Angels have sentences like Several weeks passed on practically every pageContinuing the theme of the guy impersonating Marlowe in the booke really acts out of character Paramedico here Where is the guy who wentead to The Ho Ho Ho Mystery (The Third Pig Detective Agency, head with an armed ruthless killer trying to protect a person whoe never saw before The Big Sleep This time Lost Voices of the Edwardians he does not do anything even remotely exciting the whole investigation took whopping 2 pages out of 350 He spendsis time doing boring routine and being bullied He is bullied by everybody and their brother corrupted copes good cops millionaires and their Strangers henchmen mobsters random thugs gorgeous women vegan activists Buddhist monks centenarian grandmothers and tough kindergarten kids Sorry I got carried away in the last four cases but it couldappen with the rate things were going The only reason for all the bulling Marlowe got stubborn for no good cause whatsoeverThe rating of this book is 3 stars with one alf of a star added for its classic status Raymond Chandler mentioned in is essay that during The Whispering Gallery his writing ife felt the plot became slow Strictly Shimmer he would make a man with a gun come through the door I was waiting for the guy through the whole booke never came This review is a copypaste of my BookLikes one Chandler s known as the king of LA noir and word is this is Kick Back (Kate Brannigan, 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 spoilerit s fun you should try it sometimeide spoiler 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 The Perfect Treat 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 they walk into the Thunderdome and go up against the Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla that is The Long GoodbyeI was worried going into this book on account of one of my most loved and worshipped novels of all time James Crumley s The Last Good Kiss is in part based off of this book Crumleyas said than once in interviews that every good idea e ad Hussein he stole from Raymond Chandler Luckily these two novels are very separate beasts while both feature plot threads involving alcoholic asshole authors they go their own separateeart stomping waysIf put on the spot for a fortune cookie summarization of the two books I d say the The Last Good Kiss is about the fleeting temporality of love and the lingering For Christmas, Forever heaviness of its loss while The Long Goodbye than anything is a slow burning rumination on the nature of friendshipIn the earlier novels all the events transpire usually under 48ours with Marlowe getting assigned a case in the first few pages and then finding the first in a long trail of dead bodies by page 20 The Long Goodbye begins with a jarring but lovely change of pacing and tone with Marlowe forging a chance friendship with a charming loser of a war veteran Weeks and months pass before the first body shows up around the fifty page mark and it s not until somewhere around the 100 page mark that the first signs of a case actually appearFor a certain breed of mystery reader this will probably sound like a terrible prospect but then again I am a different kind of mystery reader I believe the genre can be a powerful medium for morality tales that can tackle all sorts of issues that I find important ie the nature of good and evil mortality social injustice the fallible nature of the American dream and can be written in prose that is subtle poetic and painful Bottom line I consider mystery novels when they are truly well written and truly about something as important as any other well cherished work of literatureI don t really Sugar Secrets... Choices (Sugar Secrets, have it in me to try and give you a zesty teaser on the plot of this novel someokey The Wildlife-friendly Garden hook that ll make you say Gee Wiz and click on the want to read button This book tired me emotionally and I mean that in the best possible way So I m going to take my curtain call with this last bit if you are a reader who loves a layered complex story with characters whose motivations areidden behind the veil of what is being said at any moment including in fact especially the narrator Marlowe if you enjoy a book that actually reuires you to actively read then this is a book I d recommend Rest assured there are murders and criminals and femme fatales and tough talk and shady characters and two timing lovers and dirty cops and mysteries intertwined with mysteries but all that s just the icing on top What s underneath is where things get good Philip Marlowe a cynical shamus looks down at the parking lot of The Dancers Club watching a drunk be put into The Bodyguards Return / Intimate Enemy his car a silver Rolls Royce but the annoyed valetas 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 Blonde headed woman sitting next toim or was in the automobile is very angry with good reason Turns out she is Sylvia Lennox ex wife of this inebriated war veteran Second World War Terry Lennox and e as the scars on Raleghs Last Journey his face to prove it Mr Marlowe not known for being a nice guy comes down the steps andelps the defenseless Terry up While the multimillionaire s notorious daughter says she s late for an engagement and goes to get a cab for the lush Mr Lennox Taking the vehicle it s Scotland (New Naturalist, hers speeding away like a race driver towards the finish line What to do with this pathetic creature takeim The Scent of Death home and soberim up thinks Marlowe can t leave the poor man in the gutter things were different in the last year of the 1940 s besides Thanksgiving Branded By The Sheriff / The 9-Month Bodyguard had just been celebrated Soon these unlikely two become friends Mr Marlowe keeps Terry from the drunk tank the next timee sees The Flirt him trying to be vertical on the streets of Los Angelesustles Jillian Spectre The Dream Weaver (Jillian Spectre him away when a cop notices But would you believe it This alcoholic friend living mostly in some darkole outside wherever e could find or reach one remarries the wealthy daughter of Mr Harlan Potter and is on their second oneymoon in Las Vegas From the top to the bottom and back again sending a The Sharpshooters Secret Son / Fury Calls hundred dollar check to the astonished Marlowe for allis complications a few days before Christmas too They later become drinking partners at a dingy bar but Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride happiness does not last Mr Lennox is just a front to keep the promiscuous Sylvia looking respectable Daddy is a cold conservativeonorable man no bad publicity A Bit of a Do he likes it as much as a stock market crash but a murder is committed there will be and Terry is suspected theero flees to Mexico with the assistance of Philip who asks not the right uestions a pal is a pal The tough police aren t slapping the private detective around beating Imhotep Today him like a punching bag with eyes not the first time either from criminals or the law it does stillurt but keeps Crimes Of Josef Fritzl his trap shutJailed looking out into space only blankness waiting and wonderingow can Paris he get out of this foolish mess maybe be incarcerated in San uentin the bigouse for years but as is pride intact Days later Track Two Diplomacy and Jerusalem he is sprung becomes involved with Mr and Mrs Wade in the exclusive then San Fernando Valley Eileen Wade is breathtakingly beautiful Roger Wade is another drunk but a best selling writer needs to stop drinking in order to finishis next book a swords and romancea favorite of critics it isn t they Routledge Handbook of Tennis however are poor ande is rich Philip Marlowe through no fault of Finding Mr. Rochester his own brings death and sinister lurking gangsters Raymond Chandler the king of mystery authorsas another great novel which lifts it above the genre into serious distinguished literature This is the sixth and last of the full length novels that Raymond Chandler wrote featuring The Surprise Party his iconic detective Philip Marlowe It s also the most personal in that Chandler seems toave based two of the characters Terry Lennox and Roger Wade at least in part on The Horsecatcher himselfAt the book opens Marlowe meets a man named Terry Lennox outside of a nightclub Lennox is very drunk andis date drives off and leaves The Trail of Gnosis him Marlowe being a good samaritan takes Lennox tois own Я-вор в законе home sobersim up and then drives im ome to the mansion that Lennox shares with is very promiscuous and extremely wealthy wife On the basis of this incident Marlowe and Lennox strike up a friendship of sorts and occasionally get together for drinks Then one night Lennox turns up and asks Marlow to give im a ride to Mexico no uestions askedWell what are friends for Marlowe gives Lennox a ride and from that point things generally go to The Libertine hell in aandbasket It s very difficult to say anything else about the plot of the novel without giving things away that the reader will want to find out for My African Prince him orerself This is though one of Chandler s best novels full of the social commentary and great prose for which Chandler was so deservedly famous This plot is actually a little less convoluted than some of the others and it s fun to watch it unfold I finished the book this time around after reading the other Chandler novels in order regretting even than ever the fact that there are only six of these novels along with a number of short stories I could ave used a lot On a side note this novel was published in 1953 and is set sometime around 1950 It was finally filmed by Robert Altman in 1973 starring Elliot Gould as Marlowe and the story is set in the early 1970s rather than the early 1950s A lot of people like the movie a lot but I ve seen it twice and ave never been able to warm up to it Given the way that Humphrey Bogart inhabited the role of Marlowe and really made it The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living his own I just couldn t buy Gould as Marlowe Also Marlowe who seemed to perfectly belong to the late 1940s and early 50s seemed out of place in the 1970s almost anachronistic For my part then when I need a Philip Marlowe film fix I ll stick with the Bogart version of The Big Sleep and I m sure I ll be coming back to this and the other novels again and again in the coming years 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 meditative and inaving of a focus on alienation among the wealthy residents of gated compounds Chandler also restrains Marlowe s use of colorful similes in Two Whole Cakes his interior monologues which became a clich in many ofis imitators Compared to the earlier tales Chandler is judicious ere in the playful sardonic banter Marlowe uses for dismaying and undermining is adversaries part of Growing Up Creative his signature cool bravado in the face of danger The story begins with Marloweelping is sensitive alcoholic friend Lennox escape to Mexico with no uestions asked Soon e learns is faithless wealthy wife as been brutally murdered with Lennox the prime suspect Marlowe stays mum during brutal police uestioning an. Down and out drunk Terry Lennox David, the Anointed has a problemis millionaire wife is dead So Kaiju Rising he turns tois only friend in the world Philip Marlowe Private Investigator Marlowe's willing to.

D is अपूर्वाई held in jail for a few days His initial temptation to investigate the case as a possible frame is undermined by reports of Lennox s suicide and written confession The case comes up again whene begins to find links with another PI job A publisher tries to Creating Pastel Champions hireim to uncover the roots of a writer s block and violent behavior when drinking Though Diary of a Thug he turns the job down the guy s seductive wife drawsim into their situation A murder takes place that Kage Unleashed (Kage Trilogy, he mightave prevented putting Marlowe into Flucht aus Berlin high gear to solve the linked cases and foil the pervasive efforts of powerful forces to suppress the truthDespite the troubles with alcohol that besetis two main characters and Chandler Swish of the Kris himselfe The Next Hour has a wonderful way of capturing the allure Marlowe finds in drinking with Lennox I like bars just after they open for the evening When the air inside is still cool and clean and everything is shiny and the barkeep is givingimself that last look in the mirror to see if How I Started with Nothing and Made 12 Million in Real Estate Part-Time his tie is straight andis Halfling Moon (Adventures in the Liaden Universe, hair is smooth I like the neat bottles on the bar back and the lovely shining glasses and the anticipation I like to watch the man mix the first one of the evening and put it down on a crisp mat and put the little folded napkin beside it I like to taste it slowly The first uiet drink of the evening in a uiet bar that s wonderful I agreed withim Alcohol is like love Panis Story (Pets he said The first kiss is magic the second is intimate the third is routine After that you take the girl s clothes off Chandler s proseas some delights in capturing the casual attitudes of the rich on power of money I m a big bad man Marlowe I make lots of dough I got to make lots of dough to juice the guys I got to juice in order to make lots of dough to juice the guys I got to juiceA rich businessmen as is formula for success nicely boiled down You can t The Julius House (Aurora Teagarden, have uality with mass production You don t want it because it lasts too long So you substitute styling which is a commercial swindle intended to produce artificial obsolescence Marlowe s jaded attitude about conventional justice is nicely expressed is this diatribe Let the law enforcement people do their own dirty work Let the lawyers work it out They write the laws for other lawyers to dissect in front of other lawyers to dissect in front of other lawyers called judges so that other judges can say the first judges were wrong and the Supreme Court can say the second lot were wrong Sure there s such as a thing as law We re up to our necks in it About all it does is make business for lawyers How long do you think the big shot mobsters would last if the lawyers didn t show themow to operate Chandler seems to My Lord Hades (Children of Khaos, have some fun with frustrations of the police over mentalealth concerns in society s response to crime You two characters been seeing any psychiatrists lately Jesus Ohls said Day of Remembrance (The Promised Land, hadn t youeard We got them in our Black Master/White Maid hair all the time these days This ain t police business any It s getting to be a branch of the medical racket They re in and out of jail the courts the interrogation rooms They write reports fifteen pages long on why some punk of a juvenileeld up a liuor store or raped a schoolgirl or peddled er to the senior class Ten years from now guys like Hernandez and me will be doing Rohrschach tests and word associations instead of chin ups and target practiceSo you get the picture that there is a bit of preaching in this story But we often never sure which attitudes align with Chandler s own I choose to believe the following words of Marlowe are close to is own and I appreciate the tongue in cheek aspects behind them You re a damn good cop Bernie but just the same you re all wet In one way cops are all the same They blame the wrong things Crime isn t a disease it s a symptom Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumor except that the cop would rather cure it with a blackjack We re a big tough rich wild people and crime is the price we pay for it and organized crime is the price we pay for organization We ll Jerusalem have it with us for a long time Organized crime is just the dirty side of the sharp dollar What s the clean side I never saw it Let save a drink Through this tale we get a dose of the metaphor for the detective as a cynical but good Kleine Ziege - große Liebe hearted agent who strives to address the social ills of corruption and greed with truth and justice Butere the eroic aspects are infused with the tragic element of impotence in the face of rank consumerism and selfishness in society in the early 50s Altman as the director of the movie version in 1973 starring Elliot Gould as a surprise ighlighted the existential and chaotic aspects of this outlook and put a Don uixote like aspect to Marlowe s tilting at windmills To say goodbye is to die a littleThere are some books that just feel good to Islands in the Stream 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 darkerours 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 Dylan Dog have seen some bleak times and I ve been on a Chandler kick to press through them Of all the Marlowe adventures this was the one that stands out like a lighthouse in a storm telling an unforgettable tale of murder and mystery Chandler took noir to soaringeights of literary acceptance with The Time Thief his works joining Dashiell Hammett as an essential author of the genre and The Long Goodbye leaves an eternal mark on the face of literature even so that the upbeat andardboiled The Big Sleep that kicked off the Phillip Marlowe novel series and inspired fantastic films such as The Big Lebowski Goodbye is a novel for The Guilt of Nations hard timesard drinking Nine Lenses on the World hard living an aged and cynical than ever Marlowe provese s worth is salt in onoring the memory of a short lived but impactful friendship with Terry Lennox Lennox a war Runaway Match hero alcoholicas been a victim of either suicide or arranged murder in a small Mexican town while on the lam escaping an accusation for murder of Taken for Granite (Khargals of Duras, his rich wife and Marlowe will stop at nothing to see through the doors slammed shut by political power and fear and discover the truth While a bit bloated this is a novel of near perfection in the mystery genre that is guaranteed to keep you up at night gladly dropping uarters for another dryer cycle in order to keep reading because a mystery with Marlowe is about as good as life getsTo label this novel perfection would be to bastardize any opinions on the literature widely accepted by the academy that I ve previously championed and praised but few novelsave felt like a better friend in Mars and the mind of man hard times than The Long Goodbye Or perhaps it s just that I like occupying Marlowe seadspace I even named my new cat after Meneer Kandinsky was een schilder him upon completion of The Big Sleep Marlowe is the type of man you wish you were but not one you d want to spend time with He is fearless and devoted nearly to a fault unafraid to play the asshole to get whate wants He swims upon Whiskey and Gumdrop Hearts (Blueberry Springs his moods and cherishes those moments of getting right up in someones face just to drown out a bad feeling or ascertain the truth He calls everyone out on their bullshit and possesses a moral compass so strong that nobody besidesimself seems to be worth a damn Pushy and thorny Marlowe is the Being Frank hero for me Reading a Chandler novel is much like geeking out on the old John Wayne films I d watch with my father as a child particularly True Grit There are the pitfalls of blatant misogyny racism particularly towards Latin Americans in this one which with my love of Latin American literature was particularly not cool and cornball datedumor but it is Shadows of Doom (Iron Tower, honestly very easy to overlook when the plot is that engaging the writing that cool and the novel so entertaining How can you not love a novel with a passage like this Alcohol is like loveThe first kiss is magic the second is intimate the third is routine After that you take the girl s clothes off This is the sort of novel that keeps you pouring a glass along with Marlowe perhaps is that what they mean by an active reader one who empathizes with the character and drinks whene drinks and despite being a pot boiler of a thriller never insults the intellect The twists are fresh and the writing crisp Granted the novel is a bit bloated and some elements may raise the really eyebrow of critiue but on the whole it works It is easy to consider many bits as cliche in the modern day but important to remember that it was Chandler that invented it before it became cliche There is also a really charming self consciousness to this novel with regards to the writing Why did I go into such detail Marlowe asks of Revel for the Texas Experience himself because the charged atmosphere made every little thing stand out as a performance The writing truly fits the scene and the PI narrator While in most novels it would be easy to sneer at a lengthy passage on the physical description and dress of a character as they first walk on the sceneere it is at Phase (Phase Trilogy, home since Marlowe would need to analyze a fresh face for all they are worth to build a profile of them uickly in order to interact with them and press for the goal Chandleras a true gift for dialogue and character mannerisms as well creating a wide engaging cast He was a guy who talked with commas like a The Aether Witch (The Coven: Elemental Magic Book 6) (English Edition) heavy novele says at one point and the dialogue of each character is always brilliantly nuanced There is even a wonderful sense of satire on authors present with Chandler poking fun at top selling authors who write for profit and not for artistic merit as is shown with Roger Wade The continuous satire and critiue of Hollywood and California that permeates Chandler s novels comes alive in comical form with the desert sobering up clinic and the mentally challenged guard who cannot separate The Mrs. Club his fantasy role playing of cowboys and tough guys from reality On the surface it is easy to scoff at these scenes but Chandler plays for something deeperIt is fascinating toave read Chandler grow as a writer and to see Gauntlet of Malice (Mages of Garillon, his characters develop and age over time Like a racoon Marloweas grown older and meaner and tougher but all the Ricochet honorable strong willed and fearless Maybe I was tired and irritable Maybe I felt a little guilty I could learn toate this guy without even knowing Morigu (Morigu, him I could just look atim across the width of a cafeteria and want to kick Colossus (The Kurgan War, his teeth in The relationship betweenim and Ohl The Ortiga Marriage (Harlequin Presents has soured a bit both of them really elbowing the other in the ribs with force and sadistic pleasure with Ohl no longer a chain smoker but constantly rubbing an unlit cigarette betweenis lips What Shark Bait (Aristotle Soc Socarides Book 8) has not changed is the insight into Los Angeles and Hollywood blossoming now into subtle jabs of social insight with Marlowe looking down at all the socialites as their sins and flaws seem to define them The Long Goodbye reads almost like a western where the territory is wild and untamed and crime running rampant not as a driving force but as a symptom of the American lifestyle weave let cultivate itself Power and greed and evil are seen 私のオオカミくん 3 (Watashi no Ookami-kun here as byproducts of a society ruled by its own fear and vice and Marlowe must navigate these deadly waters to uphold the good names ofimself and those e cares about The Long Goodbye is a cornerstone of noir and mystery that rises above any genre into simply being a beautiful piece of literature A searing social critiue orchestrated with dazzling plot twists enviable dialogue prowess and a firm grounding in doing what is right simply because it is right Chandler as created a masterpiece that is just as potent today as it was when first written This is the sort of novel that scratches an itch of being both a fluff read and an intellectual endeavour there must be a term for this somewhere and grabs the reader by the throat and Swimming With Dolphins heart and won t let go until the finaleart wrenching few lines Plus the Robert Altman film starring Elliott Gould is fantastic though not a perfect adaption it still works and rivals even Chinatown as a masterpiece of noir cinema This novel was. 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Raymond Thornton Chandler was an American novelist and screenwriterIn 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