Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely



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It s impossible to think of nything that might be remotely fresh nd interesting to say bout this book It s classic of crime fiction it was first published in 1940 nd it s been reviewed thousands of times mostly by people far competent than ISuffice it to say that this is the second full length novel featuring Los Angeles detective Philip Marlowe following The Big Sleep which had been published in 1939 Marlowe was the prototype for Bound (Torn Trilogy, all the tough wise cracking PIs that would follownd Chandler was really the first crime fiction writer to fully exploit the setting of Los Angeles Scores of writers have followed in his footsteps but very few have succeeded s well s Chandler didAs the book opens Marlowe is searching for missing husband when he encounters mountain of man named Moose Malloy who is staring up t Loyalty and Lies a barbove the barber shop where Marlowe had hoped to find the forementioned missing husband Malloy fresh out of prison fter Fortunes Flames an eight year stretch is looking for his lost love Velma Malloy hasn t heard from Velma inll of that time but that has not uenched his ffections for the woman who used to work in the barEight years is long time nd in the interim the bar which used to be white establishment has now become n African American one lthough in 1940 no one would have described the place uite that politely Well one thing leads to nother nd Malloy drags Marlowe up the stairs nd begins demanding nswers from the people in the bar who not surprisingly have never heard of VelmaMalloy winds up killing someone in the bar nd takes off leaving Marlowe to explain things to the cops From that point on Marlowe is entangled in Malloy s search As sideline he Claiming Her also takes job body guarding guy who is trying to exchange cash for valuable jade necklace that was stolen from friendNeither job is simple nd neither turns out very well nd before long Marlowe is up to his neck in trouble with the cops nd whole lot of other people s well Before it s ll over he ll be beat up doped up pushed round Murder Go Round and lied to but it sll in the nature of the jobThe plot really doesn t make How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World: A Comparative Analysis a lot of sense but nobody reads Chandler for the plot The book is beautifully written with one great line followingnother Through Marlowe Chandler rolls back the curtain Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential and exposes the seamy side of pre war LA It s not pretty sight nd you sometimes get the impression that Marlowe might be the only honest decent man in the state The Big Sleep may be one of the greatest crime novels ever written nd. Marlowe's Cambridge Modern History volumes 1-5 about to give up on completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong.

It s The Heart Of The Hawk (Book 1) an impossiblect to follow even for Raymond Chandler I like this book Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 a lot but I don t think it s uite on par with the first book in the series A solid 45 stars for me Excerpts from dinner honoring the 2016 winner of the Otis Chandler Award for Literary Criticism Audience uestion You re known for your essay on the Kantian esthetic of disinterested judgment Empire of the Waves: Voyage of the Moon Child as seen in the works of James Joyce William Gaddisnd Dan Brown Are there other The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 authors or titles that come to mind perhaps even focused on the primacy of styleSteve Well let s see Maybe the first book I read where certain shadowy deportment really popped s pure statement of style was Raymond Chandler s Farewell My Lovely The book itself was cannibalization of three earlier short stories of his Whereas the stories were neatly contained s standalones the edits in piecing them together were slapdash sacrificing both congruency nd clarity in the process Chandler responded saying My whole career is based on the idea that the formula doesn t matter the thing that counts is what you do with the formula that is to say it is matter of style And of course that hard boiled noir feel of his is prevalent to this day Audience uestion I may be taking you further field but is this visual visceral style brought on by Chandler one that necessarily de emphasizes plotSteve I don t think so Style is not everything Nor is image much s Andre Agassi would have us believe on Canon s behalf Further Audience uestion interrupting what would surely have been n insightful elaboration on the topic of substance v style But think back to the movies When you picture Bogie nd Bacall in The Big Sleep do you remember the on screen chemistry I Was Anastasia and the wise guy patter or is it plot detail something like the perp who stole the falcon that stuck with you Steve Actually wasn t that DashiellAudience member blurting out For me it s Bogie Choice of the Cat and Bacall Even in blacknd white they sizzle Steve Admittedly HumpBac Three Cups of Deceit as I like to call them retrofitting nickname were iconic butAnother Sparrow Road audience member Those couple combo names have kind of run their course don t you think Who s even togethert this point Certainly not Brangelina TomKat no Zanessa no Yet A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston another voice from theudience What bout Bennifer Are they It s hard to keep track And nother I don t think so I suppose Lizard that is Elizabeth Taylor nd Richard Burton were the first of the on gain off Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World again power couplesHost I mfraid we may be veering off course The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors as litterateurs my friends This isn tn ep. Place Yoga: The Art of Adjusting at the right time to get caught up in murder that leads to ring of jewel thieves.

Isode of I Love Lucy fter The Neural Basis of Free Will all Should we redirect ourselves SteveSteve Actually that s often how it works with me seemingly on point for brief spurts before devolving into flapdoodle Besides I just thought ofnother one Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz They d be Ba Bu bu bSusan Steve s lovely You re mumbling in your sleep gainSteve HuhSusan Must be nother pizza dreamSteve Yeah shaking cobwebs from his head that nd the bibimbap I had for lunch With extra hot sauceSusan So what were you dreamingSteve Ha I think I was getting some kind of ward nd spouting complete nonsense like in one of my Goodreads reviews where I have nothing to say but say it nyway The only thing I remember from it is groping for Locked and Loaded (U.S. Marshals, a certain wordSusan Do you remember what it isSteve Yeah Ballsy Steve continuing somewhat incredulous I know it doesn t makeny sense to me either Susan Hmm Definitely Past Destinies a pizza dream First ofll I m so partial to RChandler s books that I d easily give only the titles three starsand this gem is definitely Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 a five star titleApart from this sentimental lovend hate storyI m ALWAYS impressed by the characters speaking like they carry If Wishes Were Horses a book of witnd humorto the point that I ll start picking up sharp edged setences from here nd dd them to my daily conversationThe plot is bit comlicated with rugged nd overused narrative nd minor partsbut the main irresistible characters beautifully cancel them out Of his novelsI d say this is one of the best character driven onesIt was published in 1940and the content is somewhat old fashionedbut every time I open this bookI can meet timeless Philip Marlowea man of principleJust for this reasonI ll be reading it forever Definitely my favorite Chandler beating out The Big Sleep by star nd than dozen memorable lines This book is bsolutely soaking in uotables nd may have the best prose of ny noir I ve ever read Add in classic main character nd solid plot A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 and you have nice shiny bundle of win PHILIP MARLOWE Chandler s iconic PI is n rrogant lcoholic who fails every PC test you can formulate He s racist from what I recall he insults African Americans Japanese nd Native Americans nd maybe others homophobic nd sexist enough that I would blackjack him on the braincase before he ever got within 10 yards of either of my daughters He s The Unspeakable Mind also mesmerizingnd fills up the page with his presence His entertainment value is off the charts nd he cracks wiser than nyone this side of Sam Spade But whereas Hammett s Spade is Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought all slick smoky uipsnd cat like grac. Another murder Murder at Beechwood a fortune teller couple murders nd corruption than your verage graveyard.

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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