The Long Good-bye (Phillip Marlowe)

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I started reading this book about two weeks after my father died of lung cancer metastasize to bones, liver, brain. Putvinski, Anthony (2013-02-15). "Altman Defines Neo Noir with The Long Goodbye • Movie Fail". Movie Fail . Retrieved 2019-07-03. CHANG: You know, the best books in my experience, they offer something new every time you read them. I am curious, like, has this book, "The Long Goodbye" - has its significance changed for you over your life as you reread and reread it?

What is astounding about this memoir – what elevates it above many other so-called “grief books” – is that Meghan O’Rourke is able to take the personal and lifts it into the universal. The pain that any grieving or soon-to-be-grieving person feels – “Am I really she who has woken up again without a mother?” – or a father, or a husband or wife can understand Meghan’s emotions, her monumental agony. It’s a sorority or fraternity that only those who have experienced it are given entry.

by Raymond Chandler

Chandler and Thompson write in the first person, and Hammett uses the third person in The Maltese Falcon. How would each of these novels have been affected–for better or worse–if the voice had been reversed? What are the inherent advantages and/or limitations of writing in the first or third person? About this Author A true 'hot property': Elliott Gould's 'Long Goodbye' apartment is for rent!". Los Angeles Times. 3 December 2014. 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.” On his return to Los Angeles, Marlowe learns that Lennox's wife was found dead in her guest house and that she died before Lennox fled. Marlowe is arrested on suspicion of murder after refusing to co-operate with investigators, who want him to confess that he helped Lennox flee. ... CHA: I write crime novels that are critical of LA, but I also have a deep affection for it and a desire for it to be better.

In 1950, Chandler described in a letter to his English publisher, Hamish Hamilton, why he began reading pulp magazines and later wrote for them: This sordid tale begins when a cheating wife gets murdered. She's a floozy so no one cares, see? But she was a rich floozy, so her daddy is covering it up. No, you dirty bastard, not that kind of a daddy...her real daddy. Randy doesn't bother. In Las Vegas he's a legitimate businessman. You look him up next time you're there. He'll be your pal."It’s a shame that things get put on a pedestal like that because the expectations always overreach and cause an expectation for more. And that’s exactly what happened when I read Chandler’s The Long Goodbye (and watched the Star Wars films, for that matter). Discover the first Edgar winner for Best Novel: Beat Not the Bones by Charlotte Jay!

Chandler is also one of those rare writers who's able to combine profound depth of character and theme with a truly compelling plot. As I mentioned, I didn't find it as ungraspable as that of The Big Sleep, in fact I'm pretty certain I was able to follow it (having seen the Altman movie twice definitely helped, even though there are significant differences), but its complexity and precision coexist with its ambiguity- ambiguity not so much in terms of what happens, but why it happens. The greatest mysteries lie within ourselves. Another reviewer mentioned that they found Marlowe's passivity in this novel strange. But the novel is stranger than that, it's almost as if this entire story sort of happens to Marlowe, almost as if Sylvia's killer wants to be caught. Thanks again for joining us as we work our way through this list. It is never easy following Raymond Chandler, but we have a feeling next year’s winner will be up for the challenge: Margaret Millar for Beast in View. Tune in Friday!


The Long Goodbye starts as two unrelated cases that naturally converge. First, a rich drinking buddy of Marlowe's shows up in trouble — his wife has been beaten to death, and naturally he's the prime suspect. Marlowe doesn't believe his friend did it, and helps him get to Mexico (without actually breaking the law, since technically he does not know for a fact that his friend is currently wanted). This lands him in all kinds of trouble, with everyone from the cops to hoodlums to the dead woman's super-rich father trying to intimidate him. They want to pin it on her husband, and they want to pin Marlowe as an accessory, and they certainly don't want him poking around and questioning the official story. The Long Goodbye is a detective fiction novel published in 1953, written by Raymond Chandler. Chandler produced several works--both short stories and novels--which feature Philip Marlowe as the protagonist. Marlowe is a private investigator, whose casual acquaintance Terry Lennox (who exhibits lurid and extravagant behavior) asks for a ride to Tijuana, Mexico. Marlowe learns only upon returning from this trip to his apartment that Lennox's wife has been found murdered. Marlowe is briefly held for complicit guilt in this murder, until Lennox himself is found dead in Mexico, having confessed to murdering his wife. A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober. An alcoholic, a real alcoholic, is not the same man at all. You can’t predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before.”

The tragedy of life, Howard, is not that the beautiful die young, but that they grow old and mean. It will not happen to me.” Once in a while in this much too sex-conscious country a man and a woman can meet and talk without dragging bedrooms into it. In a seemingly tangential plot, Marlowe is drawn into aiding one Roger Wade, a formerly successful writer, who is being kept in a facility for alcoholics. Roger's wife, Eileen, implores Marlowe to stay at their home on the pretext of keeping her husband sober; however, she soon makes clear her interest in seducing Marlowe. Marlowe gets a call from New York publisher Howard Spencer, who asks him to investigate a case. One of Spencer's best writers, Roger Wade, has a drinking problem and has been missing for three days. Initially Marlowe refuses but after Wade's wife, Eileen, also asks for Marlowe's help, he consents. Marlowe finds Wade in a makeshift detox facility in an isolated and soon-to-be-abandoned ranch. He takes his fee, but the Wades' stories do not match. L’alcool è come l’amore. Il primo bacio è magico, il secondo intimo, il terzo un’abitudine. E poi si spoglia la donna”The Long Goodbye is a novel by Raymond Chandler, published in 1953, his sixth novel featuring the private investigator Philip Marlowe. Some critics consider it inferior to The Big Sleep or Farewell, My Lovely, but others rank it as the best of his work. Chandler, in a letter to a friend, called the novel "my best book".

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