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Down and out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast So he turns to the only friend he can trust private investigator Philip Marlowe Marlowe is willing to help a man down on his luck, but later Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty Marlowe is drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA s Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover Marlowe is sure Lennox didn t kill his wife, but how many stiffs will turn up before he gets to the truth


10 thoughts on “The Long Goodbye

  1. s.penkevich s.penkevich says:

    To say goodbye is to die a little.There are some books that just feel good to 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 darker hours, 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 have seen some bleak times an To say goodbye is to die a little.There are some books that just feel good to 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 darker hours, 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 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 soaring heights of literary acceptance with 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 evenso that theupbeat and hardboiled 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 hard times, hard drinking, hard living an aged andcynical than ever Marlowe proves he s worth his salt in honoring the memory of a short lived but impactful friendship with Terry Lennox Lennox, a war hero alcoholic, has been a victim of either suicide or arranged murder in a small Mexican town while on the lam escaping an accusation for murder of 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 droppingquarters for another dryer cycle in order to keep reading because a mystery with Marlowe is about as good as life gets.To label this novel perfection would be to bastardize any opinions on the literaturewidely accepted by the academy that I ve previously championed and praised, but few novels have felt like a better friend in hard times than The Long Goodbye Or perhaps it s just that I like occupying Marlowe s headspace I even named my new cat after 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 what he wants He swims upon 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 besides himself seems to be worth a damn Pushy and thorny, Marlowe is the 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 dated humor, but it is 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 when he 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 reallyeyebrow of critique, 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 detailMarlowe asks of himself, because the charged atmosphere made every little thing stand out as a performance. The writing truly fits the scene and the P.I 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 scene, here it is at home since Marlowe would need to analyze a fresh face for all they are worth to build a profile of them quickly in order to interact with them and press for the goal Chandler has 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 heavy novel, he 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 critique 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 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 deeper.It is fascinating to have read Chandler grow as a writer and to see his characters develop and age over time Like a racoon, Marlowe has grown older and meaner and tougher, but all thehonorable, strong willed and fearless Maybe I was tired and irritable Maybe I felt a little guilty I could learn to hate this guy without even knowing him I could just look at him across the width of a cafeteria and want to kick his teeth in The relationship between him and Ohl has soured a bit, both of them really elbowing the other in the ribs withforce and sadistic pleasure, with Ohl no longer a chain smoker but constantly rubbing an unlit cigarette between his lips What 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 we have let cultivate itself Power and greed and evil are seen 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 of himself and those he 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 critique orchestrated with dazzling plot twists, enviable dialogue prowess and a firm grounding in doing what is right simply because it is right, Chandler has 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 heart and won t let go until the final, heart 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 a true comfort on many a dark night and it was sad to see it end Marlowe is a true literary hero and one I won t ever forget.4.5 5 Out there in the night of a thousand crimes people were dying, being maimed, cut by flying glass, crushed against steering wheels or under heavy tires People were being beaten, robbed, strangled, raped, and murdered People were hungry, 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 emptiness.It all depends on where you sit and what your own private score is I didn t have one I didn t care.I finished the drink and went to bed. While there is plenty of drinking to be had 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 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 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.


  2. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    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 he gets into trouble for doing this no good deed ever goes unpunished.This 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 happened to be unnecessar 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 he gets into trouble for doing this no good deed ever goes unpunished.This 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 happened 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 fair.Philip Marlowe does not feel the same to the extent that I would like to ask the late author, Who the heck is the guy impersonating him and what happened 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 have sentences like, Several weeks passed on practically every page.Continuing the theme of the guy impersonating Marlowe in the book, he really acts out of character here Where is the guy who went head to head with an armed ruthless killer trying to protect a person who he never saw before The Big Sleep This time he does not do anything even remotely exciting the whole investigation took whopping 2 pages out of 350 He spends his time doing boring routine and being bullied He is bullied by everybody and their brother corrupted copes, good cops, millionaires and their 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 could happen with the rate things were going The only reason for all the bulling Marlowe got stubborn for no good cause whatsoever.The rating of this book is 3 stars with onehalf of a star added for its classic status Raymond Chandler mentioned in his essay that during his writing if he felt the plot became slow he would make a man with a gun come through the door I was waiting for the guy through the whole book he never came This review is a copy paste of my BookLikes one


  3. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Philip Marlowe a cynical shamus looks down at the parking lot of The Dancers Club, watching a drunk be put into his car a silver Rolls Royce, but the annoyed valet has 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 headed woman sitting next to him 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 W Philip Marlowe a cynical shamus looks down at the parking lot of The Dancers Club, watching a drunk be put into his car a silver Rolls Royce, but the annoyed valet has 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 headed woman sitting next to him 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 he has the scars on his face to prove it Mr Marlowe not known for being a nice guy, comes down the steps and helps 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 hers , speeding away like a race driver towards the finish line What to do with this pathetic creature, take him home and sober him 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 had just been celebrated Soon these unlikely two become friends , Mr Marlowe keeps Terry from the drunk tank the next time he sees him, trying to be vertical on the streets of Los Angeles, hustles him away when a cop notices But would you believe it This alcoholic friend, living mostly in some dark hole outside, wherever he could find or reach one, remarries the wealthy daughter of Mr Harlan Potter and is on their second honeymoon in Las Vegas From the top to the bottom and back again, sending a hundred dollar check to the astonished Marlowe for all his complications, a few days before Christmas too They later become drinking partners at a dingy bar, but happiness does not last, Mr Lennox is just a front to keep the promiscuous Sylvia looking respectable, Daddy is a cold conservative, honorable man, no bad publicity, he likes it as much as a stock market crash but a murder is committed, there will beand Terry is suspected, the hero flees to Mexico with the assistance of Philip, who asks not the right questions, a pal is a pal The tough police aren t slapping the private detective around, beating him like a punching bag with eyes, not the first time either from criminals or the law, it does still hurt but keeps his trap shutJailed, looking out into space only blankness waiting and wondering how can he get out of this foolish mess, maybe be incarcerated in San Quentin the big house for years, but has his pride intact Days later 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 finish his next book, a swords and romance,a favorite of critics it isn t , they however are poor and he is rich Philip Marlowe through no fault of his own brings death and sinister lurking gangsters Raymond Chandler the king of mystery authors has another great novel which lifts it above the genre into serious, distinguished literature


  4. James Thane James Thane says:

    This is the sixth and last of the full length novels that Raymond Chandler wrote featuring his iconic detective, Philip Marlowe It s also the most personal in that Chandler seems to have based two of the characters, Terry Lennox and Roger Wade, at least in part on himself.At the book opens, Marlowe meets a man named Terry Lennox outside of a nightclub Lennox is very drunk and his date drives off and leaves him Marlowe, being a good samaritan, takes Lennox to his own home, sobers him up and th This is the sixth and last of the full length novels that Raymond Chandler wrote featuring his iconic detective, Philip Marlowe It s also the most personal in that Chandler seems to have based two of the characters, Terry Lennox and Roger Wade, at least in part on himself.At the book opens, Marlowe meets a man named Terry Lennox outside of a nightclub Lennox is very drunk and his date drives off and leaves him Marlowe, being a good samaritan, takes Lennox to his own home, sobers him up and then drives him home to the mansion that Lennox shares with his 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 him a ride to Mexico, no questions asked.Well, what are friends for Marlowe gives Lennox a ride and from that point, things generally go to hell in a handbasket 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 him or herself 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 eventhan ever the fact that there are only six of these novels along with a number of short stories I could have 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 have never been able to warm up to it Given the way that Humphrey Bogart inhabited the role of Marlowe and really made it 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


  5. Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh says:

    Chandler s known as the king of LA noir and word is this is 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 spoiler it s fun you should try it sometime hide spoiler Marlowe s amazingly complex, a fast talking P.I surviving on tough cynicism Deep down just a stand up guy with a soft spot for underdogs Got a moral core that Chandler s known as the king of LA noir and word is this is 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 spoiler it s fun you should try it sometime hide spoiler Marlowe s amazingly complex, a fast talking P.I surviving on tough cynicism Deep down just a stand up guy with a soft spot for underdogs Got a moral core that earns him no thanks, just a whole whack of trouble and an enemy around every corner There s a suicide and a murder everybody s pushing Marlow to dropYou know something, kid You think you re cute but you re just stupid You re a shadow on the wallBut walking away just ain t in his make up.A taste of Marlow s worldI drove back to Hollywood feeling like a short length of chewed string It was too early to eat, and too hot I turned on the fan in my office It didn t make the air any cooler, just a littlelively Outside on the boulevard the traffic brawled endlessly Inside my head thoughts stuck together like flies on flypaperHe builds characters effortlessly again in just a few words Take this pair of Homicide DetectivesHe was gray blond and looked sticky His partner was tall, good looking, neat, and had a precise nastiness about him, a goon with an education They had watching and waiting eyes, patient and careful eyes, cool disdainful eyes, cops eyes Plot s a bit convoluted but moves along nicely Don t get caught up trying to keep it all straight Instead enjoy the ambiance and the deliciously broken people Majority of them clinging to sanity by a thread Roger Wade is interesting, a bestselling pulp fiction author who hits the bottle hard Rumour has it this is semi autobiographical Heads up Written in the 50 s so you ll need to take in stride some racism Women are broads and they re all bad news He seems to like them anywaySo they re human, they sweat, they get dirty, they have to go to the bathroom What did you expect golden butterflies hovering in a rosy mist Way I see it I lucked out My GR buddies guided me to Chandler as an intro to the world of hard boiled detective novels My 1st stab at it, have nothing to compare it to Can t rate by genre so 4.5 stars as pure entertainment it was a blast


  6. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    A down and out friend of Marlowe s flees to Mexico with Marlowe s help, his wife dead under suspicious circumstances Marlowe s friend soon turns up dead, an apparent suicide But what does his death, if anything, have to do with a drunk writer Marlowe finds himself watching I m not really sure how I feel about the Long Goodbye It s Chandler so the writing is great, with Chandler s trademark similes and hard boiled atmosphere On the other hand, it s written a little differently than his other A down and out friend of Marlowe s flees to Mexico with Marlowe s help, his wife dead under suspicious circumstances Marlowe s friend soon turns up dead, an apparent suicide But what does his death, if anything, have to do with a drunk writer Marlowe finds himself watching I m not really sure how I feel about the Long Goodbye It s Chandler so the writing is great, with Chandler s trademark similes and hard boiled atmosphere On the other hand, it s written a little differently than his other Philip Marlowe books It sphilosophical and less crime oriented The two victims in the story seem to be stand ins for Chandler himself.It s still crime oriented, though It took me forever to figure out how the two seemingly unrelated cases were linked I got there just before Marlowe did but it was a close shave.What else is there to say without giving anything away Chandler once again delivers the goods, just not in the same package as usual Still, it was a very enjoyable read


  7. Michael Michael says:

    I enjoyed the atmospherics and mood of this one, the last of Chandler s detective stories featuring Philip Marlowe This one is different in beingmeditative and in havingof a focus on alienation among the wealthy residents of gated compounds Chandler also restrains Marlowe s use of colorful similes in his interior monologues, which became a clich in many of his imitators Compared to the earlier tales, Chandler isjudicious here in the playful, sardonic banter Marlowe uses for I enjoyed the atmospherics and mood of this one, the last of Chandler s detective stories featuring Philip Marlowe This one is different in beingmeditative and in havingof a focus on alienation among the wealthy residents of gated compounds Chandler also restrains Marlowe s use of colorful similes in his interior monologues, which became a clich in many of his imitators Compared to the earlier tales, Chandler isjudicious here in the playful, sardonic banter Marlowe uses for dismaying and undermining his adversaries, part of his signature cool bravado in the face of danger The story begins with Marlowe helping his sensitive alcoholic friend Lennox escape to Mexico, with no questions asked Soon he learns his faithless, wealthy wife has been brutally murdered, with Lennox the prime suspect Marlowe stays mum during brutal police questioning and is 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 when he begins to find links with another PI job A publisher tries to hire him to uncover the roots of a writer s block and violent behavior when drinking Though he turns the job down, the guy s seductive wife draws him into their situation A murder takes place that he might have prevented, putting Marlowe into high gear to solve the linked cases and foil the pervasive efforts of powerful forces to suppress the truth.Despite the troubles with alcohol that beset his two main characters and Chandler himself, he has a wonderful way of capturing the allure Marlowe finds in drinking with LennoxI 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 giving himself that last look in the mirror to see if his tie is straight and his 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 quiet drink of the evening in a quiet bar that s wonderful I agreed with him 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 Chandler s prose has somedelights in capturing the casual attitudes of the rich on power of moneyI 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 juice.A rich businessmen has his formula for success nicely boiled down You can t have quality 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 diatribeLet 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 them how to operate Chandler seems to have some fun with frustrations of the police over mental health concerns in society s response to crimeYou two characters been seeing any psychiatrists lately Jesus, Ohls said, hadn t you heard We got them in our hair all the time these days This ain t police business anyIt 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 juvenile held up a liquor store or raped a schoolgirl or peddled her 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 practice.So 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 his own, and I appreciate the tongue in cheek aspects behind themYou 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 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 s have a drink Through this tale we get a dose of the metaphor for the detective as a cynical but good hearted agent who strives to address the social ills of corruption and greed with truth and justice But here the heroic 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 highlighted the existential and chaotic aspects of this outlook and put a Don Quixote like aspect to Marlowe s tilting at windmills


  8. Anthony Vacca Anthony Vacca says:

    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 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 th 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 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 Goodbye.I 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 Crumley has saidthan once in interviews that every good idea he had, 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 separate, heart stomping ways.If 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 heaviness of its loss, while The Long Goodbye,than anything, is a slow burning rumination on the nature of friendship.In the earlier novels, all the events transpire usually under 48 hours, 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 appear.For 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 i.e 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 literature.I don t really have it in me to try and give you a zesty teaser on the plot of this novel, some hokey 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 are hidden 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 requires 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


  9. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    I was as hollow and empty as the spaces between starsRaymond 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 quickly Their notable books are soon forgotten, misplaced, unread and eventually pulped Other writers seem to 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 gravesI was as hollow and empty as the spaces between starsRaymond 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 quickly Their notable books are soon forgotten, misplaced, unread and eventually pulped Other writers seem to 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 writers.He is one of the Holy Trinity of detective novelists along with Dashiell Hammett and James M Cain These are the men who built the hard boiled noir house that everyone else lives in He is a god and a poet His dialogue seems to have 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 heirs 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 hints of inspiration Obviously, I adore the genre and the writer, but even if I work 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 feet


  10. Aubrey Aubrey says:

    People They pass through your life, your mind, your heart, bundled in their own worlds with their wants and needs and feelings And they ll tangle you up and drag you with and leave you with a lump in your throat and a weight in your gut That s the best case scenario Worst case scenario you end up broken, in jail, dead Philip avoids the latter case with an insight into the human condition so instinctive and accurate it is frankly terrifying Doesn t help him at all with the former though Be People They pass through your life, your mind, your heart, bundled in their own worlds with their wants and needs and feelings And they ll tangle you up and drag you with and leave you with a lump in your throat and a weight in your gut That s the best case scenario Worst case scenario you end up broken, in jail, dead Philip avoids the latter case with an insight into the human condition so instinctive and accurate it is frankly terrifying Doesn t help him at all with the former though Besides all that, he is a singular character with singular motives He would have been an excellent knight in the medieval ages, but I have a feeling that he wouldn t have been drawn to such an auspicious living His inherent moral code is tempered by a fixation on the seedier side of living He craves the city, a filthy machine that rests on a vicious underbelly and is topped with a slathering of sickening gilt Guilt Same difference He lives to solve the problem without regard to both those he affects and those who affect him he must have an indifference to life made of steel, if not a mental complex the size of the city he resides in I d have to readinto him to find out Which I think I shall All discussion of the main character aside, the crime was tantalizing, the plot moved at a compulsively readable place, and you have to love witty banter, even if much of it was bluffing and bullshit That s why we have Marlowe though, to carve through all the things people say and find what they actually mean You know, I think he also would ve made a cool English professor I m not sure how well street smarts would have translated to character and plot analysis, but humans really haven t changed that much in the past millennium or so Different words, but our motives and thought patterns still follow stupidly predictable ways for those who can see it Raymond Chandler can definitely see it, and shows it to the rest of us in a way that leaves us cravingThere s no greater escape from the bullshit of your own life than through a novel that cuts through its own, and it is inherently addicting