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Really only for die-hard fans and/or those who are already interested in this type of idiosyncratic marginalia. Distinguishing a "notebook" from a "journal" or "diary" might at times come off as nit-picky, but it's an important one in this situation, as this is less a personal record than a ramshackle collection of sentence fragments, long lists of slang, a few rather unreadable writing exercises, and many excerpts of articles and essays from other writers that Chandler evidently drew inspiratio...
Amazing and hilarious. I love this man.
Quite thin in content (small parts were covered in other chandler books), but some little gems here and there. Interesting to read.
Fascinating peek behind the curtain. It's a short book, but packed with teasers, writing exercises, notes, and what-not.
The private notebooks of RC - notes for his own use about writing, lists of good similes, little stories he wrote for correspondence courses. Very interesting stuff just as a peek into the writer's mind and methods. Some of it is pretty ordinary, which in itself is fascinating when it comes from the same man who created the Marlowe novels.It's scrappy and short, but long enough.I haven't yet read the accompanying story 'English Summer'. Maybe next July back in the old country.
Almost all of Chandler’s notebook were destroyed at his death. This included some of the material from the two black loose-leaf notebooks that escaped including lists of similes (a face like a collapsed lung), Chandlerisms (She threw her arms around my neck and nicked my ear with the gunsight), slang, and drafts of sketches of scenes and characters.
English Summer was in one of his other books --the Collected Stories. Only for die hard Chandler fans. Not a lot of meat on this bone of a book
During a period of twenty years that stretched from his beginnings as a pulp writer for The Black Mask, through his writing of the novels The Big Sleep and Farewell, My Lovely, to the Hollywood years of the 1940s, Raymond Chandler kept a series of private notebooks. Filled with both public and private writings, these pages give us an intimate view of the writer at work and contain early ideas, descriptions, and anecdotes later used in such classics as The Long Goodbye and The Blue Dahlia. Read C...
Alas, though the title is compelling, there's a lot less here than meets the eye. The forward talks about the extensive notebooks that Chandler kept, then tells us how he destroyed them all. What remains are a few odds and ends, such as some story ideas, odd bits such as collections of San Quentin slang, some items found in a Los Angeles store, and the like. Interesting mostly for its curio effects. I did like the list of possible novel titles, but as a whole, there's just not much here. Glad I
I didn't bother with "English Summer," after what I read of it in the notebooks. Either the title is a misnomer, or this is an extremely rigorous selection of entries. The "notebooks" referred to only make up about fifty pages, and a large chunk of that is taken up by pieces that were published, in one form or another. Probably better off reading Chandler's letters, in the MacShane edition. Not that anyone not fanatical about Chandler should read even those. Nothing terribly profound, but Chandl...
A fascinating collection of notes, clippings, and short pieces by Raymond Chandler. He even has a couple of pages of "Chandleresque" similes -- yep, he wrote 'em down to use later. There's also a complete story, "English Summer" which is illustrated by Edward Gorey, no less!It's an entertaining book, with useful advice from a master, and fun glimpses of Chandler's own wry personality and writing habits.
Not all that interesting, for the most part, but there are some great lists of slang terms, and this line, which is worth the price of the book:"If you don't leave, I'll get someone who will."Other than that, the only story in the book is "English Summer, a Gothic Romance," which nobody should read, and nobody should have written.
Worth reading for the "Twelve Notes on the Mystery Story" alone, relevant to non-mystery story writing also. For example: "The solution must seem inevitable once revealed." (from note 10.) Good stuff.
For the Chandler Completist. Not essential, though entertaining insights into the literary mind of Ray.
Pretty slight, but still a must-have for geekanerd Chandler completists like meself.