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Chandler's work has much in common with the bigass Story Of America. Not any glossy, optimistic aspect, of course, but the deep and painful themes underneath. And the pageantry overhead is unexceptional, tedious, banal.In Chandler's period-perfect mid-thirties works, we see a lot of the threadbare and the seedy, last night's makeup, and the smoke & liquor remnants of celebrations long concluded. An eye for the telling detail sets each sorry tale in motion: the phone-booth in a chintzy hollywood
As a recent convert to the hardboiled-detective story, it would be foolish for me to say anything like "Chandler's 'Farewell, My Lovely' is my favorite work of noir-fiction" - but for now, it suits.The beauty of these stories is not the sensational crime, violence, or "mysteries" they present, so much as the cut and dried staccato of painterly details delivered just-so and matter-of-fact. Yet Chandler manages to lubricate this minutiae with enlivening doses of humorous simile and insight, allowi...
About twenty years back I tried to read Raymond Chandler but never, ever cracked the book. Being a fan of neo-film noir, I knew I would like it if I ever started. What I didn't know was that I would discover the lost world of my father. While Chandler was born in the late nineteenth century, my father was born in 1919 so the diction, thoughts, and mannerisms of these works are from father's milieu more than Chandler's. The hoods, jazz cats, and dicks of Chandler's stories are the future Greatest...
Very nice edition. Thin (not India) paper; a ribbon for bookmark; includes a detailed biographical chronology and even notes on the text.
Whiskey-soaked, noir crime fiction at its best. I enjoyed Chandler's language, dialog and description that painted a picture of the dark side of 1930's LA. What was unexpected was the insertion of Phillip Marlowe's sarcastic humor in the three novels in this collection. Over a 1000 pages of Raymond Chandler. It was time well spent.
Along with a dozen stories, this edition includes The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely and The High Window. The stories are quickly familiar--friendless shamus sets off to solve case of either blackmail or stolen pearls (seriously, you’d think he’d at least vary the gems); he gets on by being disarmingly open with all but the key facts, but is too hard boiled for anyone to fully trust him. Story ends in a big shootout in which friendless shamus is miraculously spared. It’s in the novels, though, t...
In my first round of reading Chandler (I had read The Big Sleep, Farewell My Lovely, and The Long Goodbye before starting this collection) I was most impressed by the language and the world-weary cynicism. This time, while I still loved those things, I also came to appreciate the nature of Chandler's detectives, especially Marlowe.Unlike a lot of detectives, especially serialized detectives, Marlowe isn't that smart. He'll tell you so, repeatedly. Instead, Marlowe is a great detective because he...
When it comes to gritty crime writing, Raymond Chandler is still the best. You can have the great dialogs of Elmore Leonard or the gritty scenes of James Ellroy's Los Angeles but they sit at the feet of Chandler and Philip Marlowe.I picked this edition of Chandler collections because it contains 'Red Wind', probably his best short story. I love the beginning""Those hot dry winds that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights
It was quite an enjoyable experience to read this voluminous book of Chandler's writings, the first volume consisting of 13 short/pulp stories and his first three full-length novels, The big Sleep, Farewell My Lovely, and The High Window.Marlowe, the detective starring in the three novels , is being bullied and socked, cheated and manipulated by everyone, while at the same time drinking himself into oblivion and cracking wise to all and sundry. Despite that he is quite sharp and manages to someh...
The PG Wodehouse of Hardboil. "I felt terrible. I felt like an amputated leg." "The voice that answered was fat. It wheezed softly, like the voice of a man who had just won a pie-eating contest." "I wasn't doing any work that day, just catching up on my foot-dangling." Chandler's concern with mood to the point of cannibalizing plot points word-for-word and leaving plot holes is incredible (but you wouldn't notice). Top 10-ish despite some of the seedier plot elements.
You can really see the evolution in his writing from reading his stories and then into his novels. Re-reading the novels it brings back images of the movies that were made from these books.He writes cinematically with such visual descriptions of people, places, and action without getting bogged down in the descriptions. Now I want to see the movies again.
I really enjoyed reading Chandler's stories and first novels in order this way. The progress of his development as a writer and storyteller is obvious and quite interesting to track. I particularly liked the stories "Guns at Cyrano's" and "Pick-Up on Noon Street," and absolutely loved The High Window by the time I got to it. I'll definitely be moving on to Volume II.
I've read Dashiell Hammett and thoroughly enjoyed him, but had not read Chandler until now. He lived up to my expectation of the use of jargon (wiper for hired killer, beezer for nose, flattie for police officer, etc.) and enjoyed reading about what life was like in Los Angeles in the 1930s, at least according to Chandler.At over 1100 pages, it took a while to get all the stories and novels read, but was worth the effort. Included in this tome was a chronology of Chandler's life (where I learned...
The only thing better than a Raymond Chandler novel, is a collection of Raymond Chandler novels. This one contains the first three Marlowe novels and an assortment of Chandler's early pulp stories. Everything here is a winner.-The Big Sleep is classic hardboiled crime fiction that hits all the beats. -Farewell, My Lovely is probably Chandler's best of this collection. -The High Window is my personal favorite. -I can't rate the pulp stories because they are all so wonderful and varied that I re-r...
I'm finished but not in the sense of reading the entire book. I thought this would be a book I could really enjoy. The beginnings of the 20th century gum shoe mysteries. Give me perspective. I love mysteries and detectives. I read most of the Pulp Stories and half the Big Sleep. I liked the Big Sleep better than the Pulp Stories but overall, I just couldn’t get past the jargon of the 30’s and 40’s; most of the time I spent trying to decipher what they were talking about….which detracted from the...
This review refers to the novel "The Big Sleep".This is Raymond Chandler's first novel featuring the private eye Philip Marlowe and my second outing with the tall, no nonsense shamus ("Lady in the Lake" being the 1st).I had been warned of the convoluted structure of the first half of the book so I paid close attention to the characters and was glad I did.The story is entertaining and had an adequate amount of mystery in it right up to the conclusion. I have the Chandler 2 book set from LOA so mo...
These stories are just excellent examples of classic detective fiction. The shorts were decent, but the loosely connected Marlowe novels were phenomenal. Chandler inserts so many wise guy asides and similes that I would read these books for those alone. You can see the archetype here for so many later detectives.
Everytime I came to one of those ridiculous censor bars you had so much fun splattering all over these classics I had my own game of making them say the most grossly offensive things I could. I didn't think making Raymond Chandler into a PBS kid's show would have expanded my vocabulary as far as it did.
Chandler has become one of my favorite writers. I mostly wanted this book for the collected short stories, but I loved the three novels too. Yes, there is some unfortunate and dated racial and gender terminology, but it was easier for me to overlook it than with plenty of other authors of the era. The prose is taut and fun and Marlowe is one of the great anti-heroes of all time.
This book is wonderful -- maybe not perfect -- but wonderful all the same. And, to me, Chandler's writing tightened and improved as he went along, so the final story in this collection becomes the best.
Chandler wrote the finest noir detective fiction ever. Three early examples here, “The Big Sleep” a masterpiece against which the genre is judged. The 13 pulp stories from the early 1930s are warmup for the novels; “Pearls Are a Nuisance” inventive.
Love the way those detectives talk. LOVE those metaphors they sling around.But could not keep all the bad guys (and gals) straight, except in "The Goldfish," which gets 5 stars.
These were fun reads. All the jargon of the 1930's was a hoot!
Very good. Descriptions are marvelous. Lots of old slang. Farewell my lovely especially good. Plan or reading the companion volume of his late works.
I only read The Big Sleep. I need to read another novel at least to have a more informed opinion.
Incredible. Overlook the prejudices and just enjoy the wordsmithing.
I love everything Chandler writes. It's a hazard because I always want a martini while I read him.
Highly recommend all the Chandler books, you will certainly enjoy it.
Intriguing and filled with astounding possibilities.