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The long good-bye
Author: Chandler, Raymond
Publication year: 2010
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New] ed., with an introduction by Jeffery Deaver
Genre: Marlowe, Philip (Fictitious character) Private investigators
Classification: F
Publisher: Penguin, 2010
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780241954362
This ed. originally published: 2005
Terry Lennox's very rich wife is found with her brains all over the floor. Murderer or no murderer, Lennox is shaping up to cause plenty of trouble and trouble just happens to be Marlowe's line of work.
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Coming again to “The Long Goodbye” after first reading it in the late 1960s and rating it very highly, I think I have come to a more balanced conclusion. I still like it and it seems the least generic of Chandler’s novels, though that’s not necessarily an endorsement. Now, it seems to me, the extreme degree of self-consciousness in this late (1953) novel by Chandler is such that it really did need Robert Altman’s 1973 film and its dramatically changed ending to prevent Philip Marlowe’s honour-code toppling over into self-parody. Neither Marlowe’s obstinate belief in his dead friend, Terry Lennox, nor his eventual sympathy for the alcoholic writer, Roger Wade, in the parallel plot would have survived in the wise-cracking world of “The Big Sleep” (1939). What “The Long Goodbye” lacks in credible plot and critical distance on Marlowe – the two shortcomings are connected -- it mostly makes up for in rich and full descriptions of cars, drinks, guns, clothes, and activities, for instance,
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