The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

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Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, who he's divorced and re-married and who ends up dead. and now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

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Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 - 1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandler's detective stories often starred the brash but honorable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandler's novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which helped define the film noir style. In the last year of his life he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died in La Jolla, California on March 26, 1959.
Published June 11, 2002 by Vintage. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Education & Reference, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books. Fiction

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Philip Marlowe's Ave atque Vale runs to about 500 pages, through the sanguine incidents which attend his casual involvement with Terry Lennox, a rich woman's kept poodle whom he picks up in a bar.

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During a documentary extra on the DVD version of The Long Goodbye, director Robert Altman says he called Elliott Gould’s version of Phillip Marlowe “Rip Van Marlowe” because it’s like the iconic 1940’s detective character fell asleep for 30 years and awoke in the 1970s.

Jan 23 2006 | Read Full Review of The Long Goodbye

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She died a year after The Long Goodbye was published, at the age of eighty-four - she was eighteen years older than Chandler - and eight weeks short of their thirty-first wedding anniversary.

Nov 27 2009 | Read Full Review of The Long Goodbye

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Reads I can put down,take a dip in the pool and come back out ready to pick up where I left off.Here's my current summer reading list (sans Kindle, I read old school and recently carried this particular bag o' books up for my trip to NJ, which is also good for a quick biceps/triceps workout...who...

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As The Dude, protagonist Lebowski is a lazy, pot-addled, White Russian-downing bum, while the Big Lebowski is a wheel-chair bound entrepreneur who hates The Dude and everything he represents.

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Robert Altman's film version of Raymond Chandler's novel is an uneven mixture of insider satire on the gumshow film genre, gratuitous brutality, and sledgehammer whimsy.

Dec 31 1972 | Read Full Review of The Long Goodbye

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