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The Long Goodbye

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The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

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3.9 out of 5 stars
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Most helpful positive review
This is a mystery with the P.I. Phllip Marlowe and it is set in California. A pretty good mystery with lots of twists and turns. A woman dies, her husband disappears and commits suicide. Marlowe can't let it lie. He gets threatened by the woman's father, the police and the mob. This is considered "hard boil" but it is a lot easier reading than some of the other crime novels on the 1001 Books ..... list. You can at least laugh reading this one. It was written in 1953 but it doesn't read as that dated.

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The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

When Philip Marlowe befriends down-on-his-luck veteran Terry Lennox he gets more than he bargained for. With Lennox's wife dead and Lennox himself on the lam, Marlowe becomes the target for the local cops and a crazy gangster, while getting mixed up wi

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Series Title
Philip Marlowe
Publisher
Important Books, David Rehak
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
ENG
Number of Pages
280
Author
Raymond Chandler
ISBN-13
9788087888506
Publication Date
November, 2013
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.02 x 5.98 x 0.63 Inches
ISBN-10
8087888502

Customer Reviews

5 stars
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Most helpful positive review
This is a mystery with...
This is a mystery with the P.I. Phllip Marlowe and it is set in California. A pretty good mystery with lots of twists and turns. A woman dies, her husband disappears and commits suicide. Marlowe can't let it lie. He gets threatened by the woman's father, the police and the mob. This is considered "hard boil" but it is a lot easier reading than some of the other crime novels on the 1001 Books ..... list. You can at least laugh reading this one. It was written in 1953 but it doesn't read as that dated.
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2 customers found this helpful
For quite some time no...
For quite some time now, my husband had been urging me to read "hard-boiled" detective fiction. And I chose this particular book because it won an Edgar Award, and is on the list of "1001 Books you Must Read Before you Die." Well, I have to say the only reason I made it all the way to the end was because I love my husband, and wanted to give this book a fair shake. But it really wasn't my cup of tea. Philip Marlowe is a private eye in 1940s Hollywood, California. The Long Goodbye opens with Marlowe encountering a couple outside a bar. The man is quite drunk; the woman drives off in their car, leaving the man in a pretty sad state. Marlowe takes him home, gets him sober, and is drawn into friendship with this mysterious man, Terry Lennox. They meet for drinks several times. Then one night, Lennox visits Marlowe and asks to be taken to Tijuana. His wife has just been killed and although Terry didn't commit the murder, he knows he will be implicated. Marlowe helps him get away, but Terry's story is far from over. Meanwhile, Marlowe takes up another case involving an alcoholic writer. The two cases turn out to have a connection, which is gradually revealed. But I didn't really care, and that was my problem with this book. If there's one thing I've learned about my reading, it's that I enjoy character-driven novels. In The Long Goodbye, every single character was a stereotype. The central characters were fabulously wealthy (except for Marlowe, who still managed to move within their society with relative ease). There were a few seedy characters who acted suspiciously, just to keep the reader interested. The local police were violent, ineffetive, or both. Most characters had some level of dependency on alcohol or drugs, and associated behavioral issues. There were few women in this book, but all of them were blonde bombshells with only one real function in life. It's a shame -- Raymond Chandler is quite famous for this type of novel, and some of the film adaptations make for interesting viewing. But I think I'll take a pass on his other books.
Most helpful positive review
This is a mystery with...
This is a mystery with the P.I. Phllip Marlowe and it is set in California. A pretty good mystery with lots of twists and turns. A woman dies, her husband disappears and commits suicide. Marlowe can't let it lie. He gets threatened by the woman's father, the police and the mob. This is considered "hard boil" but it is a lot easier reading than some of the other crime novels on the 1001 Books ..... list. You can at least laugh reading this one. It was written in 1953 but it doesn't read as that dated.
Most helpful negative review
2 customers found this helpful
For quite some time no...
For quite some time now, my husband had been urging me to read "hard-boiled" detective fiction. And I chose this particular book because it won an Edgar Award, and is on the list of "1001 Books you Must Read Before you Die." Well, I have to say the only reason I made it all the way to the end was because I love my husband, and wanted to give this book a fair shake. But it really wasn't my cup of tea. Philip Marlowe is a private eye in 1940s Hollywood, California. The Long Goodbye opens with Marlowe encountering a couple outside a bar. The man is quite drunk; the woman drives off in their car, leaving the man in a pretty sad state. Marlowe takes him home, gets him sober, and is drawn into friendship with this mysterious man, Terry Lennox. They meet for drinks several times. Then one night, Lennox visits Marlowe and asks to be taken to Tijuana. His wife has just been killed and although Terry didn't commit the murder, he knows he will be implicated. Marlowe helps him get away, but Terry's story is far from over. Meanwhile, Marlowe takes up another case involving an alcoholic writer. The two cases turn out to have a connection, which is gradually revealed. But I didn't really care, and that was my problem with this book. If there's one thing I've learned about my reading, it's that I enjoy character-driven novels. In The Long Goodbye, every single character was a stereotype. The central characters were fabulously wealthy (except for Marlowe, who still managed to move within their society with relative ease). There were a few seedy characters who acted suspiciously, just to keep the reader interested. The local police were violent, ineffetive, or both. Most characters had some level of dependency on alcohol or drugs, and associated behavioral issues. There were few women in this book, but all of them were blonde bombshells with only one real function in life. It's a shame -- Raymond Chandler is quite famous for this type of novel, and some of the film adaptations make for interesting viewing. But I think I'll take a pass on his other books.
1-5 of 35 reviews

My first Raymond Chand...

My first Raymond Chandler; it will not be my last. I was snagged with the first few paragraphs. " ...because Terry Lenox's left foot was still dangling outside, as if he had forgotten he had one. " "...and over her shoulders she had a blue mink that almost made the Rolls-Royce look like just another automobile. It didn't quite. Nothing can." The writing is eloquent and concise. Descriptions that take you into the location without tearing you away from the story. Writing that makes the story better. And what a story. There is a lot of twisting and turning squeezed in this book. And the ending is perfect. Yes, you may get an inkling where it will wind up, but still a nice little jolt. My first sentence says it all

Arguably Chandlers ma...

Arguably Chandler's masterpiece. Tough, witty, poignant and smart. Okay, maybe his female characters could use just a soupcon of shading, but it's Chandler's world and he's the boss. Marlowe is a classic character, with enough complexity to spill over onto all the others. There just ain't no book like this book.

The ultimate noir nove...

The ultimate noir novel? It's long, it's bleak, it's about power, and love, and lust, and booze, and getting beat up by cops and doing the right thing. The plot's foundations seem a little shaky: Marlowe goes on a crusade to protect a 'friend' he barely knows, but then again that's the kinda straight-up guy he is, right? Superb.

You dont read Raymond...

You don't read Raymond Chandler for the plots--you read him for the magnificent "hard boiled" prose. The Long Goodbye is probably his most complex work, full of world weary insights and a somewhat more "tender" Marlowe. The great pleasure of The Long Goodbye is seeing how the main character, Philip Marlowe, reconciles his cynical view of humanity with a genuine desire to help a few unfortunates in life. The best Marlowe...classic...

This is a mystery with...

This is a mystery with the P.I. Phllip Marlowe and it is set in California. A pretty good mystery with lots of twists and turns. A woman dies, her husband disappears and commits suicide. Marlowe can't let it lie. He gets threatened by the woman's father, the police and the mob. This is considered "hard boil" but it is a lot easier reading than some of the other crime novels on the 1001 Books ..... list. You can at least laugh reading this one. It was written in 1953 but it doesn't read as that dated.

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