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I liked the plot, the way the scenery was described, the description of the characters.
The main thing to remember is that however much you might have liked the film, reading the book will be a different experience and you'll need to accept that going in.
Raymond Chandler's first novel, The Big Sleep, is the best mystery/crime novel I've ever read and even one of the best novels I've ever read.
I'm not really a fan of detective stories, and I probably will not read another Chandler book, but it is still 4 stars. Read morePublished 3 days ago by AZ
It's one of my favorite books of all time, and certainly my favorite Philip Marlowe book by Raymond Chandler.
I love the movie too. Read more
An old fashioned detective story full of wise cracks. It was very well done. It reminded me of the old days.Published 12 days ago by William Stone
Classic noir detective novel. Great characters, great plot. A must read for detective story fans.Published 12 days ago by Pamela R. Mackey
I had forgotten, please excuse me Mr. Chandler, how wonderful, no, great, no that isn't the word, eh...incomparable, yes that it's it... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Ron Lansverk
A classic when it was written, and still a classic! The dialogue is totally dated (how many times have you heard a woman referred to as a "frail") but it still resonates... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Remlie
Raymond Chandler's novel The Big Sleep is anything but. With prototypical noir private detective Philip Marlowe as the protagonist, Chandler's novel grabs the reader's attention... Read morePublished 25 days ago by not a natural