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The Long Goodbye Paperback – August 12, 1988
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Chandler is not only the best writer of hardboiled PI stories, he's one of the 20th century's top scribes, period. His full canon of novels and short stories is reprinted in trade paper featuring uniform covers in Black Lizard's signature style. A handsome set for a reasonable price.
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"Raymond Chandler is a master." --The New York Times
“[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered.” --The New Yorker
“Chandler seems to have created the culminating American hero: wised up, hopeful, thoughtful, adventurous, sentimental, cynical and rebellious.” --Robert B. Parker, The New York Times Book Review
“Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban private eye.” --Los Angeles Times
“Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner. . . . An original. . . . A great artist.” —The Boston Book Review
“Raymond Chandler was one of the finest prose writers of the twentieth century. . . . Age does not wither Chandler’s prose. . . . He wrote like an angel.” --Literary Review
“[T]he prose rises to heights of unselfconscious eloquence, and we realize with a jolt of excitement that we are in the presence of not a mere action tale teller, but a stylist, a writer with a vision.” --Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books
“Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence.” —Ross Macdonald
“Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude.” --Erle Stanley Gardner
“Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since.” --Paul Auster
“[Chandler]’s the perfect novelist for our times. He takes us into a different world, a world that’s like ours, but isn’t. ” --Carolyn See
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In this book, Marlowe shows little regard for the law when he helps a friend in need (Terry Lennox) and then searches for and exposes the truth about a crime Lennox confesses to having committed. He meets a variety of characters along the way who could only be found in Los Angeles with their boozy, nouveau riche drama, and the interconnections between these characters and Lennox and the crime itself are gradually, masterfully revealed by Chandler as the book progresses at a fast pace.
What I love the most about Marlowe is that even as he seeks truth throughout the novel, he's always jaded, never optimistic, as much of a realist as any character I can recall reading. By the time he helps Lennox very early in the novel, he's already fed up with the guy and essentially written him off as a friend. Yet he risks his neck to help him in a time of need. Multiple similar occurrences follow in which Marlowe helps others who he doesn't particularly like, putting himself in danger, as if doing what he considers the right thing to do in any given situation supersedes the people involved, including himself.
On a separate note, coffee and cigarettes make for a constant, oddly comforting backdrop throughout the novel.
I intend to read a lot more of Chandler's work, and look forward to experiencing Marlowe's many other adventures.