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The Long Goodbye Paperback – August 12, 1988
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“[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
Top Customer Reviews
IF YOU HAVEN'T READ ANY CHANDLER, you should stop reading this and go take a look at his first Marlowe novel, The Big Sleep. It's worthwhile to read them in order, or at the least, to read that one first... you'll get a good feeling for whether or not you like Marlowe, and you'll learn a bit more about him. Then, if you like that, come back and take another look at this review.
IF YOU HAVE READ OTHER CHANDLER, then you already know, to some degree, what you're in for. You know Chandler's style, and I can promise you that this book offers up more of it, in abundance. I was a little thrown off for the first 50-some pages, because Marlowe has moved out of his trademark apartment and into a small house in a quiet residential neighborhood, and that didn't jive with me... but it works. Marlowe is, in his way, maturing. (If you've read his unfinished final work, Poodle Springs, then you know Marlowe will eventually get married. Perhaps this evolution says as much about Chandler as about his beloved P.I.)
Once the plot starts moving, of course, you're just along for the ride. Like all Marlowe novels, you have that perfect feeling of riding shotgun in the mind and conscience of a fascinating and well-developed character, and it's enough to sustain you through WHATEVER Chandler cares to write about.Read more ›
Chandler recycled the same story elements over and over again, knowing plot has nothing to do with story. All of his novels go something like this: Marlowe gets hired to help someone out of a jam, closes the case pretty quickly, but the solution has raised more questions than answered. Marlowe pursues the truth on his own, realizes his client has been concealing a past crime from him and he had initially been hired to tidy up the loose ends. Along the way he narrowly escapes seduction by a dark lady and a fair lady, is arrested and threatened by the cops, beaten up by hoods, and goes nose to nose with a fearsome but super-smart crime boss, who invariably is less corrupt than the wealthy clients or the police. At the end Marlowe solves the latent mystery behind the first one, and closure only leaves a bitter taste in his mouth.Read more ›
This isn't a mystery novel, it is a great piece of literature. It is about friendship, love and betrayal. And the plot is complex and satisfying. Marlowe is defeated and in pain, and very, very alone.
I have read "Goodbye" three times since 1977 -- most recently last year -- and every time I am just amazed at the effect the book has on me. It possibly just touches me personally, but I really believe it deserves a rating among the great books of all time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A classic story that has helped to build an archetype in American literature. This series is in many ways the primordial LA-based detective serial. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Robert B Elwell
Or every piece of beauty will be destroyed.
I can't hate Terry. He had a heart. Though I understand Marlowe.
Such a sad ending. Such a perfect title. Read more
The Long Goodbye is not a subtle book. It reads just like film noir, those old black and white detective movies or the antics of Guy Noir, the hero of Garrison Keillor's parodies... Read morePublished 8 days ago by DeRossi
Full of scanned OCR errors, such as "clear" instead of "dear". After awhile I almost got used to making the corrections from context; not a skill I want to possess.Published 14 days ago by Brian Keller
It had an antiquated quality to it. It reminded me of an old TV detective movie called Dragnet. It was captivating and entertainingPublished 21 days ago by Hazel Riggs
A fair read, but rather boring. The characters were not well-developed, and the plot was of events not ever likely to happen..Published 24 days ago by Lee Dunn
Book is great, but I have never seen so many typos in a Kindle novel before. Was not edited properly. Too bad, buy a physical copy and avoid the Kindle version.Published 24 days ago by R K
"An hour crawled by like a sick cockroach." Chandler's Marlowe series is amazing, for the twisted plot lines that keep you guessing, the sarcastic Marlowe dialogue and the... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Anthony Mitchell