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  • Posted June 3, 2012

    Though the plot may be thinner in this novel than Chandler's oth

    Though the plot may be thinner in this novel than Chandler's other works, this novel delves deeply into the character of Philip Marlowe and gives Chandler and opportunity to air some of his own demons in the process. We see Marlowe's humanity and understand certainly how decades of taking the moral high ground can erode the standards of even someone like Chandler's protagonist. Is this a different novel than its predecessors? Yes. Is it worthy of one one-star rating? Of course not. This is more character study than plot novel, which is a bit anti-Chandler, but that's also why it is a fitting finale to the Marlowe series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2003

    Playback: Easily Chandler's Weakest Novel.

    Adapted from an old unproduced screenplay Chandler wrote, and published in the last year of his life when Chandler was struggling most with alcoholism, Playback is Chandler's weakest (and shortest) finished novel. Our protagonist Marlowe behaves out of character (prior to this book never becoming romantically entangled, as all characters in previous Chandler books are too corrupt for Marlowe to trust too much) and the plot is thinner than many of Chandler's other works. Playback also lacks the levels of depth, social criticism, and caustic wit present in his other novels. I tend to think of The Long Goodbye, Chandler's most mature work, as his last. I strongly recommend any previous Chandler book, particularly The Long Goodbye, and suggest you skip this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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