Big Sleep

Big Sleep

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by Raymond Chandler
     
 

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ISBN-10: 8087830385

ISBN-13: 2908087830382

Pub. Date: 07/08/2013

Publisher: David Rehak

Chandler's first novel, published in 1939, introduces Philip Marlowe, a 38-year-old P.I. moving through the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s. This classic case includes as characters a paralyzed California millionaire, his two psychotic daughters, plus blackmail, murder, corrupt wealth, secret vices, family scandal, and more.

"Chandler [writes] like a

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Chandler's first novel, published in 1939, introduces Philip Marlowe, a 38-year-old P.I. moving through the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s. This classic case includes as characters a paralyzed California millionaire, his two psychotic daughters, plus blackmail, murder, corrupt wealth, secret vices, family scandal, and more.

"Chandler [writes] like a slumming angel and invest[s] the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence."
—Ross Macdonald

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ISBN-13:
2908087830382
Publisher:
David Rehak
Publication date:
07/08/2013
Pages:
138

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The Big Sleep 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My biggest gripe with this edition is that it has numerous printing errors -- misspellings, wrong punctuation (e.g. missing quotation marks), a blank page (but with header and footer), and paragraphs that end or begin mid-sentence. Even the back cover has the word "availible" on it. I would recommend prospective buyers to buy another edition.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, but I didn't love this book.  At first I was amused by the pervasive metaphors and similes.  I was even quite fond of the one in the middle of chapter eight:  Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.  But after a while, I found myself wading through them, and then swimming in them, and finally drowning from them.  (See?  I can do it, too.)  They made the narration feel like it was escaping through the side of the mouth, past a gasper.  I've never practiced legerdemain, but I do know misdirection when I see it.  If you take away the picturesque phrases and the gritty narration, you are left with an adequate, maybe even a good, but not a brilliant story.
robcort More than 1 year ago
Nobody understood hardboiled language better than Chandler. Some of his sentences are blatantly bad in terms of grammar, but who really cares? I noticed someone mentioned the different ways of looking at the world. I imagine they are talking about the view of women and minorities. What the heck do you expect? Everyone's attitudes were different back then. Do we judge Greek plays for their atavistic features? No. Don't worry about stuff like that and I promise you you'll actually live longer! As for The Big Sleep, the one thing that has always sort of bothered me about Raymond Chandler books is that the mysteries don't quite add up. In The Big Sleep, there are actually murders that go unaccounted for. It makes it seem as though it was easy to shoot someone back in old L.A. Tht just wasn't true. Nevertheless, this is an entertaining read, like all of Chandler's books. Highly recommended.
SmokingJacketMan More than 1 year ago
It is an easy read, that keeps your attention. Perfect for late night in the Summer when you wish to escape in a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Raymond Chandler¿s The Big Sleep is an excellent detective novel. It centers on the escapades of Phillip Marlowe, a cynical private investigator with a cool head. Marlowe is hired at first to quash a straightforward blackmail threat, but he becomes entangled in a much more complex plot. Chandler lays out a riveting story of twists and turns much of the success of the novel, however, is due not to the plot, but in Chandler¿s enchanting hardboiled style. The dark 1930s Los Angeles underground that the author paints is the perfect arena for Marlowe¿s hardened street smarts to shine. Chandler¿s world is one of shady characters and little innocence, and Marlowe¿s hide continually relies on the quickness of his wits and a little bit of luck. Luckily, Marlowe¿s wits are considerable, because immediately upon taking a case from old General Sternwood, he is plunged into dangerous caper after caper. The action is gripping and sudden the writing is terse and witty. Marlowe, the story¿s narrator, comes off as a skilled veteran of too many alley fights to wear much of a smile. He has good intentions, but he is cold and world-weary. Many of the characters of the story are similar: weathered citizens of the underground. The emotional, in Marlowe¿s world, are for the most part, amateurs. They are also the largest perpetrators of errors in judgment. The professionals all seem to have seen enough to know that there is little worth getting excited about in their world. Much of the success of the novel is owed to the mood that Chandler is able to paint. The quick-thinking detective must navigate the shady underworld in classic fashion. Meanwhile, the plot develops at a quick pace. It thickens into seemingly endless complexities, but never loses its hold on the reader. The novel somehow manages to have a meticulous plot development with fast paced action. Marlowe troops fearlessly through the California streets, piecing together mystery solutions through use of both brawn and brain. Marlowe is unafraid of asking questions at gunpoint, or answering at same. The story is captivatingly told from his point of view the seemingly mundane is interesting, and the interesting is shockingly routine from his level-headed perspective. Marlowe¿s character allows the novel to develop into an excellent, hardboiled mystery tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Raymond Chandler, the author, is the definitive writer of the detective genre. His wise-cracking, earthy detective Philip Marlowe constantly sticks his nose into dangerous places, sometimes catching the far end of a swinging fist for his troubles. And trouble is a euphemism for his working life. His books led to the creation of several famous films with Humphrey Bogart playing Marlowe. But having seen the movies, there is no comparison to the quality of Chandler's original prose. Here are a few witty samples full of imagery from his books: 'I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it.' 'I was as empty of life as a scarecrow's pockets.' '... he looked as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.' 'He looked as nervous as a brick wall.' Chandler's stories move fast and contain a lot of action, just like his protagonist. Marlowe's character is a bit of a blue-collar cynic, an occasional ladies' man, a rebel, and a steadfast (but sometimes puzzlingly) honest man. Marlowe is just an average guy who just happens to solve cases involving the rich and beautiful (and their dirty little secrets) in mid-twentieth century LA. And I suppose Marlowe's fast-talking, action-oriented character is one most of us average guys could identify with, which accounts for the success of his books. I thoroughly enjoyed this book - I don't usually like reading fiction - and highly recommend it. Chandler really is a pleasure to read. Why couldn't we have read something like this just once in my high school English lit classes!?
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My copy was solid and without issue on this edition; that being said, this is a real treat of a novel, written b the hands of the quintessential Hardboiled novelist who more or less inspired the rest. Raymond Chandler's tough talking tough walking Phillip Marlowe is the stuff of movies, and was portrayed in film by Humphrey Bogart. There's not a better book to break one into the gloomy world of Hardboiled crime than Raymond Chandler's the Big Sleep!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
According to many e books if you bother to read they say you can not loan stick to those books once purchased you can many of these books copyrights are long gone except where brought back by other interested parties
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Always a good read
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More than one actor did his books one was robert mitchel and early dick powell also one lady in the lake by montgomery you never saw him unless in a mirror paul newman did a revised sorta one
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this book is a great read. The metaphors are vivid and the I love how direct each person is. This books gives you a glimpse of what the past was really like and what people loved to read. I recommend it.
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Raymond Chandler's Novel The Big Sleep is a great novel if you love detective stories. The whole novel is about this man this private detective Phillip Marlowe people call him Marlowe. He is requested by General Sternwood another major character to take care of Arthur Geiger a pornographer who has been blackmailing the General scandalous pictures of his eldest daughter Carmen Sternwood, but Marlowe ends up finding much more than he bargained for. Through a few twists and turns in the plot things become much more difficult for private detective Marlowe. The whole plot is very well developed and thought out. There are two themes in The Big Sleep cynicism and corruption. My beliefs on cynicism and corruption are that the amount of both was right for that time period the 1930's and that it fit the plot well. It's the many twists and turns that make The Big Sleep a great book to read if you love a good crime or detective story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
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One of the best of its kind. Twisty plot, compelling characters, very well written. Lots to read between the lines. I doubt there's much I can add to what is widely recognized about this excellent novel.
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