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  • ISBN-13: 9780241144503
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009

Meet the Author

Raymond Chandler
Raymond Chandler
Nobody but Chandler could have created a private eye hero as cool as Philip Marlowe, but writers have been trying ever since the author's precedent-setting '40s crime novels were published. Along with Dashiell Hammett, Chandler is revered as a noir father figure; his creation of a romantic L.A. full of dangerous women and crooked characters is so woven into modern consciousness that it's easy to forget that it was fictional.

Biography

Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 - 1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandler's detective stories often starred the brash but honorable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandler's novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which helped define the film noir style. In the last year of his life he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died in La Jolla, California on March 26, 1959.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Raymond Thornton Chandler
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 23, 1888
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      March 26, 1959
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2005

    Reading this is part of an American literary education!

    Raymond Chandler is a great and unique American writer. 'The Long Goodbye' is his finest work. He is most brilliant in his wonderful use of creative metaphor. Just singular! This book hooks you within the first few pages, then takes you on a winding, devious path through a mysterious episode in private eye Phillip Marlowe's life. Just when you think the story is ending, and you've figured it out, the author takes another twist, and off you go again, toward another dramatic, fascinating turn of the story. I read five fine books over my summer vacation, but this one takes the cake. What a hoot!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

    I've read all of Chandler, Hammett, and Jim Thompson, most of Ro

    I've read all of Chandler, Hammett, and Jim Thompson, most of Ross MacDonald and Spillane, and a great deal of the noir hackery of the 30s - 50s (Gault, Woolrich, Cain, Willeford, Goodis, et al), and I can, without a doubt, say that The Long Goodbye is the finest novel of the Romans Noir genre ever created. In fact, this novel should be among the top 50 or so greatest novels ever written regardless of genre. MacDonald's The Underground Man is the only other novel among this era/genre that comes close.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    Mezmerizing storytelling.

    Raymond Chandler is such an talented story teller that one can spend days in his writing and not notice the passage of time. His descriptions are vivid, his settings realistic, and his characters all too human. The range of emotions that reach out to the reader are breathtaking and well worth revisiting on a regular basis.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2008

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    Chandler's Brilliant Swan Song

    Okay, he did write a book after this. sort of. but this is his true final farewell. And it's one of the greatest books of the 20th century. the real 'mystery' that Chandler exposes is the brutal and barren nature of the human condition. A fierce blunt humorous and honest look at the fragile terrain of daily existence and moral absolutism.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    My favorite Chandler

    What can you say of Raymond Chandler? His dialog is still hip, his stories still taught, and his insight into human nature as profound, if not more so, than it was fifty years ago. I love this book.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    A Must-Read For Any Mystery/Crime Reader

    Raymond Chandler sets the bar for all crime novelists to come. As an avid reader of Michael Connelly, John Sanford, Lee Child, Robert Dugoni and the like, I believe none would be where they are without the trailblazing of Raymond Chandler. Although at times sounding melodramatic in today's perspective, Chandler's character sketches are the best in the business. Private Detetective Philip Marlowe's hard-boiled POV creates unforgettable images and insight. And THE LONG GOODBYE is Chandler's best novel, in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Freett

    Gouip gbnouy!!!

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

    An Unquestionable Classic!

    I needed some reading material for vacation and decided to take along some recognized classics. I thoroughly enjoyed The Long Goodbye! Raymond Chandler always provides a good read no matter how many times you go back.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    A Classic...

    A masterpiece of the genre. The hard-boiled PI archetype.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2006

    amazing, one of my favorites

    this book is a great detective tale, but so much more. it contains great characters, themes, and messages about L.A. the setting is great too, and marlowe of course is an awesome character who is complex, and his words and ideas carry this book along with the plot. this is not a detective novel, it is a book about friendship, society, and success.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2005

    Gritty Detective Fiction at its finest.

    Great Read. Chandler uses Marlowe, the protagonist, to showcase his perception of human nature. He also does a great job with setting. I felt immersed in 1950's Los Angeles. I was impressed with the dialogue. The characters were well developed without them becoming 'preachy'. First rate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2000

    The Best Chandler Book !!

    As a huge fan, I have found this to be the best novel overall. Great plot, Marlowe at his best, and plenty of twists and turns to keep everyone gueessing are just a few of the better aspects of this book. This is a mystery book with STYLE!

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