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Philip Marlowe's Guide to Life is an irresistible collection of some of the most insightful and downright cool observations from the hard-boiled alter ego of the iconic Raymond Chandler, who, according to editor Martin Asher, is "one of the most profoundly original and obscenely enjoyable writers America has ever produced."
Arranged alphabetically by subject, the nearly 200 quotations include Philip Marlowe's thoughts on blondes, booze, brass knuckles, love, tough guys, and even wildflowers. Notable selections include:
- On women: "I like smooth shiny girls, hardboiled and loaded with sin."
- On literature: "He was a guy who talked with commas, like a heavy novel."
- On loneliness: "I was as empty of life as a scarecrow's pockets."
- On marriage: "For two people in a hundred it's wonderful."
- On blondes: "It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window"; and on women's clothing, "She was wearing a white wool skirt, a burgundy silk blouse and a black velvet over-jacket with short sleeves. Her hair was a hot sunset. She wore a golden topaz bracelet and topaz earrings and a topaz dinner ring in the shape of a shield. Her fingernails matched her blouse exactly. She looked as if it would take a couple of weeks to get her dressed."
This compendium of witty quotations from Chandler's most popular character will absolutely delight longtime fans of Philip Marlowe -- and hard-boiled crime fiction in general. Asher was right on the money when he described Chandler as "a stylist whose best one-liners can rival Shakespeare's, or at least Oscar Wilde's." In a word: priceless. Paul Goat Allen