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Ennox turns up and asks Marlow to give him a ride to Mexico no uestions askedWell what are friends for Marlowe gives Lennox a ride and from that point things generally go to hell in a handbasket It s very difficult to say anything lse about the plot of the novel without giving things away that the reader will want to find out for him or herself This is though one of Chandler s best novels full of the social commentary and great prose for which Chandler was so deservedly famous This plot is actually a little less convoluted than some of the others and it s fun to watch it unfold I finished the book this time around after reading the other Chandler novels in order regretting ven than ver the fact that there are only six of these novels along with a number of short stories I could have used a lot On a side note this novel was published in 1953 and is set sometime around 1950 It was finally filmed by Robert Altman in 1973 starring Elliot Gould as Marlowe and the story is set in the Open for Business (Rough play with anonymous men in a porn shop viewing room) (Rough play with anonymous men in a porn shop viewing room) (The Sex Shop Book 1) early 1970s rather than thearly 1950s A lot of people like the movie a lot but I ve seen it twice and have never been able to warm up to it Given the way that Humphrey Bogart inhabited the role of Marlowe and really made it his own I just couldn t buy Gould as Marlowe Also Marlowe who seemed to perfectly belong to the late 1940s and arly 50s seemed out of place in the 1970s almost anachronistic For my part then when I need a Philip Marlowe film fix I ll stick with the Bogart version of The Big Sleep and I m sure I ll be coming back to this and the other novels again and again in the coming years As research for a novel I m writing I m reading detective fiction and stealing verything of value My story takes place in LA of the Les Lgendaires - Les Chroniques de Darkhell 01. Tnbris early 90s but I m buyingvery type of firework on the stand and lighting the fuse Though I ve seen Philip Marlowe adapted to film or television my introduction to the fiction of Raymond Chandler is The Long Goodbye the author s sixth novel featuring the Los Angeles private dick Published in 1953 it s long in the tooth but it s a testament to Chandler s immense literary skill that than sixty years of copying and pasting by others hasn t stripped this novel of its vitalityThe first person account begins with Marlowe s nigmatic relationship with Terry Lennox a fop he brings home like a stray dog sobering him up cooking him breakfast and giving him nough bucks to catch a bus to Las Vegas where a job awaits Terry reappears in Marlowe s life married to Sylvia Potter the daughter of publishing magnate Harlan Potter Not long after Terry appears on Marlowe s doorstep with a gun in his hand He offers Marlowe five hundred dollars to drive him to Tijuana Terry hasn t shot anybody with that gun but doesn t claim innocence over whatever fate has met his promiscuous wife Returning home Marlowe finds two homicide cops waiting His wise guy act doesn t go over well with the LAPD who are looking for Terry Lennox and notify Marlowe that Sylvia has been found dead in her guest house in Encino her face beaten to a pulp with a bronze statuette Marlowe doesn t believe Terry would do anything like that and loyalty costs him some smacks in the face and three days in jail The cops let him go when Lennox is located in a small mountain town in Mexico with a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head Marlowe doesn t believe Terry would kill himself The scent either I thought about Terry Lennox in a detached sort of way He was already receding into the distance white hair and scarred face and weak charm and his peculiar brand of pride I didn t judge him or analyze him just as I had never asked him uestions about how he got wounded or how hever happened to get himself married to anyone like Sylvia He was like somebody you meet on board a cruise ship and get to know very well and never really know at all He was gone like the same fellow when he says goodbye at the pier and at all He was gone like the same fellow when he says goodbye at the pier and s keep in touch old man and you know you won t and he won t Likely دوره حقوق مدنی-عقود معین 1 enough you ll neverven see the guy again If you do he will be an 정숙한 남자 [A Man of Virtue] entirely different person just another Rotarian in a club car How s business Oh not too bad You look good So do you I ve put on too much weight Don t we all Remember that trip in the Franconia or whatever it was Oh sure swell trip wasn t itThe hell it was a swell trip You were bored stiff You only talked to the guy because there wasn t anybody around that interested you Maybe it was like that with Terry Lennox and me No not uite I owned a piece of him I had invested time and money in him and three days in the icehouse not to mention a slug in the jaw and a punch in the neck that I feltvery time I swallowed Now he was dead and I couldn t The Gordian Knot Vol. 4 even give him back his five hundred bucks That made me sore It was always the little things that make you soreMarlowe receives a visit at his office from a flashy hoodlum named Mendy Melendez and his bodyguard Melendez delights in taunting Marlowe as a cheapie not worth the botherxcept to threaten about making publicity off the Terry Lennox case Melendez claims that Terry not only saved his life in the war but the life of a Vegas gangster named Randy Starr Marlowe later receives an Aeon Legion envelope with Mexican stamps a note written by Terry and a 5000 bill in it Needing somethinglse to occupy himself with Marlowe accepts a meeting at the Ritz Beverly with a potential client a New York publishing agentThe agent pitches Marlowe the job of investigating his client Roger Wade author of tawdry and popular historical novels who s struggling to finish his latest Spencer and Wade s wife believe there might be something in Roger s past driving him into a bottle and need someone to watch him Marlowe turns the job down until he s joined by Mrs Eileen Wade a fairy princess blonde whose manner gets the dick s attention but not Secretul vieții și alte eseuri enough for him to take a job as male nurse for her drunk husband though Visiting Marlowe at his office the next day Eileen Wade notifies Marlowe that Roger has been missing for three days leaving only a name on a piece of yellow paper Dr VMarlowe draws on a contact in a highnd Beverly Hills private investigation firm a place he turned down a job in for a list of LA area uacks with the last name V who for the right price prescribe their services to people like Roger Wade Infiltrating the operations of three uacks one at a time Marlowe leaves with nothing but disdain for their practice I paid my check left my car where it was *AND WALKED THE NORTH SIDE OF *walked the north side of street to the Stockwell Building It was an antiue with a cigar counter in the Down Lambeth Way entrance and a manually operatedlevator that lurched and hated to level off The corridor to the sixth floor was narrow and the doors had frosted glass panels It was older and much dirtier than my own building It was loaded with doctors dentists Christian science practitioners not doing too good the kind of lawyers you hope the other fellow has the kind of doctors and dentists who just scrape along Not too skillful not too clean not too much on the ball three dollars and please pay the nurse tired discouraged men who know just Lebanese War exactly where they stand what kind of patients they can get and how much money they can be sueezed into paying Please Do Not Ask For Credit Doctor is In Doctor is Out That s a pretty shaky molar you have there Mrs Kazinski Now if you want this new acrylic fillingvery bit as good as a gold inlay I can do it for you for 14 Novocain will be two dollars The Sacred Band extra if you wish it Doctor is In Doctor is Out That will be Three Dollars Please Pay the NurseIn a building like that there will always be a few guys making real money but they don t look it They fit into the shabby background which is protective coloring for them Shyster lawyers who are partners in a bail bond racket on the side only about two per cent of all forfeited bail bonds arever collected Abortionists posing as anything you like that The Shadowhunters Codex explains their furnishings Dope pushers posing as urologists dermatologists or any branch of medicine in which the treatment can be freuent and the regular use of local anesthetics is normalOf course Marlowe finds Roger Wade Of course Roger Eileen Wade knew Terry Sylvia Lennox Of course the mysteries of Sylvia s murder and Roger snnui are related And of course Marlowe figures it out despite the rich and powerful the police and a criminal Dry Hard element not wanting anything figured out What I loved about The Long Goodbye from its hangover title to its reveal on the last page is the character of Philip Marlowe He doesn t have a deep past or seem to have much of a futureither nor does he seem to travel far He s like an audience member at a game show sitting in one
place incredulous while the sets and prizes keep revolving in front of him So passed a day in the life incredulous while the sets and prizes keep revolving in front of him So passed a day in the life a PI Not xactly a typical day but not totally untypical ither What makes a man stay with it nobody knows You don t get rich you don t often have much fun Sometimes you get beaten up or shot at or tossed into the jailhouse Once in a long while you get dead Every other month you decide to give it up and find some sensible occupation while you can still walk without shaking your head Then the door buzzer rings and you open the inner door to the waiting room and there stands a new face with a new problem a new load of grief and a small piece of moneyWhile I felt The Long Goodbye dragging on a little bit I think the reason Raymond Chandler has stood the test of time is that as filmed or liberated as some of his plots have been over the years nobody can write this wee small hours of the morning prose mix together various lements or make it feel as timeless as Chandler does on the page This novel was loosely but memorably adapted in 1973 by filmmaker Robert Altman with Elliott Gould as Marlowe clinging to Chandler s dusty 50s values of loyalty while LA had ntered the Me Decade An often self indulgent film I prefer the novel which functions better as a story and allows the reader into Marlowe s mindWord count 119 606 words Philip Marlowe saves a drunken guy from being dumped in a ditch He does it again another time He does is yet again another time And another And another Finally he gets into trouble for doing this no good deed Values and Professional Knowledge in Teacher Education ever goes unpunishedThis book gives a very realistic gritty picture of US life inarly fifties It provides social commentary on the subject It is considered by many critics to be the best Raymond Chandler novel a classic of literature in general It also happened to be unnecessary long and boring As a mystery book it is really third rate so let us just call it classic drama with some mystery Searching for Wanda elements just to be fairPhilip Marlowe does not feel the same to thextent that I would like to ask the late author Who the heck is the guy impersonating him and what happened to the real one Philip Marlowe a cynical shamus looks down at the parking lot of The Dancers Club watching a drunk be put into his car a silver Rolls Royce but the annoyed valet has trouble the left leg refuses to be moved inside instead remains firmly on the ground Where the rest of the intoxicated man will soon be also The pretty red headed woman sitting next to him or was in the automobile is very angry with good reason Turns out she is. Help a man down on his luck but Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics
review The Long GoodbyeSylvia Lennox Ray Ryan ex wife of this inebriated war veteran Second World War Terry Lennox and he has the scars on his face to prove it Mr Marlowe not known for being a nice guy comes down the steps and helps the defenseless Terry up While the multimillionaire s notorious daughter says she s late for anngagement and goes to get a cab for the lush Mr Lennox Taking the vehicle it s hers speeding away like a race driver towards the finish line What to do with this pathetic creature take him home and sober him up thinks Marlowe can t leave the poor man in the gutter things were different in the last year of the 1940 s besides Thanksgiving had just been celebrated Soon these unlikely two become friends Mr Marlowe keeps Terry from the drunk tank the next time he sees him trying to be vertical on the streets of Los Angeles hustles him away when a cop notices But would you believe it This alcoholic friend living mostly in some dark hole outside wherever he could find or reach one remarries the wealthy daughter of Mr Harlan Potter and is on their second honeymoon in Las Vegas From the top to the bottom and back again sending a hundred dollar check to the astonished Marlowe for all his complications a few days before Christmas too They later become drinking partners at a dingy bar but happiness does not last Mr Lennox is just a front to keep the promiscuous Sylvia looking respectable Daddy is a cold conservative honorable man no bad publicity he likes it as much as a stock market crash but a murder is committed there will be and Terry is suspected the hero flees to Mexico with the assistance of Philip who asks not the right uestions a pal is a pal The tough police aren t slapping the private detective around beating him like a punching bag with Daddys Sweet Girl: A Dark Stepfamily Love Story eyes not the first timeither from criminals or the law it does still hurt but keeps his trap shutJailed looking out into space only blankness waiting and wondering how can he get out of this foolish mess maybe be incarcerated in San uentin the big house for years but has his pride intact Days later he is sprung becomes involved with Mr and Mrs Wade in the The Last True Explorer exclusive then San Fernando Valley Eileen Wade is breathtakingly beautiful Roger Wade is another drunk but a best selling writer needs to stop drinking in order to finish his next book a swords and romancea favorite of critics it isn t they however are poor and he is rich Philip Marlowe through no fault of his own brings death and sinister lurking gangsters Raymond Chandler the king of mystery authors has another great novel which lifts it above the genre into serious distinguished literature To say goodbye is to die a littleThere are some books that just feel good to have on your dashboard never too far from your fingertips to read in the tiny gaps between obligations and responsibility The type of book that rides shotgun and keeps you company through the darker hours through lonely nights at a shady laundromat or booze soaked rainstorms on your porch Raymond Chandler s The Long Goodbye is that sort of book that sort of friend The past few months have seen some bleak times and I ve been on a Chandler kick to press through them Of all the Marlowe adventures this was the one that stands out like a lighthouse in a storm telling an unforgettable tale of murder and mystery Chandler took noir to soaring heights of literary acceptance with his works joining Dashiell Hammett as anssential author of the genre and The Long Goodbye leaves an ternal mark on the face of literature ven so that the upbeat and hardboiled The Big Sleep that kicked off the Phillip Marlowe novel series and inspired fantastic films such as The Big Lebowski Goodbye is a novel for hard times hard drinking hard living an aged and cynical than ver Marlowe proves he s worth his salt in honoring the memory of a short lived but impactful friendship with Terry Lennox Lennox a war hero alcoholic has been a victim of ither suicide or arranged murder in a small Mexican town while on the lam Thrones, Dominations escaping an accusation for murder of his rich wife and Marlowe will stop at nothing to see through the doors slammed shut by political power and fear and discover the truth While a bit bloated this is a novel of near perfection in the mystery genre that is guaranteed to keep you up at night gladly dropping uarters for another dryer cycle in order to keep reading because a mystery with Marlowe is about as good as life getsTo label this novel perfection would be to bastardize any opinions on the literature widely accepted by the academy that I ve previously championed and praised but few novels have felt like a better friend in hard times than The Long Goodbye Or perhaps it s just that I like occupying Marlowe s headspace Iven named my new cat after him upon completion of The Big Sleep Marlowe is the type of man you wish you were but not one you d want to spend time with He is fearless and devoted nearly to a fault unafraid to play the asshole to get what he wants He swims upon his moods and cherishes those moments of getting right up in someones face just to drown out a bad feeling or ascertain the truth He calls I Hela Cnau everyone out on their bullshit and possesses a moral compass so strong that nobody besides himself seems to be worth a damn Pushy and thorny Marlowe is the hero for me Reading a Chandler novel is much like geeking out on the old John Wayne films I d watch with my father as a child particularly True Grit There are the pitfalls of blatant misogyny racism particularly towards Latin Americans in this one which with my love of Latin American literature was particularly not cool and cornball dated humor but it is honestly veryasy to overlook when the plot is that ngaging the writing that cool and the novel so ntertaining How can you not love a novel with a passage like this Alcohol is like loveThe first kiss is magic the second is intimate the third is routine After that you take the girl s clothes off This is the sort of novel that keeps you pouring a glass along with Marlowe perhaps is that what they mean by an active reader one who Jace's Pet empathizes with the character and drinks when he drinks and despite being a pot boiler of a thriller never insults the intellect The twists are fresh and the writing crisp Granted the novel is a bit bloated and somelements may raise the really The Mistake (Off-Campus, eyebrow of critiue but on the whole it works It isasy to consider many bits as cliche in the modern day but important to remember that it was Chandler that invented it before it became cliche There is also a really charming self consciousness to this novel with regards to the writing Why did I go into such detail Marlowe asks of himself because the charged atmosphere made Piraten! every little thing stand out as a performance The writing truly fits the scene and the PI narrator While in most novels it would beasy to sneer at a lengthy passage on the physical description and dress of a character as they first walk on the scene here it is at home since Marlowe would need to analyze a fresh face for all they are worth to build a profile of them uickly in order to interact with them and press for the goal Chandler has a true gift for dialogue and character mannerisms as well creating a wide ngaging cast He was a guy who talked with commas like a heavy novel he says at one point and the dialogue of ach character is always brilliantly nuanced There is The Complete Guide To Surfing Your Best even a wonderful sense of satire on authors present with Chandler poking fun at top selling authors who write for profit and not for artistic merit as is shown with Roger Wade The continuous satire and critiue of Hollywood and California that permeates Chandler s novels comes alive in comical form with the desert sobering up clinic and the mentally challenged guard who cannot separate his fantasy role playing of cowboys and tough guys from reality On the surface it isasy to scoff at these scenes but Chandler plays for something deeperIt is fascinating to have read Chandler grow as a writer and to see his characters develop and age over time Like a racoon Marlowe has grown older and meaner and tougher but all the honorable strong willed and fearless Maybe I was tired and irritable Maybe I felt a little guilty I could learn to hate this guy without From Tree Dwellings To New Towns even knowing him I could just look at him across the width of a cafeteria and want to kick his teeth in The relationship between him and Ohl has soured a bit both of them reallylbowing the other in the ribs with force and sadistic pleasure with Ohl no longer a chain smoker but constantly rubbing an unlit cigarette between his lips What has not changed is the insight into Los Angeles and Hollywood blossoming now into subtle jabs of social insight with Marlowe looking down at all the socialites as their sins and flaws seem to define them The Long *Goodbye reads almost like a western where the territory is wild and untamed and crime running *reads almost like a western where the territory is wild and untamed and crime running not as a driving force but as a symptom of the American lifestyle we have let cultivate itself Power and greed and vil are seen here as byproducts of a society ruled by its own fear and vice and Marlowe must navigate these deadly waters to uphold the good names of himself and those he cares about The Long Goodbye is a cornerstone of noir and mystery that rises above any genre into simply being a beautiful piece of literature A searing social critiue orchestrated with dazzling plot twists nviable dialogue prowess and a firm grounding in doing what is right simply because it is right Chandler has created a masterpiece that is just as potent today as it was when first written This is the sort of novel that scratches an itch of being both a fluff read and an intellectual ndeavour there must be a term for this somewhere and grabs the reader by the throat and heart and won t let go until the final heart wrenching few lines Plus the Robert Altman film starring Elliott Gould is fantastic though not a perfect adaption it still works and rivals ven Chinatown as a masterpiece of noir cinema This novel was a true comfort on many a dark night and it was sad to see it nd Marlowe is a true literary hero and one I won t ver forget455 Out there in the night of a thousand crimes people were dying being maimed cut by flying glass crushed against steering wheels or under heavy tires People were being beaten robbed strangled raped and murdered People were hungry sick bored desperate with loneliness or remorse or fear angry cruel feverish shaken by sobs A city no worse than others a city rich and vigorous and full of pride a city lost and beaten and full of mptinessIt all depends on where you sit and what your own private score is I didn t have one I didn t careI finished the drink and went to bed While there is plenty of drinking to be had finish this novel without wanting to go order
a gimlet I dare you Chandler does well to also add an air of caution to the intake alcohol Togimlet I dare you Chandler does well to also add air of caution to the intake of alcohol To in moderation is one thing but the horrors of alcoholism and xcess make up a major portion of the novel A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober An alcoholic a real alcoholic is not the same man at all You can t predict anything about him for sure The Escape (Hendersons Boys, except that he will be someone you never met befor. N LA's Idle Valley where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover Marlowe is sure Lennox didn't kill his wife but how many stiffs will turn up before he gets the trut.