EBOOK / KINDLE (Farewell My Lovely) By Raymond Chandler
It s impossible to think of anything that might be remotely fresh and interesting to say about this book It s a classic of crime fiction it was first published in 1940 and it s been reviewed thousands of times mostly by people far competent than ISuffice it to say that this is the second full length novel featuring Los Angeles detective Philip Marlowe following The Big Sleep which had been published in 1939 Marlowe was the prototype for all the tough wise cracking PIs that would follow and Chandler was really the first crime fiction writer to fully exploit the setting of Los Angeles Scores of writers have followed in his footsteps but very few have succeeded as well as Chandler didAs the book opens Marlowe is searching for a missing husband when he encounters a mountain of a man named Moose Malloy who is staring up at a bar above the barber shop where Marlowe had hoped to find the aforementioned missing husband Malloy fresh out of prison after an eight year stretch is looking for his lost love Velma Malloy hasn t heard from Velma in all of that time but that has not uenched his affections for the woman who used to work in the barEight years is a long time and in the interim the bar which used to be a white establishment has now become an African American one although in 1940 no one would have described the place uite that politely Well one thing leads to another and Malloy drags Marlowe up the stairs and begins demanding answers from the people in the bar who not surprisingly have never heard of VelmaMalloy winds up illing someone in the bar and takes off leaving Marlowe to explain things to the cops From that point on Marlowe is entangled in Malloy s search As a sideline he also takes a job body guarding a guy who is trying to exchange cash for a valuable jade necklace that was stolen from a friendNeither job is simple and neither turns out very well and before long Marlowe is up to his neck in trouble with the cops and a whole lot of other people as well Before it s all over he ll be beat up doped up pushed around and lied to but it s all in the nature of the jobThe plot really doesn t make a lot of sense but nobody reads Chandler for the plot The book is beautifully written with one great line following another Through Marlowe Chandler rolls back the curtain and exposes the seamy side of pre war LA It s not a pretty sight and you sometimes get the impression that Marlowe might be the only honest decent man in the state The Big Sleep may be one of the greatest crime novels ever written and it s an impossible act to follow even for Raymond Chandler I like this book a lot but I don t think it s uite on a par with the first book in the "series A solid 45 stars for me Excerpts from a dinner honoring the "A solid 45 stars for me Excerpts from a dinner honoring the winner of the Otis Chandler Award for Literary Criticism Audience uestion You re nown for your essay on the Kantian aesthetic of disinterested judgment as seen in the works of James Joyce William Gaddis and Dan Brown Are there other authors or titles that come to mind perhaps even focused on the primacy of styleSteve Well let s see Maybe the first book I read where a certain shadowy deportment really popped as a pure statement of style was Raymond Chandler s Farewell My Lovely The book itself was a cannibalization of three earlier short stories of his Whereas the stories were neatly contained as standalones the edits in piecing them together were slapdash sacrificing both congruency and clarity in the process Chandler responded saying My whole career is based on the idea that the formula doesn t matter the thing that counts is what you do with the formula that is to say it is a matter of style And of course that hard boiled noir feel of his is prevalent to this day Audience uestion I may be taking you further afield but is this visual visceral style brought on by Chandler one that necessarily de emphasizes plotSteve I don t think so Style is not everything Nor is image much as Andre Agassi would have us believe on Canon s behalf Further Audience uestion interrupting what would surely have been an insightful elaboration on the topic of substance v style But think back to the movies When you picture Bogie and Bacall in The Big Sleep do you remember the on screen chemistry and the wise guy patter or is it a plot detail something like the perp who stole the falcon that stuck with you Steve Actually wasn t that DashiellAudience member blurting out For me it s Bogie and Bacall Even in black and white they sizzle Steve Admittedly HumpBac as I like to call them retrofitting a nickname were iconic butAnother audience member Those couple combo names have ind of run their course don t you think Who s even together at this point Certainly not Brangelina TomKat no Zanessa no Yet another voice from the audience What about Bennifer Are they It s hard to eep And another I don t think so
I Suppose Lizard That suppose Lizard that Elizabeth and Richard Burton were the first of the on again off again power couplesHost I m afraid we may be veering off course as litterateurs my friends This isn t an episode of I Love Lucy after all Should we redirect ourselves SteveSteve Actually that s often how it works with me seemingly on point for brief spurts before devolving into flapdoodle Besides I just thought of another one Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz They d be Ba Bu bu bSusan Steve s lovely You re mumbling in. Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong. ,
Your sleep againSteve HuhSusan Must be another pizza dreamSteve Yeah shaking cobwebs from his head that and the bibimbap I had for lunch With extra hot sauceSusan So what were you dreamingSteve Ha I think I was getting some ind of award and spouting complete nonsense like in one of my Goodreads reviews where I have nothing to say but say it anyway The only thing I remember from it is groping for a certain wordSusan Do you remember what it isSteve Yeah Ballsy Steve continuing somewhat incredulous I now it doesn t make any sense to me either Susan Hmm Definitely a pizza dream First of all I m so partial to RChandler s books that I d easily give only the titles three starsand this gem is definitely a five star titleApart from this sentimental love and hate storyI m ALWAYS impressed by the characters speaking like they carry a book of wit and humorto the point that I ll start picking up sharp edged setences from here and add them to my daily conversationThe plot is a bit comlicated with rugged and overused narrative and minor partsbut the main irresistible characters beautifully cancel them out Of his novelsI d say this is one of the best character driven onesIt was published in 1940and the content is somewhat old fashionedbut every time I open this bookI can meet timeless Philip Marlowea man of principleJust for this reasonI ll be reading it forever Definitely my favorite Chandler beating out The Big Sleep by a star and than a dozen memorable lines This book is absolutely soaking in uotables and may have the best prose of any noir I ve ever read Add in a classic main character and a solid plot and you have a nice shiny bundle of win PHILIP MARLOWE Chandler s iconic PI is an arrogant alcoholic who fails every PC test you can formulate He s racist from what I recall he insults African Americans Japanese and Native Americans and maybe others homophobic and sexist enough that I would blackjack him on the braincase before he ever got within 10 yards of either of my da Phillip Marlowe is one of the most famous and influential characters in detective fiction He s also a racist alcoholic and after all the blows to the head he routinely takes he s almost certainly suffering from post concussion syndrome so you gotta uestion his judgmentBut he s also the guy that says things like this It was a blonde A blonde to make a bishop ick a hole in a stained glass windowAnd this He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food cakeAnd this I needed a drink I needed a lot of life insurance I needed a vacation I needed a home in the country What I had was a coat a hat and a gun I put them on and went out of the room So I always find myself making allowances for Marlowe s bad habits and personal failingsMarlowe is working a boring job trying to find a missing husband when he has the bad luck to come across Moose Malloy Malloy is a giant hulk of a man who just got out of prison and is looking for his lost love Velma Unfortunately Moose is 37 recettes de poisson à la créole kind of simple and doesn tnow his own strength so he ends up illing somebody when asking uestions As a witness Marlowe tells the
cops what he saw and is coerced into trying to findwhat he saw and is coerced into trying to find by a lazy detective However a real paying job as a bodyguard for a guy delivering a ransom for the return of stolen jewelry comes up so Marlowe ditches the Malloy mess But things don t go uite as expectedOne of the better Chandler novels this is pretty typical Marlowe The plot doesn t make a lot of sense but that s not really important It s all about atmosphere and attitude If you can get past the casual racism that litters the early chapters you ll find one of the classics of noir fiction She s a nice girl Not my typeYou don t like them nice He had another *Cigarette Going The Smoke Was * going The smoke was fanned away from his face by his handI like smooth shiny girls hardboiled and loaded with sinHey copper it s how I talk see MahhhhhhThis was exactly what the doctor ordered after a blitz of wonderful yet terribly earnest books one after the other This classic noir was everything I needed A handsome private dick ahem a heist of some rare jade jewels mysterious beauties lots of alcohol clever wisecracks and great writing I love Goodreads it has really enhanced my reading experience And at the same time added to my anxiety There are too many great books to read I have at least 3k physical books on my TBR pile in my office that has really turned into a book storage space When another reader posts something about one of my favorite books I stop and think about how much I loved that book That s what happened recently with Farewell My Lovely I dropped what I was reading and read it again I don t have time to reread books not with with such a tall TBR pile that continually beckonsand yet I do because that s what the reading experience is all about Great reads I ve read Farewell my Lovely a number of times and with each reading I catch something I d missed This book is timeless and one of the greats with the voice and turn of phrase that many have tried to duplicate and have failed I highly recommend this bookDavid Putnam author of The Bruno Johnson series Philip Marlowe is looking for a woman s missing husband when he encounters Moose Malloy a brute fresh out of prison looking for his lost love Velma Moose ills a man and Marlowe gets corralled into looking for the missing Place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves.