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90s but I m buying every 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 enigmatic relationship with Terry Lennox a fop he brings home like a stray dog sobering him up cooking him breakfast and iving him enough 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 Filthy Rich Boys (Rich Boys of Burberry Prep, gun in his hand He offers Marlowe five hundred dollars to drive him to Tijuana Terry hasn t shot anybody with thatun but doesn t claim innocence over whatever fate has met his promiscuous wife Returning home Marlowe finds two homicide cops waiting His wise Granvilles New Strategy of Daily Stock Market Timing for Maximum Profit guy act doesn to over well with the LAPD who are looking for Terry Lennox and notify Marlowe that Sylvia has been found dead in her uest 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 o when Lennox is located in a small mountain town in Mexico with a self inflicted On Moral Courage gunshot wound to the head Marlowe doesn t believe Terry would kill himself 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 heot wounded or how he ever happened to Nanny by Chance get himself married to anyone like Sylvia He was like somebody you meet on board a cruise ship andet to know very well and never really know at all He was Mastering the Art of Self-Sufficiency in New Zealand gone like the same fellow when he saysoodbye at the pier and let s keep in touch old man and you know you won t and he won t Likely enough you ll never even see the uy again If you do he will be an entirely different person just another Rotarian in a club car How s business Oh not too bad You look ood 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 John, Paul Me-Before the Beatles 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 felt every time I swallowed Now he was dead and I couldn t evenive 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 bother except 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 angster named Randy Starr Marlowe later receives an envelope with Mexican stamps a note written by Terry and a 5000 bill in it Needing something else 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 ets the dick s attention but not 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 high end 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 the street to the Stockwell Building It was an antiue with a cigar counter in the entrance and a manually operated elevator that lurched and hated to level off The corridor to the sixth floor was narrow and the doors had frosted Ion Adventure in the Heartland, Volume 1 glass panels It was older and much dirtier than my own building It was loaded with doctors dentists Christian science practitioners not doing tooood 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 exactly where they stand what kind of patients they can Psychotherapy of Personality Disorders 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 filling every bit asood as a Hedge Fund - tome 4 - L'hritire aux vingt milliards gold inlay I can do it for you for 14 Novocain will be two dollars 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 fewuys 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 are ever collected Abortionists posing as anything you like that 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 s ennui are related And of course Marlowe figures it out despite the rich and powerful the police and a criminal 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 future either nor does he seem to travel far He s like an audience member at a Here Comes The Sissy Bride (My Sissy Husband Confesses, 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 of a PI Not exactly a typical day but not totally untypical either What makes a man stay with it nobody knows You don tet rich you don t often have much fun Sometimes you Places of Performance get beaten up or shot at or tossed into the jailhouse Once in a long while youet dead Every other month you decide to ive it up and find some sensible "OCCUPATION WHILE YOU CAN STILL WALK "while you can still walk 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 rief 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 elements 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 entered 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 A down and out friend of Marlowe s flees to Mexico with Marlowe s help his wife dead under suspicious circumstances Marlowe s friend soon turns up dead an apparent suicide But what does his death if anything have to do with a drunk writer Marlowe finds himself watchingI m not really sure how I feel about the Long Goodbye It s Chandler so the writing is მოგონებები შეფიცულთა რაზმზე great with Chandler s trademark similes and hard boiled atmosphere On the other hand it s written a little differently than his other Philip Marlowe books It s philosophical and less crime oriented The two victims in the story seem to be stand ins for Chandler himselfIt s still crime oriented though It took me forever to figure out how the two seemingly unrelated cases were linked Iot there just before Marlowe did but it was a close shaveWhat else is there to say without The Heart of Business giving anything away Chandler once again delivers theoods just not in the same package as usual Still it was a very enjoyable read I was as hollow and empty as the spaces between stars Raymond Chandler The Long GoodbyeLabels like Treasures of Darkness genius and masterpieceet thrown around a lot in the arts Certain writers are deemed to be brilliant and yet their stars fade uickly Their notable books 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to dance on the raves of labels They are iconic Raymond Chandler is one of those later writersHe is one dance on the raves of labels They are iconic Raymond Chandler is one of those later writersHe is one the Holy Trinity of detective novelists along with Dashiell Hammett and James M Cain These are the men who built the hard boiled noir house that everyone else lives in He is a Software (The Body Electric Book 4) god and a poet His dialogue seems to have just fallen directly from the swollen lips of a trash talking demiurge His novels are both the burn and the bush His prose is both the wilderness and the mountain He can kill off the Alpha and seduce the Omega before you recognize your own face in the cracked mirror I can t think of a modern writer of detective or crime fiction that shouldn t be paying Chander s heirs some form of rent I can t imagine a writer who wants to include aun and a woman and a detective in a novel NOT consulting Chandler s novels for hints of inspiration Obviously I adore the Internet Marketing Essentials genre and the writer but even if I work hard to remove my own biases it is difficult to walk away from The Long Goodbye without recognizing what aift was thrown at our underserving flat feet. 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 ets the trut. Ce over mental health concerns in society s response to crime You two characters been seeing any psychiatrists lately Jesus Ohls said hadn t you heard We ot them in our hair all the time these days This ain t police business any It s etting to be a branch of the medical racket They re in and out of jail the courts the interrogation rooms They write reports fifteen pages long on why some punk of a juvenile held up a liuor store or raped a schoolgirl or peddled her to the senior class Ten years from now uys like Hernandez and me will be doing Rohrschach tests and word associations instead of chin ups and target practiceSo you et the picture that there is a bit of preaching in this story But we often never sure which attitudes align with Chandler s own I choose to believe the following words of Marlowe are close to his own and I appreciate the tongue in cheek aspects behind them You re a damn ood cop Bernie but just the same you re all wet In one way cops are all the same They blame the wrong things Crime isn t a disease it s a symptom Cops are like a doctor that Sećanja gives you aspirin for a brain tumor except that the cop would rather cure it with a blackjack We re a big tough rich wild people and crime is the price we pay for it and organized crime is the price we pay for organization We ll have it with us for a long time Organized crime is just the dirty side of the sharp dollar What s the clean side I never saw it Let s have a drink Through this tale weet a dose of the metaphor for the detective as a cynical but A Guide to A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah good hearted agent who strives to address the social ills of corruption andreed with truth and justice But here the heroic aspects are infused with the tragic element of impotence in the face of rank consumerism and selfishness in society in the early 50s Altman as the director of the movie version in 1973 starring Elliot Gould as a surprise highlighted the existential and chaotic aspects of this outlook and put a Don uixote like aspect to Marlowe s tilting at windmills To say Get Social - The Ultimate Online Marketing Guide For Social Good Companies goodbye is to die a littleThere are some books that just feelood to have on your dashboard never too far from your fingertips to read in the tiny Natural Stone in the Built Environment 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 an essential author of theenre and The Long Goodbye leaves an eternal mark on the face of literature even 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 ever 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 either suicide or arranged murder in a small Mexican town while on the lam 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 Internet Marketing for Smart People genre that isuaranteed to keep you up at night Spanked in her Messy Diaper (An ABDL Tale) gladly dropping uarters for another dryer cycle in order to keep reading because a mystery with Marlowe is about asood as life Tales From Underwood 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 I even 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 toet what he wants He swims upon his moods and cherishes those moments of After the Kiss (Sex, Love Stiletto, getting right up in someones face just to drown out a bad feeling or ascertain the truth He calls 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 likeeeking 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 very easy to overlook when the plot is that engaging the writing that cool and the novel so entertaining 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 "intimate the third is After that you take the Malcolm McDonald on Marketing Planning girl s clothes off This is the sort of novel that keeps you pouring alass along with Marlowe perhaps is that what they mean by an active reader one who 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 some elements may raise the really eyebrow of critiue but on the whole it works It is easy 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 #is also a really charming self to this novel with regards to the writing Why did I Digital Marketing In A Week go into such detail Marlowe asks of himself because the charged atmosphere made every little thing stand out as a performance The writing truly fits the scene and the PI narrator While in most novels it would be easy 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 theoal Chandler has a true Le commerce des fourrures en occident a la fin du moyen-age (2 vol) gift for dialogue and character mannerisms as well creating a wide engaging cast He was auy who talked with commas like a heavy novel he says at one point and the dialogue of each character is always brilliantly nuanced There is 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 Starlight Elixirs and Cosmic Vibrational Healing guard who cannot separate his fantasy role playing of cowboys and toughuys from reality On the surface it is easy to scoff at these scenes but Chandler plays for something deeperIt is fascinating
To Have Read Chandler have read Chandler as a writer and to see his characters develop and age over time Like a racoon Marlowe has Authority Affiliate Marketing grown older and meaner and tougher but all the honorable strong willed and fearless Maybe I was tired and irritable Maybe I felt a littleuilty I could learn to hate this Using Twitter For Business (Stuff Made Simple Book 4) guy without 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 really elbowing 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 rampant not as a driving force but as a symptom of the American lifestyle we have let cultivate itself Power andreed and evil 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 Anatomy of the Orchestra good names of himself and those he cares about The Long Goodbye is a cornerstone of noir and mystery that rises above anyenre into simply being a beautiful piece of literature A searing social critiue orchestrated with dazzling plot twists enviable dialogue prowess and a firm How to make Money with Porn 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 endeavour there must be a term for this somewhere andrabs the reader by the throat and heart and won t let o 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 even 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 end Marlowe is a true literary hero and one I won t ever forget455 Out there in the night of a thousand crimes people were dying being maimed cut by flying lass 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 emptinessIt 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 The Wind on the Heath go order aimlet I dare you Chandler does well to also add an air of caution to the intake of alcohol To drink in moderation is one thing but the horrors of alcoholism and excess 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 except that he will be someone you never met before As research for a novel I m writing I m reading detective fiction and stealing everything of value My story takes place in LA of the early. 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 .