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Raymond Chandler.

I don't know what popular opinion is on Chandler's Marlowe novels these days, but I still love them.

"He nodded, frowning, and drank his drink and pushed the glass to one side. I tasted mine. It was scotch. Not very good scotch."

From the Lady in the Lake.

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norda
Feb. 1st, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
I care not for public opinion in most cases, and I will love Raymond Chandler's books until the day I die.

1986 was a wonderful summer for living night in and night out with Mr. Marlowe.
benpeek
Feb. 1st, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)
well, i think most people still do love chandler. but i've read a few people saying that it's a bit outdated, which maybe it is, in a politically correct world.

still, i care not for that kind of thought.
kixxa
Feb. 1st, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
I think I've read (or rather luxuriated) in The Long Goodbye three times now. It's a wonderful snapshot of the times (before an excess of political correctness and other such nasty stuff overcomplicated our lives).
benpeek
Feb. 1st, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
my favourite remains THE BIG SLEEP. i guess you can't overcome the first bit of chandler you find. well, in my case. plus, i love that opening about calling on four million dollars and not caring who knew.
kixxa
Feb. 1st, 2005 05:43 am (UTC)
Really, they're all great. I always regret that he didn't get to finish 'The Poodle Springs Mystery'. I think someone else finished it off, but NO-ONE can imitate Chandler, however much they try. And try they do...
benpeek
Feb. 1st, 2005 06:13 am (UTC)
actually, someone did finish it. i can't remember who, however. they did make a bad film out of it with james cann, though.

however, i thought some of the later chandler wasn't as sharp as the early books.
ironed_orchid
Feb. 3rd, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
The Poodle Springs thing is a big weird. I think it's the cynicism of having discovered that he's sold out and is accepting the luxuries that hollywood and real estate developers have to offer, both of which he is critical of in the other books.
benpeek
Feb. 3rd, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC)
i never read THE POODLE SPRINGS. just saw a bit of the movie, which is a dragging, limp thing. but i stayed away from the book cause chandler didn't finish it.

nothing good comes out of having someone finish an author's work.
artbroken
Feb. 1st, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
Chandler is God.

Anyone who disagrees needs a goddamn hiding.
benpeek
Feb. 3rd, 2005 01:02 pm (UTC)
many people deserve a good slapping.

i just thought i'd add that as a general comment. youknow how it is with people.
artbroken
Feb. 3rd, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Fuckers.
nick_kaufmann
Feb. 1st, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
Chandler is one of my all-time favorites. To me, Hammett, also a talented writer, had nothing on him.
benpeek
Feb. 1st, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
i never got into hammett. i liked some of his prose, but i found that i couldn't beat myself through more than half of THE MALTESE FALCON.

but yes, he had nothing on chandler. very few do.
ironed_orchid
Feb. 3rd, 2005 07:31 am (UTC)
I'm a big fan of Chandler. A friend lent me an omnibus when I was ill and in bed for a week, it was the perfect thing.
benpeek
Feb. 3rd, 2005 11:59 am (UTC)
i'm sure marlowe would have loved that icon.

anyhow, i wish someone would do some real lovely hardcovers of chandlers books.
ironed_orchid
Feb. 3rd, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC)
That would be nice. I mostly have the penguin paperbacks that were reissued a few years ago, and some of which have very odd graphics on the covers. But I do have a couple of the old green and white style penguins and one with a still from the Big Sleep (except I think the book is The Little Sister, not The Big Sleep).

Things I love about Marlowe: #1 that he discusses TS Eliot with cab drivers
benpeek
Feb. 3rd, 2005 01:01 pm (UTC)
i have these nice paperback editions--vintage lizard or something. nice things, really, though i also have some green and white style ones.
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