Crime fiction master raymond chandlers sixth novel featuring philip marlowe. Some see it as the pinnacle of chandlers career as a mystery author, while others see it as less powerful than the big sleep and farewell, my lovely, two early novels whatever its power, it may be the most personal of chandlers. The lady in the lake, the little sister, the long goodbye, playback everymans library. Indeed, we never again see the interesting characters his. Her memoir the long goodbye is emotionally acute, strikingly empathetic, thorough and unstinting intellectually, and of course elegantly wrought. Please tell us about any errors you have found in this book, or in the information on this page about this book.
The question and answer section for the long goodbye is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. Marlowe is a private investigator who sees terry lennox outside the club called the dancers and steps in to. Some critics consider it inferior to the big sleep or farewell, my lovely, but others rank it as the best of his work. The long goodbye was the last great novel by raymond chandler featuring his sardonic, occasionally knightly detective philip marlowe. Her ability to cope is complicated by her parents recent divorce and her lingering guilt over whether she could have stopped her brother. The long goodbye is the sixth of seven novels that raymond chandler published featuring his iconic private detective philip marlowe. Toward the end, we sense marlowes deepening despair. I had heard a number of good things about the long quiche goodbye, but my excitement was ultimately rewarded with disappointment. His first novel, the big sleep 1939, introduced the character of private detective philip marlowe, and the long goodbye, published in 1953, was the sixth in the marlowe series. Reading the book again after so long is fascinating and fun.
The screenplay was written by leigh brackett, who cowrote the screenplay for chandlers the big sleep in 1946. My mother is dead, my father killed her and so begins an extraordinary memoir by outstanding new talent p. The long goodbye the long goodbye is the sixth novel in chandlers philip marlowe universe, written some years after chandlers other marlowe novels and at a time when chandler was going through a rough patch. The long goodbye is a detective fiction novel published in 1953, written by raymond chandler. The characters most associated with chandlers own persona include roger wade and terry lennox, writers who struggled with alcoholism. These items are both departures from chandlers original text, and yet, while altmans film is titled the long goodbye, features phillip marlowe and understands the anachronistic nature of the character. The long goodbye is considered one of chandler s most personal novels. The long goodbye is no different in following this convention. But its above all a useful book, for lifethe good bits and the sad ones, too. Apr 04, 2016 my mother is dead, my father killed her and so begins an extraordinary memoir by outstanding new talent p. Im less enthralled with the long goodbye than i was when i first read it.
And beneath the stack of continuously restocked copies was a handwritten note that read, best book in the store. It seeks to point out the corruption within rich american society. Then he finds out that terry lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he. Its hard to remember a detective novel where the detective took so little interest in solving the central mystery of the book. The very embodiment of 70s hollywood genre revisionism, robert altmans film of the long goodbye stands as one of his most accessible, wittily misanthropic films, and probably the finest performance of elliot goulds career to date. He had begun drinking heavily, his respiratory and heart troubles were back, and his wife was dying, slowly and agonizingly. The long goodbye directed by robert altman written by leigh brackett usa, 1973 my introduction to classic film was through humphrey bogart.
The long goodbye is a 1973 film directed by robert altman and starring elliott gould as detective philip marlowe. The story features philip marlowe, a private investigator who befriends terry. Avery aames new series will become a favorite of all cozy lovers. The long goodbye discussion questions chicago public library.
The long island iced tea goodbye career crisis cafe mystery book 1 book 1 of 6. Apr 23, 2006 certainly the plot of the long goodbye is a labyrinth not easily negotiated. The novels title has been alluded to in the titles of other works of fiction with a hardboiled, noir, detective or gangster theme, including the british gangster film the long good friday 1980, an episode of star trek. Robert altmans the long goodbye attempts to do a very interesting thing. The novel opens with marlowe meeting the enigmatic terry lennox drunk on. Marlowe is right up there with sherlock holmes, sam space and miss marple in the world of literary crime solvers and, like those figures, the mysteries in which he marlow becomes.
The long goodbye is a novel by raymond chandler, published in 1953, his sixth novel. Online shopping from a great selection at books store. Im less enthralled with the long goodbye than i was when i first read it, but it is still excellent crime fiction. Chandler produced several worksboth short stories and novelswhich feature philip marlowe as the. Two characters in the novel are based on chandler himself. The long goodbye by raymond chandler book club discussion. I wont spoil the plot, but it doesnt give away much to reveal that our man philip marlowe doesnt exactly move in a straight line. It was the sixth philip marlowe novel, and though chandler would write a seventh, playback, this does indeed seem like a long goodbye to the world of bent cops, even more bent gangsters and marlowe himself. The book is full of rich characterization, settings, and dialogue. Nov 01, 20 these items are both departures from chandlers original text, and yet, while altmans film is titled the long goodbye, features phillip marlowe and understands the anachronistic nature of the character. No other book by chandler matches this ones emotional tone.
Noire, flixist has teamed up with its sister sites japanator and destructoid to give a bit of background on what noir were spelling it that way is all about. The long goodbye by raymond chandler, paperback barnes. The most autobiographical of his novels, the long goodbye was considered by chandler to be his best work. You may do whatever you like with this book, but mostly we hope you will read it. Ive read some of these niche mysteries before, and while they werent great literature, they were enjoyable enough. Chandler, in a letter to a friend, called the novel my best book. It was adapted from the raymond chandler novel of the same name by leigh brackett who earlier cowrote the most famous film version of chandlers the big sleep. This isnt a mystery novel, it is a great piece of literature. The long goodbye vintage crime by raymond chandler and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. The main character, philip marlowe played by elliot gould in the film adaptation, is a struggling private investigator with a quick quip for any occasion.
He strolled off trailing douds of incense, not even bothering to look towards the rollsroyce. I would watch casablanca 1942 and to have and have not 1944 with my mother, but none of his films had as much of an effect on me as the big sleep 1946 and bogarts character, philip marlowe. Recently, i revisited the movie version of the long goodbye, which starred elliot gould and sterling hayden and was directed by the late, great robert altman. He was wearing a pullover check shirt, yellow slacks, and riding boots. It tries to be all genre and no story, and it almost works. Here at fadedpage and our companion site distributed proofreaders canada, we pride ourselves on producing the best ebooks you can find. Jun 09, 2010 the long quiche goodbye is a terribly written book set in a cheese shop of all places. The long goodbye by raymond chandler reading guide. In retrospect it now seems that the phillip marlowe crime mysteries all followed a formula. The book practically set off an explosion in my brain i have been fascinated by chandler ever since. The chicago public library would like to thank the great books foundation, a nonprofit educational organization based in chicago, for contributing these questions. The film stars elliott gould as philip marlowe and features sterling hayden, nina van pallandt, jim bouton, mark.
Published in march 1954, the book marked the end of chandlers creative life. The long goodbye in celebration of the forthcoming release of l. There is some fraying and wear to cloth at base of spine and with one tiny 2mm nick to cloth at base also,some. I first read the long goodbye in 1976, before i had read any other raymond chandler novels. The long goodbye is a 1973 american neonoir thriller film directed by robert altman and based on raymond chandlers 1953 novel of the same title. The film stars elliott gould as philip marlowe and features sterling hayden, nina van pallandt, jim bouton, mark rydell, and an early uncredited appearance by arnold schwarzenegger.
The long goodbye is a novel by raymond chandler, published in 1953, his sixth novel featuring the private investigator philip marlowe. The long goodbye, the 1953 hardboiled detective novel by raymond chandler. Meghan orourke, a celebrated poet and critic, writes prose as if she was born to it first. It is that loyalty which makes philip grant the request of his long time friend terry lennox when terry shows up on his doorstep late one evening. The story has many characters who contribute to the plot development. Raymond chandlers the long goodbye is that sort of book, that sort of friend. A lowswung foreign speedster with no top drifted into the parking lot and a man got out of it and used the dash lighter on a long cigarette. The long goodbye by raymond chandler, first edition abebooks. Im really on the fence as to what i felt about this book. Philip marlowe is a long way from the infallible sleuth, the english, sherlock holmesstyle ancestor of the hardboiled fictional detective. The book is not about a story but about the code of a private eye in a corrupt world. This study guide consists of approximately 38 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of the long goodbye. While i personally believe that the best book in the store had to be one of chandlers, some fans of the writer might make a case for a different selection. The story features philip marlowe, a private investigator who befriends terry lennox at the parking lot of a restaurant in beverly hills.
The long quiche goodbye combines all the elements of other cozies, good food, wine, recipes, and small town amateur sleuthing, but increases the standard by which cozies are measured through her fresh and descriptive narrative and solution to the plot, which is not obvious. The long goodbye, as its title would suggest, feels elegaic. So there are two main characters in this story, a wisely. The long goodbye is considered one of chandlers most personal novels. This is a good copy of this book in the original maroon coloured cloth with silver lettered title to spine,no dustjacket. It is all about mood, personal style, and language.
Spanning three generations, the long goodbye takes us deep into the lives of an. The next generation entitled the big goodbye 1988, and frank millers graphic novel the hard goodbye 199192, the first volume in the sin city series. Even though i loved the character, i hadnt sought out. Chandler specifically created the character to be the perfect match for a man like. Some see it as the pinnacle of chandlers career as a mystery author, while others see it as less powerful than the big sleep and farewell, my lovely, two early novels. His first novel, the big sleep 1939, introduced the character of private detective philip marlowe, and the long goodbye, published in 1953.
The long goodbye is a 1953 detective novel by raymond chandler, his sixth featuring the private detective philip marlowe. The long goodbye, the 1953 hardboiled detective novel by raymond chandler, breaks almost entirely from this formula. I first read the long goodbye when i was 16, and when i did i was introduced to the. Chandlers 1953 novel leads marlowe into a web of deception so complex you could call it arbitrary. Dec 17, 2004 his first novel, the big sleep 1939, introduced the character of private detective philip marlowe, and the long goodbye, published in 1953, was the sixth in the marlowe series. Parents need to know that the last time we say goodbye is the story of a high school senior, lexie riggs, dealing with the aftermath of her younger brothers suicide. The long goodbye by raymond chandler, first edition. The downside of the long goodbye is that in the midst of all that, chandler loses the story several times. One of the preeminent examples of hardboiled detective fiction, adapted for radio, film and television, it received the 1955 edgar award for best novel.
What does the conclusion of the long goodbye offer in the way of wisdom about marriage. Then he finds out that terry lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced. Apr 17, 2011 appearing halfway through the long goodbye, the moment also provides a glimpse of barbara orourke and her generous vision. Character profile for eileen wade from the long goodbye philip. The long goodbye deconstructs the philip marlowe character. In noir master raymond chandlers the long goodbye, philip marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Marlowes drinking buddy terry lennox flees to mexico, leaving behind a dead wife and a lot of questions. In the long goodbye, marlowe lands in jail on a bum rap and gets conked over the head a few times.
I neither liked nor disliked it, and i could see a lot of potential for this to become a great series. Appearing halfway through the long goodbye, the moment also provides a glimpse of barbara orourke and her generous vision. The long goodbye is a large departure in some measures from the other marlowe novels and has a different feel and rhythm to it. It makes no serious effort to reproduce the raymond chandler detective novel its based on. The long goodbye is a 1953 detective novel by raymond chandler, his sixth. Marlowe is, along with sam spade and mike hammer, is one of the iconic kings of the literary world of private detectives. The long goodbye study guide contains a biography of raymond chandler, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.1477 1612 1404 766 708 1262 965 326 1617 1052 847 437 655 635 796 941 386 449 384 1440 1280 1501 1355 1572 704 1433 1210 1448 1221 877 540 1279 651 61 1280 1116 1226 776 577 1319 101 1189 1394 266 542 1359 1179 1483