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ISBN: 0141037598 / ISBN-13: 9780141037592

The Big Sleep

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"The Big Sleep" is Raymond Chandler's most famous and popular novel of all Los Angeles. PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old ... Show synopsis

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  • The Big Sleep (Penguin Books Ltd) – Paperback (2008)
    by Raymond Chandler

    The Big Sleep

    Paperback, Penguin Books Ltd
    2008
    export ed.
    272 pages

    ISBN: 0141037598
    ISBN-13: 9780141037592

    Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep is the definitive hardboiled detective story and Philip Marlowe the perfect expression of the cynical, world-weary gumshoe. Hired by the crippled General Sternwood to shake off a blackmailer, Marlowe also has to deal with the general's two rebellious daughters, the gamblers and pornographers they run with and, soon enough, some inconvenient murders. Chandler's LA and the gutter-life that populate it made crime fiction what it is today and remain unmatched.

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Latoya B

this book is great

by Latoya B on Mar 22, 2012

I ENJOYED THIS BOOK SO MUCH, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.

PaTalk

Classic mystery at its best

by PaTalk on Jul 23, 2010

You just can't read this without the image of Humphrey Bogart in your mind. This is the kind of mystery that influenced everything after it's publication. Love the phrasing and pictures Chandler presents and the fast action.

rejoyce

The Sun-Blinded Southland

by rejoyce on Oct 23, 2007

Raymond Chandler practically invented the Southern California detective novel, which also includes Ross MacDonald and Walter Mosley. His protagonist Philip Marlowe stalks a sun-blinded Southland of elite mansions, transient motels, retired generals, nymphomaniac daughters, and cagey heiresses. Chandler rises above the crowd with his way with a metaphor and his witty, tough-guy repartee. Our image of Los Angeles--its glamour and seediness--is forever refracted through Chandler's stylish prose. The principals in Howard Hawks' movie version of The Big Sleep claimed not to understand the convolutions of the plot, but no matter. It's the pleasure of the prose that counts.

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