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ISBN: 0141189517 / ISBN-13: 9780141189512

The Big Sleep


"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 Classics) – Mass-market paperback (2008)
    by Raymond Chandler, Bill Amberg (Designer)

    The Big Sleep

    Mass-market paperback, Penguin Classics
    272 pages

    ISBN: 0141189517
    ISBN-13: 9780141189512

    This Penguin Classic is the result of a creative collaboration between Bill Amberg and the world's favourite publisher. It is one in a series of six luxury leather-bound titles. Raymond Chandler created the fast talking, trouble seeking Californian private eye Philip Marlowe for his first great novel "The Big Sleep" in 1939. Marlowe's entanglement with the Sternwood family - and an attendant cast of colourful underworld figures - is the background to a story reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the great American Dream.

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Latoya B

this book is great

by Latoya B on Mar 22, 2012



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.


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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