The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

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Philip Marlowe is constantly on the move with a case involving a war scarred drunk and his nymphomania wife.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 379 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • Vintage Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0394757688
  • 9780394757681
  • 56,753

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Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, who he's divorced and re-married and who ends up dead. and now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.
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Review quote

"Raymond Chandler is a master." --The New York Times

"[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered." --The New Yorker "Chandler seems to have created the culminating American hero: wised up, hopeful, thoughtful, adventurous, sentimental, cynical and rebellious." --Robert B. Parker, The New York Times Book Review "Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban private eye." --Los Angeles Times

"Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner. . . . An original. . . . A great artist." --The Boston Book Review

"Raymond Chandler was one of the finest prose writers of the twentieth century. . . . Age does not wither Chandler's prose. . . . He wrote like an angel." --Literary Review

"[T]he prose rises to heights of unselfconscious eloquence, and we realize with a jolt of excitement that we are in the presence of not a mere action tale teller, but a stylist, a writer with a vision." --Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books "Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence." --Ross Macdonald

"Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude." --Erle Stanley Gardner

"Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since." --Paul Auster "[Chandler]'s the perfect novelist for our times. He takes us into a different world, a world that's like ours, but isn't. " --Carolyn See
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About Raymond Chandler

Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 - 1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandler's detective stories often starred the brash but honorable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandler's novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which helped define the film noir style. In the last year of his life he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died in La Jolla, California on March 26, 1959.
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Rating details

25,276 ratings
4.22 out of 5 stars
5 43% (10,885)
4 39% (9,952)
3 15% (3,792)
2 2% (521)
1 0% (126)

Our customer reviews

This is Raymond Chandler's absolutely best book. It is the most gripping and soul-searching story Ray Chandler ever wrote about Philip Marlowe, and in many ways the book constitutes the reader's long goodbye to both Chandler and Marlowe. Set in Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles in 1953, we follow a year in the life of legendary private eye Philip Marlowe, as he befriends down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox. The title of the book reflects on this friendship. The story takes us through love, betrayal, murder, friendship, a drunken author and his Dexamyl-ridden wife, but overall the story tells about the loneliness of Philip Marlowe. Much of the story takes place in Los Angeles' Idle Valley district, which today is long gone, and this historic landmark setting just adds to the book's extreme Chandleresque magic. "The first time I laid eyes on Terry Lennox, he was drunk in a Rolls Royce Silver Wraith outside the terrace of the Dancers..." Marlowe says. And then he proceeds with telling us how that unique friendship influenced his, and several other lives, from 1953 until the summer of 1954 as Terry Lennox walked out the door of Marlowe's office for the very last time. -Arnfinn Rongshow more
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