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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 2:07 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Marita - I loved that line about 'a nice room to wear slippers in', thanks for the reminder!  Beautiful.

Caro - do give him a try - he is technically hard-boiled, but he is a bit runny in the centre!  The humour is so delicious, and he is such a lovable character, that I think you might be won over.  There is film noir sort of violence, but it's not as gritty as many other things - nothing gratuitous, and the characters are so strong that they carry the whole thing.

It's the kind of book I feel we could go on discussing forever, and keep finding wonderful quotes - I am thoroughly enjoying this discussion too!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree the plot is implausible - just as implausible as Shakespeare's plots that hinge on disguise/mistaken identity. And I think Chandler can get away with it for the same reasons that Shakespeare can.

It's a few years since I read this book, but one passage I recall as particularly illuminating about the character of Marlowe was a brief scene where we see him in his own flat. With extraordinary economy of means - really no more than a few details of furnishings and objects - we see in an instant the rather sad, lonely core of Marlowe the private man. Marlowe isn't under-characterised at all - he is characterised brilliantly and with superb skill.

I too found the casual racist lingo shocking. But I think perhaps the most blatant stereotype in the book is in fact the sinister psychiatrist - weedy, cerebral and utterly evil. As I recall, he's even connected with modern art. It's almost like a checklist of everything that a certain type of conservative 20th century male viewed as decadent and amoral.




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