Down These Mean Streets A Man Must Go Who Is Not Himself Mean, Who Is Neither Tarnished Nor AfraidHe Is The Hero He Is Everything He Must Be A Complete Man And A Common Man And Yet An Unusual Man This Is The Code Of The Private Eye As Defined By Raymond Chandler In His Essay The Simple Act Of Murder Such A Man Was Philip Marlowe, Private Eye, An Educated, Heroic, Streetwise, Rugged Individualist And The Hero Of Chandler S First Novel, The Big Sleep This Work Established Chandler As The Master Of The Hard Boiled Detective Novel, And His Articulate And Literary Style Of Writing Won Him A Large Audience, Which Ranged From The Man In The Street To The Most Sophisticated Intellectual Marlowe Subsequently Appeared In A Series Of Extremely Popular Novels, Among Them The Lady In The Lake, The Long Goodbye, And Farewell, My Lovely Elizabeth Diefendorf, Editor, The New York Public Library S Books Of The Century, P Selected As One Of Time Magazine S All Time Novels, With The Following Review I Was Neat, Clean, Shaved And Sober, And I Didn T Care Who Knew It I Was Everything The Well Dressed Private Detective Ought To Be This Sentence, From The First Paragraph Of The Big Sleep, Marks The Last Time You Can Be Fully Confident That You Know What S Going On The First Novel By Raymond Chandler At The Age Of UNO CHE LAVA LA BIANCHERIA SPORCA DEGLI ALTRIQuesto un libro che ho letto molti anni fa, nel periodo in cui iniziavo a realizzare un sogno coltivato a lungo.Un buon motivo per tenerlo nel cuore.Ma, certo, non l unico ancora prima del ricordo, conta che sia bello e prezioso A suo modo, un autentico capolavoro.Eterni e indimenticabili, Humphrey Bogart e Lauren BacallNoir In versione hard boiled Introduce Philip Marlowe, l archetipo del detective privato, il prototipo del private eye Marlowe duro e idealista, un sognatore imbevuto di disincanto, solitario e disilluso, onesto e leale, testardo e audace.Marlowe e le donne sembrano cascargli ai piedi, pare non gradirlo, si concede riluttante, romantico e sentimentale Scontroso ironico tagliente brutale, ma sempre malinconico Un assaggio Marlowe Bogart chiede alla Bacall Cos hai che non va , e lei risponde Niente che tu non possa sistemare.Un eroe non eroe, un fallito che vince sempre, risolve tutti i casi ma la giustizia non trionfa mai, e il disincanto di Marlowe cresce, ogni gioia gli si soffoca nel bicchiere, perch il mondo proprio non riesce a cambiarlo Il mondo marcio e corrotto L unica difesa sono un paio di scarpe comode, quindi, lavoro di gambe e ruote , e una lingua sferzante che dialoghi Gran fumatore e buon bevitore, incorruttibile, senza macchia e senza paura, un cavaliere del XX secolo.1947 The Lady in the Lake di Robert Montgomery, regista e protagonista nei panni di Marlowe Il film tutto girato in soggettiva, dal punto di vista del narratore e protagonista Marlowe, che si vede solo tre volte, sempre riflesso su uno specchio, a inizio, met e fine film.Lo leggo, o meglio, l ho letto, provando tenerezza perch ho sentito Marlowe vicino, un amico, provando ammirazione, perch meglio di me, ma anche compassione, perch qualcuno lo pesta sempre, e le donne lo tradiscono spesso, perch il Male contro cui lotta pi forte di lui.Il Grande Sonno, la morte, usc nel 1939, e sette anni dopo giunse adattato sullo schermo, mettendo insieme un trio meraviglia il regista Howard Hawks, lo sceneggiatore William Faulkner insieme a Leigh Brackett e Jules Furthman , il protagonista Humphrey Bogart S , c era anche The Look, Laureen Bacall, che due anni prima aveva incrociato il suo destino con quello di Bogart nel suo film d esordio, To Have and Have Not Acque del Sud nella versione italiana , romanzo di Hemingway, sceneggiato sempre da Faulkner, e film sempre diretto da Hawks a Laureen bast dire Anyone got a matche fu subito una star, letteralmente alla sua prima apparizione.Robert Mitchum stato Marlowe in Farewell My Lovely Marlowe, il poliziotto privato, 1975, regia di Dick Richards, e nel 1978, diretto da Michael Winner, che spost l azione a Londra, in The Big Sleep Marlowe indaga Preferisco nettamente il primoLa trama paradigmatica quanto lo il protagonista cos ingarbugliata che difficile riassumerla, e ci si chiede come faccia Marlowe a dipanare la matassa.Siamo a Los Angeles alla fine degli anni Trenta Marlowe racconta in prima persona, non potrebbe essere altrimenti, ha troppa personalit per lasciarsi raccontare da un narratore in terza persona, per quanto eccellente come Chandler gran lavoratore della pagina, leggeva e rileggeva, correggeva, s accaniva nella cura del suo stile Incipit fulminante Ero ordinato, pulito, ben raso e sobrio, e non me ne importava che la gente se ne accorgesse Sembravo il figurino dell investigatore privato elegante Andavo a far visita a un milione di dollari. The Long Goodbye, 1973, regia di Robert Altman, Elliott Gould nei pani di Marlowe Nel cast anche Sterling HaydenIl nostro eroe viene ingaggiato da un anziano milionario, per risolvere un tentativo di ricatto Le indagini ben presto rivelano gioco d azzardo quisquilie , un traffico di pubblicazioni pornografiche criminale per l epoca , al primo omicidio se ne aggiungono presto altri due per un totale di tre morti, droga illegale allora come ora , omosessualit Una matassa ginepraio.Ma che importa seguire la trama, risolvere il caso insieme a Marlowe Per me, nulla per me conta lui e il suo sarcasmo che nasconde un anima spezzata, le dark lady che incontra, l atmosfera.IconaSecondo l autorevole IMDb, Philip Marlowe giunto sullo schermo 23 volte, la prima nel 1945 Dick Powell , la pi recente nel 2012 Dall inizio della sua carriera cinematografica sono passati quasi ottanta anni, ma Marlowe sempre pimpante.Tra i tanti, mi piace ricordare la sua versione secondo me pi azzeccata, quando a impersonarlo Robert Mitchum la sua versione pi ribelle in The Long Goodbye di Robert Altman interpretato da un indimenticabile Elliott Gould e quello strano esperimento del 1947, Robert Montgomery regista e interprete principale, titolo The Lady in the Lake uno dei migliori romanzi di Chandler Marlowe, insieme a The Big Sleep per l appunto, al gi citato The Long Goodbye, a The High Window e Farewell, My Lovely interamente girato in soggettiva, un tentativo che avrebbe dovuto spingere lo spettatore a identificarsi nel protagonista, e che invece risult piuttosto raggelante e rallettante.Da non dimenticare che Marlowe protagonista del bel romanzo di Osvaldo Soriano Triste, solitario y final.Merchandising Non m importa se i miei modi non le piacciono In confidenza, non piacciono neanche a me ci piango su spesso, specialmente durante le lunghe sere d inverno.Raymond Chandler A killing reading PAINT IT BLACK A nice state of affairs when a man has to indulge his vices by proxy. That was the line that hook me when I watched the classic film adaptation, the one produced in 1946, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.While I loved the whole movie, that scene between Marlowe Bogart and the character of General Sternwood Charles Waldron at the glasshouse in the beginning of the story was what hooked me It s a wonderful dialogue, full of vices, smoking and drinking, and while I don t smoke and I seldom drink alcohol in parties, I am not prude and I think that type of characters look cool while smoking and drinking Maybe because I think new millenium society has become too sanctimonious about the topics I know that they aren t healthy conducts, but look at me, I like to watch characters doing both things and I don t do them on my own.Funny thing that if some character uses a gun and kills some other character, nobody is shocked, but if some character smokes, everybody gets scandalized about it I m told you are a widower and have two young daughters, both pretty, both wild. It was a delicious dialogue between the detective Marlowe and the General Sternwood Certainly when the bundle of stunning ladies, in those gorgeous 1940 s wardrobes and hairsyles, starting to fill the screen, the hook got me totally.I love Film Noir movies and I love detective novels, so reading Noir Detective novels is like something I should to begin many years ago.Obviously I have watched almost all the relevant Film Noir movies that they were inspired by the same iconic Noir novels, but even so, I want to read those original books, but also many others that they don t have film adaptation and or I haven t watched the movie version I am fan of movies and books, so I do like both formats and I have no preference of one over the other I enjoy both ways to know stories The Big Sleep is my favorite Film Noir movie of all, so I thought that it was the perfect choice to be the first fully Noir novel to read.And I enjoyed a lot since while I still love the movie, I enjoyed to read the differences on the book, to be able to appreciate a different approach to the basically same general story It s interesting that while the book is open to show polemic issues and quite impressive taking in account that the novel was published in 1939 but the book isn t that packed of sexy scenes with lovely ladies as it was the movie version.A key angle to read the novel is that, while in the movie the identity of the culprit I won t spoil it, don t worry is left in the air, on the book you will know quite clearly who did it And obviously that s the whole deal in a detective novel Still I love the movie version because is so much fun to watch it I have it on DVD, and you can bet that as soon as it would be available on Blu ray, I will order it at once BABY S IN BLACK So, you re a private detective I didn t know they really existed except in books. Philip Marlowe, the detective in this novel, along with the character of Sam Spade in its own book series are like the role models to the rest of Noir detectives that came after them Hat, raincoat, smocking, and a bit if not lots of cynical humor You don t want them to be something different She was worth a stare She was trouble. Femme Fatales Love them, but be careful, because they may be as lethal as gorgeous But you never be sure and that s part of the fun The Sternwood Sisters, Vivian and Carmen, certainly are great characters and impossible to predict what they will do next.Hard boiled Detectives and Femme Fatales do a dangerous dance during the whole deal of the stories where the outcome of those are as important as to know who did the murder.Noir Novels are hazardous beasts that have their own rules and they work in their own kind of universe where those rules have total sense, indeed the whole reason of why we love to read them The Big Sleep is a prime example of the genre and also definitely one of the most relevant titles there A smart story with punchy dialogues and one heck of narrative. Raymond Chandler first published The Big Sleep in 1939, introducing us to the world of Philip Marlowe A modern, noir like detective story, The Big Sleep changed the genre from passive interactions to action packed thrills between the private eye and criminals Set in 1930s Los Angeles, then a sleepy town controlled by the mob as much as the police, The Big Sleep is a non stop action thriller General Sherwood has hired private eye detective Philip Marlowe to solve the mystery of the whereabouts of his son in law Terrance Regan Marlowe takes the case because he usually subsides on 25 a day, and figures the case to be cut and dry Then, he is introduced to the General s daughters, Carmen and Vivian, and Marlowe is roped into a world of crime Instead of having to solve a missing persons case, Marlowe has three murders on his hands and multiple mob goons breathing down his neck With little assistance from assistance district attorney Ohls and viewed as a nuisance by the Los Angeles Police, Marlowe is on his own Questioning everyone from racketeers to pornographers, he slowly pieced together Regan s whereabouts Adding to the thrill of the crime, both of Sherwood s vixen daughters desire Marlowe in a way that has nothing to do with detective work All these facets of the book add up to nonstop fun Before Chandler introduced readers to pulp detective books, crimes passively suggested whodunit The detective went pawning around for clues and eventually solved the case Last year I read a few modern mystery books set in the 1910s and they hold true to the time period The action in the novel as well as short sentences in first person created changed the way mystery writers wrote detective and crime novels Even though this book was published in 1939, it held my attention because of all the action packed into its pages Marlowe eventually holds off the Sherwood sisters and finds out whodunit to all of the crimes Smitten with the older of two sisters and in the good graces of the police and district attorney s office, the door is open for Marlowe to return for detective work A fun book full of crime, the mob, and fast women, The Big Sleep is a fun detective book that held my attention throughout I look forward to reading of Marlowe s cases and I rate this premiere 4 solid stars. Reflections on The Big Sleep Classic hard boiled detective fiction at it s finest Every stereotype, every cliched phrase, it s all there and it is glorious If you are looking for dames and gumshoes and sawbucks and swapping lead then look no further Almost every page had a quotable line that had me smirking This book is set in a different time If you do not remember this, you may be upset or offended by the content These characters are uncouth and indelicate Several times during the book I said to myself Dang, he can t say that But, he did and that s just how it was It s a bit convoluted I am not going to lie several times during the book I was not quite sure what was going on or where things were going I am not even sure I fully understand the resolution I reflect on this as a genre period peice and I enjoyed it for that, not necessarily a mind blowing plot Do I recommend this book Really, only if you want to add some classic hard boiled to your collection If you only think you should read it because it is considered a must read classic, I am not sure you will enjoy it all that much. The 2011 2012 re readA paralyzed millionaire, General Sternwood, hires Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe to have a talk with a blackmailer with his hooks in his daughter But what does his daughter s missing husband, Rusty Regan, have to do with it Marlowe s case will get him entangled in a web of pornography and gambling from which he may never escapeFor the last few years, me and noir detective fiction have gone together as well as strippers and c section scars When the Pulp Fiction group announced this as it s January group read, I figured it was time to get reacquainted with one of the books that started the genre.I d forgotten most of the book in the past ten years so it was like a completely new one One of the things that grabbed me right away was how poetic Raymond Chandler s prose seems at times I d intended on writing down some of the clever bits but I quickly dropped that idea in favor of letting myself get taken along for the ride.For a lot of today s readers, the plot and Philip Marlowe himself might not seem that original That s because people have been ripping off Raymond Chandler for decades Marlowe is the real deal Now that I ve read a few hundred detective books since my original reading, I can appreciate how influential Marlowe is as a character The plot is a lot complex than it originally seemed I almost wish I didn t know the plot of the Big Leibowski was partly lifted from the Big Sleep I kept picturing characters from the movie while I was reading Hell, the plot is almost inconsequential The atmosphere and language are the real stars of the show.Five stars If you re a fan of noir and haven t read this, drop what you re doing and get started Review updated on February 26, 2016A group read with the following people Erin, Dan 2.0, Steve, Delee Please let me know if I missed somebody A crippled millionaire with rapidly failing health hires Philip Marlowe to investigate seemingly simple blackmail case involving one of his daughters The cynical PI charges only 25 a day plus expenses For this money he got shot at several times, was knocked out by a blow in his head, met quite a few dead people and helped some of them meet their early demise directly and indirectly I would say he got a lot of excitement for a very low price I really need to say a couple of words about Raymond Chandler The guy took simple mindless entertainment called noir and made it an art form simple as this He was copied by practically every single writer who wrote noir since then I am not talking about the books only movies, theatrical plays, radio plays, TV mini series involving a lonely PI have Philip Marlowe as original source of inspiration Chandler s quality of writing still stands well above that of people who came after him Add to this a very fast complicated plot with numerous twists and you have a true classic of genre which while aged somewhat is still as entertaining to read, or reread as it was almost eighty years ago when it was first published It kept me on the edge of the seat despite the fact that I read it several times before I would give six stars to this book if I could, but I have to settle for five. Edited March, 2019 I ve just finished reading The Annotated Big Sleep, edited by Owen Hill, Pamela Jackson, and Anthony Dean Rizzuto For whatever reason, this is simply included as another edition of the novel rather than a separate work in its own right, and the only way I was able to find it was to use the ISBN number, which is 978 0 8041 6888 5 It brought up the correct edition, but when I clicked on it, GR took me to my original review of the novel itself.I really enjoyed the annotated version and would give the annotation a solid four stars It goes literally line by line through the novel, providing fascinating details about the time period, the city of Los Angeles, and, of course, the novel itself Anyone who loves The Big Sleep would almost certainly enjoy this edition.My original review of The Big Sleep from November, 2012 What can one possibly say about this book that has not already been said When a dying millionaire needs help, Philip Marlowe answers the call and changes forever the course of crime fiction This is the first of Raymond Chandler s Philip Marlowe novels, featuring a complex plot with twists and turns so sharp that even the author ultimately couldn t figure them out, but so beautifully written that nobody cares And at the heart of it all is the man who will become the prototypical P.I with a code of his own that no mobster, cop, politician or beautiful dame can break.When asked by a cynical prosecutor why he s willing to risk so much for 25.00 per day plus expenses, Marlowe replies, I don t like it But what in the hell am I to do I m on a case I m selling what I have to sell to make a living What little guts and intelligence the Lord gave me and a willingness to get pushed around in order to protect a client.I d do the same thing again if I had to Which pretty much says it all. It is always a pleasure to revisit a good book and find it even better than you remember But it is humbling to discover that what you once thought was its most obvious defect is instead one of its great strengths That was my recent experience with Raymond Chandler s The Big Sleep.I had read it twice before once twenty years, once forty years ago and have admired it ever since for its striking metaphors, vivid scenes, and tough dialogue Above all, I love it for its hero, Philip Marlowe, the closest thing to a shining knight in a tarnished, unchivalrous world.But even though I recalled Chandler s metaphors with pleasure, I also tended to disparage them as baroque and excessive Having read too many Chandler imitations and watched too many Chandler parodies, I had come to view his images as exotic, overripe things which could survive only in a hothouse corrupt things like the orchids the aged General Sternwood raises as an excuse for the heat.This time through, I refused to let individual metaphors distract me, but instead allowed the totality of the imagery including the detailed description of the settings do its work When I did so, I was not only pleased by the aptness of the descriptive passages but also surprised by the restraint of most of the metaphors True, there are a few outrageous similes, but they are always used deliberately, for humor or shock, and often refer to the General s daughter Carmen, who deserves everything she gets Overall, the sustained effect of the imagery is to evoke vividly and atmospherically the beauty and corruption of Los Angeles.But, first and foremost, the author s imagery is the narrator Marlowe s too as is also the case with Joseph Conrad s narrator Marlow and because of this it reveals to us the heart of Marlowe s personal darkness his place in the world, the person he wishes to be, and the profound distance between the two Chandler introduces us to Marlowe at the Sternwood s palatial mansion, a medieval gothic structure within sight of but mercifully upwind from the stinking detritus of Sternwood s first oil well, the foundation of the family fortune Over the hallway entrance, a stained glass window depicts a knight who is awkwardly Marlowe thinks unsuccessfully trying to free a captive maiden her nakedness concealed only by her long cascading hair from the ropes that bind her Marlowe s initial impulse He wants to climb up there and help He doesn t think the guy is really trying.Thus, from the first, the despoliation of L.A., the corruption of big money, and a vision of chivalric romance complicated by sexuality a vision which encompasses both the urgency and impotence of knight errantry reflect Philip Marlowe s character and concerns As the book proceeds, the ghost of Rusty Reagan, an embodiment of modern day romance Irish rebel soldier, rum runner, crack shot , becomes not only part of Marlowe s quest but also his double, another young man with a soldier s eye doing General Sternwood s bidding, lost in the polluted world of L.A At the climax of the novel, everything that can be resolved is resolved, as Marlowe, the ghost of Reagan and one of the Sternwoods meet amidst the stench of the family s abandoned oil well Afterwards, though, all Marlowe can think about is Eddie Mars wife, the captive maiden who cut off all of her once long hair to prove she didn t mind being confined Silver Wig Marlowe calls her , who rescued him from killers by cutting his ropes with a knife, but who is still so in love with her corrupt gambler husband that Marlowe cannot begin to save her. There s a story regarding the movie version of The Big Sleep that I love, and if it isn t true, it should be Supposedly, while working on adapting the book the screenwriters William Faulkner Leigh Brackett couldn t figure out who killed one of the characters So they called Raymond Chandler, and after thinking about it for a while, Chandler admitted that he d completely forgotten to identify the killer of this person in the book and had no idea who did it Since no one complained about the flaw in the book, the movie just repeated it and didn t bother answering the question either.And that s the thing about The Big Sleep The plot is overly complex, and it s pretty clear that Chandler was making it up as he went It s still a crime classic because Philip Marlowe books weren t about the plot, they were all about the character and the atmosphere.Marlowe is hired by wealthy and dying General Sternwood to see what he can do about illegal gambling debts that his daughter Carmen has incurred The general s other daughter was married to a bootlegger named Rusty Regan that has disappeared, and the old man was fond of Rusty and misses his company Everyone that Marlowe deals with assumes that he s been hired to find Rusty, and the detective is soon caught up in a web of blackmail and several murders.Chandler s first book is a classic and would help redefine and reinvent the mystery genre With Philip Marlowe, the prototype to the small time smart ass private detective with an unbreakable code of honor would be established and it s influenced countless fictional detectives since Chandler s no nonsense, razor sharp cynical prose is still a delight to read.