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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (15 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141195894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141195896
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.6 x 16.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raymond Thornton Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 and moved to England with his family when he was twelve. He attended Dulwich College, Alma Mater to some of the twentieth century's most renowned writers. Returning to America in 1912, he settled in California, worked in a number of jobs, and later married. It was during the Depression era that he seriously turned his hand to writing and his first published story appeared in the pulp magazine Black Mask in 1933, followed six years later by his first novel. The Big Sleep introduced the world to Philip Marlowe, the often imitated but never-bettered hard-boiled private investigator. It is in Marlowe's long shadow that every fictional detective must stand - and under the influence of Raymond Chandler's addictive prose that every crime author must write. He died in California in 1959.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Officer Dibble VINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2014
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Let's not beat about the bush, this short story is essentially the first draft for the first half of 'The Big Sleep' which was published four years later.

Many of the names are the same (Carmen, Agnes), as are the characters eg. Steiner/Geiger, as the dodgy bookseller. What is missing is the character of Marlow - although the narrator is the same private eye. Also missing are the one-liners that became Chandler's trademark. In fact, the novella contains only one similie of note, 'I thought he was as crazy as a pair of waltzing mice'.

The wonderful Penguin publishing house are pushing their luck to use the words 'Modern Classic' but they are right in using the word 'Mini'. I have often wondered whether 'The Big Sleep' is really two short stories welded together - here is the proof.

I strongly recommend you only read this out of curiosity once you've savoured the 1939 true classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By d andrews on 1 Mar. 2013
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not chandlers best but still worth a read if you have got a spare hour, just the one liners make this a worhwhile read, and anyone who has not read chandler is really missing out
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dave on 3 Aug. 2013
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Great writing, the descriptions are wonderful. Very short but a great introduction to this author. I Would definitely recommend it.
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This is the original short story that The Big Sleep originated from by Raymond Chandler. I read The Big Sleep first and admittedly, wasn't a fan. I found Marlowe to be a cold character and completely unrelatable. When reading this, the differences were very slight, but I found myself liking his character a whole lot more in this short story, and the plot was so much simpler and easier to follow! I actually much preferred this shorter version.
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