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The Lady in the Lake and Other Novels (Penguin Modern Classics) [Paperback]

Raymond Chandler
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7 Jun 2001 Penguin Modern Classics
An omnibus comprising Raymond Chandler's three Philip Marlowe novels, THE LADY IN THE LAKE, THE HIGH WINDOW and THE LITTLE SISTER.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (7 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141186089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141186085
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raymond Chandler grew up in Chicago and Dulwich. After moving back to the US in 1912 and fighting in the Canadian Army during World War, he settled in California and became a highly successful oil executive. His first novel, THE BIG SLEEP, was published when he was 51. He followed this with FAREWELL MY LOVELY (1940), THE HIGH WINDOW (1942) THE LADY IN THE LAKE (1943), THE LITTLE SISTER (1949) and THE LONG GOODBYE (1954) all of which featured the detective Philip Marlowe.

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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contents: Which Novels are in this book 6 Jun 2005
By Labrys
Format:Paperback
According to the Penguin modern classics' website, this volume contains: The Lady in the Lake, The High Window and The Little Sister.
I hate it when I can't easily find this out on Amazon!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection 10 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
Having only got around to reading the novels after many years of watching the films, these books are an absolute treat. The words and thoughts on the page just have more impact than when they are spoken. I found myself re-reading sentences over and over.
The language is just brilliant and I can only think of Elmore Leonard who is even in the same class when it comes to crime fiction. Despite being set 50+ years ago they seem very contemporary and not all all past their time.
I would recommend all this series and to read them in order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another untrustworthy review . . . 8 Jan 2014
By Westham
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I've just written a review of Raymond Chandler's "Trouble is My Business". It read as follows: "Sorry, you can't trust me on this. At least, I don't think you can. You see, there are those of us who see the three central pillars of English (and American) literature as Shakespeare, Milton and . . . Raymond Chandler. Of course, we could be wrong (particularly about Milton)."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Master Wrier 30 Nov 2012
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Chandler is a master writer - or rather was as he's gone now. Plot, characterisation, descriptive powers, quirky allusions and illustrations all make his stories compulsive reading. And you learn so much about America too, he gives a wonderful historical and social perspective along with a rollicking good story. Never dumbed down either. Recommended.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pulpier mysteries of Raymond Chandler 10 Jun 2002
By Jason
Format:Paperback
Chandler is often credited as an influence, along with Jim Thompson, of noir. Basically, Noir (mind if I smoke?) is the French-applied term for philosophical alcoholics that use words like "flat-foot" and "ugly-mugg" and get involved in some seedy crime.
On the other hand, Chandler was creating stories about a curmudgeonly hero, Philip Marlowe, the counter-opposite of Thompson's sociopaths. It's great that this collection features the less noir but speedier plots that get overlooked, especially Lady in the Lake. Lady shows you Los Angeles and the surrounding resort cities of the 1940s with really poetic writing. And yes, it has a snake-like murder mystery to solve concluded by a mountian lake. The High Window is filled with great humor and Chandler pushing plot twists with a stolen gold coin as the McGuffin (i.e., A. Hitchcock's term for the Grail, Maltese Falcon, object of desire). I'd start with this collection and then go to the other Penguin collection with The Big Sleep. And if you really want to know Chandler and how good and self-pitying a writer can get (do the two go hand-in-hand?) read The Long Goodbye - a more honest end to Marlowe's career than Playback. Even with their melodrama, they are some of my favorite books of all time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lady in lake ok 10 July 2014
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Lady in lake ok but other a load of rubbish. Worst Marlowe I ever read. How many more words do I have to give to complete this review?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters. Great dialogue. Great value. 26 Mar 2014
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This is an excellent compilation of Chandler's great novels about Philip Marlowe. They're all beautifully written and take you to places you'd never normally go. Chandler's brand of cynical wit is quite addictive. My favourite is Lady in the Lake because it has the least convoluted plot and I actually followed what was going on without having to keep turning back. But the others are superb too. About 8 hours of happy reading for around 6. Great to take away on holiday.
I went for the Kindle version and it was reasonably easy to navigate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic stuff 4 Mar 2014
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What can I add to the many well deserved plaudits for Raymond Chandler's novels? Go on and enjoy them in ebook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money
Three books for the price of one.Raymond Chandlers characters are timeless and jump off the pages.Great escapism and a definite must read for all lovers of detective stories.
Published 7 months ago by Clare Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars Film Companion
As an unashamed fan of film noir, the Forties and Chandler, this is seventh heaven. The stories flow without trying to be clever, obscure or gratuitously violent and the characters... Read more
Published 10 months ago by as
4.0 out of 5 stars THE ORIGINAL.
one always thinks of ROBERT MITCHUM {farewell my lovely} when reading MARLOWE ,not the greatest lit.novel ever written but for setting the atmosphere BRILLIANT
Published 15 months ago by moonbeam
4.0 out of 5 stars A bundle of Joy!
Raymond Chandler's clear writing style and dry humour are present throughout all the novels featured, some of which are lesser known than his famous ones which were made in to... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Vicki Fletcher
4.0 out of 5 stars The Little Sister
I bought the collection to get this book plus the bonus of the others. My, the complexity of the plot. Are human relationships in Hollywood so fraught? Read more
Published 21 months ago by marionq
4.0 out of 5 stars "Lady in the Lake" & Other Novels
I am a fan of Raymond Chandler (and Dashiel Hammett) and had already bought the 'companion' volume containing The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, etc. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2012 by M. Frizelle
1.0 out of 5 stars The Lady In The Lake & Other Novels
Fans of Raymond Chandler will not be disappointed by these stories. They are pacey with the unique written style which makes Chandler the author he is. Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2011 by johnh
5.0 out of 5 stars Philip Marlow is a Superb Character in brilliant stories
I love the Philip Marlowe stories. They are a joy to read. They will give you all the twists and turns of a Steig Larsson novel but with the language and characterisation of Damon... Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2010 by Business Book Worm
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