Farewell, My Lovely (Phillip Marlowe)

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Farewell, My Lovely (Phillip Marlowe)

Farewell, My Lovely (Phillip Marlowe)

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But in this novel, I noticed that Marlowe tunes in to things that a typical hard head wouldn’t: he muses on how a building’s lobby is decorated, and he assesses the foliage growing out front. But in the middle of it, you just have to (finally, I’ll say) fall in love with Marlowe, with his cynical patter. Audience Question: [ interrupting what would surely have been an insightful elaboration on the topic of substance v. Marlowe is the quintessential hard-boiled detective who is suspicious of everyone, especially the dames, clients, cops, and thugs.

In the opening episode of the television series Bored to Death, the character Jonathan Ames, played by Jason Schwartzman, is inspired to become a private detective after reading the book. Unfortunately, Moose is kind of simple and doesn’t know his own strength so he ends up killing somebody when asking questions. As he said of his work, "my whole career is based on the idea that the formula doesn't matter, the thing that counts is what you do with the formula; that is to say, it is a matter of style.

Chandler worked on the book from June to December 1939, before destroying the entire typescript and starting again.

Before it's all over, he'll be beat up, doped up, pushed around, and lied to, but it's all in the nature of the job. I suppose Lizard (that is, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) were the first of the on-again, off-again power couples. the question makes sense when you read the novel – Marlowe finds himself embroiled in police corruption, a blackmail scam, chasing a gang of jewelry thieves, another murder encounters a young female who becomes his pseudo-partner, meets up with a psychic con-man and a crooked doctor and is propositioned by a beautiful young woman who is married to a much older and very wealthy man.The title of the novel is apparently a reference to a song in the 1935 musical revue At Home Abroad. Even on Central Avenue, not the quietest dressed street in the world, he looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food. He manages to get hold of a photo that's signed "Always yours, Velma Valento" and takes it with him. Three minutes of that and we turned inland, by a big service station, and wound along the flank of the foothills.

Steve: Well, let’s see… Maybe the first book I read where a certain shadowy deportment really popped as a pure statement of style was Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely.The characters are all memorable from six-foot Moose Malloy ('not wider than a beer truck'), to corrupt police sergeants to a would-be female detective. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Everybody bats you over the head and chokes you and smacks your jaw and fills you with morphine, but you just keep right on hitting between tackle and end until they’re all worn out.

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