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Big Sleep
Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
Raymond Chandler's first novel, published in 1939, introduces us to Philip Marlowe, a thirty-eight-old private detective moving through the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s. The case involves a paralyzed California millionaire, two psychotic daughters, blackmail, and murder.
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Mehso-so

Everyone comes to The Big Sleep for Chandler‘s descriptions of Los Angeles, and he was certainly an evocative place writer, but I personally loved his characterisations most of all. I got a lot of smirks out of descriptions like: “He sounded like a man who had slept well and didn‘t owe too much money” = brilliant! Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-big-sleep-raymond-chandler/

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Icshank
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wanderinglynn
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#quotsyoct19 | day 2

I‘m a couple days behind as usual. But I liked this quote.

TK-421 Good one! 👏👏👏 4mo
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Libby1
The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
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“The air was thick, wet, steamy and larded with the cloying smell of tropical orchids in bloom. The glass walls and roof were heavily misted and big drops of moisture splashed down on the plants. The light had an unreal greenish colour, like light filtered through an aquarium tank. The plants filled the place, a forest of them, with nasty meaty leaves and stalks like the newly washed fingers of dead men.”

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Libby1
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Pickpick

Rightly an iconic book, and a template for the genre of crime fiction. Incredibly smart and snappy dialogue.

I would gather that author Raymond Chandler didn‘t like women or gay people very much, which was sadly typical of the time it was written.

Women especially seem to be described as beasts. They do a lot of hissing when angry. 😾

REPollock I love noir, but I struggle with the inherent misogyny of midcentury pulp. Writing comebacks in the margins helps. 7mo
shanaqui He also had a lot of problems with black people. I love his style so much, but this stuff makes it really awkward to like! 7mo
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BooknerdsLife
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#MayScavengerHunt
✅By an author who shares your birthday
This one is a tough one! Never thought I'd be able to find any author who was born on 23rd of July but here he is!!! #RaymondChandler and Not only I've found the author, I've also by chance found out I actually have a copy of his book! I got this from a second hand bookstore many years ago cause I collect this edition. Now I feel that I'm destined to read this!
#penguinclassics #bibliophile

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madamereadsalot1
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📚 - The Big Sleep

🎬 - Dreamcatcher

🎵- Sleep Well Beast, The National

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho 😴💜😴 10mo
vivastory I love The National. I had tickets to see them last October, but it was pouring rain at the outside venue the day of the show. 10mo
madamereadsalot1 @vivastory they put on an amazing show! I'd love the opportunity to see them again. My absolute hands down favorite song of ever, from anyone, is Fake Empire! 10mo
vivastory That's a fantastic song. Although I love all of their albums, Boxer is a favorite 10mo
madamereadsalot1 @vivastory same! That's also my favorite. 10mo
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madamereadsalot1
The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
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The book I'm currently packing around with me, in physical copy, is this classic detective noir, in my handy dandy book sleeve from @Kayla.Adriena ! (I'm also packing The Song of Achilles in e-book! Which is wonderful by the way!)

#packingpages @WhiskeyMistress @ErinSueGreads

vivastory Both books are fantastic 👌 10mo
madamereadsalot1 @vivastory I'm about to finish Achilles, and it is just beautiful! I adore it. I'm pretty early into The Big Sleep. I love detective noir, but this is my first experience with Chandler, I'm pretty stoked about it. 10mo
vivastory This is the only Chandler I have read. I bought several more as soon as I finished it because I loved it so much. Might read one this weekend 🤔 10mo
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madamereadsalot1 @vivastory my goal for the year is to knock out some of the classic noirs I've not read. So there's at least one more of his that I'm planning to get to in 2019. 10mo
rretzler That was a good book, and I loved the movie too! Have you seen it? 10mo
madamereadsalot1 @rretzler I haven't seen it. I'm one of those weird people who 90% of movies I'm asked about, I probably haven't seen. 😅 10mo
rretzler Strangely, The Big Sleep is one of the very few movies that I have seen prior to reading the book. It was made back in the day when movies actually had plots and starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. 10mo
madamereadsalot1 @rretzler oh I love Bogart! I'm gonna have to find and watch it when I finish the book! 10mo
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madamereadsalot1
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This description and exchange made me LOL!

One, is being called durable looking a compliment? Two, my son is 6'5", he hates how often people comment on his height. So this response was funny. I need to suggest it to Dylan. ?

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Mindyrecycles
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Mehso-so

This book actually contains the line, “Hold me, you beast!” and I don‘t think it‘s meant to be funny. #awkwardreads #literaryluck

Ruthiella I‘ve only read The Big Sleep but the dialogue was incredible. Snappy but yeah, I‘m not sure anyone ever really spoke like that.😀 10mo
BookBelle84 The movie is a classic! Love it! 10mo
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davidhasalife
The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
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“I was neat, clean, shaved and sober—and I didn‘t care who knew it”🎙

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writerlibrarian
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Two games I'll follow tonight while finishing « Hold Me » which is quite good. My latest acquisition is an art print from the Disney princess noir remix series from Astor Alexander. They are all amazing.

https://society6.com/astoralexander

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julesG
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I fell asleep and forgot to switch off the stopwatch. 😴

I'm actually only 19 hours into the #24B4Monday #readathon.

@TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 19 hours is a stupendous total! 🙌🙌🙌 1y
julesG @Andrew65 The day's not over yet. 😉 1y
Crazeedi Whoohooo! You go girl! I have church before I can start again. But I'll do my best 1y
TheReadingMermaid That's so awesome!!! 🎉🎉🎉 1y
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Leftcoastzen
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#septemberdanes I‘d say the big sleep is the ultimate #deepsleep but there is no coming back from that.Love this book and the classic Bogart/Bacall film, can‘t recall if I ever saw the 1970s remake with Robert Mitchum playing Marlowe.

Kalalalatja 👏👏👏 1y
Bookwomble Mitchum's portrayal was his trademark laconic, half- asleep delivery, which I love in other films (Night of the Hunter; Cape Fear), but didn't quite work for me as Marlowe. Bogart nailed it! On the other hand, Mitchum: name-checked by three Velvet Underground and a whole song of humorous affection from Julian Cope: https://youtu.be/gkfRRIWGsr8 1y
Reviewsbylola That cover! 1y
Leftcoastzen @Bookwomble Night of the Hunter rocked my world! I saw it pretty young and I was riveted!Love the Cope! 1y
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vivastory
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"You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that, oil & water were the same as wind & air to you."
Philip Marlowe makes his debut in Chandler's classic hardboiled novel. General Sternwood hires Marlowe to deal with the attempted blackmail of his daughter Carmen. Plenty of twists & double crosses as Marlowe navigates L.A. in pursuit of the truth.
#LipstickLies #SeptemberDanes
@Cinfhen @Kalalalatja

Kalalalatja 👏👏 good pick! 1y
Cinfhen Perfect 🙌🏼💄💄💄💄 1y
Bookwomble I love Chandler, Marlowe and hugs various folk incarnations. Bogart, of course, but Elliott Gould as the '70s incarnation off Marlowe in The Long Goodbye is another favourite 🍸🔫 1y
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YouBookMe
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“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. I was calling on four million dollars.”

One paragraph in and I‘m already loving this!

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Dallyboy
The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler

Made me want to become an alcoholic dick. If you ask any of my friends though I‘m already both of those things.

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shanaqui
The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
Pickpick

There's something about Chandler's prose that is just stunning. His metaphors are just... wow. A favourite description was talking about heavy rain falling like one of those crystal beaded curtains.

I first read this for my crime fiction course in uni, and it's one of the only books from that course I thought was really great.

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Bamazin
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Under the thinning fog the surf curled and creamed, almost without sound, like a thought trying to form itself on the edge of consciousness.

#beachreads #fog #breakfast #coffee #books #ocean

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CBuss
The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
Mehso-so

A fun summer read. But, MAN, does Chandler not hold up in 2018. You slapped her? Seriously? And, "she didn't mind the slap?" That seems unlikely. Yeah, I realize that the historical-critical method is a tough application here, but wow.

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bunneeboy
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Pickpick

All over the map…but what a map.
My first Chandler!

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TheDoubleLetterThief
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Mehso-so

It was ok. Some great writing but I did really struggle with the way the women were portrayed and treated. Sign of the times it was written in, I know, but it still grated. I did enjoy the old detective feel of it though and will watch the 1945 movie version with Humphrey Bogart. Been a long time since I‘ve watched an old old movie.

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rohit-sawant
The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
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"Dead men are heavier than broken hearts."
Still on my TBR.
#ClassicCrimeNovels #MarchMadness
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk This is a very quotable book. 2y
somebooksaround I‘ve been meaning to read this for a while. Sounds really well done🙌 2y
Cathythoughts I read this so long ago & cant even remember it. Must definitely read again 👍🏻. Great quote 👍🏻 (edited) 2y
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TheDoubleLetterThief
The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
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The second audiobook I‘ve picked for the weekend. I‘ll have to ignore my family a lot over the next 48 hours. Sounds good to me! ☺️

rubyslippersreads I just rewatched this movie not too long ago, but I've never read the book. The movie has a great bookstore scene. 😄 2y
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writerlibrarian
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Written in 1939, this is one of the novel that defines LA in the 30-40 for me. Along side The Black Dahlia, LA Confidential, I felt oddly comfortable in this bleak, noirish universe Chandler described. Marlowe is a sleek, tough private eye, we follow him trying to tie up the loose ends of a somewhat horrid family secret. I loved the plot, I loved the fact that you don't know anything more about Marlowe at the end of the book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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writerlibrarian
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Hump day, it gets better after mid-week. What miracle a good night sleep is. Much better day today by a mile. #happinessisresistance

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AshleyHoss820
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#FavoriteDetectiveAgent

I have a LOT of Detectives that I love. But if you want a true, gritty, hard-boiled gumshoe, I have to go with Phillip Marlowe. Chandler‘s writing is fast, zippy and absolutely what you think of when you think of noir. Marlowe‘s one-liners could only be pulled off by a man like Bogey. ❤️
#MarchMadness

somebooksaround What a legend! Love this!! Thank you for sharing your fav! 😃🕵️‍♂️ 2y
AshleyHoss820 @josteele YES! Definitely a legend!! 😊😊❤️ 2y
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Sweettartlaura
The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
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diovival You've made great progress. 👍 2y
Sweettartlaura Thanks, @diovival 😊. I‘m trying to decide if I should go all in and finish it this year, or pace myself. 2y
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Sweettartlaura
The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
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I‘m loving listening to noir classics. They work great as audiobooks. Any recommendations?

EllanaRose I'm not familiar with the genre but it sounds interesting! 2y
diovival That does sound like a good time. 2y
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Eugeniavb
The Big Sleep | Raymond Chandler
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Mehso-so

I was very surprised to have a bit of a hard time with this one. I looove the movie (big Bogey fan) and had always wanted to read it. But a lot of implied things (I‘m guessing because of censure at the time), slang and just the attitude and portrayal of women like cardboard cutouts just meant for deception and sex, were hard on me. Great noir phrases and ambience, but I think I‘ll stick with the movie.

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PiratesAndPixieDust
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Look! Look! My first completed novel of 2018! I've never read a noir crime book before, but this was so fun! I listened to the BBC audiodrama of this one too, and I highly recommend it! This book was 3.5 stars from me

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Eugeniavb
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“It was about eleven o‘clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills...” #firstlines

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Fang88
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Sick in bed. Enjoying some Chandler...

Jas16 Hope you feel better soon 2y
Scurvygirl Feel better! 2y
aprilpohren Take care and feel better! 2y
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cobwebmoth Feel better soon! 2y
BeezleMcfly May the powers of the penguin be with you. 2y
VinceReads Hope you feel better! 2y
DivineDiana Sorry to hear you are “under the weather”, but glad you have a good Book!📚 2y
hanseatic Hope you feel better soon, really liked that book! 2y
Redwritinghood Everyone seems to be getting sick lately! Feel better soon. 2y
Betty Rest well. Beat that bug. 2y
Velvetfur Get well soon xxx 2y
tpixie Hope you are feeling better!! 2y
Jess_Read_This As soon as I saw a green Penguin pic... I said “Absolutely we must become Litten friends!” I hope you are feeling better! 2y
Lesliereads I hope you‘re feeling better🤒 2y
UwannaPublishme Feel better! 🌼 2y
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TheDoubleLetterThief
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Bedside Drawer #tbr

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BlueMonday42
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One of the best old-school noir-style fictional detectives out there is Raymond Chandler‘s legendary Philip Marlowe. His stories have a vague “it was a dark and stormy night” vibe running through them. Chandler‘s popularity for these stories, and especially for creating a character like Marlowe, can only be matched by writers and characters like Dashiel Hammett‘s Sam Spade. Want a real detective novel? This is a good place to start.

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Centique
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#rocktober #foxylady

Detectives in noir novels seem to get hit on by very foxy ladies. At least that‘s what happens in this one! And who could be foxier to play the lead than Lauren Bacall? (Although it was really her sister hitting on the detective) The movie is good but in my opinion #thebookisbetter I think anyone who likes mysteries would get drawn in by this story. Highly recommend.

kalinichta Chandler is one of my favorites. His characterization and dialogue are so good. 2y
Centique @kalinichta yes I loved this one for that reason and need to read some more. What else would you recommend? 2y
kalinichta @Centique The Long Goodbye is another standout. I like them all for the complex portrait of Marlowe that is built throughout. Though I would recommend against Poodle Springs, left unfinished by Chandler and finished by Robert B. Parker - dreadfully disappointing. 2y
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Centique @kalinichta thanks! That‘s a really big help 😊 2y
BarbaraBB I read The Long Goodbye, but not this one. I must though. Great review! 2y
Centique @BarbaraBB thanks lovely 😊💕 2y
Cathythoughts 👍good one 2y
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TaciturnWhenReading
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Should be working. This is happening. #slacker #thebigsleep #marloweismarvelous

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TaciturnWhenReading
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1939: display handkerchiefs and clock socks = well dressed private eye. #thebigsleep #style

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Blueberry
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I was enjoying this book and the author's fun use of similes and metaphors but the more I read I am discovering the author writes in a very derogatory way of gay people. It was written in the 1930's.

#classic @NataliePatalie

TrishB 😔 sometimes a real problem with dated books. 2y
Cinfhen Yes, it's unfortunately true @TrishB 2y
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Blueberry
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Raymond Chandler's word play is hilarious. I ♡ it.
"Dead men are heavier than broken hearts."
"....decorative trees trimmed as carefully as poodle dogs."
"Her eyes were a faint greenish glitter, like a forest pool far back in the shadow of trees."
@NataliePatalie #classic

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BookBelle84
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Chandler is one of my favourites! Love these covers. #mysterymonday #awesomeautumnbooks @Jess7

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Brooke_H
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"Don't you know any better than to wake a man up at two o'clock in the afternoon?" ?This is a pretty great adaptation!

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Lizpixie
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#JubilantJuly #day20 #MinimalistCovers There's no more minimalist a cover than on a Penguin Classic. I love them, and they look great all lined up on your shelf. I love that they do different colours for different genres sometimes, the pink covers are classic romance and a percentage of the profit goes to the Jane McGrath Foundation for Breast Cancer Nurses. Pretty and charitable.

TrishB Great pic 👍 3y
Jess_Read_This 💕💗💕I have wanted a pink Penguin for ages! Yours are lovely! I didn't know a certain percentage goes to a good cause! 3y
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BarbaraBB
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Pickpick

Nice holiday-read. I certainly did amuse myself reading about Philip Marlowe and the wild Sternwood girls.
#1001books, Picture: Laguna Beach, Curacao

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Lizpixie
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Today's #BookMail is part of my last order, this is from Dymocks.com.au They have a deal ATM, 3for$33 on Penguin classics with a free journal & the Ravenclaw edition of Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone, I'm planning on buying all four & eventually having four full sets in House colours. Plus a set of The Illustrated editions. And my original set of Signature editions. I might be a bit obsessed. 😜 #AllTheBooksJune

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raelaschoenherr
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Spending my Friday night with these two. Boy, both Bogart and Bacall are fantastic in this! There's nothing like a black-and-white, hard-boiled detective movie, is there? Months ago, another Litten recommended this movie because of the bookstore scene, but I'm enjoying the whole thing!

BookInMyHands I used to own this on VHS, but I haven't seen it in years now! I'll have to check it out from the library. 3y
raelaschoenherr @BookInMyHands That's where I got this copy from too :) 3y
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Mentallofilth
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One of the bleakest forefathers of noir and the modern detective story, Chandler's first Philip Marlowe novel is a phenomenally twisty thriller that finds the darkness in damn near everyone in the setting. What really makes it stand out is not its tight, loopy plotting, but Chandler's language, the slick pulp patter that dominates so many of Marlowe's conversations and gives flavor to his world. Often imitated, but rarely matched.

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bookwrm526
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Pickpick

This was my first Raymond Chandler. Boy he sure did pack a lot into a relatively short novel - blackmail, seduction, pornography....I see why these books were so popular, though some of the social attitudes are difficult to read today. The kitty decided I needed a break from grading and WoW.

SharonGoforth 😻😻 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Eyelit Love that second tag! 😂🕵️ 3y
readinginthedark 😂❤️ 3y
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