- Libro de bolsillo: 80 páginas
- Editor: Oxford University Press; Edición: New edition (14 de noviembre de 1991)
- Colección: Oxford Bookworms
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0194216624
- ISBN-13: 978-0194216623
- Valoración media de los clientes: 3 opiniones de clientes
The Big Sleep (Oxford Bookworms) (Inglés) Libro de bolsillo – 14 nov 1991
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This series of readers is aimed at students at 6 levels from elementary to advanced. All stages have exercises for classroom or private use, plus a glossary to help with vocabulary. This intermediate level book is a classic of crime fiction, featuring the detective Philip Marlowe.
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Now, about the story. This is the best Phillip Marlowe I have read to date. I scored the story a 5 star, not the typing, as that is not the author's fault. In this book Marlowe is involved in a short case that comes to a quick close and then starts another case. You just know the two have to be connected, or they wouldn't both be in the book, but you can't figure out how, but they do. And the end of the book has an unexpected twist. You seem to suspect this twist, but the closer you get to the end it seems unlikely, but it still ambushes you, I highly recommend.
If that isn't some great noir writing, I don't know what is! To be honest, when I first set about reading The Big Sleep I wasn't sure how I was going to react to it as I spend most of my recreational reading time in sci-fi and fantasy. The idea of reading a "hard-boiled" detective novel was foreign to me. Seeing how I read the entire book in about two and a half weeks, I guess I took to it quite well!
Now I finally understand why Chandler is considered one of America's great writers. His prose is terse and right to the point - sort of like Hemingway, I think. Despite the paucity of words, Chandler still somehow manages to make every sentence seem filled to the brim with lush descriptions and deep meaning, as with the above quote. Here is another:
“She called me a filthy name. I didn't mind that. I didn't mind what she called me, what anybody called me. But this was the room I had to live in. It was all I had in the way of a home. In it was everything that was mine, that had any association for me, any past, anything that took the place of family. Not much; a few books, pictures, radio, chessmen, old letters, stuff like that. Nothing. Such as they were they had all my memories. I couldn't stand her in that room any longer. What she called me only reminded me of that.”
The story itself is entertaining, if a bit convoluted at times. I have since read that The Big Sleep was cobbled together from various short stories Chandler worked on prior to hitting the big time. This seems accurate as this book often does seem like a collection of unrelated stories. Nonetheless, the writing is so sharp, and the character of Phil Marlowe so engaging, that I found I didn't mind at all!
Overall, I highly recommend this novel, especially if it is going to be your first time in the world of hard-boiled detective fiction (as it was with me). Inviting, entertaining, and wonderfully written, The Big Sleep is rightly considered an example of America's best literature. I am looking forward to the next novel!
This first crime novel of Raymond Chandler was written in 1939 and really was the frontrunner of many more stories like these. It's been said that Chandler was enamored of many famous writers----Charles Dickens, Henry James, and Ernest Hemingway to name a few. Like these examples he really does paint a realistic picture of the environments and the inner characters of the people portrayed in the story. I would liken his style more like Hemingway----stark, abrupt, and to the point. The writing though has a humorous edge to it and I liken it to present day mystery writers like the late Robert B. Parker of the Spencer series. In fact, Parker was responsible for completing Chandler's last book as he died before it was finished.
Chandler's descriptions are unlike any author I've read. Here is an excerpt describing the inside of General Sternwood's greenhouse: "The plants filled the place, a forest of them, with nasty meaty leaves and stalks like the newly washed fingers of dead men. They smelled as overpowering as boiling alcohol under a blanket."
Really keeps you wanting more after reading phrases like that! The story pulls you in and there are twists and turns and more characters keep popping up and most of them aren't nice people! The bodies pile up, the story gets deeper and the detective Philip Marlowe gets in even deeper. At the end of the book he describes what he does for a living and the fee is twenty five dollars a day. And after he finishes this job all bets are that his prices will go up!!