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    December 26, 2016


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    I enjoyed this book, Les, when I first read it a couple of years ago. I think this one and LADY IN THE LAKE are my two Raymond Chandler faves. But not sure - you know how old lady memory works. :)

    Barry Ergang

    For some reason I can't explain, this is the only Chandler novel I've only read once, and I should probably remedy that someday. THE LONG GOODBYE is not only my favorite Chandler, but my all-time-favorite novel, period. *That* one I've read six times--so far.

    One correction, Les. FAREWELL, MY LOVELY was first published in 1940, not 1929.

    Les Blatt

    AARRGH, D. How the hell did I come up with 1929? I think I may have had a bio of Dashiell Hammett open at the same time, as I'm reading "The Dain Curse," which WAS published in 1929. Serves me right. Anyway, it's been a while since I read "The Long Goodbye," so I'm overdue for that. Thanks for the catch, and I'll try to be fully awake when writing in the future... :-)

    Les Blatt

    Yvette, I also enjoyed "Lady in the Lake." I also still enjoy re-reading "The Big Sleep," though that may be influenced by hearing Chandler's dialog coming out of Bogie's mouth in the classic movie. (Yes, I know, the endings are different. Vive la difference...)

    Barry Ergang

    Then there's the Robert Mitchum version of "The Big Sleep," which in quite a number of ways was truer to the novel--but for the fact that it was set in England in the 1970s, Marlowe was pretty well-dressed, and drove a Mercedes, for God's sake!

    No, I'm not saying I liked it better than the Bogart versions--though with regard to those, the originally-unreleased 1945 version actually made a little more sense than the 1946 version more viewers are familiar with.

    Les Blatt

    I don't think I've ever seen the Mitchum version, Barry. If there's a Mercedes in it, I'm pretty sure I can keep delaying my initiation. I suspect I've only seen the 1946 version. But if the unresolved murder in that version was confusing, at least we know that confusion originated in the book (and confused the author as well)...

    Barry Ergang

    Well, the 1945 version didn't clarify who killed Owen Taylor any more than the novel did, but there were other moments that helped make some sense of the plot in ways the 1946 version didn't. According to what I've read, the reason for the changes was that Warners wanted to play up Lauren Bacall's role more. Scenes from the original version--which Turner Classic Movies occasionally airs (it's where I first saw it, though I believe it's now also available on DVD)--were cut because the film would have run longer than two hours.

    Les Blatt

    I didn't know that, Barry. Thanks!

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