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Het grote slapen (1939)

door Raymond Chandler

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Fiction. Mystery. HTML:The iconic first novel from crime fiction master Raymond Chandler, featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

A dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.… (meer)
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A classic crime mystery. Plotting, characters, atmosphere and language were top notch. I know TV and movies have poked at the language Chandler used with Marlowe, but it was so unique and wonderful that you want to join Picard on the Holodeck and experience yourself. This is a must read. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Jan 14, 2024 |
A little hard to follow what was going on given the smart arse dialogue and the off-centre characters, but Chandler does help us recollect where we are with the story in a few places. The story is a sitter for the cinema and so it proved to be. Great to read a story about Los Angeles wherein the weather is so often wet.
  ivanfranko | Jan 13, 2024 |
The Big Sleep introduces Philip Marlowe, a Los Angeles private detective. Marlowe is hired by General Sternwood who is blackmailed by one Arthur Geiger, but does not want to give in to it. The cause of Sternwood's trouble is always always one of his daughters, as Marlowe is soon to find out. The daughters are quite careless and while one has an alcohol problem the other gambles away the old man Sternwood's fortune. In his investigation of Geiger, Marlowe soon finds people getting murdered. A name that frequently surfaces is Rusty Regan, one of the daughters' husbands who is missing. Although it is not his job, Marlowe investigates his disappearance on the side. The plot develops into an interesting web of connections that Marlowe tries to uncover.

What I liked most about this novel is Chandler's writing style. Chandler is very descriptive and witty ("I didn't know whether it was any good, not being a collector of antiques, except unpaid bills.", p. 22). He constantly uses comparison to create a more vivid picture for his readers and set the scenes in LA in rich detail. Apart from creating an authentic atmosphere the comparisons also provide funny quips and had me laughing time and again ("Blood began to move around in me, like a prospective tenant looking over a house.", p. 209). To me, the book was not so much about the plot itself, although I did not dislike it, but rather about Marlowe ("I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it.", p. 1) and how he deals with the situations he finds himself in. Chandler has done a truly amazing job in crafting his protagonist. I am happy that this is only the first in a series of novels centered around Marlowe and I will surely be reading more of the series. 5 stars. ( )
2 stem OscarWilde87 | Jan 6, 2024 |
The daddy of every shade of noir. This one is pretty dark. The writing is plum purple. I couldn't keep the characters straight, but that's on me for reading it at bedtime.

Check one more off my bucket-list. ( )
  rabbit-stew | Dec 31, 2023 |
Dames! Gangsters! Banter! Crime! We all know what to expect from a hard-boiled detective novel and this is one of the novels that set the rules for the genre. Author Raymond Chandler began his career writing short stories for pulp magazines and then moved on to writing books, all about his private eye, Phillip Marlowe. Marlowe is a loner with a love of banter, a misogynist with white knight syndrome, a guy who doesn't carry a gun but knows how to throw a punch (and take one). The story is a little muddy, with lots of different criminal groups with complicated relationships, but the point of this book isn't the plot, but how fun it is to watch Marlowe do his thing. There are a few striking pictures of life in Los Angeles during the Depression, with some people living in luxury, others scrambling to find a few bucks and others living in back staircases or alleyways.

It's fun to think of a book written as a pulp novel, not intended to be more than a fun, escapist read, has endured and become a classic. Of course, it's still a fun read. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Nov 22, 2023 |
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Novela repleta de nervio y de ingeniosos diálogos. Es un caso de chantaje el que lleva a Marlowe a asomarse a las alcantarillas de una sociedad en apariencia espléndida.
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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Chandler, Raymondprimaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Adams, TomArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Del Buono, OresteVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Gould, ElliottVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Kidder, HarveyArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Marking, StevenArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Ortlepp, GunarVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Porter, RayVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Rankin, IanIntroductieSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Virtanen, SeppoVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Грънчаров, МихаилVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd

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Fiction. Mystery. HTML:The iconic first novel from crime fiction master Raymond Chandler, featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

A dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.

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