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Het grote slapen (1939)

door Raymond Chandler

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Marlowe takes on an assignment from the Sternwood family: the child-woman Carmen, the sultry Frances, and the ancient General too far past his prime to cope with his daughters' brand of trouble. Stepping in to deal with a case of blackmail, Marlowe follows a trail that leads him into a landscape littered with murder and deception.… (meer)
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This book is killer from start to finish. Raymnond Chandler is able to combine super-tight and coherent plotting (even as said plot gets more and more complicated as twists and double-crosses pile upon one another) with some truly beautiful and vibrant prose. Philip Marlowe, the protagonist and first-person narrator, clearly possesses a detective's eye for detail, and Chandler's penchant for layering in details of dress and habit, bawdy slang, and colorful and systematic descriptions of Los Angeles in the 1930s truly transport you to another time and place.

Speaking of which, I will say that this book is truly a product of its time. Its chock full of misogyny and homophobia, and not just on the edges; the hero Philip Marlowe is definitely way out of line with modern (2019) attitudes, and I doubt the author Chandler is playing "Devil's Advocate" here. If you are sensitive about that kind of thing this book probably won't be for you... But if you can see it as taking a fairly unvarnished look at the culture, attitudes, and morals of another time then I would highly recommend this book. ( )
  francoisvigneault | May 17, 2021 |
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler reeks in simile. The simile twinkles from every page with this brilliant technique. Death becomes the big sleep, and many characters plummeted into this sleep in this hard hitting and fast-moving detective story. The book opens with Philip Marlowe as he prepares to meet a new client, General Sternwood. What description of the Sternwood house? I can feel the heat forcing the perspiration. Can you just see Carmen Sternwood and her malicious innocence? The comparisons in the novel create laughs and build understanding of Marlowe. This explanation for poverty caught my attention “I been shaking two nickels together for a month, trying to get them to mate”. The line about the woman in the bookstore builds an unique description “approached me with enough sex appeal to stampede a businessman’s lunch”. Every page taunts with these witty remarks and provides a comic relief to all the killings. Raymond Chandler’s style lightens the story and moves the reader too quickly through the novel. ( )
  delphimo | May 9, 2021 |
“As honest as you can expect a man to be in a world where its going out of style."

“Neither of the two people in the room paid any attention to the way I came in, although only one of them was dead."



I am having a great time discovering Chandler. It is just great entertainment value. ( )
  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
I’m not sure if I’ve read this book before. I know I’ve seen the film several times. Which meant some details were familiar but some weren’t and I couldn’t work out if I remembered them from the movie. The Big Sleep is Chandler’s first novel and its plot is as convoluted as any of the later ones, if not more so. Marlowe is hired to investigate a blackmail demand received by a wealthy retired general, but there proves to be more to the case. The general’s youngest daughter has been photographed nude, and the husband of the older daughter disappeared some weeks before and the general is keen to learn his whereabouts. The relationship between Marlowe and the older daughter generates sparks in the novel, but apparently Bogart and Bacall were much more so during the film shoot so they recut the movie to forefront their relationship at the expense of the plot. There are apparently two cuts of the film, one more faithful to the book, the other more of a Bogart-Bacall star vehicle. I’ve no idea which I’ve seen, the latter I suspect. The book at least has the canonical plot, and while it’s not Chandler’s best, it does demonstrate his style was pretty much fully formed from the start. It does not read like a novel written by someone finding their way. ( )
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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
Rankin, IanIntroductieSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Virtanen, SeppoVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Грънчаров, МихаилVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd

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Marlowe takes on an assignment from the Sternwood family: the child-woman Carmen, the sultry Frances, and the ancient General too far past his prime to cope with his daughters' brand of trouble. Stepping in to deal with a case of blackmail, Marlowe follows a trail that leads him into a landscape littered with murder and deception.

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