An entire life of reading has been worth waiting through, in order to once read Raymond Chandler

Then the old man dragged his voice up from the bottom of a well and said: “Brandy, Norris. How do you like your brandy, sir?”

“Any way at all,” I said.

The butler went away among the abominable plants. The General spoke again, slowly, using his strength as carefully as an out-of-work show-girl uses her last good pair of stockings.

— “The Big Sleep” (1939)

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11 Responses to An entire life of reading has been worth waiting through, in order to once read Raymond Chandler

  1. springstreet says:

    The mister has a good friend whose dad is the biggest fan of r.c., to the extent that there is one story he has left unread — I don’t know which it is — so that he will not have exhausted all the Chandler stories in the world.

    I find that very romantic, somehow; it always makes me want to cry.

  2. jtglover says:

    I’ve done something similar with certain authors, scheduling my reading based on a projected seventy-year lifespan. Feels morbid sometimes, but it means I’ll still be reading new (to me) stories from Author X… even when Author X died decades ago.

  3. jtglover says:

    I love, love, love that hardboiled style. Base metaphors, similes so brutal they FORCE you to APPRECIATE their FIGURATIVE BEAUTY. Tawdry, boozy, convoluted… and good hats. What’s not to like?

  4. trailofstars says:

    How funny to see this post several days after another friend of mine posted a short book review that read: “The Big Sleep is the best book ever written.”

    There must be Mr. Chandler vibes in the air right now (I love his work as well.)

  5. meestagoat says:

    Oh man, Chandler is soooo good. Have you read The Long Goodbye?

  6. brassratgirl says:

    I walked into a bookstore because I wanted something to read with dinner. Walked over to the mysteries. Picked up James Ellroy; thought “nah, this isn’t quite right.” Began browsing, wasn’t quite sure what I was looking for until I turned the corner into the “c’s”.

    Then it was obvious.

    So yes, I think you’re right.

  7. brassratgirl says:

    I am a Chandler newbie! I don’t know how this is possible. I am reading everything immediately.

  8. brassratgirl says:

    abominable plants!

    I am in love.

  9. brassratgirl says:

    oh, man. that’s a great story.

    I wonder which story? It would be great if it were the last one, or something unfinished, just to leave the hint of possibility in the air…

  10. trailofstars says:

    Ironically, I’m currently reading James Ellroy. But to be fair, I’ve already read all of Chandler (much of it more than once), so perhaps James is the next logical step.

  11. rimrunner says:

    The Long Goodbye is the only one I’ve read so far; I confess it’s because it makes an appearance in Sandman (Hazel reads herself to sleep with it in A Game of You). I liked it. I haven’t read any more Chandler yet, though.

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