Big Sleep: An Philip Marlowe Mystery, The

Raymond Chandler
Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid....He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. This is the Code of the Private Eye as defined by Raymond Chandler in his 1944 essay 'The Simple Act of Murder.' Such a man was Philip Marlowe, private eye, an educated, heroic, streetwise, rugged individualist and the hero of Chandler's first novel, The Big Sleep. This work established Chandler as the master of the 'hard-boiled' detective novel, and his articulate and literary style of writing won him a large audience, which ranged from the man in the street to the most sophisticated intellectual.


Reviewed: 2017-03-04

This was my first time reading Raymond Chandler.

I enjoyed The Big Sleep. Chandler has a talent for writing very vivid and rich descriptions that make everything on the page come to life inside your head. You almost expect to look up from the book and see Marlowe pacing your living room smoking and firing questions at you. I loved all the twists and turns that had you reeling from one extreme to the next. The Big Sleep is worth reading to see the original crime noir fiction. One thing I noticed is that The Big Sleep hasn’t aged despite the fact it was published back in 1939. The Big Sleep has aged well and is still as fresh, vibrant and full of life as it was back then. I’d probably read some of Chandler’s novels at some point if only to get a head-full of his rich, luscious prose again.

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