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eBooks-Library publishes Raymond Chandler (Raymond Thornton Chandler) and other eBooks from all genres of literature, both fiction and non-fiction. At age forty-four, Raymond Chandler decided to become a detective fiction writer Raymond Chandler — Raymond Chandler Available eBooks. RAYMOND CHANDLER () turned to writing fiction at the age of forty- five, after a career as an oil executive. He published his first story in Black Mask.

When Chandler was 12, his mother took the family to England. In , he became a British citizen and joined the civil service. More interested in writing than bureaucracy, Chandler left the service after only a year and joined the staff of the Daily Express as a reporter,but again was not suited to the task and in , returned to America.

For a short time he lived in San Francisco, but eventually settled in Los Angeles. Following the War and for the next 15 years, Chandler held a number of jobs, basically living from day to day during the Depression.

In , he finally published his first work, Blackmailers Don't Shoot in Black Mask magazine and clearly found his genre - the detective story. In , he introduced the iconic detective Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep , a hugely successful work which was made into a film in with Humphrey Bogart playing the lead. He followed in with the powerful Farewell, My Lovely , a modern detective masterpiece. Chandler only produced seven novels during his life, but also wrote many short stories and some screenplays, the latter including Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train in After the death of his wife Cissy in , Chandler became even more depressed and turned more and more to the bottle.

An attempted suicide in was followed by a visit to England which seemed to lift his spirits. She was just sitting there frozen in one position, stony with despair, like somebody on the way to be hanged. Either that or she was the best little scene stealer I had come across in a long long time. Although it starts off and builds like a conventional PI novel, at the hands of a master of the genre, no less, it seems to vanish into the fog like a pier- a disappointed bridge.

I wrote that Chandler was tired before I found a letter dated 13 Mar 53 search Chandler Playback Letter where he says just that: Playback is getting a bit tired. I have 36, words of doodling and not yet a stiff. That is terrible. I am suffering from a very uncommon disease called by me atrophy of the inventive powers. I can write like a streak but I bore myself.

That being so, I could hardly fail to bore others worse. Playback has a fairly straightforward plot compared to other Phillip Marlowe novels. When the big mystery about Betty Mayfield is revealed at the end, I thought, "So that's it?

Chandler always opted for a little more realism in Phillip Marlowe -- so maybe "hard-boiled" works on the reader as well as the time, place, and characters. Take it or leave it.

He is still tough with human weakness underneath, he still sticks to his principles and tries not to bend the law too much, he still looks for the driving force behind the superficial crimes sometimes against his better judgment, given how violent those superficial crimes sometimes are. But he is just a little more jaded, exhausted, and reflective of his life behind and his life ahead -- but, being Phillip Marlowe, not in a maudlin sort of way: He just thinks about it a little more. The setting of Playback reflects this unsettledness.

It takes place mostly in Esmeralda, which is apparently a stand-in for La Jolla. Most of the novel finds Marlowe away from the comforts -- or at least certainties -- of his office and chessmen. Like a college student the week after midterms who last looked at his watch two, maybe three days ago, and finding he has too few changes of clothes and not finding his toothbrush, and not entirely sure where he is, Marlowe in Esmeralda though better prepared and more sober is out of his Los Angeles element stepping gingerly on uncertain footing.

This tension created by Chandler is unlike that in any previous Phillip Marlowe novel, and is one of the great things about this book.

It even reminded me a little of how James Bond evolves as a person in the Ian Fleming novels -- a really golden element of the novels absent from the celluloid Bond. But Marlowe is much more of a rock than Bond. The more Marlowe changes, the more Marlowe stays the same -- and we see that here as he muscles through the uncertainties of times, places, and persons of Playback.

Interesting book from the Chandler cannon of Philip Marlowe, being the second to last -- or rather the last one published -- and maybe the one least parented and cared for by Chandler and his editors.

I was intrigued as to exactly where this book was going after the first thirty pages and was pretty much left in the exact state until the very end.

While this one may fall in the lesser attempts, I'd still say that the dialogue was as good as some of the earlier novels and even has a comedic ring to it that's reminiscent of The Big Lebowski in certain ways.

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Yes, I just said that. The Big Lebowski. I was happy to finally see Marlowe disrobe a few girls and spend the night.

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Back then, bedroom drama wasn't very mainstream but Chandler did his best to adjust with changing times. Usually his books are a study of whatever Police Department he's involved with during the case. This one takes place in La Jolla, but only touches on the local constabulary towards the very end.

Playback actually reads like it might have been meant to be a love story more than a deep-thought sluether. I recently read that it was originally a stage play that Warner Brothers gave the thumbs down to, and is still one of the last books yet to be filmed. I read this one twice as Chandler is pretty deceptive and hides much in the sub-plots, but this one is pretty straight forward.

Any chance where I can imagine Humphrey Bogart in my mind for a few hundred page is alright by me. Although it's not rated as one of Chandler's best, I must disagree. It's obvious the novel was Chandler's own take on the world as he knew it personified through his mainstay alter ego, Philip Marlowe.

I also thought the added soliloquy per the eighty-year-old Mr. Clarendon was spot-on Raymond Chandler's own voice. A bit of plot manipulation, perhaps, or editorializing, but damn good nonetheless. One person found this helpful. See all 91 reviews.

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English Choose a language for shopping. Word Wise: Enhanced Typesetting: Page Flip:This item: One of the things that fascinated me about this biography by a novelist was that there was so little information available on Cissy Chandler, that the author had to put together a portrait of her from Chandler's own writings, interviews, and information gained from visiting former homes of the main characters. Children and men were not supposed to ask.

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