The Big Sleep

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The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler Summary

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.

The Annotated Big Sleep

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The first fully annotated edition of Raymond Chandler’s 1939 classic The Big Sleep features hundreds of illuminating notes and images alongside the full text of the novel and is an essential addition to any crime fiction fan’s library. A masterpiece of noir, Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep helped to define a genre. Today it remains one of the most celebrated and stylish novels of the twentieth century. This comprehensive, annotated edition offers a fascinating look behind the scenes of the novel, bringing the gritty and seductive world of Chandler's iconic private eye Philip Marlowe to life. The Annotated Big Sleep solidifies the novel’s position as one of the great works of American fiction and will surprise and enthrall Chandler’s biggest fans. Including: -Personal letters and source texts -The historical context of Chandler’s Los Angeles, including maps and images -Film stills and art from the early pulps -An analysis of class, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity in the novel

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The Big Sleep by David Thomson Summary

The Big Sleep (1946): Marlowe and Vivian practising kissing; General Sternwood shivering in a hothouse full of orchids; a screenplay, co-written by Faulkner, famously mysterious and difficult to solve. Howard Hawks' adaptation of Raymond Chandler reunited Bogart and Bacall and gave them two of their most famous roles. Hawks dredged humour and happiness out of film noir. After first shown to a military audience and coldly received, Hawks shot extra scenes to replace one in which the film's murders had been explained, and in so doing left the plot unresolved. Thomson argues that, if this was accidental, it also signalled a change in the nature of Hollywood. 'The Big Sleep inaugurates a post-modern, camp, satirical view of movies being about other movies that extends to the New Wave and Pulp Fiction.'

The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely

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The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler Summary

These two classic novels featuring private eye Philip Marlowe made Raymond Chandler's name synonymous with America's hard-boiled school of crime fiction. The Big Sleep was an instant success when first published in 1939. It centers around a paralyzed California millionaire with two psychopathic daughters; he involves Marlowe in a case of blackmail that turns into murder. Farewell My Lovely, which Chandler regarded as his finest work, came out the following year. It has Marlowe dealing with the Los Angeles gambling circuit, a murder he stumbles upon, and three very beautiful but potentially deadly women. "Chandler writes like a slumming angel and invests the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence," said Ross Macdonald. And George V. Higgins wrote: "Chandler is fun to read. He's as bleak as tundra, and his dirtbag characters far outnumber his stellar citizens, but Philip Marlowe is a laconic tour guide through a zoo of truly interesting animals." From the Hardcover edition.

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The Big Sleep by Jean-Michel Durafour Summary

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The Big Sleep and Other Novels

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Raymond Chandler was America's preeminent writer of detective fiction, and this Penguin Modern Classics edition of The Big Sleep and Other Novels collects three of the best novels to feature his hard-drinking, philosophising PI, Philip Marlowe. Raymond Chandler created the fast talking, trouble seeking Californian private eye Philip Marlowe for his first great novel The Big Sleep in 1939. Often imitated but never bettered, it is in Marlowe's long shadow that every fictional detective must stand - and under the influence of Raymond Chandler's addictive prose that every crime author must write. Marlowe's entanglement with the Sternwood family - and an attendant cast of colourful underworld figures - is the background to a story reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the great American Dream. The hard-boiled detective's iconic image burns just as brightly in Farewell My Lovely, on the trail of a missing nightclub crooner. And the inimitable Marlowe is able to prove that trouble really is his business in Raymond Chandler's brilliant epitaph, The Long Goodbye. 'One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards that others still try to attain' Sunday Times 'Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since.' Paul Auster, author of The New York Trilogy 'Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angelos with a romantic presence' Ross Macdonald, author of The Drowning Pool

Interrupting the Big Sleep

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Interrupting the Big Sleep by Janice Marriott Summary

A snake looking for a place to hibernate, and a boy looking for something to do are drawn towards an old cadillac parked in a barn. Suggested level: primary.

PERTH & THE BIG SLEEP

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PERTH & THE BIG SLEEP by Greg Hoey Summary

A book of fine essays, short stories and 'other' topical thoughts on contemporary culture and politics.

Le grand sommeil

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Le grand sommeil by Raymond Chandler Summary

Le vieux général Sternwood, à demi paralysé, est affligé de deux filles. Vivian et Carmen, qui sont absolument dépourvues de sens moral et se livrent à leurs vices avec une fureur maladive. Vivian se saoule et joue à la roulette. Carmen se drogue, a des crises d'épilespsie et d'érotomanie. Des gangsters chevronnés s'en mêlent aussi, mais le sympathique Marlowe fonce dans le tas et ne va pas tarder à remettre un peu d'ordre dans cette maison de fous. Il était grand temps.

The Femme Fatale in Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep"

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The Femme Fatale in Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep" by Ann-Kathrin Deininger Summary

Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2, University of Bonn, 14 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: According to Janey Place, “the dark lady, the spider woman, the evil seductress who tempts man and brings about his destruction is among the oldest themes of art, literature, mythology and religion in western culture.” She appears in many different forms and many different situations. In the following, I will have a look at the origins of the femme fatale as she is depicted in The Big Sleep. In the first part of the essay I will concentrate on the main female characters and try to find out who appears as a femme fatale. In the second part I will work out that in forming the character of his femme fatale Raymond Chandler borrowed from a common narrative motif, especially from antique Greek and biblical sources. I will have a look at certain antique stories which I cannot retell here, such as the Greek Medea tale, Homer’s Odyssey, the story of Medusa and the biblical Adam and Eve and Joseph stories. In the third part of this essay I will have a look at how the femme fatale is set into the city of film noir and how the city again is similar to mythology.

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The Big Sleep by Erica Orloff,Joann Baker Summary

A fun and wacky look at the one thing in life we can't escape! These true tales and twisted trivia about death cover serial killers, vampires, and ghosts. Facts you wouldn't know, and death tales you shouldn't know make for an eerie read that may keep you up at night!

Grizzy Bear and the Big Sleep

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Grizzy Bear and the Big Sleep by Lynn West Summary

Grizzy Bear does not like to take naps and now Mama Bear says it is time for their "big sleep." Grizzy just wants to explore their woods and have fun. He did not have time to sleep, even though Mama said "that is what bears do." Find out what happens when the curious cub sneaks away from his big sleep for a winter adventure.

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The Big Sleep by Terry Collett Summary

This is a collection of poems is from 2009. They have survived the test of time. Some have been published elsewhere, most have not. I have moved on from this genre pf poetry writing, but they are milestones on my road of creativity.

Not the Big Sleep

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Not the Big Sleep by Daryl Sharp Summary

In this volume, the author and the redoubtable Professor Adam Brillig collaborate to create a sparkling love story, salted with balls and ball games, contained lust and the unpredictable world of the psyche, grounded at all times in the classical precepts of Jungian psychology: individuation, typology, complexes, projection, active imagination, conflict, enantiodromia, the tension of opposites, and the transcendent function.

Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep

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Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep by David Melling Summary

Join Douglas on a sleepover in the third Hugless Douglas adventure. This bestselling series has sold over 1.4 million copies to date in 26 languages! Hugless Douglas is very excited about Rabbit's sleepover, but he collects so many friends along the way that soon it's a big squash in Rabbit's small burrow! How will they ever get to sleep? David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his third book about Douglas the brown bear is as funny and compelling as the first. It combines brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Perfect for bedtime and hugtime! Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' - Daily Mail