A drunk writer Marlowe finds himself watchingI m not really sure how I feel about the Long Goodbye It s Chandler so the writing is great with Chandler s trademark similes and hard boiled atmosphere On the ther hand it s written a little differently than his ther Philip Marlowe books It s philosophical and less crime riented The two victims in the story seem to be stand ins for Chandler himselfIt s still crime Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines oriented though It took me forever to figureut how the two seemingly unrelated cases were linked I got there just before Marlowe did but it was a close shaveWhat else is there to say without giving anything away Chandler Knave's Gambit once again delivers the goods just not in the same package as usual Still it was a very enjoyable read Chandler s known as the kingf LA noir and word is this is his best His writing is lean and clean short staccato sentences with not a word wasted Almost poetic in its brevity not to be confused with lack Knave of Broken Hearts of substance Humour me I m trying itut Iron Body Ninja: The Secrets of Superior Strength on this review view spoilerit s fun you should try it sometime hide spoiler This is the sixth and lastf the full length novels that Raymond Chandler wrote featuring his iconic detective Philip Marlowe It s also the most personal in that Chandler seems to have based two f the characters Terry Lennox and Roger Wade at least in part n himselfAt the book Parfois je suis un renard opens Marlowe meets a man named Terry Lennoxutside f a nightclub Lennox is very drunk and his date drives ff and leaves him Marlowe being a good samaritan takes Lennox to his wn home sobers him up and then drives him home to the mansion that Lennox shares with his very promiscuous and extremely wealthy wife On the basis f this incident Marlowe and Lennox strike up a friendship The Lottery Winner of sorts andccasionally get together for drinks Then This Time It's Forever one night Lennox turns up and asks Marlow to give him a ride to Mexico no uestions askedWell what are friends for Marlowe gives Lennox a ride and from that point things generally go to hell in a handbasket It s very difficult to say anything else about the plotf the novel without giving things away that the reader will want to find Rosey wins over Bullies out for himr herself This is though Gods, Gachupines and Gringos: A People's History of Mexico onef Chandler s best novels full The Chalice of the social commentary and great prose for which Chandler was so deservedly famous This plot is actually a little less convoluted than somef the thers and it s fun to watch it unfold I finished the book this time around after reading the ther Chandler novels in rder regretting even than ever the fact that there are nly six Erotic Slavehood: A Miss Abernathy Omnibus of these novels along with a numberf short stories I could have used a lot On a side note this novel was published in 1953 and is set sometime around 1950 It was finally filmed by Robert Altman in 1973 starring Elliot Gould as Marlowe and the story is set in the early 1970s rather than the early 1950s A lot The Prophet Outcast: Trotsky, 1929-1940 of people like the movie a lot but I ve seen it twice and have never been able to warm up to it Given the way that Humphrey Bogart inhabited the rolef Marlowe and really made it his Sword and Lute: Stories of Healing from the Ancient Science of Chinese Acupuncture and Medicine own I just couldn t buy Gould as Marlowe Also Marlowe who seemed to perfectly belong to the late 1940s and early 50s seemedut f place in the 1970s almost anachronistic For my part then when I need a Philip Marlowe film fix I ll stick with the Bogart version f The Big Sleep and I m sure I ll be coming back to this and the ther novels again and again in the coming years As research for a novel I m writing I m reading detective fiction and stealing everything f value My story takes place in LA Les Manuscrits Arabes de Rabat (Classic Reprint) of the early 90s but I m buying every typef firework n the stand and lighting the fuse Though I ve seen Philip Marlowe adapted to film r television my introduction to the fiction f Raymond Chandler is The Long Goodbye the author s sixth novel featuring the Los Angeles private dick Published in 1953 it s long in the tooth but it s a testament to Chandler s immense literary skill that than sixty years f copying and pasting by The Rage of Plum Blossoms others hasn t stripped this novelf its vitalityThe first person account begins with Marlowe s enigmatic relationship with Terry Lennox a fop he brings home like a stray dog sobering him up cooking him breakfast and giving him enough bucks to catch a bus to Las Vegas where a job awaits Terry reappears in Marlowe s life married to Sylvia Potter the daughter Eden: It's an Endless World, Volume 2 of publishing magnate Harlan Potter Not long after Terry appearsn Marlowe s doorstep with a gun in his hand He ffers Marlowe five hundred dollars to drive him to Tijuana Terry hasn t shot anybody with that gun but doesn t claim innocence ver whatever fate has met his promiscuous wife Returning home Marlowe finds two homicide cops waiting His wise guy act doesn T Go Over Well With The LAPD Who Are Looking go ver well with the LAPD who are looking Terry Lennox and notify Marlowe that Sylvia has been found dead in her guest house in Encino her face beaten to a pulp with a bronze statuette Marlowe doesn t believe Terry would do anything like that and loyalty costs him some smacks in the face and three days in jail The cops let him go when Lennox is located in a small mountain town in Mexico with a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head Marlowe doesn t believe Terry would kill himself either I thought about Terry Lennox in a detached sort f
Way He Was Already Receding He was already receding the distance white hair and scarred face and weak charm and his p Philip Marlowe saves a drunken guy from being dumped in a ditch He does it again another time He does is yet again another time And another And another Finally he gets into trouble for doing this no good deed ever goes unpunishedThis book for doing this no good deed ever goes unpunishedThis book a very realistic gritty picture f US life in early fifties It provides social commentary n the subject It is considered by many critics to be the best Raymond Chandler novel a classic f literature in general It also happened to be unnecessary long and boring As a mystery book it is really third rate so let us just call it classic drama with some mystery elements just to be fairPhilip Marlowe does not feel the same to the extent that I would like to ask the late author Who the heck is the guy impersonating him and what happened to the real ne Gone are brilliant The Incomparable Christ: Our Master and Model one linersf the previous books which give a good picture with minimum effort Gone are Marlowe s wisecracks The plot Guide To Investing in Gold Silver: Protect Your Financial Future of the previous 5 novels moved with a very fast rate where the whole story took place within a couplef days This time we have sentences like Several weeks passed The Incomparable Hester Santlow on practically every pageContinuing the themef the guy impersonating Marlowe in the book he really acts ut f character here Where is the guy who went head to head with an armed ruthless killer trying to protect a person who he never saw before The Big Sleep This time he does not do anything even remotely exciting the whole investigation took whopping 2 pages ut f 350 He spends his time doing boring routine and being bullied He is bullied by everybody and their brother corrupted copes good cops millionaires and their henchmen mobsters random thugs gorgeous women vegan activists Buddhist monks centenarian grandmothers and tough kindergarten kids Sorry I got carried away in the last four cases but it could happen with the rate things were going The nly reason for all the bulling Marlowe got stubborn for no good cause whatsoeverThe rating f this book is 3 stars with Diaries of a College Girl one halff a star added for its classic status Raymond Chandler mentioned in his essay that during his writing if he felt the plot became slow he would make a man with a gun come through the door I was waiting for the guy through the whole book he never came This review is a copypaste The Wallace and Gromit A Close Shave Pop-Up Book of my BookLikesne Philip Marlowe a cynical shamus looks down at the parking lot Becoming The Bride: Gender Swap Erotica of The Dancers Club watching a drunk be put into his car a silver Rolls Royce but the annoyed valet has trouble the left leg refuses to be moved inside instead remains firmlyn the ground Where the rest f the intoxicated man will soon be also The pretty red headed woman sitting next to him r was in the automobile is very angry with good reason Turns ut she is Sylvia Lennox ex wife f this inebriated war veteran Second World War Terry Lennox and he has the scars n his face to prove it Mr Marlowe not known for being a nice guy comes down the steps and helps the defenseless Terry up While the multimillionaire s notorious daughter says she s late for an engagement and goes to get a cab for the lush Mr Lennox Taking the vehicle it s hers speeding away like a race driver towards the finish line What to do with this pathetic creature take him home and sober him up thinks Marlowe can t leave the poor man in the gutter things were different in the last year f the 1940 s besides Thanksgiving had just been celebrated Soon these unlikely two become friends Mr Marlowe keeps Terry from the drunk tank the next time he sees him trying to be vertical Tiffany Girl on the streetsf Los Angeles hustles him away when a cop notices But would you believe it This alcoholic friend living mostly in some dark hole One Cause, Many Ailments: The Leaky Gut Syndrome: What It Is and How It May Be Affecting Your Health outside wherever he could findr reach ne remarries the wealthy daughter f Mr Harlan Potter and is Paolo and Panetto on their second honeymoon in Las Vegas From the top to the bottom and back again sending a hundred dollar check to the astonished Marlowe for all his complic. Help a man downn his luck but Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd f adulterers and alcoholics .
Ations a few days before Christmas too They later become drinking partners at a dingy bar but happiness does not last Mr Lennox is just a front to keep the promiscuous Sylvia looking respectable Daddy is a cold conservative honorable man no bad publicity he likes it as much as a stock market crash but a murder is committed there will be and Terry is suspected the hero flees to Mexico with the assistance f Philip who asks not the right uestions a pal is a pal The tough police aren t slapping the private detective around beating him like a punching bag with eyes not the first time either from criminals By the Book or the law it do To say goodbye is to die a littleThere are some books that just feel good to haven your dashboard never too far from your fingertips to read in the tiny gaps between The Day After the Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order obligations and responsibility The typef book that rides shotgun and keeps you company through the darker hours through lonely nights at a shady laundromat r booze soaked rainstorms n your porch Raymond Chandler s The Long Goodbye is that sort f book that sort f friend The past few months have seen some bleak times and I ve been n a Chandler kick to press through them Of all the Marlowe adventures this was the ne that stands ut like a lighthouse in a storm telling an unforgettable tale f murder and mystery Chandler took noir to soaring heights f literary acceptance with his works joining Dashiell Hammett as an essential author f the genre and The Long Goodbye leaves an eternal mark The Teachings of Spenser Carlyle: The Novel on the facef literature even so that the upbeat and hardboiled The Big Sleep that kicked ff the Phillip Marlowe novel series and inspired fantastic films such as The Big Lebowski Goodbye is a novel for hard times hard drinking hard living an aged and cynical than ever Marlowe proves he s worth his salt in honoring the memory f a short lived but impactful friendship with Terry Lennox Lennox a war hero alcoholic has been a victim Weirdo Noir: Gothic and Dark Lowbrow Art of either suicider arranged murder in a small Mexican town while The Message of Salvation: By God's Grace, for God's Glory on the lam escaping an accusation for murderf his rich wife and Marlowe will stop at nothing to see through the doors slammed shut by political power and fear and discover the truth While a bit bloated this is a novel Anonymums of near perfection in the mystery genre that is guaranteed to keep you up at night gladly dropping uarters for another dryer cycle inrder to keep reading because a mystery with Marlowe is about as good as life getsTo label this novel perfection would be to bastardize any pinions n the literature widely accepted by the academy that I ve previously championed and praised but few novels have felt like a better friend in hard times than The Long Goodbye Or perhaps it s just that I like ccupying Marlowe s headspace I even named my new cat after him upon completion f The Big Sleep Marlowe is the type Practical Ventriloquism of man you wish you were but notne you d want to spend time with He is fearless and devoted nearly to a fault unafraid to play the asshole to get what he wants He swims upon his moods and cherishes those moments f getting right up in someones face just to drown ut a bad feeling r ascertain the truth He calls everyone ut On Riemanns Theory of Algebraic Functions and Their Integrals on their bullshit and possesses a moral compass so strong that nobody besides himself seems to be worth a damn Pushy and thorny Marlowe is the hero for me Reading a Chandler novel is much like geekingut Achtung ... U-Boats Passing: A Saga of War at Sea (Vol. 2) on theld John Wayne films I d watch with my father as a child particularly True Grit There are the pitfalls Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat of blatant misogyny racism particularly towards Latin Americans in thisne which with my love Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home of Latin American literature was particularly not cool and cornball dated humor but it is honestly very easy toverlook when the plot is that engaging the writing that cool and the novel so entertaining How can you not love a novel with a passage like this Alcohol is like loveThe first kiss is magic the second is intimate the third is routine After that you take the girl s clothes ff This is the sort f novel that keeps you pouring a glass along with Marlowe perhaps is that what they mean by an active reader ne who empathizes with the character and drinks when he drinks and despite being a pot boiler f a thriller never insults the intellect The twists are fresh and the writing crisp Granted the novel is a bit bloated and some elements may raise the really eyebrow f critiue but n the whole it works It is easy to consider many bits as cliche in the modern day but important to remember that it was Chandler that invented it before it became cliche There is also a really charming self consciousness to this novel with regards to the writing Why did I go into such detail Marlowe asks Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls of himself because the charged atmosphere made every little thing standut as a performance The writing truly fits the scene and the PI narrator While in most novels it would be easy to sneer at a lengthy passage Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer on the physical description and dressf a character as they first walk Night's Pawn on the scene here it is at home since Marlowe would need to analyze a fresh face for all they are worth to build a profilef them uickly in Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) order to interact with them and press for the goal Chandler has a true gift for dialogue and character mannerisms as well creating a wide engaging cast He was a guy who talked with commas like a heavy novel he says atne point and the dialogue f each character is always brilliantly nuanced There is even a wonderful sense f satire n authors present with Chandler poking fun at top selling authors who write for profit and not for artistic merit as is shown with Roger Wade The continuous satire and critiue f Hollywood and California that permeates Chandler s novels comes alive in comical form with the desert sobering up clinic and the mentally challenged guard who cannot separate his fantasy role playing The Secret Child of cowboys and tough guys from reality On the surface it is easy to scoff at these scenes but Chandler plays for something deeperIt is fascinating to have read Chandler grow as a writer and to see his characters develop and agever time Like a racoon Marlowe has grown lder and meaner and tougher but all the honorable
strong willed and fearless Maybe I was tired and irritable Maybe I felt a little guilty I could learn towilled and fearless Maybe I was tired and irritable Maybe I felt a little guilty I could learn to this guy without even knowing him I could just look at him across the width f a Cafeteria And Want To Kick His Teeth and want to kick his teeth The relationship between him and Ohl has soured a bit both f them really elbowing the ther in the ribs with force and sadistic pleasure with Ohl no longer a chain smoker but constantly rubbing an unlit cigarette between his lips What has not changed is the insight into Los Angeles and Hollywood blossoming now into subtle jabs f social insight with Marlowe looking down at all the socialites as their sins and flaws seem to define them The Long Goodbye reads almost like a western where the territory is wild and untamed and crime running rampant not as a driving force but as a symptom f the American lifestyle we have let cultivate itself Power and greed and evil are seen here as byproducts f a society ruled by its wn fear and vice and Marlowe must navigate these deadly waters to uphold the good names Death by Inferior Design of himself and those he cares about The Long Goodbye is a cornerstonef noir and mystery that rises above any genre into simply being a beautiful piece f literature A searing social critiue rchestrated with dazzling plot twists enviable dialogue prowess and a firm grounding in doing what is right simply because it is right Chandler has created a masterpiece that is just as potent today as it was when first written This is the sort Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 of novel that scratches an itchf being both a fluff read and an intellectual endeavour there must be a term for this somewhere and grabs the reader by the throat and heart and won t let go until the final heart wrenching few lines Plus the Robert Altman film starring Elliott Gould is fantastic though not a perfect adaption it still works and rivals even Chinatown as a masterpiece f noir cinema This novel was a true comfort n many a dark night and it was sad to see it end Marlowe is a true literary hero and ne I won t ever forget455 Out there in the night f a thousand crimes people were dying being maimed cut by flying glass crushed against steering wheels r under heavy tires People were being beaten robbed strangled raped and murdered
#People were hungry sick bored desperate with loneliness r remorse r fear #were hungry sick bored desperate with loneliness r remorse White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs or fear cruel feverish shaken by sobs A city no worse thanthers a city rich and vigorous and full f pride a city lost and beaten and full f emptinessIt all depends Scab on where you sit and what yourwn private score is I didn t have In a World Created by a Drunken God one I didn t careI finished the drink and went to bed While there is plentyf drinking to be had finish this novel without wanting to go Indo No Kao order a gimlet I dare you Chandler does well to also add an airf caution to the intake f alcohol To drink in moderation is ne thing but the horrors Giant Peach Yodel of alcoholism and excess make up a major portionf the novel A man who drinks too much Sinai and Zion onccasion is still the same man as he was sober An alcoholic a real alcoholic is not the same man at all You can t predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before. N LA's Idle Valley where the rich are suffering ne big suntanned hangover Marlowe is sure Lennox didn't kill his wife but how many stiffs will turn up before he gets the trut. .
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I was as hollow and empty as the spaces between stars Raymond Chandler The Long GoodbyeLabels like genius and masterpiece get thrown around a lot in the arts Certain writers are deemed When it comes to Raymond Chandler s novels starring the smart ass misanthropic PI Phillip Marlowe there s The Long Goodbye and then there s everything else Chandler ever wrote and it s a long lonely drive in between The Big Sleep Farwell My Lovely and The Little Sister are all seminal works f the hard boiled genre too be sure and n any ther day f the week each is its wn fuel injected suicide machine but in a bare knuckled brawl these books are packing wet noodles for arms when they walk into the Thunderdome and go up against the Ayatollah Iniquity of Rock and Rolla that is The Long GoodbyeI was worried going into this bookn account f ne f my most loved and worshipped novels f all time James Crumley s The Last Good Kiss is in part based Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) offf this book Crumley has said than Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook once in interviews that every good idea he had he stole from Raymond Chandler Luckily these two novels are very separate beasts while both feature plot threads involving alcoholic asshole authors they go theirwn separate heart stomping waysIf put n the spot for a fortune cookie summarization f the two books I d say the The Last Good Kiss is about the fleeting temporality Livin' de Life of love and the lingering heavinessf its loss while The Long Goodbye than anything is a slow burning rumination The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter on the naturef friendshipIn the earlier novels all the events transpire usually under 48 hours with Marlowe getting assigned a case in the first few pages and then finding the first in a long trail Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki of dead bodies by page 20 The Long Goodbye begins with a jarring but lovely changef pacing and tone with Marlowe forging a chance friendship with a charming loser Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of a war veteran Weeks and months pass before the first body shows up around the fifty page mark and it s not until somewhere around the 100 page mark that the first signsf a case actually appearFor a certain breed The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta of mystery reader this will probably sound like a terrible prospect but then again I am a different kindf mystery reader I believe the genre can be a powerful medium for morality tales that can tackle all sorts f issues that I find important ie the nature f good and evil mortality social injustice the fallible nature f the American dream and can be written in prose that is subtle poetic and painful Bottom line I consider mystery novels when they are truly well written and truly about something as important as any ther well cherished work f literatureI don t really have it in me to try and give you a zesty teaser n the plot f this novel some hokey hook that ll make you say Gee Wiz and click n the want to read button This book tired me emotionally and I mean that in the best possible way So I m going to take my curtain call with this last bit if you are a reader who loves a layered complex story with characters whose motivations are hidden behind the veil Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge of what is being said at any moment including in fact especially the narrator Marlowe if you enjoy a book that actually reuires you to actively read then this is a book I d recommend Rest assured there are murders and criminals and femme fatales and tough talk and shady characters and two timing lovers and dirty cops and mysteries intertwined with mysteries but all that s just the icingn top What s underneath is where things get good I enjoyed the atmospherics and mood Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars of thisne the last The Witches Ball of Chandler s detective stories featuring Philip Marlowe Thisne is different in being meditative and in having Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book of a focusn alienation among the wealthy residents f gated compounds Chandler also restrains Marlowe s use f colorful similes in his interior monologues which became a clich in many f his imitators Compared to the earlier tales Chandler is judicious here in the playful sardonic banter Marlowe uses for dismaying and undermining his adversaries part f his signature cool bravado in the face f danger The story begins with Marlowe helping his sensitive alcoholic friend Lennox escape to Mexico with no uestions asked Soon he learns his faithless wealthy wife has been brutally murdered with Lennox the prime suspect Marlowe stays mum during brutal police uestioning and is held in jail for a few days His initial temptation to investigate the case as a possible frame is undermined by reports f Lennox s suicide and written confession The case comes up again when he begins to find links with another PI job A publisher tries to hire him to uncover the roots f a writer s block and violent behavior when drinking Though he turns the job down the guy s seductive wife draws him into their situation A murder takes place that he might have prevented putting Marlowe into high gear to solve the linked cases and foil the pervasive efforts f powerful forces to suppress the truthDespite the troubles with alcohol that beset his two main characters and Chandler himself he has a wonderful way f capturing the allure Marlowe finds in drinking with Lennox I like bars just
After They Open For Thethey pen for the When the air inside is still cool and clean and everything is shiny and the barkeep is giving himself that last look in the mirror to see if his tie is straight and his hair is smooth I like the neat bottles Ready to Restore on the bar back and the lovely shining glasses and the anticipation I like to watch the man mix the firstne f the evening and put it down n a crisp mat and put the little folded napkin beside it I like to taste it slowly The first uiet drink Shieldmaiden Book 1: Quest for the Jewel of the evening in a uiet bar that s wonderful I agreed with him Alcohol is like love he said The first kiss is magic the second is intimate the third is routine After that you take the girl s clothesff Chandler s prose has some delights in capturing the casual attitudes Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) of the richn power Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History of money I m a big bad man Marlowe I make lotsf dough I got to make lots Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio of dough to juice the guys I got to juice inrder to make lots Regarde, c'est maman ! of dough to juice the guys I got to juiceA rich businessmen has his formula for success nicely boiled down You can t have uality with mass production You don t want it because it lasts too long So you substitute styling which is a commercial swindle intended to produce artificialbsolescence Marlowe s jaded attitude about conventional justice is nicely expressed is this diatribe Let the law enforcement people do their The Bricklayer own dirty work Let the lawyers work itut They write the laws for ther lawyers to dissect in front f Vinny: Victory Over Drugs, Death, and Degradation other lawyers to dissect in frontf The Occult Detector (The Semi Dual Stories Book 1) other lawyers called judges so thatther judges can say the first judges were wrong and the Supreme Court can say the second lot were wrong Sure there s such as a thing as law We re up to ur necks in it About all it does is make business for lawyers How long do you think the big shot mobsters would last if the lawyers didn t show them how to perate Chandler seems to have some fun with frustrations Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West of the policever mental health concerns in society s response to crime You two characters been seeing any psychiatrists lately Jesus Ohls said hadn t you heard We got them in Eating Thin for Life: Food Secrets Recipes from People Who Have Lost Weight Kept It Off our hair all the time these days This ain t police business any It s getting to be a branchf the medical racket They re in and ut f jail the courts the interrogation rooms They write reports fifteen pages long We, the People on why some punkf a juvenile
Held Up A Liuor Storeup a liuor store raped a schoolgirl r peddled her to the senior class Ten years from now guys like Hernandez and me will be doing Rohrschach tests and word associations instead f chin ups and target practiceSo you get the picture that there is a bit f preaching in this story But we ften never sure which attitudes align with Chandler s wn I choose to believe the following words f Marlowe are close to his wn and I appreciate the tongue in cheek aspects behind them You re a damn good cop Bernie but just the same you re all wet In ne way cops are all the same They blame the wrong things Crime isn t a disease it s a symptom Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumor except that the cop would rather cure it with a blackjack We re a big tough rich wild people and crime is the price we pay for it and rganized crime is the price we pay for rganization We ll have it with us for a long time Organized crime is just the dirty side Showa, 1939-1944: A History of Japan of the sharp dollar What s the clean side I never saw it Let s have a drink Through this tale we get a dosef the metaphor for the detective as a cynical but good hearted agent who strives to address the social ills The Book Of The Superiority Of Dogs Over Many Of Those Who Wear Clothes of corruption and greed with truth and justice But here the heroic aspects are infused with the tragic elementf impotence in the face f rank consumerism and selfishness in society in the early 50s Altman as the director f the movie version in 1973 starring Elliot Gould as a surprise highlighted the existential and chaotic aspects Rescuing a Werewolf of thisutlook and put a Don uixote like aspect to Marlowe s tilting at windmills A down and Making Women Pay out friendf Marlowe s flees to Mexico with Marlowe s help his wife dead under suspicious circumstances Marlowe s friend soon turns up dead an apparent suicide But what does his death if anything have to do with. Down and GloomCookie out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem his millionaire wife is dead So he turns to hisnly friend in the world Philip Marlowe Private Investigator Marlowe's willing to.