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    Chandler Raymond(Author)

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Stalking the tawdry neon wilderness of forties and fifties Los Angeles, Raymond Chandler's hard-drinking, wise-cracking Phillip Marlowe is one of the world's most famous fictional detectives. Playback finds Marlowe mixing business with pleasure – getting paid to follow a mysterious and lovely red-head named Eleanor King. And wherever Miss King goes, trouble seems to follow. But she's easy on the eye and Marlowe's happy to do as he's told, all in the name of chivalry, of course. But one dead body later and what started out as a lazy afternoon's snooping soon becomes a deadly cocktail of blackmail, lies, mistaken identity – and murder ...

" Raymond Chandler is a master." --"The New York Times"""" [Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered." --"The New Yorker "" Chandler seems to have created the culminating American hero: wised up, hopeful, thoughtful, adventurous, sentimental, cynical and rebellious." --Robert B. Parker, "The New York Times Book Review "" Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban private eye." --"Los Angeles Times"" Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner. . . . An original. . . . A great artist." -- "The Boston Book Review"" Raymond Chandler was one of the finest prose writers of the twentieth century. . . . Age does not wither Chandler' s prose. . . . He wrote like an angel." --"Literary Review"" [T]he prose rises to heights of unselfconscious eloquence, and we realize with a jolt of excitement that we are in the presence of not a mere action tale teller, but a stylist, a writer with a vision." --Joyce Carol Oates, "The New York Review of Books "" Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence." -- Ross Macdonald""" Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude." --Erle Stanley Gardner""" Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since." --Paul Auster " [Chandler]' s the perfect novelist for our times. He takes us into a different world, a world that' s like ours, but isn' t. " --Carolyn See"""Raymond Chandler is a master." --"The New York Times""" [Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered. --"The New Yorker " Chandler seems to have created the culminating American hero: wised up, hopeful, thoughtful, adventurous, sentimental, cynical and rebellious. --Robert B. Parker, "The New York Times Book Review " Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban private eye. --"Los Angeles Times" Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner. . . . An original. . . . A great artist. "The Boston Book Review" Raymond Chandler was one of the finest prose writers of the twentieth century. . . . Age does not wither Chandler s prose. . . . He wrote like an angel. --"Literary Review" [T]he prose rises to heights of unselfconscious eloquence, and we realize with a jolt of excitement that we are in the presence of not a mere action tale teller, but a stylist, a writer with a vision. --Joyce Carol Oates, "The New York Review of Books " Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence. Ross Macdonald"" Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude. --Erle Stanley Gardner"" Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since. --Paul Auster[Chandler] s the perfect novelist for our times. He takes us into a different world, a world that s like ours, but isn t. --Carolyn See""""Raymond Chandler is a master." --The New York Times"[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered." --The New Yorker

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  • Chandler Raymond(Author)
  • J'Ai Lu (4 Jan. 1999)
  • French
  • 6
  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

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  • By Antonio on 18 July 2017

    Although not regarded as his best work, it still has all the hallmarks of genius which made Chandler a standout author. The dialogue is superb, delivered with perfection; the story is clever and fits together beautifully.Regretfully I have now read every Chandler book; what a pity he didn't write more. There's been lots of imitators but they all failed miserably. The difference between Chandler and hacks like Lehane, Block, Elroy, Child and numerous others is the same difference between Picasso and a painting by numbers.

  • By P. A. Irving on 10 July 2009

    I'm a big Chandler fan, have taught The Big Sleep as a text at A level and generally think he's a great writer with a flair for creating an authentic environment for his authentic characters to run around in and get up to mischief.Playback just doesn't quite pass muster in these terms. The environments are still authentic but somehow not brought to life in the same way. The characters are shallower somehow; they seem almost like caricatures of hardboiled days gone by. It feels like he's forcing it. Where novels like The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye et al seem to unfold effortlessly around Philip Marlowe's everyman, in Playback it all seems to be being pushed through. There's less a sense of being involved in something and more of chasing something that doesn't quite ever get captured.Still worth a read if you're a fan of the genre, of Chandler, or just of a good book, but not on a par with the mastery of his earlier novels. Marlowe himself says halfway through the book that he hopes he might wake up knowing what the hell he's supposed to be doing; I couldn't help wonder if Chandler had thought the same thing while writing it.


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