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Farewell My Lovely Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

Narrated in a pretty deadpan style by Elliott Gould. I would have preferred a narration that did a better job of distinguishing the characters' voices, but it worked OK.

It's racist (which I found especially off-putting at the beginning of the book) and sexist (which I expect from early hard-boiled-PI novels).

And the language is so, so beautiful. And most of the characters are smart, and clearly drawn, and their motivations make sense. And Chandler requires you to draw inferences and work at figuring out what's going on. I sometimes listen to audio books while doing other things, but I wasn't able to do that with this book because it's so information-dense.

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phoenixpdx
Apr. 5th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
I love Chandler.

Also Hammett.

Didn't know there were audio books available for them. I cherish reading the hard copies I have.

And yea, books like this are very clear indicators of where we've come (and where we haven't come, sigh) in the various -isms. Amazing how much some things have changed...and how much they haven't.

Glad you enjoyed it.
firecat
Apr. 5th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
There was recently a thread somewhere on DW about how it's a form of privilege to be able to enjoy books with -isms. Yeah, it is.
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