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Farewell, My Lovely, by Raymond Chandler

frannyhaha's review

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mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

somanytictoc's review against another edition

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2.0

While I enjoy noir fiction, I didn't particularly enjoy this one. Other reviews have noted that the plot is unremarkable and I agree. One of the reviews informed me that this novel is actually a combination of three novellas. That's exactly how it reads. Two of them aren't very good. I wouldn't recommend the book, even if you enjoy the genre. It probably won't stop me from reading more Chandler in the future, though.

stephen_means_me's review against another edition

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4.0

A shade better than "The Big Sleep," and roughly 10x more quippy. Chandler certainly has a gift for oblique but perfect descriptive phrases.

hornyforbooks's review against another edition

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4.0

Such gorgeous dialogue at times.

wilsonthomasjoseph's review against another edition

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4.0

Plot is a little weird. But it's not for the plot, it's for the character: Phillip Marlowe. So many good lines and observations and conversations and little snippets of poetry, all in a hardboiled private eye book.

I wonder if anyone has made a tally of Chandler similes. I suspect "like" beats "as."

ancaciochina's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

chaifanatic18's review

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adventurous mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

sleeping_while_awake's review against another edition

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4.0

I liked Farewell, My Lovely more than The Big Sleep. The plot was unpredictable as usual, and I like how Chandler doesn't weave everything together until the end. Leaves me guessing wildly as to how it will all turn out. However, the plot was still a bit confusing, though I didn't have the same difficulty in keep all the characters straight as in The Big Sleep.

Anne seemed to take a backseat - I thought she was going to have more of a starring role, or at least a larger connection with the story, and I am wondering if Chandler just introduced her to have her appear in later novels? This is only the 2nd Marlowe story I have read. However, she seemed rather ambiguous, especially her reckless abandon into danger when she doesn't have much of a cause other than her father used to be a cop.

The intricacy of the ploy was excellent. At the end, it still wasn't particularly straightforward, but that is how life is. Chandler appears to be writing a running commentary on his perception of the police, either inept or corrupt, and uses Marlowe as the answer, although Marlowe himself isn't so clean and nice. I never did figure out what the title was referring to, unless it was the events at the very end with Mrs. Grayle.

By the way, I never had a clue that Mrs. Grayle and Velma were the same person! Unless I wasn't paying attention to something earlier it totally got me by surprise, and I feel a little silly about it.

One thing I don't get is why Marlowe will approach someone he knows is guilty and tell them everything. Sure, it does make it clear if they are guilty or not, but he is staying alive by pure luck, and I guess that is because this is a novel. Considering how "murder-ful" all the other characters are it is hard to believe he always comes away with a broken nose and a bump on the head.

The part on the boats at the end confused me a bit. And again, how is Marlowe getting out alive each and every time?

Yes, this book is racist, just like the last one, but I think it is just a remnant of the time period, and I don't think it is done purposefully or with intention to hate. But it is something to keep in mind when reading that terms and stereotypes do come up that a reader might be uncomfortable reading.

bdplume's review against another edition

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4.0

Not my favorite of Chandler's works...this one took me a while to slog through and the payoff wasn't what I'd hoped. Still, it was an enjoyable read.

shouperman's review against another edition

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4.0

Raymond Chandler has a way with words. His descriptions are heavy on the simile but he uses that tool well and Marlowe is a fun character. Not the heaviest or most serious book I've ever read, but hey, that's not why one reads noir pulp detective stories.