The Big Sleep and Other Novels
by Raymond Chandler
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Raymond Chandler was the America’s eminent writer of detective novels, and this Penguin Modern Classics edition of Le Grand le Sommeil et d’ Autres Romans collects three of the best novels of his hard to drink, philosopher PI, Philip Marlowe.Raymond Chandler created the talk quickly, difficulty finding a California private detective Philip Marlowe for his first great novel, The Big Sleep in 1939.Often imitated but never equalled, it is in Marlowe’s long shadow that each detective fiction must stand upright and under the influence of Raymond Chandler addictive prose that of all the crimes author must write.Marlowe intrication with the Sternwood’s family – and an accompanist melting colors of the world’s underground numbers – is the backdrop to a story that reflects all the dull glitter of the great American Dream.The hard-core detective image image emblematic of the burns so intensely in Farewell Ma Belle, on the trail of a lack of crooner nightclubAnd the inimitable Marlowe is able to prove that the difficulty is really his job as Raymond Chandler is brilliant epitaph, Le Long au Revoir.Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) was born in ChicagoIt was during the Depression era that he seriously turned to writing and his first story published in the pulp magazine Masque Noir in 1933, followed six years later by his first novel, Le Grand Sommeil, adapted from Howard Hawks’ 1946 classic film noir, with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.If you have enjoyed The Big Sleep and Other Romans, you can enjoy Dashiell Hammett is The Thin Layer of Man, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never been the same since then.’ Paul Auster, author of The New York Trilogy’ Chandler writes like a slumming angel and has invested the blind sun in the streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence’ Ross Macdonald, author of La Noyade à la Piscine
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