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Book review: The Big Sleep 
19th-Feb-2010 05:29 pm
Shifty
Back to the freebie classics from a few months back, this one's from "Crime" week and at times it's hard to take Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep seriously, not because of the content but because it spawned a whole genre of Hollywood films noir, and it's hard not to have my mental narrator lapse into "that" voice that's become the shorthand for a 1940s private dick. Having said that I was surprised right from the start at how funny it is, Philip Marlowe's narration has a dry-as-dust sense of humour. The plot twists around itself like crazy but it still stands up as a story all in all, one of those books that has a bit more to offer than you expect it to.
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21st-Feb-2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
Oh I got that as a freebee too but only got a short way into it before I was distracted by something else.

I just finished reading Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro which was delightful and very easy going. I bought another of his "The Unconsoled" which I've started.
22nd-Feb-2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
I read a lot of Kazuo Ishiguro around the time of the Remains of the Day movie but haven't since. I never read The Unconsoled but I know at the time a lot of people were saying it was very different from his usual style.
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