Sunday, November 15, 2009

Raymond Chandler

Amongst the many many things P Diddums has introduced to me, Raymond Chandler is one of my favourites. His stories are set against a 1930s Southern Californian backdrop, and are drenched with suspense and violence. Think film noir, ladies and booze...

"His hand jerked and some ash fell on his white suit cuff. That annoyed him. He frowned down at it, then he said softly in a manner of a sultan suggesting a silk noose for a harem lady whose tricks have gone stale:..." (from a short story, Mandarin's Jade.)

I've yet to watch the end of 'Big Sleep' (with Humphrey Bogart)..... every time I watch it I'm terribly tired and fall asleep before it's over!

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