RE: RARA-AVIS: Noir tragedy

From: Anderson, Erick (ETW) (
Date: 26 Feb 2002

> Doug Hoffman wrote:
> I just finished re-reading THE LONG GOODBYE. Here
> Marlowe has busted his ass to do something for the sake of friendship,
> and more than a little out of guilt, only to discover that it was all
> for nothing... and by the end, he seems even sadder and more
> disillusioned than ever. Would Marlowe ever go this far out on a limb
> for a friend, ever again? And isn't that change tragic, in some sense?

This is my favorite of Chandlers books, and counts among my top five in the genre, as well. I would certainly call it tragic. It's a kick in the teeth to the chivalric code Marlowe has lived his life by. It's a death of part of himself. How do you begin to mourn that?

Best Regards, Erick

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