>I've seen a specific letter from Chandler (to his
English publisher) >cited
>where he admitted having been asked, and not having known, who >killed the
Oh I have no doubt that Chandler told this story but even if
it's true (I tell stories on myself all the time that aren't
true, especially if the falsehood makes them funnier), the
fact that he didn't remember off the top of his head several
years after writing the book (IIRC, the book is 1939 and the
film 1944) doesn't mean he didn't know while he was writing
it. Owen Taylor does make it to the film and I think the perp
is fairly clear both in the book and in the original
(inferior) version of the Hawks film. I imagine that if
Chandler had picked up the book to remind himself, he would
have been able to figure it out - maybe he figured that was
the screenwriter's job.
What are the shorts that the Big Sleep is based on, and where
can I find them?
Re Papa - I'll admit that I haven't read that much Hemingway,
like 3 of the novels, and a handful of shorts so I may be
missing something. Except the Sun Also Rises, though, I
always feel like there's some kind of veil between me and the
characters, disguising what they're really thinking. I get
the same vibe off Carver and it can be interesting in small
doses, but ultimately in both cases it wears out on me and I
can't get invested in it. I quite enjoy his writing style
though between the two (strictly style) I prefer
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