RARA-AVIS: Chandler/papa

From: Carrie Pruett ( pruettc@hotmail.com)
Date: 12 Mar 2002

Victoria wrote:

>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 Chandler.


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