Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Chandler/Poodle Springs

Date: 21 May 2002


Re your comment below:

> My guess is that even if Chandler had lived to
> complete POODLE
> SPRINGS himself, plenty of you would have been
> disappointed with it.

I think you're absolutely right. Before Parker completed the novel, I read the fragment Chandler'd left behind and felt somewhat relieved that it hadn't been completed. I think part of Parker's problem was that a lot of Chandler fans really didn't WANT to see this one finished. Parker himself said as much once
(some years before he was offered the chance to do so, however).

I haven't read it yet, but I suspect that Parker's solo Marlowe novel, PERCHANCE TO DREAM, a direct sequel to THE BIG SLEEP, might be more satisfying that POODLE SPRINGS was.

Does anyone who's read the both have an opinion?


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