Re: RARA-AVIS: Last of the Fifties

Date: 31 Jan 2003

In a message dated 1/31/03 3:43:09 PM, writes:

<< Marlowe is such an enigma. That must be part

of the big attraction. >>

    Yeah, I'm sure that's true. And it intrigues us in so many ways. The opening page and a half of "The Long Goodbye" is (IMO) as good as it gets, and it is one of the best openings of any novel I've ever read. Handsome, likable, seriously drunk, Terry Lennox half in and half out of the Rolls, the beautiful, fur draped, woman at his side, the smartass uniformed parking attendant, the swank post deco appeal of "The Dancers," and Marlowe tucked away in the shadows, revealing the picture before him, and a part of himself to us, with such clarity and force that we end up watching him watch the others. If I could write such a page and a half, I would die a happy man.

                                        Jim Blue

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