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You're invited to use this topic to discuss the quotations from The Big Sleep (1939) – a Philip Marlowe “hard-boiled” mystery novel by Raymond Chandler.

You may also use this thread for general discussions about this literary work; you do not necessarily need to discuss specific quotations.

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Sun, 23 Sep 2007, 20:34
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Haha.... All I can say regarding that quote from page 8 you've just posted, Adonis, is that I agree with Phil Marlowe, not with Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, when it comes to the appeal of orchids. :twisted:


Mon, 24 Sep 2007, 20:15
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Good heavens, but that was quick off the mark! My head is spinning! :wink:

I would most definitely agree; I think orchids are too fussy. One problem I have always had with Stout's characterisation of Archie is his shared interest in Wolfe's passion for the plants; I've just never pegged him as the type of man who would give two hoots for flowers, bar that his boss is something of a connoisseur, and yet his rapturous praise of the rooms on the roof is almost on a par with his admiration of Saul. Timothy Hutton in 'Disguise for Murder' plays it better: knowledgable, as he would be after cataloguing them, but not bowled over by their beauty. And as a woman says in 'Mother Hunt', I think it is, 'Men don't wear orchids'.

Anyway! I have started the ball rolling - I have to pay attention with Chandler, otherwise I would have noted more; the four I picked either amused me or painted a vivid image (the bead curtain).

And I had a mini-mental debate about the second book - I have 'Farewell My Lovely' sat on my shelf, with the number 2 emblazoned on its spine, but I thought 'The Long Goodbye' was more baffling, so I lumped for that. You are correct, though; 'The Long Goodbye' was Chandler's opus, and he didn't resort (as much) to previous short stories for the plot. I shall have to read them both again! 8)

Edit: I've just added a previous evaluation of the orchids - 'fingers of dead men', how could I forget that? - and corrected the chapter reference for the first quote. Sorry for the errors, I always make a couple to keep you on your toes!

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