The Big Sleep (Penguin crime fiction)

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Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Raymond Chandler's first Philip Marlowe mystery. Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the '40s and '50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily. "The Big Sleep" finds the world-weary, wisecracking investigator consulted by a wealthy family man with two big problems: his children. Carmen Sternwood has got herself mixed up with a blackmailer, while Vivian has managed to mislay her husband, ex-bootlegger Rusty Regan. Old, ailing General Sternwood hires Marlowe to take care of things - but it's not too long before the bodies start piling up, and Marlowe finds himself knee-deep in trouble...Starring Toby Stephens ('Vexed', 'Robin Hood') this landmark dramatisation retains all the suspense and excitement of Chandler's complex and compelling novel.

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"Raymond Chandler is a master." --"The New York Times"
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" [Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered. --"The New Yorker
" Chandler seems to have created the culminating American hero: wised up, hopeful, thoughtful, adventurous, sentimental, cynical and rebellious. --Robert B. Parker, "The New York Times Book Review
" Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban private eye. --"Los Angeles Times
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Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner. . . . An original. . . . A great artist. "The Boston Book Review
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Raymond Chandler was one of the finest prose writers of the twentieth century. . . . Age does not wither Chandler s prose. . . . He wrote like an angel. --"Literary Review
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[T]he prose rises to heights of unselfconscious eloquence, and we realize with a jolt of excitement that we are in the presence of not a mere action tale teller, but a stylist, a writer with a vision. --Joyce Carol Oates, "The New York Review of Books
" Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence. Ross Macdonald
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" Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude. --Erle Stanley Gardner
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" Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since. --Paul Auster
[Chandler] s the perfect novelist for our times. He takes us into a different world, a world that s like ours, but isn t. --Carolyn See
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-Raymond Chandler is a master.- --The New York Times

-[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered.- --The New Yorker
-Chandler seems to have created the culminating American hero: wised up, hopeful, thoughtful, adventurous, sentimental, cynical and rebellious.- --Robert B. Parker, The New York Times Book Review
-Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban private eye.- --Los Angeles Times

-Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner. . . . An original. . . . A great artist.- --The Boston Book Review

-Raymond Chandler was one of the finest prose writers of the twentieth century. . . . Age does not wither Chandler's prose. . . . He wrote like an angel.- --Literary Review

-[T]he prose rises to heights of unselfconscious eloquence, and we realize with a jolt of excitement that we are in the presence of not a mere action tale teller, but a stylist, a writer with a vision.- --Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books
-Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence.- --Ross Macdonald

-Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude.- --Erle Stanley Gardner

-Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since.- --Paul Auster
-[Chandler]'s the perfect novelist for our times. He takes us into a different world, a world that's like ours, but isn't. - --Carolyn See



"Raymond Chandler is a master." --The New York Times

"[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered." --The New Yorker

"Chandler seems to have created the culminating American hero: wised up, hopeful, thoughtful, adventurous, sentimental, cynical and rebellious." --Robert B. Parker, The New York Times Book Review

"Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban private eye." --Los Angeles Times

"Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner. . . . An original. . . . A great artist." --The Boston Book Review

"Raymond Chandler was one of the finest prose writers of the twentieth century. . . . Age does not wither Chandler's prose. . . . He wrote like an angel." --Literary Review

"[T]he prose rises to heights of unselfconscious eloquence, and we realize with a jolt of excitement that we are in the presence of not a mere action tale teller, but a stylist, a writer with a vision." --Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books

"Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence." --Ross Macdonald

"Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude." --Erle Stanley Gardner

"Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since." --Paul Auster

"[Chandler]'s the perfect novelist for our times. He takes us into a different world, a world that's like ours, but isn't. " --Carolyn See

About the Author:

Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888. He was educated at Dulwich College, London and studied international law in France and Germany. He published a number of poems and essays in local papers and worked as a reporter, essayist, and book reviewer. After serving for the Canadian Army during World War I he became a bookkeeper and auditor for Dabney Oil Syndicate. In 1939 he published "The Big Sleep" to instant acclaim in Britain and the US, introducing the world to his iconic private eye, Philip Marlowe. With "Farewell My Lovely" and "The Long Goodbye," Chandler cemented his reputation as a giant of American popular culture and master of a style of detective fiction that would be widely admired and imitated. Chandler turned to screenwriting with "Double Indemnity." He continued to write for Hollywood during the heyday of the Hollywood studio system, receiving an Oscar nomination for "The Blue Dahlia." In 1946 Chandler received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for screenplay and in 1954 for novel writing. During the last year of his life he was made President of the Mystery Writers of America. He died from pneumonia in 1959.

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