TOM: “I like liquor and women and chess a few other things…”: A Review of The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

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“Alcohol is like love,” says Terry Lennox. Lennox, a perpetual drunk, facially scarred, would-be war hero, is the driving force behind the mystery in Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye. This particular fictional creation manages to create some quite substantial problems in his life, despite the fact he’s married to stunning blonde who also happens to be a millionaire (although, of course, she ends up dead within the first fifty pages.) But before that immensely predictable incident he finished off the piece of dialogue which opened up this review by continuing his comparison between alcohol and love. The simile goes on, “[t]he first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl’s clothes off.” In part, this allusion can go beyond the realm of hard-boiled shtick as I feel it offers us an insight into Chandler’s writing itself and maybe even into…

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