Grappling With Raymond Chandler

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This is a plea for help, because I imagine there must be a Chandler fan or two among the Horde. I've been trying to get into The Big Sleep, but it feels like I'm more reading a script for movie than trying to grapple with a novel. There's a lot of snappy-patter back and forth, which I suspect, is the appeal.


I really liked Double Indemnity (the movie) and somehow the wit worked better there, perhaps because Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson are there to bring it to life. I find myself not really caring about the narrator or anyone else. 

UPDATE: These responses are awesome. Thank you. Everyone. I think I'm going to do a weekly thread on whatever I'm reading.

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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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