New Meetup: February Brunch - The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)

From: rachel
Sent on: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 11:49 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The NYC Sunday Brainy Book Club!

What: February Brunch - The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)

When: Sunday, February 20,[masked]:30 AM

Per event dues: $3.00 unless w/in 6m membership

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Under 200 pages, The Big Sleep is the first in Chandler's Marlowe series. The story is noted for its complexity, with many characters double-crossing each other and many secrets being exposed throughout the narrative. The title is a euphemism for death; it refers to a rumination in the book about "sleeping the big sleep", and is not descriptive of the plot. In 2005, Time magazine included the novel in its 100 Best Novels published after 1923.

Reviews:
"Chandler [writes] like a slumming angel and invests the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence." --Ross Macdonald

"Raymond Chandler is a master.... [He] has given us a detective who is hard-boiled enough to be convincing. . . and that is no mean achievement." - NY Times Book Review

About the Author:
Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 - 1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandler's detective stories often starred the brash but honorable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandler's novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which helped define the film noir style. In the last year of his life he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died in La Jolla, California on March 26, 1959. [Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.]

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