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Review: The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye
By Raymond Chandler
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Paperback, 9780394757681, August 1988, 384pp.

The Short of It:

An amusing read.

The Rest of It:

Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, who he’s divorced and re-married and who ends up dead. and now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe. ~ From Indiebound

The Long Goodbye is my book club’s selection for this month and it was a nice change of pace. We don’t read much crime fiction and I’ve never read anything by Chandler before so I was pretty excited to finally give him a go.

After just a few chapters, I could tell that it would be a book that I’d enjoy. It’s a good read full of wry humor and the story is not bad either. There are a few twists and although The Long Goodbye is one of many books in the Philip Marlowe series, I never felt as if I was missing any background on the character.

I enjoyed the Los Angeles setting and Marlowe’s sharp-witted humor. Plus, as far as crime-fiction goes, I appreciated the simple story line and the lack of red herrings. It still had me guessing, but without all the fanfare that you get in some other crime-fiction novels.

It was pure fun and I will not hesitate to pick up another book in the series.

Source: Borrowed
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Review: Fates and Furies

Fates and Furies

Fates and Furies
By Lauren Groff
Riverhead Books, Hardcover, 9781594634475, September 2015, 400pp.

The Short of It:

Imperfect people joined together in marriage makes for some entertaining reading.

The Rest of It:

Lancelot is this gorgeous, Greek god of a guy. He marries his female equivalent, Mathilde and the two, although quite young, throw caution to the wind and create a happy marriage for themselves.

Or, do they?

This book has gotten a lot of attention! Mainly, due to President Obama naming it his favorite book of 2015.  But even without that endorsement, I can see why this book became popular with readers.

  • It’s well-written
  • Has a somewhat complex story structure to wrap your brain around
  • It has a lot of gratuitous sex
  • It contains Greek mythology references
  • It’s a page-turner
  • Flawed characters galore
  • It has a lot of gratuitous sex (oh, did I already say that?)

I don’t think the book has been optioned for a movie yet, but I can absolutely see that happening. The story is twisty and a bit deceptive and a little dark without being too dark. As a movie, I think it could be quite good.

My book club read and discussed it last week and there was a lot to discuss. Yeah, the sex came up quite a bit but the really big question we all had:

What makes a good marriage good?

Do love and trust come into it? Is it a good marriage if the end result is somewhat shallow in nature as long as both parties are happy with the end result?

We also spent a lot of time talking about the narrative structure. The story is told in two halves, one being Fates and the other being Furies.  As interesting as these halves were, some members of the group felt manipulated by this structure.

Overall, I found it to be a fun book to discuss but a bit tedious with all the sex scenes. Well-written, but a little slow in the middle because of the repetitive nature of some of the content but overall, very entertaining.

Source: Borrowed
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.