As many of you will know, who know me, my eyes are giving way a little. So, more often than not I now have to listen to books. Recently, I decided I wanted to revisit Raymond Chandler, and what better than 'The Big Sleep'. It reminded me of Humphrey Bogart and black and white movies I watched on a rainy Sunday afternoon with my Ma.
I am honestly not sure the book was written with someone of my age group in mind (!). The first person style of lead protagonist Philip Marlowe is often talking about 'dames' as objects. So, I suppose it has dated. But what hasn't? And Chandler's use of language and how he curls action and thought so sparsely is sheer talent and I completely forgive all of it, to be swept away into a make believe world that feels so real.
What I loved about it was the whodunnit angle. Good twists and turns are my kind of book. And, this has it in spades. I recommend it if you are looking for some nostalgia, good writing, and a whodunnit. Tick, tick. tick.