Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ten of the best smokes

One title from the Guardian's "ten of the best smokes" list:
The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler

Everyone seems to smoke in Chandler's novels, women often with particular panache. Philip Marlowe himself smokes with a kind of world-weary soulfulness, as when confronted by a sudden revelation in The Big Sleep. "I sat there and poisoned myself with cigarette smoke and listened to the rain and thought about it."
Read about another book on the list.

The Big Sleep also appears on Barry Forshaw's critic's chart of "six American noir masters" and on David Nicholls' list of favorite film adaptations.

--Marshal Zeringue