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of Chandler. It was no longer a hard-boiled masterpiece, but now it was merely an investment for profit. The first-person camera view did although happen to prove rather interesting. The only time when the viewer could actually see Marlowe was when he stood in front of a mirror, or during his short narratives. The many of Chandler’s works became major motion pictures, some based on his books, and some written for the big screen. Chandler is best known for his movie The Big Sleep starring none other than Humphrey Bogart. (Bogart also played Hammett’s private eye, Sam Spade) (Lady of the lake, dir. R. Montgomery) When I first started this assignment, the work of Raymond Chandler was completely unknown to me. I wanted to choose a hard-boiled author, but I did not really know

anything about them, but their genre. I wanted to pick an author who didn’t ooze symbolism, but got his point across both in a direct and indirect way. In the two books I read, The High Window, and The Lady In The Lake, there was were many similarities. In both books there was always a strong message, the perils of masquerading and faking. The fast times of LA, mask one’s true visage, and replace it with a mass-marketed mainstream societal look. In both books, Chandler also suggests the only way to become true again is to leave, though, in some cases, not even that helps. In The Lady in the Lake, a woman runs away to the wilderness to escape her ignominious life, but her problems follow, it was too late. I have always had a love for the quick wit and sleuthing of detective

novels; though I never did like the Hardy Boys. 1. Chandler, Raymond. The High Window. New York, Vintage Crime, 1942. 2. Chandler, Raymond. The Lady in the Lake. New York, Vintage Crime, 1943. 3. MacShane, Frank. The Life of Raymond Chandler. New York, EP Dutton & Co, 1976. 4. MacShane, Frank. Selected Letters of Raymond Chandler. New York, Columbia Univ. Press, 1981. 5. Marling, William. Raymond Chandler. Boston, Twayne, 1986.