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El Misteri de Poodle Springs (1989)

de Raymond Chandler, Robert B. Parker

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Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the 1940s and 1950s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily. In "Poodle Springs," Marlowe is fresh from his honeymoon with heiress Linda Loring, and living a life of idle leisure in the upmarket Californian town of the title. But being a kept man soon loses its charm and, bored and restless, Marlowe sets up shop as an investigator once more. Hired by a local criminal to find a gambler on the run from his debts, he is sucked into a world of bigamy, blackmail, and murder. . . The eighth and final Philip Marlowe novel, "Poodle Springs" was unfinished at the time of Raymond Chandler s death in 1959. It remained so for another 30 years, until crime writer Robert B. Parker completed the novel to mark the centenary of Chandler s birth. Starring Toby Stephens, this entertaining dramatization by Robin Brooks retains all pace and intrigue of the original book.1 CD. 57 mins."… (més)
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I hunger for writing like this so much that I even read one of these dubious post-mortem constructions. Actually, I think Parker's writing something like this is an interesting challenge. Maybe the next step is to find DNA from Chandler & to base a whole novel & a movie on that. ( )
  tENTATIVELY | Apr 3, 2022 |
A quick read. Marlowe is married to Linda, moves out to a desert suburb of Poodle Springs and has to track down a man who seems to be hiding out in LA. The action sees Marlowe flit between LA and Poodle Springs eventually drawing the ire of multiple police departments, shady businessmen and his wife.

The dialogue with Linda is horrid. It tries to keep the snarky banter that you expect from a noir, but it somehow manages to be mean spirited and dull at the same time. Almost as if writing for newlyweds was just too hard for Chandler to pull off (Parker continues in a pretty dull fashion).

And on Parker, there does seem to be some lines that get repeated during the book, mostly his conversations with Linda and it did feel like padding at times. But eh

Despite this it was a decent enough read and maybe I should try reading some of Parker's stuff without Chandler's limitations applied ( )
  urbaer | Mar 5, 2022 |
completion of last Marlowe book. Parker is no Chandler, doesn't seem to grasp essence of character
  ritaer | May 19, 2020 |
"I told you, you looked happy together. I'm a sucker for happy together." (pg. 232)

I wrote, after reading Playback, Raymond Chandler's final novel, that I was going to miss Marlowe's voice on the page. He was an excellent character, both interacting in the world he inhabited and in confiding to the reader through the prose. He had layers and principles and he knew in some corner of his mind that he had them, and that they bound him in certain ways, and when they did he would not fight them but would take his lumps. He was shopworn but stoically so, the sort of cross-bearing, masculine hero that every down-on-his-luck guy imagines himself to be but few are willing to really commit to. So I was reluctant to see him go, having finished all seven of Chandler's novels about the detective. Little did I know that Robert B. Parker would be able to resurrect the dead, and provide Marlowe with the ending he deserved.

I was curious about Poodle Springs, which is based on four chapters Chandler had completed before his death and spun into a full novel by Parker (commissioned by Chandler's estate). I was confident that Parker would do well (although I haven't yet read any of his crime fiction, his Western Appaloosa is one of my favourites), but projects of this sort rarely match up to what came before. I was sceptical about an ersatz Marlowe.

But Parker nails it. Not long after Chandler's four short chapters end and Parker's thirty-seven begin, I stopped looking for the joins. Though he does recycle a few motifs over again, Parker gets it all right. The plot is coherent and, on his stage, Marlowe in his detective work behaves just as Chandler wrote him. The characters and dialogue are excellent (though Parker can't drop a simile like Chandler could). He's got Marlowe's voice and inner monologue in all its cadences, and it is unexpected and engrossing. Soon, I wasn't reading a Chandler book or a Parker book. I was reading a Philip Marlowe book.

And it is not just an effective imitation. Parker takes the bold opportunity to really dig into the character. Whilst still being Marlowe, Parker peels back some of those layers. Marlowe here – as Chandler begins to write in the first four chapters – is chafing at his new married life in a posh area of California. He is sensitive about his legitimacy, reluctant to trade on the connections of his new father-in-law. It initially appears a little insecure for him to reject this new life but, as I mentioned before, he has his principles and he will take his lumps. "The way I keep from being a failure is to be free. To be my absolute own man… I'll decide what I'll do. I won't be bought, or pushed, not even by love. You're a success if you have money, but you give up too much." (pg. 197). Marlowe is brittle and yet secure; his is a vulnerable and yet indomitable masculinity. He is a piece of meat that can get tenderized by the punches, as if he knows the only way to keep it all strong is to lay it all out there and risk it. With his new marriage, he is finally having to stick or twist. Parker is bringing the Marlowe stage performance to a fitting coda.

Some purists won't like it, will feel that you should not mess with the dead. But what is Marlowe if not the sort of guy who will turn up a dead body and, with a sigh, ring up the police even though they'll finger him for the murder? "I could just have someone come in…" his rich wife says on page 31, casting her eye over his shabby PI office. "This is what I can afford," he replies, and it does just fine. Marlowe is back – making do, with some small pride. Chandler and Parker go happy together, and I'm a sucker for happy together. ( )
  MikeFutcher | Jul 18, 2018 |
Robert Parker finishes an unfinished novel of Raymond Chandler. Someone should have stopped him ( )
  margaretfield | May 30, 2018 |
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Chandler, Raymondautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Parker, Robert B.autor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Galli, StefanoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the 1940s and 1950s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily. In "Poodle Springs," Marlowe is fresh from his honeymoon with heiress Linda Loring, and living a life of idle leisure in the upmarket Californian town of the title. But being a kept man soon loses its charm and, bored and restless, Marlowe sets up shop as an investigator once more. Hired by a local criminal to find a gambler on the run from his debts, he is sucked into a world of bigamy, blackmail, and murder. . . The eighth and final Philip Marlowe novel, "Poodle Springs" was unfinished at the time of Raymond Chandler s death in 1959. It remained so for another 30 years, until crime writer Robert B. Parker completed the novel to mark the centenary of Chandler s birth. Starring Toby Stephens, this entertaining dramatization by Robin Brooks retains all pace and intrigue of the original book.1 CD. 57 mins."

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