The Big Sleep
by Raymond Chandler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was my Classics Club spin book and I finished it in mid-October. I enjoyed the book, though I was surprised by how risque it was and by the homosexual slurs in it. Philip Marlowe is an appealing character, despite his very rough edges.
I also watched the movie with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Reading the book I couldn't figure out who Bacall would play or how some of the storylines could have made it past the Hays Code. The screenplay is by William Faulkner and he left out all the awkward bits (homosexuals, nymphomaniacs, and smut peddlers). This made for a "cleaner" story, but it also makes the plot almost incomprehensible. The Bacall part is a combination of 2 characters from the book, both of them cleaned up considerably.
Overall I would recommend the book but not the movie.