As booksellers, we often overhear customers lamenting that they've always meant to read “that other Jane Austen novel,” or Graham Greene, or Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but just never found the time. We've tried to remedy that with our Classics I Forgot to Read Book Club by providing motivation and a welcoming space to share your thoughts.

In choosing our ‘classics’ over the past few years, we've tried to select titles that had some visibility among readers, but were not necessarily included in the standard high school English class. We've also sampled a range of genres, from mystery (The Long Goodbye) to comedy (Cold Comfort Farm) to stream-of-consciousness (To the Lighthouse). So, whether our picks are already gathering dust on your bookshelves or this is your first encounter with the literary canon, we encourage you to join us on the last Wednesday evening of every month for conversation about the classics.

Friday, August 3, 2007

May 2007--The Long Goodbye

by Raymond Chandler

From its memorable first line ("The first time I laid eyes on Terry Lennox, he was drunk in a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith outside the terrace of The Dancers") to its haunting close, Chandler's masterpiece is full of tense confrontations, lyrical descriptions, startling action, and witty repartee. Private eye Philip Marlowe, investigating a murder in an exclusive Southern California community, finds that not only are the barbarians at the gate, they're inside as well. What raises The Long Goodbye from the status of genre fun to serious novel is its cynical (and yet strangely romantic) view of post-war America.


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