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War NoirRaymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran in American Fiction$
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Sarah Trott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808646

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808646.001.0001

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The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

(p.157) 6 The Long Goodbye
War Noir

Sarah Trott

University Press of Mississippi

In addition to Marlowe, Chandler’s other veteran characters also unwittingly suffer post-traumatic symptoms, and chapter six is an exploration of the most significant of Chandler’s novels and the work that best represents his protagonist as a veteran, The Long Goodbye (1953). Examining Marlowe’s behaviour around, and attitude towards, the two veterans identified in the novel, Roger Wade and Terry Lennox, it is argued that Marlowe becomes part of a “band of brothers,” an intimate group of veterans in whose company the detective displays the undeniable evidence of his past experiences and trauma.

Keywords:   Raymond Chandler, Terry Lennox, Roger Wade, War trauma, War veterans

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