No doubt the “semi-literate” public will not be rushing to read The Annotated Big Sleep, but for the rest of us, there’s a huge amount to enjoy in the book. I found myself more intrigued by the background information than by the editors’ close reading of the text, which sometimes feels like they’re breathing over your shoulder and making arch remarks, telling you how to read (for example, “Carmen is back to her default between the kitten and the tiger — for now”), but no doubt some readers will feel the opposite way.
Monday, October 15, 2018
… “Marlowe Would Be Proud”: On “The Annotated Big Sleep” - Los Angeles Review of Books. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)