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Child's Play 2 Social Worker. The Voyage Home Young Doctor. Remington Steele Waldo Church. A lovely, unique book, part fact, part the author's vivid imagination. Chandler as one might never have thought about him. Worth the read -- history is often just part imagination anyway. Oct 07, G rated it liked it. Ten years later, I got around to reading it. That isn't a dig at the book, it is simply more representative of what the book contained. Once I got through the first couple chapters and adapt to the writers style frequent detours, personal ponderings and speculations I was able to settle in for an intriguing study of Raymond Chandler, the type of man he was, and how a stability in one part of his life his wife did not indicate stability in other areas of his life constant relocations and fear of failure, not to mention alcoholism.
May 29, Pat rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even those who are not fans of the iconic American author might enjoy this fascinating look into the life of Chandler and the early spirit of Los Angeles. The author's eloquent prose creates an irresistible view of his psyche via his many LA dwellings and his unusual marriage. Freeman is well versed in Chandler as a writer, so for those who have read him, the journey is a literary one as well.
May 09, Zelmer Wilson rated it it was amazing. I would recommend this book to any fan of Raymond Chandler. Aug 07, Kathy rated it did not like it. I love Raymond Chandler but Freeman's depiction of his life and the woman he loved left me bored. Mar 28, Moira Russell rated it liked it Shelves: This book wasn't nearly as terrible as all its bad reviews had led me to expect. It starts off with not at all a bad conceit, of tracking the peripatetic Chandler through his various California especially LA residences, most of which are obviously gone by now.
The author's journey ends with a poignant trip to the house where Chandler and his wife lived for many years, which is about to be torn down in the book. It's not a biography, but a sort of extended nonfiction riff on a dead author who h This book wasn't nearly as terrible as all its bad reviews had led me to expect. For one reason, Freeman doesn't actually analyze Chandler's writing very much; she's much more interested in pursuing the elusive major adult relationship of Chandler's life, his enigmatic marriage.
She doesn't actually succeed in giving us a full portrait of Cissy Chandler although that's not really what she's interested in either mainly because the biographical detail just isn't there, but she does give a glimpse of what their life together was like through lists of the often elaborately named glass animals they collected, Cissy's recipe cards, an imaginative recreation of their probable nightly routine together, and so on.
However, the book is terribly overwritten in many spots and reads more like a fleshed-out essay than a book-length narrative; it might have been served better if it had been issued as a coffee-table book, with a lot more and better quality pictures. Anyone's descriptions of L. Structurally, it owes a huge debt to Frank MacShane's biography, mentioned passingly in the acknowledgements the account of Cissy's death is almost straight from the bio , and stylistically, an even huger debt to Joan Didion's writing about Chandler and L.
Unfortunately, while Didion can turn sentence fragments into poetry, in the hands of the rest of us they just read as There are also more than a few sections where Freeman's apparent lack of research training shows through; she goes through the twelve cartons of Chandler's papers at Oxford but doesn't seem that capable of analyzing them to yield biographical nuances. People were often amused or taken aback at the difference between the Eton-schooled, quiet author and his tough-talking, gun-slinging dame-kissing creation, but one thing this book does point up is that authors are not likely to be slinging guns or much of anything other than words.
Chandler's quiet life with Cissy reads as almost stultifying on the page, but it's what was going on in his head -- which his wife shared and participated in -- that made it possible for him to write his books. Their marriage together was a shared creation, and it's to Freeman's credit that she sees this domestic routine as necessary to a writer's ability to work. It's a kind of collaboration -- not creative necessarily, altho it involves a type of creativity -- which makes the writing possible, and which is all too often provided by women especially wives to male writers and simply overlooked, especially in biographies.
May 07, Elizabeth Amber Love rated it really liked it. She visited all of the places where Raymond Chandler lived in the city with his wife Cissy.
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Chandler had ordered all of the love letters between him and Cissy to be burned. How could they be anything else? He was young and used words to express himself long before he became a novelist. I do wonder a lot more about Cissy. Did she get jealous or was she too tired and weak by then? Did she have anyone besides her sister to talk to when things were that bad?
All the medication she took seems to have played a role but did that make her unlovable somehow? If you are fortunate to be friends with a successful writer and they hand you a book, you read it. That may take 5, 10 or 20 years, but trust someone who knows you well enough to give you a book that reminds you of your own life. For my full review: Feb 15, Joe Barlow rated it it was amazing. Here is perhaps the most unconventional biography I've ever read.
Chandler knew his wife was older than he -- eight years, he thought. It wasn't until after their marriage that the truth came out: Cissy, in fact, was eighteen years his senior, not eight. In this fascinating biography, Freeman inserts herself as a character, Here is perhaps the most unconventional biography I've ever read. In this fascinating biography, Freeman inserts herself as a character, telling the story of Ray and Cissy as though she were Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone, traversing the Los Angeles of the past to seek for clues.
She visits many of the places where Ray and Cissy once lived, and editorializes her findings to us. We feel like we're unraveling a great mystery with the author, even though this story is absolutely true. Filled with rich imagery, and quoting extensively from Chandler's surviving and surprisingly lyrical correspondence, "The Long Embrace" is a page-turner which takes the reader inside a powerful, if unorthodox, relationship.
It also allows us to get to know the complex motivations and bizarre behaviors of Raymond Chandler himself, whose personality quirks were legion. But through this book I feel as if I got to know not only him, but his enigmatic wife.
I was sad when this book was over, which is the biggest complement I can give it. Apr 01, Hugh McBride rated it it was ok. This is an interesting pursuit, but since many of the locations no longer survive and since she fails to get inside most of the ones that are still standing , the result is less than enlightening. The subject matter is fascinating, but the author can't get out of her own way. Sorry, Judith Freeman, but while I am extremely interested in Raymond Chandler and his wife, I am not very interested in how YOU feel about them and what you thought about while doing research for this book.
I don't care that when you finally found a photo of the couple together you had to go take a walk because you were so overcome.
I just wanna see the photo. The book is at its best when it's giving you excerpts of The subject matter is fascinating, but the author can't get out of her own way. The descriptions of the author's emotional odyssey thankfully taper off about halfway through the book, but they're pretty annoying. I almost quit altogether after 30 or so pages, but I really did want to know more about Chandler and his wife, so I kept going.
And I'm glad I did, but not enough to recommend that other people read this. I'm fairly confident you can find a better biography. Aug 29, Chris Horn rated it it was amazing. Freeman spins an excellent detective story surmising what Raymond Chandler marriage was like to Cissy, his wife of 30 years, and who was 18 woman 18 years older than he. This turns out to be even more remarkable when the reader learns early that Chandler burned nearly all of their correspondence together.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Chandler's life was that he lived in more than thirty apartments and houses during his adult years in Los Angeles, where he spent virtually all those year Freeman spins an excellent detective story surmising what Raymond Chandler marriage was like to Cissy, his wife of 30 years, and who was 18 woman 18 years older than he.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Chandler's life was that he lived in more than thirty apartments and houses during his adult years in Los Angeles, where he spent virtually all those years. Freeman visits every one of them, and correlates what Chandler was writing at each address. Chandler drank himself to death after Cissy died, so the end of this fascinating biography is a heart-breaking love story. Apr 05, Terry rated it it was ok Shelves: I was not quite as crazy about A Bright and Guilty Place , which relates to how I feel about this book.
I am enjoying the information and I do like the "Old Los Angeles" aspect, but I'm not crazy about the writing--the author has really made this book about her and how she's experiencing her research on Raymond Chandler, and not exactly about Plus I just don't enjoy reading about alcoholics anymore. They're not endearing or sympathetic or "artistic" to me, so, again--that colors how I feel about the book, since I'm not as sympathetic to Chandler as Freeman seems to be. Dec 12, Christine added it Recommends it for: Do a google maps street view while reading this and you too can see the neighborhoods in which Chandler lived!
I suppose, as a superfan of someone myself, I can understand the draw of writing a book about that person, but this was just a little creepy stalkerish at points. It wouldn't have been if the author didn't write things about how she could feel his presence in certain locations; or how she started ordering the drink that he drank - I don't know - I just took away some of the seriousness o Do a google maps street view while reading this and you too can see the neighborhoods in which Chandler lived!
It wouldn't have been if the author didn't write things about how she could feel his presence in certain locations; or how she started ordering the drink that he drank - I don't know - I just took away some of the seriousness of it for me. I also realized that when I first got the book, I misread the title and thought it was going to be about Raymond Carver - so about 10 pages in I had to do a total reevaluation of what I was reading. Feb 17, C. I love Raymond Chandler. Really I do and I loved the concept of this book of trying to find the man, and the key to the most important relationship in his life, between him and his wife Cissy, by tracing where they lived.
This was interesting because Chandler burned all their letters after she died, leaving biographers no insight into what must have been the most important relationship in his life. I was primed to like this book and so, frankly, it sort of pisses me off that I don't. Some parts I love Raymond Chandler. Some parts work, when she can go to a building that still exists and talks about it, but most is her rambling on about 'Ray' as though she knows him.
Apr 21, Rob rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Magnetic resonance imaging studies in HD have shown quantifiable decline in caudate volume over time Aylward et al. As the disease advances, widespread cerebral atrophy occurs including cortical regions Hedreen et al. Disruption of fronto-striatal connections has been observed in primary OCD.
Dysfunction in the orbitofrontal cortex, which has extensive connections to the basal ganglia, has been reported in imaging studies of individuals with OCD Nordahl et al. Results of resting PET studies indicate increased orbitofrontal activity Nordahl et al. Reports suggest that normalization of caudate Baxter et al. Participants were individuals with a clinical diagnosis of HD seen at one of the 43 sites affiliated with the Huntington Study Group HSG during the period of January of —September of for their first visit.
All data used was stripped of all participant, examiner, and site-specific identifiers we preserved relative links within the data by creating new random identification variables. The deidentification and subsequent use of these data for HD research was approved by the institutional review board at the University of Iowa. There are 2, individuals with a clinical diagnosis of HD in this dataset. A total of 1, individuals 59 percent of total dataset had complete data with regard to variables of interest. Cognitive variables were the most commonly missing variable. There are 31 questions rating motor function, each on a 0—4 point scale with 0 indicative of normal motor function.
Factor scores, based a previous factor analysis Marder et al. Ratings were conducted by trained staff with input from the patient and the family. Functional capacity was assessed using the Total Functional Capacity scale TFC The Huntington Study Group, , a 0 to 13 point scale with higher scores indicative of better functional ability.
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Similarly, Pearson chi-squared analyses were used to assess for any sex differences across groups. All statistical analyses were completed using SPSS. Participants were 1, individuals with a clinical diagnosis of HD. Approximately half of all participants were Participants were an average of 7. Participants reported a significant history of treatment for psychiatric difficulties including depression There were no significant differences with regard to age or duration of illness between these two groups see Table 3.
This proportion is much higher than the general population but consistent with previous HD reports Anderson et al. Similarly, case reports have described instances of OCD Cummings et al. It is possible, if not likely, that obsessions and compulsions would be found with even higher frequency than seen in the current study if formalized assessment for them were performed.
Cummings Cummings et al. The orbitofrontal circuit, which projects from the anterior and lateral orbitofrontal cortex through the ventromedial caudate nucleus, to the ventral anterior and medial dorsal thalamic nuclei, is of particular interest. This hypothesis is in line with reports of dysfunction in the orbitofrontal cortex among individuals with OCD Nordahl et al. Research suggests that individuals with OCD may have difficulty in changing strategies when the demands of a task change Aronowitz et al.
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De Marchi and Mennella De Marchi et al. There are some limitations in the current study. It is unclear how many, if any, of the current participants would meet criteria for OCD.