A collection of similes and one-liners from Raymond Chandler novels. (I’m currently reading Farewell, My Lovely)

“I belonged in Idle Valley like a pearl onion on a banana split.”–The Long Good-bye (Chapter 13)

“Even on Central Avenue, not the quietest dressed street in the world, he looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.”–Farewell, My Lovely (Chapter 1)

“From thirty feet away she looked like a lot of class. From ten feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from thirty feet away.”–The High Window (Chapter 5)


  1. I saw the title of this post and my first instinct was it was going to be a list of “Could [X] BE any more [Y]?” lines from Chandler on Friends.

  2. What I love about Chandler’s writing is that he set the form. Every hardboiled detective making similes is ripping off Chandler, but his still have a freshness of originality. Seriously, tarantula on a slice of angel food? Come on, people that’s quali-T.

  3. I read all of these in my very own Bogie impersonation. And, they all sound right regardless of how bad I am at it. I’m going to watch The Big Sleep now; nothing on TV anyway.

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