this is the 54th in my series of forgotten books
The Little Sister
based on the novel by Raymond Chandler
adapted and illustrated by Michael Lark, © 1997
cover art by Steranko
Fireside Books (Simon & Schuster) 1997 graphic novel, softcover trade edition
The Little Sister is not a forgotten book, but this adaptation into graphic novel form may be. This version from 1997 does an excellent job of taking the book to the graphic novel format. The script is faithful in the most part to the novel, the feel is there, the characters haven’t been changed much, what has been cut for the sake of length and format isn’t missed unless you’ve read the novel in the recent past.
I think the style of art is fitting to the genre. Art is such a subjective thing, not everyone will like any style, any artist’s depiction. What might be too realistic for one person, or too dark, will seem too abstract, or cartoonish, or just wrong to another, based on experience and that ever-important image the reader has of the place, people and “visual feel” of a book.
The Little Sister isn’t one of my favorite Chandler novels, but any Chandler is better than no Chandler, and this is an enjoyable and entertaining way to get a quick, visual dose.
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Series organizer Patti Abbott has all the FFB goods on her blog, Pattinase, with a list of this week’s participating blogs and, in a day or two, a summary.