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Mildred Pierce

Cain, James M. (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Mildred Pierce


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Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter. Out of these elements, James M. Cain created a novel of acute social observation and devastating emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable.
Authors: Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977
Title: Mildred Pierce
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Vintage Books,, [2011], c1989
Characteristics: 298 p. ;,21 cm
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Statement of Responsibility: James M. Cain
Notes: Originally published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1941
ISBN: 9780307946591
0307946592
Branch Call Number: FICTION CAIN 2011
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So hardboiled you could break a tooth on it. Dark and depressing- starts to make the reader squirm after a while. Doesn't Mildred deserve a little happiness? Highly improbable that she would remain devoted to such a bratty daughter- especially after she's been used so many times. Veda's a jerk, Monty's a jerk, they're all jerks.

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  • BTVS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book deserves more press! It is a thoughtful reflection of a recently past society where the 'little woman' always deferred to her man. Interesting relationship with a daughter who is clearly a sociopath. Worth the read.

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