The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Large Print - 1977
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An amoral young tramp. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one, grisly solution -- a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve. First published in 1934 and banned in Boston for its explosive mixture of violence and eroticism, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic of the roman noir. It established James M. Cain as a major novelist with an unsparing vision of America's bleak underside, and was acknowledged by Albert Camus as the model for The Stranger. Performed by Stanley Tucci
Publisher: Bath : Lythway Press, 1977
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780850467598
0850467594
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE FICTION CAIN
Characteristics: 168 p. ; 22 cm

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gritslover
Aug 04, 2016

Nobody does this genre better than James Cain. For the time that he wrote it is incredible what he got past censorship. Great book, super movie.

kdwaynec Sep 16, 2014

Never saw the movies. I can see why some would call this a classic, but for me, it was average at best.

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Cecilturtle
Jan 13, 2012

I knew that this book was about a torrid passion, but I hadn't realized just how gritty it is! Frank is a greasy, unscrupulous coward who listens only to his impulses regardless of consequence, as for Cora, she is manipulative and conniving stopping at nothing to get her way: these are not likeable characters! Yet, their destiny is fascinating: how deep into squalor will they sink? Will they get away with their crimes? Is it really love or fear of betrayal that links them together? Quickly enough their fate careens out of their hands, it can only end badly!
I can see why the short direct sentences, the dark themes and the dénouement would appeal to Camus. However much man may want to control his existence, his life is actually beyond his grasp.
I must admit though: What's with the title?

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jr637
Dec 29, 2011

The ending was thoroughly unsatisfying, though I can't think of one point in the 100 pages that I wasn't completely engrossed. The title of the book has to do with Frank's situation at the end of the novel. Cain had a discussion with a fellow author about the anxiety felt when waiting for news about the publication status of a manuscript. The parallels between Cain's friend and Frank led to the book being called what it's called.

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loudem
Oct 29, 2011

And me who was looking that postman! Now, where did they get that tittle? Old book, old style: we've come a long way in crime novel since that was written. Well written, this book, even with its feel of big brother cops everywhere, carries a good court action and the end is a shocker that you don't see coming. All in all a good "thriller" of the first hour. It certainly paved the way to today's crime writers. But I did miss that postman. Now Cora, "kiss me..."

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horthhill
Jul 20, 2011

"The Postman Always Rings Twice" is one of those great tough guy noir novels set in Los Angeles of the '30s.

Bad young guy falls for a young married woman ....but that doesn't last for long...her married state, that is.

They attempt, then fail, then try again, and succeed in removing the husband, permanently, from the scene, all the while re-defining 'tough love'.

Great story.

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