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3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  506 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Marnie é uma mulher de 23 anos, bonita e inteligente, mas dotada de uma personalidade histérica. Ela rouba, usando de todas as artimanhas que sua esperteza a faz criar. Vangloria-se de sua liberdade e de sua inteligência, mas não é uma mulher feliz. Repudia os homens, porque tem horror a sexo. Com todos esses problemas, Marnie vai vivendo, nas páginas do livro, uma históri ...more
Paperback, 1, 301 pages
Published 1981 by Abril (first published 1961)
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Petra X
May 05, 2015 Petra X rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
This was an excellent read. It is very dated, couldn't take place in the age of IT, she'd be outed on Facebook in no time. But as a story of its time featuring a young, female con-artist, an unusual heroine. If you are the sort of person who questions everything at every turn, don't read it, watch the film instead, but if you can suspend disbelief and just go with the story, then this is a good, light read.
Aug 31, 2012 Dfordoom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Winston Graham's 1961 novel Marnie is best know today as the source of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 movie of the same title. The movie was somewhat controversial at the time for its relatively frank treatment of sexual problems and today if anything it divides audiences even more.

The novel was very successful at the time. Winston Graham (1908-2003) was a best-selling author most widely known for his Poldark historical novels. He also wrote thrillers and Marnie fits into the latter category. It’s a ps

I didn’t read the book but saw Hitchcock’s adaptation of 1964. The movie was qualified as a “psychological thriller”.

The story is arranged as to make the reader/viewer wonder about the central character: Marnie (played by Tippi Hedren) and understand her behavior. Marnie: a compulsive thief.

She started robbing $10,000. A well-planned coup regarding her hair-color (then dark), no traces left, evasion, social security cards etc.

Marnie then visits her mother with an expensive gift for her; yet
Dec 01, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eric by: Sally Carter
Shelves: mystery-suspense
An excellent suspense novel published in 1961 by the much loved author of the “Poldark” series, told as a first person account by a beautiful, clever thief named Marnie Elmer who is trapped into marriage by one of her victims, Mark Rutland. It’s clear that Mark’s motives are purely from the heart; he fell in love with Marnie before she stole from him and now he wants to help her go straight. But the psychological damage she suffered as a child, which has led her to a life of crime, among other t ...more
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Jan 10, 2016 Marnie Krüger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, books-i-own
This book was a huge thing for me, since I knew it was the book my Grandmother read when she decided that my name should be Marnie. She always told me that one day when I'm old enough she would have me read it myself. Sadly she passed on before I ever had the opportunity.

Now I would really like to ask her about it. I think we would have been awsome reading buddies, as I discovered that our tast in reading material is very similar, we would have spent hours discussing plots and characters. I now
Jul 26, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant mystery.
I couldn't put it down!
Who is Marnie?
Love Winston Graham who is a true master of his art.
Loved it!
Jan 09, 2015 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man, I was smooth. I told my friend, Look, all you have to do is grab it and put it in your pocket like it's no big deal. Like this. We were halfway out of the store and all was quiet when my friend said, That was easy, wait here. The key word, of course, is "halfway" out of the store. Soon as we hit the mall, some big lug was on our tail and we were toast. It's possible I smarted off to the guy a bit. It's possible that's why he called the cops. It's certain that an hour later, we were both dow ...more
Mar 23, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story. I had seen the movie, or parts of it previously, a couple of years ago and it wasn't my favourite Alfred Hitchcock movie. But the book, with little anticipation, was excellent. It's written in a very familiar, down-to-earth sort of style. Marnie is matter-of-fact, a thief, with little feelings for those she steals from. She's methodical and takes on a new job. She has her reasons for her lifestyle, a story that comes out as the book progresses. Her personality, while frustrating ...more
Jun 11, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I was already a great fan of Winston Graham based solely on my enjoyment of his Poldark series (now re-released and which I highly recommend! Ariel, I'm talking to you!). I decided it was time to dabble in his non-Poldark oeuvre, and began with Marnie - likely his most popular as it was made into an Alfred Hitchcock movie (that is now in my queue).

It's not a psychological "thriller" in the sense of bodies in the library or stalkers in the hall. But it is definitely a psychological thriller in t
Marnie the book is darker and more complex than Marnie the movie, and so is Marnie the character. Hitchcock's depiction of the traumatized Marnie always seemed icky to me, and Sean Connery as her husband is the most loathsome Hitchcock character ever. Really, I'd rather date Norman Bates. The basic premise is the same in the book as in movie: pretty con artist Marnie is caught stealing from her employer by a widower who has fallen in love with her. He blackmails her into marrying him, but alas, ...more
May 21, 2009 Mischelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Good book but it left me hanging at the end! There's so much I want to know! I guess the author want me to use my own imagination as to what happens at the end. For those who read the book, what do you think happen to Marnie?
Jun 29, 2007 Ewa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that enjoy heroines
I knew the movie way before the book. No surprise that the book is even more complex and captivating than Alfred did with the movie. I read it almost in one go.
From BBC Radio 4:
It's 1961 and blonde and stunning Marnie Elmer poses as a secretary in order to steal from her employers and fund her mother's existence in Torquay. But she's yet to meet handsome company director, Mark Rutland, whose pursuit of her will ultimately lead to her downfall.

Winston Graham is probably best known for his "Poldark" series, but also wrote a number of taut thrillers, of which "Marnie" (written in 1961) may be the best remembered - having been filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in
Dec 18, 2013 N N rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly intelligent. Surprisingly because intelligence is not a quality that one associates with the literary source of a Hitchcock film. It might have been interesting to see Marnie filmed by someone like Chabrol or Duvivier or even a journeyman British director like J. Lee Thompson, with the original bleak ending preserved.

As for Marnie herself - whom Hitch called one of the most unusual heroines he'd ever encountered (and then proceeded to milk her for the usual melodramatic clichés) - s
Jan 21, 2012 J K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Told from the titular character's point of view, we follow the story of a female thief whose latest plans go awry, and forces her to deal with a trauma and a man who won't let her go. I keep meaning to see the Hitchcock film version of this, as it stars Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren, but the book is a great read. You really get to experience Marnie's quandry, her desire to escape, and her struggle to get what she wants. At the same time, you still know very little about her. It's a great thrille ...more
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Christine Sinclair
SO much better than the movie! And I really like the movie, especially Sean Connery as Mark Rutland. The story is told from Marnie's point of view and it's chilling. Suspenseful, well-written and character-driven. No wonder Hitchcock made a movie out of it. He changed several things, but Marnie was obviously his type, the cool beautiful blonde with larceny in her heart. Loved it!
May 14, 2014 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1961 this is an old-fashioned thriller and highly atmospheric. I was transported back to the early 60s when young men bragged about TR3s and there were adverts in pubs for Teachers Highland Cream. I lapped up the period detail. Marnie embezzles her various employers by adopting different identities. Her past catches up with her when she goes to work for a printing firm and her employer, Mark Rutland blackmails Marnie into marrying him. However, this backfires somewhat when he discov ...more
Jude Brigley
I know Hitchcock's film backwards so read the original novel with great interest. It came as a surpirse that the book was set in England even though hitchcock often changes such locations. The change was interesting as was the narrative voice: it was written from Marnie's viewpoint which was so different as she is framed by Mark's gaze and Hitchcock's in the film. A mention of Cardiff as a place Marnie had worked was bizarre for me. Also, Rutlands was more class-ridden and less glamorous in a br ...more
A protagonista é uma ladra muito bem sucedida. Seus crimes são intricados e audazes. Cada vez que vai colocar algum plano em ação ela cria uma identidade falsa, arruma o emprego de seu interesse e consegue chegar a uma posição que lhe permite ter acesso ao dinheiro do local.
Marnie tem muito talento para a matemática, o que facilita chegar aos postos que deseja para cometer seus crimes, além disso é muito competente e, até sumir com o dinheiro, ela é a melhor funcionária do local. Na verdade ela
Michael Stewart
Jan 24, 2013 Michael Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting first person narrative set in England in late 50s, early 60s.Marnie is beautiful, resourceful, an embezzler sort of thief, and frigid. Can Mark - her boss/husband - keep her from jail while thawing her out?

I've not seen the HITCHCOCK movie adaptation in a long time...but I believe it a lot more sordid. This is an easy read: well written, well paced, but really not much to it. But I long wanted to read it so that I could compare the book with the film.
Jun 09, 2008 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a really interesting story about a young woman who closed herself off from all but the most superficial human contact and became a thief due to childhood trama. Plus I loved that it was set in England in the early 60's. I have to pour myself a gin and french. This is so much better than Hitchcock's movie version, which, if memory serves, was rather lurid and focused too much on the character's frigidity.
Bill FromPA
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Dec 27, 2010 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this with a reading group. We discussed the book at Winston Graham's daughter's Bed and Breakfast. The entire experience was fun. The book is socially dated and not at all like the movies. The book's characters are more complex than the movie but that's usually the case.
Bev Taylor
Oct 07, 2015 Bev Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the novel that became the classic hitchcock film

marnie is not who she appears to be

she adopts different names and works for different firms before stealing money from them and disappearing. most of this money is for her mother

then she starts working for a small family firm and mark rutland forces his way into her life and becomes desperate to understand

he does not tutn her in after she has stolen money from them and tracks her down, forcing her into marriage

why is she so cyncical and uncari
Oct 01, 2007 Windy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book - and the film did it justice.
One feels a surprising anxiety for the poor unfortunate girl caught between her past - which one presumes cannot have been choice as much as concatenation of circumstances not of her choice, which she dealt with by stealing and so forth as a strategy for survival. Now, she is not only married to a wealthy man who loves her, but she loves him and would rather not lose him - and he is finding out about her. the only other source of strength for her is the horse, and she could die in an accident.
I could not put this crime novel down! Although I already knew the story from the Hitchcock movie of the same name, I was completely captivated. And, of course, I wanted to see how the book differed from the movie. Well, it obviously did differ but I think that the movie captured the essence of the book and kept many of the main plot points. In addition, the book had the added bonus of making Marnie a stronger character than Hitchcock's blonde (no offense, Alfred).
An oldie but goodie, the book which the highly popular Alfred Hitchcock movie was based on. As a stand alone book, it was good, well written and full of mysteries. The movie contained a lot of elements in the book but added different twists and a completely different ending, so when reading the book I was disappointed in the ending because the movie ending was so much better. The book may be more enjoyable if one hasn't seen the movie.
Drama Queen
Jan 08, 2016 Drama Queen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marine is a well observed psychological thriller set just before the time of writing in the late 50s. Through flashbacks we are given a very vivid description of wartime and post war Britain. By now it has almost historical significance.

One of the most interesting aspects is the deep understanding Winston Graham has of psychology, which cannot have been current at the time. We gradually come to see how Marnie's childhood has made her into the unpleasant person of today. His depiction of Marnie's
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Winston Graham was the author of forty novels. His books have been widely translated and the Poldark series has been developed into two television series, shown in 22 countries. Six of Winston Graham's books have been filmed for the big screen, the most notable being Marnie, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Winston Graham was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 1983 was awarded the O.B ...more
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