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The Moth

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A sweeping tale of love, loss, and the pursuit of beauty during the Great Depression

From birth, Jack Dillon is a golden child. Blessed with blond locks, glittering eyes, and a perfect voice, he is the most popular child singer in Baltimore. But when puberty robs him of his voice and the stock market wipes out his family fortune, Jack is forced to rebuild.

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Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 1950 by Mentor Books/Roc (first published 1948)
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Otto Penzler
James M. Cain is recognized as one of the most important writers of American crime fiction. His stories of lust, greed, desperation and murder have become some of the genre’s most memorable stories. Although he is best known for Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce and The Postman Always Rings Twice, Cain’s later work has much of the same human complexity and gritty storytelling. The Moth, one of his more ambitious novels, spans over 35 years during the Great Depression and WWII. The protagonist, Ja ...more
Justin Patrick
This was a masterful work of high style. It tells the life story of a man from his elementary school days to his mid-thirties. Cain loved women a lot and it shows in these pages from the viewpoint of the character. It didn't matter whether they were young, old or his own age. The recurring symbol of The Moth was quite effective. The main character was a real romantic. For those interested in the era of the Great Depression this book also spends a good portion of it in that time frame with the Di ...more
Robert
The broadest Cain story I've read yet. Covering over 35 years in the life of the protagonist, there are multiple-novels worth of settings and characters here, all soaked in period detail that raises dozens of questions in this amateur historians mind as well.
Nenia Campbell
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The Moth is one of those works of classic literature that has all but faded into obscurity. It's a thirty-odd-year epic of a man named Jack Dillon, who started out life as a singing childhoodprodigyin his church's choir and even got a lot of money out of it, only to have his father take control of his funds and then lose it all in the Great Depression.



Following that, Jack also becomes a college football player, a tramp, a fieldworker,
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Brenna
Good book, but not up to Cain's potential.
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James Mallahan Cain was an American journalist and novelist. Although Cain himself vehemently opposed labelling, he is usually associated with the hardboiled school of American crime fiction and seen as one of the creators of the 'roman noir'.

He was born into an Irish Catholic family in Annapolis, Maryland, the son of a prominent educator and an opera singer. He inherited his love for music from h
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