The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Postman Always Rings Twice: Cain's first novel - the subject of an obscenity trial in Boston and the inspiration for...more
One thing for sure is there will be blood.
Well if your familiar with the authors writing and read his novel Double Indemnit...more
This novel, set during the 30's Great Depression in the US, is about a married couple: Nick "The Greek" Papadakis and Cora, a femme fatale who is a bore...more
Stealing a man's wife, that's nothing, but stealing his car, that's larceny. ~The Postman Always Rings TwiceIf Noir can be said to have a cold, black heart it’s Postman that provided the juice to electroshock it into a beating, breathing existence. It is without a doubt one of the most important crime novels of the 20th century (of any century really) and has gone on to influence entire generations of writers and filmmakers. As a debut, it shocked, titillated and disgusted, banned upon publicat...more
Lesson one: Say things like, "I don't especially like the way I look sometimes. But I never met a man since I was fourteen that didn't want to give me an argument about it."
Lesson two: Think up an elaborate murder plan
Lesson three: Wear high-heels, red lipstick, and chain smoke while employing bedroom eyes.
You know the plot. Frank Chambers, a drifter comes into the lives of Nick Papadakis and his wife Cora. They run a diner alongside the highway and he ends up taking a job working there.
The main reason is...more
This is the tale of two amoral people who met and fell in love and were eventually, maybe, changed by that...more
I have much romanticized this book since I read an old copy of it in one sitting at the University of Maryland library. I couldn't take the copy I had with me, so I read it all there. I had a giddy smile on my face the...more
James M. Cain...more
This short (only about 100 pages) novel is narrated by Frank Chambers - a homeless bum, a morally deficient good-for-nothing fellow who gets by by hitch-hiking, gambling and turning shady deals. One day he comes across a roadside diner/gas station and is quickly hired by its owner - a Greek entrepreneur Nick. The only reason Frank st...more
I haven't seen the film in at least twenty years, so I can't speak to how similar or not they are.
The sexism and racism infused -- culturally -- were a bit of a shock to me because it's been a while since I read anything where it was so blatant...it's also disturbing that Cora and Frank apparently both get off on him hitting her. (But that diffused the momen...more
This slim novella is pretty bleak and the utter lack of morality displayed by Cora and Frank goes along with what I've heard about it. Camus used this as the model for The Stranger for Pete's sake. Don't expect any sunshine.
There are few brief moments of happiness, and pleasure, but always there's hanging over it the crime they're about to commit and they're crumbling trust in one another.
Cain does a lot in a short amount of words, but through it all I found it to be too spar...more
A mixture of violence and sex, Dionysian nature and gleeful decadence. A must read.
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
While this was a quick and snappy read, there is virtually no characterization. The...more
A Steinbeckian novel of the American poor written in American vernacular, the film of The Postman Always Rings Twice is far better known than its book. Short and easy to read, it still manages to give an insight into the psychology behind Frank Chanbers and Cora Papadakis' attempts to murder Cora's Greek husband Nick. It is narrated by Chambers, and his attitudes are quite subtly exhibited to the reader; perhaps the most obvious of these is th...more
First of all, it is included on The Modern Library Top 100 books, which I use as a reference guide for my readings, but somewhere towards the very end, at 98..
Second of all, I''ve seen the movie with Jack Nicholson, at a time when this actor was my absolute favorite (not anymore, after The bucket List and some other big flops), but the movie "The Postman always rings twice" failed to make a big impression on m...more
In 5th grade I read Where the Red Fern Grows and spent the entire time wondering why the author decided on that for his title. There is not one mention of fern (let alone red fern) for most of the book. It's not until the very last page where the meaning of the title is revealed. It involves dead dogs. That's a big spoiler but really, you should totally see it coming. It's a book about a boy who loves his dogs. Of course the dogs are going to get it.
I felt similar about this svelte little novel,...more
Cain's novella is a taut tale of a drifter, Frank Chambers, who arrives at an isolated gas station on the outskirts of LA; the station is run by an old world Greek immigrant, Nick, and his young midwestern wife, Cora. Right away we learn Frank's the kind of guy unburdened by morals or scruples. The instant he meets young Cora he knows in his gut he'll have her. Unfortunately for the Greek, he like...more
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...more