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Rear Window - Story Collection

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The story that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film masterpiece! Cornell Woolrich. His name represents steamy, suspenseful fiction, chilling encounters on the dark and sultry landscape of urban America in the 1930s and 1940s. Here, in this special collection, are his classic thrilers, including 'Rear Window', the story of Hal Jeffries who, trapped in his apartment because of ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 28th 2001 by I Books (first published 1942)
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Tfitoby
Five short stories loaded with tension; in true genre short story style they're invariably about a final punchline but Woolrich had a fair amount of skill when it came to ratcheting up the tension and that's what leaves him recognised as a master of his craft. It's easy to see why Hitchcock was so enamoured of his work, as somebody not enamoured of Hitchcock there wasn't much chance that I'd be overly thrilled with these stories either.
Annchen
Bei diesem Buch handelt es sich um eine Sammlung von fünf unterhaltsamen Kriminalgeschichten, die einfach und schnörkellos erzählt werden. Drei davon erleben wir aus der Perspektive des Kriminellen und zwei aus der Sicht des Beobachters. Gemeinsam haben sie alle die überraschende wie geniale Wende. Besonders die Täter haben schwer daran zu tragen; befinden sie sich bereits in einer glücklosen Situation, erwischt es sie gen Ende knüppeldick durch unvorhersehbare und nicht kalkulierbare Zufälle, d ...more
Austin
Mar 16, 2008 Austin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pulp / Noir Fans
Recommended to Austin by: Sarah Berry
Cornell Woolrich is probably best known as the guy who wrote the story that became Rear Window (and possibly, to a lesser extent, the guy who wrote The Phantom Lady). As a pulp writer who make efforts to break into Hollywood, it's probably fairly difficult to pay the bills, but fortunately his economic suffering is out gain.

Originally published under the name "It Had To Be Murder," the published story of Rear Window differs from the film in key ways. But, keep in mind, this version was first, a
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Jennifer Lafferty
Pretty good for a quick read. It was suspenseful but not as exciting or complex as the film adaptation. The first half is extremely introspective, probably done to give the reader a sense of the character's solitude and boredom but it's a little hard to get into. Overall, it's an interesting and uniquely told mystery.
Williwaw
I just re-read "Rear Window," the first story in this collection. I first read it a few years ago, but couldn't remember too much about it, except that it seemed rather unremarkable at the time. Perhaps I was just feeling moody.

Anyway, this story originally appeared in a pulp magazine called "Dime Detective," in 1942. I wondered about the date because of this line: "A parting glance, radioactive with malignant intention." I'm not sure when "radioactive" made it into popular, metaphorical vocabul
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Jennie
The edition I have was published in 1984 and includes four other "short novels." Which seems weird to me, because the whole book is about as long as what I would consider a short novel. I guess this is why I'm not in charge of naming books.

I think this book was spoiled for me because the blurbs on the back that described each story gave me enough information to figure out the ending long before I actually got to it. I'm not sure how I'd feel if these blurbs hadn't spoiled things for me, but I wi
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Bill FromPA
I would consider these short stories, not short novels, as they cover 30 to 40 mass market paperback pages. I have read a number of Woolrich’s novels, but I consider him at his best at the shorter length. Here he is able to concentrate on a single incident and build the suspense from the beginning to the end of the story in a continuous crescendo. Woolrich’s prose is direct, getting quickly to the story’s action, but his prose provides more than the bone and muscle essential to telling the story ...more
Elena

2.5*
It was an interesting mystery but full of plot holes ... I also didn't like the main character, since he seemed too arrogant and obnoxious.
For example, when he called his detective friend, he was very cocky and annoying... He gave a random accusation and expected the police force to go all out and follow through with a full investigation, based on his assumptions. Then he even says "Don't expect anything more from me. I've dropped it in your lap. I've given you all I have to give. A name, a
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Paraíso Cuatro
No sé cuántas veces habré escuchado eso de que la novela está mejor que la peli porque cuenta más, da más detalles, la historia es más compleja, es más esto y es más lo otro. Pues vale. Aunque sea por una vez voy a hablar sobre uno de esos rarísimos ejemplos en los que sucede justamente lo contrario: La ventana indiscreta, cuya versión cinematográfica es, y sorpréndanse tanto como yo, más compleja, tiene más detalles y cuenta más historias paralelas a la trama original que La ventana indiscreta ...more
Moejoo
I have made an in-deph study of the works and life of Cornell Woolrich (usually pronounced wool-rich but some pronounce in wool-rick in a more Germanic way) since around 2000 and I think the only person who has taken a closer look, up to this point in time at least, is his property lawyer Francis M. Nevins. I will be covering all these things but will start out with the book review itself :

Here is Rear Window, a great introduction to this not-so-simple prose writer, who very well may be one of t
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Diane
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Ginnie Grant
This to me is what true heart pounding horror should be. Not blood and guts but the kind of horror that messes with your mind
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TrumanCoyote
Boy, talk about a guy made for Alfred Hitchcock. Interesting to see the changes made in the film version of the title story. Upon re-reading "Momentum" a bit overdone--too many lines like from the narration to Twilight Zone's "Walking Distance." But all these great laughing/crying endings--like the finale of The Postman Always Rings Twice. Sort of the gods, once snickering behind your back, finally come out in the open to do it in your last few moments.
Nepomuceno
Nov 16, 2008 Nepomuceno is currently reading it
Estou lendo a versâo em Português do autor que escreveu um conto que deu origem ao filme "Janela Indiscreta", de Alfred Hitchcock. Recomendo bem o conto "Três horas", até agora o melhor. O conto da janela é um pouco diferente do livro, mas interessante compará-lo com o filme. Uma boa distração.
Jeff
Only read the first story, originally released as " It Had to Be Murder." Found PDF file on line and it was a great read.
Ging
Rear Window got me interested right away. Then, the narrator irritated me somehow with his confidence. Plus, I hate how he withholds the information. Hitchcock's movie version is much more entertaining. Still, the adaptation owes its success to this inventiveness of this short story.
Tosh
Really the ultimate narration about the nastiness of being a voyeur and what happens when you 'watch' too much. Creepy and very entertaining read. Woolrich is something else. The Hitchcock film version is very close to the book. Those two share the same hobbies!
Mike Macdonald
REAR WINDOW, which watches Hal Jeffries confined with a broken leg to a tiny apartment that only allows him to survey the daily lives of his neighbors across the courtyard?until he discovers one of them is a cold-blooded murderer and that he's the next
Tris
I really enjoy the sort of short stories that Hitchcock chose for his "Stories for Late At Night" Twilight-Zone-esque collections, and these would fall into that niche. Woolrich, who wrote under several names, really stands out because he writes so well.
Maggieb
The story was simpler than the movie. It was hard not to see Jimmy Stewart, Thelma Ritter, and Grace Kelly when reading. Also, every time he mentioned Thorwold, I pictured Raymond Burr. Hitchcock did stay close to the story but made it richer.
Natasha
I never realised that Rear Window was such a short story before. I'd ordered this book from the library and was surprised to find it contained four other stories as well.

Even though it was really short, I still liked it.
Bettie☯
Brian
Collection of five stories written by Cornell Woolrich that were adapted to cinema and television by Alfred Hitchcock. Introduction by Francis M. Nevins, Jr. Noir. Dated but rollicking good fun.
Katie
I very much enjoyed this story, though I suspect that I was reading an abridged/adapted version and missed a bit. It was quite different from the film.
Mohammed
A very atmosphere strong story. Woolrich has a literary quality that made a story with a simple premise much more.
Laura
3.5 stars A perfectly wonderful and suspenseful short story that inspired an even better movie.
April
I am a huge Hitchcock fan, so I enjoyed reading this short story that the movie was adapted from.
Laura
A rarity, a movie I like more than the book! Of course, the book is actualy a 40 page short story.
Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
Excellent build up, but endings are melodramatic letdowns for the most part.
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Cornell Woolrich is widely regarded as the twentieth century’s finest writer of pure suspense fiction. The author of numerous classic novels and short stories (many of which were turned into classic films) such as Rear Window, The Bride Wore Black, The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, Waltz Into Darkness, and I Married a Dead Man, Woolrich began his career in the 1920s writing mainstream novels that won ...more
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