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The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
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Feb 23, 2012

really liked it
Read in January, 2012

I read this book after reading Rinehart's earlier book The Circular Staircase. The Circular Staircase was made into a play that was then written back into novel form by Rinehart as this book. It is very much a product of its time in terms of racial stereotypes, views on gender, etc. The story in this book was less developed than the one in The Circular Staircase. This felt more like you were reading a play made into a book, which is in fact what it is. The plot was compressed and the characters weren't as well developed as in Rinehart's earlier work. That being said, it was still an enjoyable read. And it was a fascinating juxtaposition to compare Rinehart's two books as well as the movie version made in the 1950s to see a similar story and characters handled differently at three different points in the 20th century.
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