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Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain
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May 06, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011, classic, fiction, historical-fiction, literature
Read from May 05 to 18, 2011

I can't say I really enjoyed this book. It's well written which is why I am compelled to give it two stars rather than one but ice water runs through the veins of most of the characters. There wasn't a compassionate act or altruistic moment to be found anywhere. Granted it was supposed to be a tragedy—and it certainly was tragic—but more from the standpoint that I found myself unable to empathize with anyone in the story. The people just used and manipulated each other. Even the main character, Mildred’s supposed ‘love’ for her daughter, Veda, was more about self gratification than actual love. It was a sad commentary on American society, marriage, family life, business and relationships in general. Ick!

Not recommended.

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message 1: by Jaye (new)

Jaye "Ice water runs through the veins..." WONDERFUL imagery! This is what I would have said, if I'd thought of it, of most of the Margaret Atwood books I've read (excepting Alias Grace) especially the Robber Bride.

I won't bother to read this!

booklady What surprises me Jaye is that I seem to be in a minority -- if you go by the other reviewers here on goodreads and elsewhere -- not that it makes a difference. But I tried (and failed) to find one character in the entire novel I could like. Failing that, I believe the author's world view is what's coming through and what I am so much opposed to. He may believe everyone uses everyone else for their own selfish motives; I don't.

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