Thursday, November 3, 2011

Book Reviews:

The Postman Always Rings TwiceThe Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

mad dogs and loony cats should not mix; but they make for a perfect tragic story

The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James Cain, is told just like they played it. The description of the old Gas Station in the middle of nowhere, on a lone highway, is a model for setting (I hope to someday achieve). The story traces a sordid love triangle, and the administration of justice to the perfect crime.

   This book is a parent to sub-slime instinct of form and is a crime novel par excellence.

James Cain poses a number of questions: Will the lovers be able to get away with the perfect crime?   What justice will win: that of the jungle cats or that of the courts?  Which justice administered by men is most morally correct?  Can you teach old dogs new tricks?   Where’s far enough to get away from yourself? 

The morale of the story is: mad dogs and loony cats should not mix; but they make for a perfect tragic story.

The book will not take you long to read.   The unabridged audio version is only three hours long.  Stanley Tucci read the book perfectly.

Author(s) James M. Cain
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Crime novel
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date 1934
Media type Print (Hardcover)

Best quote in the book:
It was like a sweet chariot swung low and was going to pick me up. page 105

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