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Well worth reading,
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This review is from: Mildred Pierce (Paperback)
Mildred Pierce is a gripping tale. It is the story of an abandoned wife, her business ventures, her love affairs and her family life against a background of an economic slump. She is a great character Mildred Pierce in that she is not a perfect, brave heroine, but she is a human with failings and one VERY blind spot, her love for the unworthy daughter.
The descriptions of cake-making, book-keeping, Californian middle-class homes, music lessons etc etc are so vivid that you see them with your own eyes, you live them. After reading this book, I felt as if I had visted pre-war California and begun to understand its ways, it society and its snobberies.
The book has a flaw, though. The author writes with Mildred as his focus in every scene, we are taken into her head and into her heart, BUT Mildred is female and the writer is not. At just a few points one thinks that a woman would not say or do or feel as described.
This was my first James M Cain novel. I enjoyed so much I have ordered The Postman Always Rings Twice.
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Initial post: 20 Oct 2011 22:17:26 BDT
Gerry O'D says:
Great review. If you're interested in pre-WWW2 California by the way, check out (NEW EDITION) City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles - for all its flaws, it provides unique insight.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Oct 2011 23:19:43 BDT
To G. O'Doherty
Thanks. I will check it out.
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