The Postman Always Rings Twice (Unabridged)
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The dialogue is brilliantly accurate-- every bit the equal of a modern master like Elmore Leonard -- so snappy that you can hear the characters talking to each other. The story is superbly crafted and so realistically conceived in timing, characterisation and description that the tension that it evokes is the sort that makes you forget where you are and what's going on around you. The ending is chilling.
This is a superb piece of writing. More than simply a classic of its kind, it is a classic of twentieth century literature.
Even allowing for the fact that his style has been much imitated since, his texts still leave the reader reeling from the casual and callous brutality which inhabits the social sub-stratum in which his characters move. Like his contemporary Runyon, with whom he shares a similar style, Cain began life as a journalist and that discipline must be credited for honing his prose as well as serving up the seeds of some of his best stories.
There's even less about postmen in this novel than there is about cuckoos in Ken Kesey's masterwork, Cain instead taking the staple of the love triangle and overlaying a morally empty tragedy of his own making. His crisp, unsparing dialogue moves the story - at 116 pages really a novella - at a fast pace and brings the reader uncomfortably close to the anxieties which spring from his protagonists' criminal escapades.
The age of the story is only betrayed in Cain's attitude towards women and racial minority groups and that aspect of this work only serves to illustrate the speed of progress on that front in the twentieth century.
The novel is about penniless drifter Frank (24) meeting cook and waitress Cora (20?) in a roadside diner/gas station owned by her despised Greek husband Nick. They fall for each other instantly and soon decide to kill Nick. Much of author Cain’s brilliance is to write, from start to finish, purely from the perspective of his impulsive, somewhat dim-witted but passionate character Frank, and to gradually expose his past and character, strengths and weaknesses in his own words to us, readers to mull over and judge…
This Cain technique gave readers the chance to judge Frank’s choices for themselves by what at every twist and turn of the tale. Cain always refused to be categorized: hard-boiled crime stories were about catching criminals. His book explored the mind of one (or two) of them. In the 1930s, this was a novelty.
Full of deliberate grammar errors and quasi-clumsy writing, this book is authentic because of the powerful prose and wild passion and poorly defined hopes it exudes. It is written in a raw, fast and furious manner James M. Cain never managed to replicate. Great stylistic writing experiment. Captivating reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Punchy, stripped down narrative that set the style for subsequent American crime fiction. Protagonists have few redeeming qualities in this Biblical tale of good and evilPublished 3 months ago by mmarka
I came to James M. Cain via Raymond Chandler. I was curious to study the origins of Chandler's writing style and initially read some Dashiell Hammett who wrote 'The Maltese... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hamish Adam
I love this mastermind storytelling. It gripped me by my little toes and spun me around the room all night until I put the book down just now. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dotty Coetzee
The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James M Cain.
A 1934 crime fiction short novel... where a well meaning, likeable Greek diner owner gets bumped off by a drifter and... Read more
The first third was intriguing and entertaining. The second lacked interest for me. The third seemed from a slightly different narrative. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Garlington
Very much of its time, a the classic story from which countless versions of books, films and even a ballet (Matthew Bourne's 'Carman') have sprung. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nora Walters
Gripping and well written. (I had not, and still have not, seen the film.)Published 16 months ago by Bottom Inspector