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The Postman Always Rings Twice (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

James M. Cain
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14. Mai 1989 Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
An amoral young tramp.  A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband.  A problem that has only one grisly solution--a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve.

First published in 1934 and banned in Boston for its explosive mixture of violence and eroticism, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic of the roman noir. It established James M. Cain as a major novelist with an unsparing vision of America's bleak underside, and was acknowledged by Albert Camus as the model for The Stranger.

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  • Taschenbuch: 128 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Reprint (14. Mai 1989)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0679723250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679723257
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,4 x 13,3 x 1 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 7.185 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"A good, swift, violent story." --Dashiell Hammett

"A poet of the tabloid murder." --Edmund Wilson


The sultry young wife of a diner owner conspires with an aimless drifter to murder her husband.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A man would kill for love... 30. Mai 2000
I finished reading The Postman Always Rings Twice a week ago, and i was astonished at how a short book could pack such power, you can read it in half a could understand why he did what he did. Cora was beautiful,loving and longing for a way out of her desperate situation...Frank found in Cora his reason for living and dying...The prose in this book hits you like a machine gun, tight and clean; all of the supporting characters serve a purpose..Cain shows you how greed can affect anyone, not just the main characters...I've often wondered if a woman was worth dying for or even killing for..this book tells you what a man would do for love
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "They threw me off the hay truck about noon." 17. Mai 2013
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James Mallahan Cain (1892-1977) was one of the most famous writers of hard-boiled fiction, especially the the tough-guy novel The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) which was quite successful and notorious upon publication, and is regarded as one of the more important crime novels of the 20th century. Cain was often compared with private-eye novelists Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Though Cain himself vehemently opposed any labeling, he agreed with the observation that his best work was "pure" - conceived and executed to produce an experience for the reader, rather than to illustrate a moral or to lay out any other thematic trappings. The purity and the metallic style of The Postman so affected Albert Camus that, in a revised version, he adapted L'Étranger (1942) to the first-person narration.

The basic plot of Postman came from the true life Snyder-Gray murder case, which he discussed with screenwriter Vincent Lawrence and used more closely for his second novel Double Indemnity (1935). It was Lawrence who motivated Cain that the audience cared about characters, and that love stories were the best plot to make them do so, and to the damatic principal that one of the lovers had to be a "losing lover." Cain went tow work and it took him six months to write the story of Frank Chambers, a drifter who finds work at the roadside gas station cum sandwich joint of Greek immigrant Nick Papadakis and his steamy wife Cora.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Who Really Killed Whom? 11. März 2000
That's the question here. Because this story passes by your eyes so quickly, it's easy to miss all of its possibilities. There's a lot more to it! FYI: Cain tried to write stories set in his native Baltimore, however, he hit create wall after wall. His LA Stories are his best; he based many of his stories on snippets he heard while living there, for instance, "Postman" was based on a woman who murdered her husband where he had stopped for gas. If you're interested in some of his earlier works and sketches, check out, "The Baby in the Icebox." BTW, a great novel doesn't have to hit a certain word count to be great!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not a word wasted 24. Juni 1998
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This is the very best in a genre that is known for tight, spare prose and gritty edginess. Cain is both a writer's writer and a poet of the streets. Perhaps the most striking evidence of his talent is his use of dialogue. Two- and three-way conversations are captured with a fine ear, and the voices are so distinct that you never wonder who's saying what, even though Cain rarely uses the old "he said" / "she said" tags. I urge all readers who like tough writing, all fans of the passionate and violent, and everyone who ever quoted PULP FICTION to buy this book and meet the grandaddy of them all.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It Has It All! 17. Juli 2000
Since I love the movie version of this story so much, I decided to give the book a try. And I'm glad I did. Packing the same emotional wallop as the movie, this is a definite page turner. The story has all elements essential to a good mystery: betrayal, a murderous plot, an inquiring police detective and a scheming prosecutor. Despite the main characters' obvious shortcomings, the end is touching and very human. This is a classic for all crime story lovers.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great, pulpy trash 23. April 2000
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Okay, the story's really sensational. And yes, some of it isunbelievable. And it's short--shorter than most Stephen Kingnovellas. But what fun it was to read! Total pulp, nifty dialogue,sex, violence, etc. I had a great time reading it, and I think you would too. Don't bother reading Double Indemnity--Postman is much, much better. (Though, I would recommend Hammett's The Thin Man, if you're into this type of fiction.) END
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Raw, fast, furious 22. März 2014
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Two famous Hollywood films were made with this title, in 1946 with Ava Gardner as Cora and another in 1981 with Jack Nicholson as Frank, neither of which this reader saw. After this literary debut in 1934 at the age of 42, James M. Cain produced some 20 less successful books while working on numerous Hollywood screenplays. This book, once banned in Boston for its mix of sex and violence, is today considered an American noir classic and his best. The meaning of the book’s title remains a mystery and adds to its aura of brilliance.
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.
Finally, what was Frank drinking that he called "coke and ammonia"?
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2.0 von 5 Sternen probably scandalous when it was written, but tame by today's standards
Frank Chambers is a vagabond, here today and somewhere else tomorrow. When he tries to cheat a Greek restaurant owner for a meal he is unexpectely offered a job. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. Juni 2009 von Kurt Keller
4.0 von 5 Sternen A guilty pleasure -- Justice does not equal Truth
Say you were reading the thoughts of OJ Simpson. Similarly, James Cain has given us the thoughts of a man driven by passion to possess a woman and willing to pay any price to do... Lesen Sie weiter...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen One of the greatest novels of the 20th century?!
I was stunned when I finished this book. This novel is one of the "100 Greatest Novels of the 20th century? Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. März 1999 von Walter Sobchak
5.0 von 5 Sternen awesome
this book is a quick read and for the amount of time it takes, it's impressive how much of a story can be told by so few pages. i highly recommend it.
Am 8. März 1999 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen many version of retold incident
This is th‚... story of ‚"‚ˆ‚... incident ‚‚‚™ ‚"‚ˆ‚... ‚�‚...‚�‚�‚Œ‚... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Dezember 1998 von cat
3.0 von 5 Sternen Decent, but...
Two weeks ago, I read "Double Indemnity" and was blown away! It was the first hard boiled book I ever read and couldn't wait to read "Postman. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 11. Juli 1998 veröffentlicht
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