Monday, April 15, 2024

The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings TwiceThe Postman Always Rings Twice 
by James M. Cain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this 1934 noir classic in a single sitting. It was un-put-down-able and it was also incredibly well written. Cain structured the story very cleverly and each of the main characters was clearly drawn and we came to understand their motivations. I gasped aloud several times at the twists in the plot. I also enjoyed the very dry tone of the writing.
"Stealing a man’s wife, that’s nothing, but stealing his car, that’s larceny.”
― James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
This novel was the inspiration for Camus' The Stranger--which I own and now plan to re-read. 

This title is on my Classics Club list


  1. I agree that this is a very good book but for some reason I did not enjoy reading it. The first half was very hard for me to read, but when I came back to read the last half, I was very impressed with the way it was handled and was glad I finished it.

  2. I read this one last year for Classics Club, too! I wish I had enjoyed it as much as you did. The twists were wild and the tone was perfect for the subject, I think it's just a genre mismatch for me personally. That said, if you ever feel like listening to the audiobook version featuring by Stanley Tucci, his narration is EXCELLENT.


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