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Postbudet ringer altid to gange (1934)

af James M. Cain

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Roman om en californisk kroejers kone og hendes elsker, som forfølges af deres fælles gerning: mordet på hendes mand.
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Frank Chambers and Cora, one drifter that decided to take a permanent (as possible) post in a Greek restaurant and the other young, bored women that wants more in life but has to come to terms with life with her husband. One called nitro and the other called glycerin. On their own they are bearable, together - they are total mayhem.

In a manner of natural borne killers these two will fall in love, wildly, wildly passionate love that wont bring out the best in them but only the worse. Reason is very simple - they just do not know anything better, they are like adolescents, not thinking, just living on impulse, kicking everything around and only stopping to think when damage is already done.

So it is not strange that their passion gives birth to something dark and terrible, something that will ultimately destroy them both.

Short read but very interesting one. Quite a page turner.

Highly recommended to all fans of crime and noir novels. ( )
  Zare | Jan 23, 2024 |
Maybe good plot (guess it was as supposedly used as the basis for "The Stranger" which is also a drag). Without seemingly any morals, a drifter falls in love with the wife of a Greek restaurant owner who took him in. Frank and Cora plan to kill the husband and take off but the planned murder goes bad. Husband is clueless. They try again and succeed. When they are arrested, the prosecution and defense get into this weird back and forth situation. Cora confesses, then she doesn't; he is free; then he's not. Eventually they are both freed only to have a terrible car accident which kills Cora and he is convicted. There are cats, lots of rambling dialogue, and maybe sort of interesting in places. ( )
  maryreinert | Jan 18, 2024 |
Published in the same year as A Handful of Dust, which by chance I read immediately before, I find it difficult to understand why this book remains so hyped in literary circles. Obviously influenced by Hemingway its limitations only point to the superiority of say 'To Have and Have Not'. There are multiple issues with the Harry Morgan stories (‘of their time’ doesn’t adequately cover it) of course, but honestly Cain’s sexism and misogyny really weigh against any virtues the book may have, particularly if you then add a faintly ludicrous narrative and no attempt at all at psychological realism. Maybe Cain would have been better using Evelyn Waugh as a model :) ( )
  djh_1962 | Jan 7, 2024 |
It is the 1930s and the country is still in the throes of the Depression. Frank, a drifter who has made little of his life, stumbles into a roadside dinner in rural California outside of Los Angeles. He cons the owner, a Greek immigrant named Nick, to get a free meal and ends up staying on to work for a while. Frank and Cora, Nick’s beautiful but dissatisfied younger wife, soon fall for one another and begin a clandestine affair. As their relationship deepens, Frank and Cora consider running off together, but ultimately decide that killing Nick would be the best solution. Although their first attempt fails, it manages to put them on the radar of the police and prosecutors, who suspect the accidental blow to the head that Nick received was intentional. After their second attempt involving a staged car accident is successful, Frank and Cora appear to have achieved their dream, but the reality of what they did soon begins to haunt them. When Frank begins an affair with another woman behind Cora’s back, the romance between the two unravels completely and places them both on the path to their tragic ultimate destinies.

The publication of The Postman Always Rings Twice ensured author James M. Cain’s place as a master of the hardboiled detective fiction genre, alongside contemporary writers such as Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye) and Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man). Unlike the stories of those other luminaries, though, the tale Cain tells here really has no detection process at all; as readers, we know right away what’s going to happen, who’s going to do it, and how it all is likely to end. What makes this novel distinctive, then, are the deep psychological themes it develops involving the multitude of deceptions that each character displays at almost every turn. (The title itself is an allusion to the imminent arrival of bad news when it is least expected, but most deserved.) As such, this is a historically important work that has influenced many subsequent novelists, both for its noirish style and technique as well as for its content. What it is not, unfortunately, is a particularly interesting or compelling story. Perhaps due to its brevity, the protagonists are not fully realized to where we end up caring what happens to them, much less understand why they commit some of the actions they do. So, while I do not regret the short amount of time it took to read, this is not a book that I would recommend with any sense of urgency. ( )
  browner56 | Dec 22, 2023 |
Lana Turner and John Garfield hunger for something more in Tay Garnett’s glossy soap opera noir, The Postman Always Rings Twice. Based on James M. Cain’s lusty potboiler, Turner is fantastic as the manipulative yet vulnerable Cora Smith, with Garfield matching her as the drifter who can't get Cora or her dreams out of his blood. Turner is like a white creme, icy cold on the surface but burning hot and deep with desire underneath.

Cora is a girl aware of her looks and the effect she has on men. Since she was 14 she’s had to argue with men about it. But she didn't have to argue with Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway), a much older man Cora marries for security, not love. When drifter Frank Chambers (Grafield) shows up to fill the Help Wanted sign at the Twin Oaks Diner the mismatched couple run together, Cora discovers she can’t live without love or passion.

Cora is a smouldering vision in white when Frank first sees her, a room full of gas that only needs a single spark to ignite it. Frank knows he can sell anything to anybody and begins to fan the flames when he talks Nick into getting a neon sign for the diner Cora wants the place to be. She tries in her own way to resist what is going to happen between she and Frank, but deep down knows that all the things she married Nick for and clings to are the things she really wants with Frank.

Cora lets him kiss her once then keeps Frank at a distance, working him into a frenzy of desire. A midnight swim seals their fate, the gas now ignited and burning out of control. By the time love is involved, Frank knows nothing can stand in the way of Cora’s dreams.

Garfield is excellent here as a guy who knows he’s signed on for a one way ride to nowhere but can’t help himself. There is a tricky D.A. (Leon Ames) onto them after a botched attempt to live out Cora’s dreams fails. Hume Cronyn is terrific as a crafty defense attorney who throws a monkey wrench into things, but an insurance policy, jealousy, and blackmail gone awry bring them back to the beach, and memories of that swim. Maybe they can even atone for their scenes, unless Fate has other plans…

Turner gives an icy hot performance here, with many long takes between she and Garfield as they are drawn to each other like moths to a flame. Much is made of director Tay Garnett framing Turner in sexy white outfits throughout the film. In her best scene, however, and the one in which she is the most strikingly beautiful, she is dressed in a black bathrobe. She is in the kitchen at the time, caressing a knife and agonizing over her dreams and what needs to be done to make them come true. When Frank walks in on her, her voice catches, her reluctance to follow through real. She tells Garfield in a quivering voice: "If you really loved me…”

Whereas Wilder’s Double Indemnity was a dark noir of twisted passion and greed set in Claifornia, Garnett’s The Postman Always Rings Twice uses the bright sunshine and beaches of Los Angeles County in the 1940s to create a soap opera noir, with the shining blonde Turner and a reluctant drifter Garfield at its center. A good glossy noir. ( )
  Matt_Ransom | Nov 24, 2023 |
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