I remember seeing the movie made after “The Postman always rings twice” when I was a teenager and I was impressed by Jack Nicholson. But then again, how can you not be impressed by him regardless the movie? So when I went to the bookstore and found this book I said to myself I must read it. This was my first encounter with James M. Cain‘s work and I will say that probably many of you who will read this, will not approve with my review.
The Postman Always Rings Twice short preview
So the book presents the main character, by the name of Frank Chambers, from the first paragraph. He is a drifter with no perspective who arrives to a restaurant owned by the Papadakis family and offers his services to Nick Papadakis also known as “The Greek”. As soon as he lays his eyes on Nick’s young wife, Cora, he decides he must have her. From this point to the end of the novel it is all about their affair and how sick and destructive are their plans.
I don’t want to make spoilers, but you’ve probably seen the movie (and if you haven’t, please do so), but “The Greek” is killed by the two lovers and then…oh well you just have to read the book to find out for yourself. I thought that the ending of the story was a little bit better than the rest of it. I was not a WOW for me, but it wasn’t a cliche or at least it doesn’t include a happy end.
My Reading Badger opinion
I heard “The Postman Always Rings Twice” was forbidden in Boston at the time it was published for its dark violence and erotism. Well…what can I say? Either there were different times back then, or I just didn’t connect to the book, but I missed the intensity of those factors. I am really sorry to say that this was one of those rare novels that have much better movie adaptation than the original story.
I will say again, there are presumably lots of you out there who will judge me for this words, but I have to speak my mind and state that this is probably the worse book I’ve read in the last half of year.