James M. Cain’s “The Postman Always Rings Twice”


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The beginning:
In James M. Cain’s 1934 crime novel The Postman always Rings Twice, the reader finds a young bride languishing in a dead end job, in a dead end marriage, loveless and unhappy. Cora
is a femme fatale without enough danger and lust in her life. She runs her husband’s diner in a rural part of California. She is ready to explode, exactly as the world is about to explode, as the Germans prepare to start another world war. This is a story about a young woman caught in circumstances more or less of her own devising, but it seems that her youth and her femininity are ready to burst out of the tight ugly constraints of tedium that fate has offered her.
But she is also a femme fatale—beautiful, dangerous, restless, impossible to ignore—and...
The end:
..... a humane case for explicating Cora’s actions is in how her youth and her vitality are felt as being betrayed by her marriage to Nick and the sedentary life to follow. Frank is just a lowlife who finds himself lucky enough to get entangled with an unhappy young bride. Perhaps this book will help men leave young ladies alone.
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