50/50: 50 book reviews, 50 words each – #1 – The Postman Always Rings Twice

Between now and 2012’s end, I’ve pledged (to myself? to the library gods?) to read 50 books, and to do a series of 50-word book reviews for each title, dubbed “50/50.” This is the first. Hope you enjoy. The next 50/50 will be Jeanette Winterson’s “Written on the Body.”

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The Postman Always Rings Twice, James M. Cain (1934)


L.A. outskirts, early ‘30s. Recidivist drifter finds work in dusty truck stop diner, bites coworker afraid she looks Mexican. They fall in love, decide to off her “greasy” Greek husband, the diner’s owner. Try, fail. Try again. Romance fiery, cruel but weighty, well-paced run-up and twist. Potboiler, but tasty, thriller.

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One Response to 50/50: 50 book reviews, 50 words each – #1 – The Postman Always Rings Twice

  1. Alli says:

    Ahh I love it! My gosh, I didn’t realize how short 50 words really is! I love that you’re taking on this challenge. It’s great that they will all be poems, essentially. Thanks for sharing with me and the world, I can’t wait until the next!

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