Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M.…

The Postman Always Rings Twice (original 1934; edition 2005)

by James M. Cain (Author)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2,253892,846 (3.72)217
Title:The Postman Always Rings Twice
Authors:James M. Cain (Author)
Info:Orion (2005), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 128 pages
Collections:Owned, Books Read (since 2005), To give away
Tags:crime, fiction

Work details

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


Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 217 mentions

English (82)  Dutch (2)  Spanish (2)  French (1)  Italian (1)  Lithuanian (1)  All (89)
Showing 1-5 of 82 (next | show all)
One of the readings for my Film & Literature class, this noir novel has a way of getting into your head. Granted, I really should be talking about the effect of The Gaze and oscillation of identity alongside gender ambiguity and "hipster" rebellion, but what I say makes this a good noir novel is the fact that after reading it, I felt pretty criminal myself. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
A drifter happens into a run down cafe run by a beautiful woman and the Greek husband she doesn't love. The attraction between the two is immediate, and dangerous. They know they're not good for one another, but can't stay apart. Of course no good can come of any of this. As they reveal to one another their capacity for evil, they discover they can't quite trust even each other. This was a short read. For some reason I expected more. ( )
  LeslieHurd | Jan 11, 2017 |
A pleasure to read 75 years after publication - the story itself holds up and the unexpected period details make it even more enjoyable. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Short little noir novel that packs some nice punches. I wasn't really crazy about any of the characters, but I was invested in the story from the first line to the last. Good stuff. ( )
  .Monkey. | Dec 28, 2016 |
It was alright. I don't think i'll ever read it again. I didn't like the dialogue, but the general plot was good.

*Review written on November 14, 2014.* ( )
  danaenicole | Nov 7, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 82 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (20 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Cain, James M.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berritz, SabineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dons, AageTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoog, ElseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huhtala, EeroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kovács, GyörgyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
López Cruz, FedericoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pedrolo, Manuel deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salvatorelli, FrancoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tucci, StanleyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

Is contained in

Has the adaptation

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To Vincent Lawrence
First words
They threw me off the hay truck about noon.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
This is the main work for the original book. It should not be combined with any adaptation (e.g., film adaptation), abridgement, etc.
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Description in Albatross 239 (1935): A murderer's story in his own words, this vivid 'super-shocker' with its sidelights on the underworld and its revelation of the forces which drive men and women to crime is unusually thrilling. Frank Chambers 'hobo' and tough is far from being the usual 'killer'. His meeting with and love for a woman as primitive and uneducated as himself and their attempt to get rid of the woman's husband is the beginning of a tale as dramatic and drastic as can be imagined behind which the reader is able to watch the mind of the tramp who is the narrator and to gauge the character of the woman reflected in his confessions. How they both fare at the hands of fate and the police is as neat a piece of tragic irony as one can find.
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679723250, Paperback)

Penzler Pick, April 2000: It is sometimes easy to trace a literary genre to its source, and James M. Cain's first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, is the noir novel that paved the way for all the noir fiction that followed. The famous film starring Lana Turner and John Garfield is notoriously dark, but the novel is even more full of despair and devoid of hope. It is a short book--little more than a novella--but its searing characterization and depiction of tawdry greed and lust is branded into every reader's memory.

Frank Chambers, a drifter, is dropped from the back of a truck at a rundown rural diner. When he spots Cora, the owner's wife, he instantly decides to stay. The sexy young woman, married to Nick, a violent and thuggish boor, is equally attracted to the younger man and sees him as her way out of her hopeless, boring life. They begin a clandestine affair and plot to kill Nick, beginning their own journey toward destruction.

Horace McCoy, David Goodis, Jim Thompson, and the other notable noir writers never achieved Cain's spare brilliance. Virtually all of his major works have been filmed, though several Hollywood studios refused to make the films, directors refused to be involved, and actors turned down roles because of their repugnance at the lack of morality inherent in all Cain's characters. Reading him may not be fit for a Sunday school class, but once you begin you will be unable to resist continuing, like picking at a painful scab or watching a tarantula inside a glass dome. --Otto Penzler

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:52 -0400)

(see all 6 descriptions)

The sultry young wife of a diner owner conspires with an aimless drifter to murder her husband.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 7 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
4 avail.
112 wanted
3 pay1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.72)
1 4
1.5 3
2 26
2.5 11
3 164
3.5 79
4 225
4.5 34
5 95

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 114,516,716 books! | Top bar: Always visible