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Mildred Pierce (1941)

by James M. Cain

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"Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter. Out of these elements, Cain creates a novel of acute social observation and devastating emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable"--P. 4 of cover.… (more)
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
I had read a bunch of James M. Cain novels years ago and loved them. Now I listened to this as an audio book and it definitely holds up, although the narrator was not great. ( )
  gbelik | Nov 23, 2020 |
Very intense and a little gritty. The ending was as unsatisfying as I expected when I was half way through. About the best thing I can say is that I don't regret spending the time reading it. ( )
  grandpahobo | Apr 16, 2020 |
This one really missed the mark for me. I didn't feel engaged with the story-line that Cain presented nor the characters. I even found myself skimming some of the book to hope that it would get to an interesting, good point- but that never came. Even if you interested in this author, it might be a disappointment. I feel that I garnished very little from this work and do not recommend it to others.

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  DanielSTJ | Jul 14, 2019 |
Very good. James M. Cain is known for his noire works. I'm not sure this qualifies as one of those.

Basically, it's the story of a young woman during the Depression. Her husband loses his real-estate business and takes up with a floozy. The young woman needs to support herself and daughters. Her only real talent is cooking. Desperate for a job, she takes a gig as a waitress. Eventually she gets into the restaurant business and builds a successful business. There are many setbacks along the way—she has several inappropriate liaisons and a daughter who is 100% diva—but she more-or-less triumphs. Actually, the triumph part isn't completely clear. But with her basic grit and determination, one expects she'll get things on track. Whatever, an interesting take on the 1930s.
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  lgpiper | Jun 21, 2019 |
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Cain, James M.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berritz, SabineTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jonas, RobertCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Napolitano, MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the spring of 1931, on a lawn in Glendale, California, a man was bracing trees.
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"Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter. Out of these elements, Cain creates a novel of acute social observation and devastating emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable"--P. 4 of cover.

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