Mildred Pierce (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 29, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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.


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Superb and gripping writing from Mr. Cain. - Goodreads
I found the ending to be ridiculous.... - Goodreads
His prose is straightforward, general fiction. - Goodreads
... the plot at times seems a bit far fetched. - Goodreads
More character development in the book. - Goodreads
The ending is a devilish set of twists. - Goodreads

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Mildred Pierce - An award winning movie for Joan Crawford - Best Actress 1945. The movie - classic film noir - cheating lies and murder yes!. I love the movie. I own it and watch it regularly. The ... Read full review

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Undoubtably, was of my favorite books of all time. Written long ago, it's powerful message spans generations.....what price love? Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
7
Section 3
16
Section 4
23
Section 5
27
Section 6
28
Section 7
35
Section 8
39
Section 15
115
Section 16
135
Section 17
151
Section 18
169
Section 19
173
Section 20
202
Section 21
218
Section 22
241

Section 9
54
Section 10
74
Section 11
89
Section 12
103
Section 13
105
Section 14
110
Section 23
254
Section 24
269
Section 25
293
Section 26
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Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Mystery writer James Mallahan Cain was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1892. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Washington College, and served in the military as editor-in-chief of the official newspaper of the 79th Division, American Expeditionary Forces. Cain worked as a staff reporter for the Baltimore Sun; he became a professor of journalism in the 1920s; he worked as a Hollywood screenwriter in the 1930s and 40s. Many of his stories, including Double Indemnity (1943), have been made into successful films. Joan Crawford won an Academy Award in 1945 for her portrayal of Cain's Mildred Pierce (1941). Cain's first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934), was said to have inspired Albert Camus' The Stranger, but offended sensibilities in the U.S. and was even tried for obscenity in Boston. The novel was eventually made into a movie in 1946, starring Lana Turner and again in 1981, with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. In all, Cain authored eighteen books.

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