The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain (review by Eddie S. ’17)

The Postman Always Rings TwiceThe Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

James M. Cain’s harrowing novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, is narrated Frank Chamber. Upon arriving at a California diner, Frank instantly becomes attracted to Cora Papadakis, the woman who runs the restaurant with her husband. After developing mutual feelings for each other, the two lovers attempt to murder Mr. Papadakis, which ultimately leads to unexpected consequences. In essence, the entire book was a thrilling escapade, and I enjoyed it. Nevertheless, I found the characters to be exceedingly quixotic and the plot to be rather hectic. Additionally, without understanding the fundamentals of criminal justice, a few important parts of the novel were incomprehensible. Therefore, I would definitely recommend The Postman Always Rings Twice to those who take interest in fast-paced fiction and crime; otherwise, this book will leave you feeling discombobulated. – Eddie S. ‘17

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