Re: RARA-AVIS: Cain's The Butterfly

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 29 Aug 2000

--- Paul Farrell <> wrote:
> I read James M Cain's The Butterfly a couple of days
> ago. I'd say it's the
> best Cain novel I've read since The Postman Always
> Rings Twice. It's like a
> more entertaining version of an Erskine Caldwell
> novel, with its hillbilly
> setting and redneck characters.

Agreed. The naturalistic vein of JM Cain! There is another very good novel by Cain, unjustly forgotten: GALATEA. The story of an obese praying mantis .... Worth to search for it.

However if you look for other novels from his long production, beware. Some are really dull. But here and there you could find a gem besides the 4 tiles you mention. Galatea is one of them.



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