Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Mildred Pierce

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 12 Jul 2003

Mildred Pierce is a potboiler, but I found it compulsively readable. There is so much going on, even if the characters don't know what they are doing. On the quality of writing: Cain wrote once that he loved the cliché ¢ecause his readers did. In this novel, it shows. Comparison with Zola is very apt. I didn't like the movie.

I think I've read all of Cain's work; the worst ones are Love's Lovely Counterfeit (awful dialogue, hackneyed situations) and a late effort called The Institute.



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