RARA-AVIS: Re: James M. Cain

From: Dave Zeltserman ( dz@hardluckstories.com)
Date: 27 Sep 2007

Double Indemnity is a special book, but I've liked most of James M. Cain's books, even The Butterfly, although I like Hammett a lot more. Two totally different styles and I can believe that neither of them read each other. Btw. It's been years since I saw the movie version of The Butterfly, but as chessy as it was I kind of liked it.

--Dave Zeltserman

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Chuck Emerson" <chuckelp@...> wrote:
> just finished reading
> The Butterfly..............
> reprinted by Vintage in Three from Cain..........
> therein is printed a preface Cain wrote to The Butterfly.
> Read like his version of On Writing.
> six pages well worth the stopping by to see him separate himself
humbly from
> Hemingway and shrug off any resemblance to Hammett ("I've only
read 20 pages
> of him in my life....")
> I particularly liked his call for fiction writers to dispense
with "hesaid"
> I still like Double Indemnity the best.
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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