Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: The Postman Always Rings Twice

This week my teaser lines come from James M. Cain's classic noir crime novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice (published 1934). This snippet comes from page 113 of the Kindle edition:
I'm getting up tight now, and I've been thinking about Cora. Do you think she knows I didn't do it?
This one has been on my TBR list for decades now. The 1946 film with John Garfield and Lana Turner (see a still from the film, below) has always been one of my favorite movies, so I wanted to see how it measured up to the book (more on that later).

That quote jumped out at me because of the use of "up tight" -- I had always assumed that phrase was some of our Sixties slang, so it was interesting to see it used pretty much the same way, twenty years earlier. Hoping to get a short review up later this week.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Jenn at Daily Rhythm. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in your comment here.


  1. Has it met your expectations so far?

    sherry @ fundinmental My TT

  2. Hmm, that is an interesting language choice for the era...and while we thought we invented the term in the 60s, we would have spelled it "uptight." LOL

    I saw the remade movie with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange, and I loved it. I definitely want to read this book. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This sounds wonderful. I wonder if my husband has read it. He was really into the old classic noir for awhile there. I will have to look for this one. I hope you like it.

  4. Ohh great teaser it looks and sounds really interesting. Thank you for stopping by my blog. :)

  5. I thought uptight was a fairly modern expression too.

  6. I read this when I was on a noir book kick about 10 years ago. I liked it a lot as I recall, although it didn't stick with me as much as the movie versions.


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