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Rainbow's End Mass Market Paperback – April, 1982

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (Mm) (April 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843910542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843910544
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,172,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By danielx on April 28, 2012
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Although his most notable fiction had been published decades earlier, James Cain continued to write novels until the end of his life. Writing was what he lived for, and he refused to give it up even when his efforts were not accepted for publication. "Rainbow's End" is one of the final two novels that Cain published during his life time (he completed it in 1975 at 80 years of age). The plot concerns an airline hijacker who has parachuted from a commercial airplane with $100,000 and a stewardess as hostage. The two land in rural Ohio where they overturn the placid lives of a mother and her grown son. Following death of the hijacker, the three conflict over the money and over potential blame for hijacker's death, with subplots of romantic love, dark family secrets, and hints of forbidden sex. The plot and dialogue are somewhat reminscent of vintage Cain, although understandably not up to the intensity of his work of the 1930s and 40s.

Reviewers of the book were charitable and positive. In the Miami Herald, Charles Witteford wrote: " 'Rainbow's End '... is vintage Cain, and it's all here -- the big money, the unusual circumstances, the spare, tight style, and the staccato dialogue." Said reviewer John Barkham "James M. Cain is still very much alive... 'Rainbow's End' is written with the same drive, the same energy, the same lean hyped prose with not a word wasted. If there's any trace of mellowness with age, it's in the happy ending." (These reviews are taken from Roy Hoopes' 1982 'Cain: The Biography of James M. Cain).'

"Rainbow's End" will mainly be of interest to avid followers of James Cain's fiction who wish to read all of his life's work. Such fans may find this novel a pleasant surprise compared to other Cain work of its time frame -- and a parting gift from an old friend.
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I recently discovered the works of the late James M. Cain. In the past few months I have read pretty much all his novels excepting a few. Of course his legendary work from the 1930s still remains his best . Duh. Postman, doubld D, ectetra. Cain then famously moved to Marlyand to work on " great literature" . whereupon he churned out mostly dull variations on the same simple formula that had made him famous. And really is most art really all that different? Anyway, so for about a decade from the late 1940s and the late 1950s the novels he produced were pretty lousy as Cain might rightly say himself. Novels like, Sinful woman, Jealous woman, and Galatea are bad and should be avoided like the a foul smelling bum breeze emitting from a plague ravaged cow. But after the 50s a remarkable thing happened, Cains works in the 1960s and 1970s began to grow good again. He went back to his characteristic 1st person style. The plots whilst over the top and somewhat complex, were relatively easy to follow, and the prose was crystalline and sharp as ever.( my personal favorite part of Cain, Im more of a lit friend than a crime novel head but I cant get enuff o dat Cain prose when it b dank!). In a introductory work by Roy Hooper in one of the books, It describes how Cain in the early 60s changed his diet from fatty foods to more healthy eating and how his mind was back normal. This sounds good and all but I assume he meant whisky instead of bacon and friend foods. Maybe not though. But this book was surely written without the intoxicating affects of cholesterol! Or maybe not too much.... But this novel, easily not his best , even for his later works, is still remarkably good. Its very much a slapstick comedy no tragedy here . Cains work has always been very funny in his deadpan way. He started off as a humorist BTW . But OK then down to brass tax: its a goofy story about parachuting hostages, loose broads, crazy moms,and crazier mountain folks!Dig it!
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