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The Wheel Spins (RosettaBooks Into Film Book 9) Kindle Edition

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Length: 200 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Series: RosettaBooks Into Film (Book 9)

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  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (July 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XREM38
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on August 15, 2011
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Iris is befriended on a train by an elderly spinster who then vanishes. People who saw her deny they did, causing Iris and others to question her sanity and putting her in danger. She persists in trying to find the missing woman. I won't give away the conclusion but will just say that the experience leaves Iris more secure about her identity and with new empathy for others.

This is an interesting book, perfectly suited for Alfred Hitchcock. I often stayed a step ahead of the action but the author's graphic similes and metaphors were so good that I really enjoyed reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M.J on May 29, 2013
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I am a huge fan of Hitchcock, and so I decided that it was time to read this book after seeing the movie and then finding out that it was a book first. What a fantastic story, I adored the movie and the book is now dear to my heart. If you are a Hitchcock fan than this is a necessary read for you, and if you haven't delved into the world of Hitchcock but love a good mystery than this also is the book for you. Very well written and keeps you on your toes, continually rooting for the hero to succeed. Love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Kane on October 31, 2013
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I wished to read the story after watching the BBC production 'The Lady Vansihes' recently. The BBC production sticks more closely to the novel than the wonderfully amusing Hitchcock version of 1936.

Almost from the start of the story the reader is plunged into the deepening mystery of why the harmless Miss Froy, who befriends Iris Carr on the train, vanishes and who's existance is denied by all the other travellers in her compartment. As Iris starts to sink deeper into self-doubt and the fear of illness (even madness) Ethel White starts to uncover why the different vested interests of Iris' travelling companions combine to deny the fact Miss Froy ever existed except in her imagination.

The story hurtles on matching the spead of the express train racing to reach Trieste and keeps the reader guessing as to the outcome until the very end.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fly Guy on August 27, 2011
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The plot is simple and explained elsewhere. There's really no mystery after a bit, as the reader more-or-less knows, along with the heroine, what the basic truth is, but we just don't know the details.

The prose is well crafted. But the explanation of how the English people on the train were part of the deception is weakly and unsatisfactorily explained. The heroine, who starts out as an unlikeable spoiled brat, continues that way through most of the book and at the end I felt sorry for her new boyfriend.

I would like to see the Hitchcock movie, which I believe could be much better than the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lev Raphael on September 13, 2013
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The Wheel Spins is an unjustly ignored crime classic about a spoiled woman reduced to the most profound loneliness: wondering if she's losing her mind. It's beautifully written, gripping, and deserves to be available in paperback as well. Hitchcock turned this dark, psychological thriller into an almost farcical movie that I find painful to watch, especially when compared to the superb new PBS version. If you know the 1930s film The Lady Vanishes, you'll be surprised by the emotional depth of this novel.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dicky Cruyer on September 2, 2013
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Public Television [Mystery Playhouse] recently remade this story, filmed initially [in 1937/8] by Alfred Hitchcock. He also adapted Hightower's 'Strangers on a Train' and Agatha Christie's 'Murder on the Orient Express'. Hitchcock saw the dramatic potential of crimes hatched on fast-moving steam trains, careening through European borders and storied capital cities. The book recalls the strange, other-worldly pre-World War 2 atmosphere in Europe, especially among the travelling upper- and middle- classes.. The big problem with Ethel White's novel is that there is never explained a clear reason for the disappearance of a middle-aged spinster who befriends a young, attractive and rich heroine. The woman in question is a middle-aged governess who is on the way back to England to see her aging parents. When she suddenly doesn't return to her seat [after dining with our rich and beautiful young heroine], the young lady fails to convince any other passenger that the governess ever actually existed--even the haughty aristocrats who share the same first-class compartment. I read the book [through Kindle] to see if I could unravel the mystery--why she disappeared, the motivation for her planned murder. But except for a very vague reference to some obscure polical developments involving the anonymous Balkan country from where her aristocratic travelling companions came, I simply couldn't fathom the motive for what turned out to be an abortive attempt at kidnapping with a view to murder. Meanwhile, our young hapless heroine's long journey through the night wasn't without some result: she fell in love with a young English engineer who was eager for her hand despite his shared skepticism about the existence of the disappeared lady.Read more ›
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By upfront_reader on August 30, 2011
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This book began well. I liked the way the author introduced us to Iris, the main character, and showed us that Iris has some growing up to do. "She had been spoiled since her birth, so it was natural for her to be selfish" is how the novel describes her and I liked the idea that we would be watching Iris begin to care about the world and her place in it. But even though we do see Iris growing throughout the story in her fight to make everyone believe in the existence of Miss Froy and in her stubborn refusal to give up on her quest, the overall story was not as interesting as I would have liked. Maybe it was the way the author pulled so many other story lines into the plot--it seemed like the background information and motivation of every character, however minor, was re-hashed in the middle of the book--which made it seem like the novel stalled a bit (ironic, since it takes place almost entirely on an express train). It didn't help that the young man/love interest of the story does next-to-nothing to help the heroine. For someone named "Hare" he's remarkably slow on the uptake and in fact, does more to hamper the heroine than help--even as he assures her he loves her. It made me wish the heroine would kick him off the train rather than fall in love with him too, but maybe that's just me. I've never seen all of Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes" so I don't know how the film version compares to this book, but I suspect it has a better climactic moment. Overall, the book was well-written and interesting, but not riveting.
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