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Moth (Mentor Books) Paperback – September 1, 1950

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Product Details

  • Series: Mentor Books
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (September 1, 1950)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451008111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451008114
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,321,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having read a number of Cain books I would have to say that this is not one of my favorites. It's the longest novel he wrote and that's part of the problem: Cain can't make up his mind how to end it. It's like he's painted himself in to a corner, plotwise, and doesn't know how to get out. All the typical Cain elements are there: he just can't decide with to do with them. And so he does something I do not think he ever did before : he writes a happy ending! (I'm not really giving anything away by saying this; It had to end some way, so why not that way?)
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Excellent! James Cain is in his element with this sprawling tale of a young mans rise, fall and recovery. He keeps the pages turning and you never know what to expect. Cain is NOT just a crime fiction writer! Cain is a story teller! Even his minor characters jump off the page and seem real to life. There are no useless or trite cardboard people on the mean streets of a James M Cain novel. They live and breath and you can't help reading on and on to find out their fate. Good stuff!
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Jack flees town and false accusations concerning a twelve year old girl. He didn't do anything but he is keen on her, which makes him a much less appealing character than he and Cain want us to think. His treatment of his hobo buddy who turns up later seems particularly despicable, though admittedly it is a difficult situation. He has a bundle of skills and talents that kick in when the plot needs a turn. There is a lot about California oilfields and their financing that Cain doesn't manage to convey very well.
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