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A Personal Favorite 29 novembre 2001
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If not in the top 10, certainly among the top 100 best books I have ever read. Absolutely stunning images, an entirely unique plot, and a whole new meaning to the song "Cielito lindo."
"Postman" was OK, but I think "Serenade" was Cain's masterpiece. It compares favorably with Charles Willeford's "The Way We Die Now", which is high praise indeed.
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One of Cain's Best-- Completely Unclassifiable 19 décembre 2005
Par Chris Ward - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Everyone should read three James M. Cains: "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Double Indemnity," and "Serenade." His writing reached its peak with these three. The first two are hard-boiled and terse and nasty, and they move like bullets to their sordid ends. But "Serenade" is almost lyrically operatic, in keeping with the soap opera that is the protagonist's love life. This tremendously forward-looking and unpredictable (and brief and economical) book melds a number of Cain's loves into a tapestry of nearly ludicrous proportions. Read it! You won't be disappointed.
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Par firebird@computer-partner.de - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
One of the greatest love stories ever written, in my mind. Full of aggression, cynicism, pace but also of passion. His picture of pre-War Mexico is magical, if somewhat seedy. It is a tragedy that it is out of print - the Postman Always Rings Twice shadowed this more sophisticated, but just as readable novel, due to the Film.
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Cain was able. 10 avril 2010
Par Michael G. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Serenade by James M. Cain, the story of an opera singer, has an ambitious, over-the-top plot. A plot which, quite befittingly, could be turned into a pretty good modern day opera.
As the novel opens, John Howard Sharp, once the toast of Europe because of his magnificent operatic voice, is now penniless in Mexico. He meets and falls in love with an illiterate prostitute who turns his life around. Together, they enter the United States, where Sharp's singing ability again brings him fame and wealth. But, Sharp carries the seed of tragedy within him and by novel's end tragedy is in full bloom.
Had Serenade been written in today's world, it would correctly be criticized as homophobic and racist (toward Mexicans). But, when first published in 1937, it must have been described as risque and avant garde. This is a bold, full speed ahead example of fiction writing. Despite its over-the-top storyline, Serenade is well worth reading.
Not Cain's best, but worth reading anyway. 10 mars 2015
Par Epops - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche
Most readers and critics seem to agree that this novel is not one of Cain's best, and I agree with that judgment. However, it is nevertheless an interesting story, well worth reading.

First, the negatives: The plot is ludicrous, as others have noted, fit only for grand opera. In fact, the novel can be read on one level as a parody of grand opera. The main character is unbelievable. At least, he doesn't resemble anyone I've ever met. But it wouldn't be difficult to believe that Hollywood is populated by such people, and that Cain knew a number of them fairly well. Most of the secondary characters are cardboard stereotypes. The ending is an anti-climax and unimaginative. It's almost as if Cain got tired of the story and wanted to bring it to an end any old way, and so chose the most obvious and banal ending possible. The crude racial and sexual terminology the protagonist uses in his interior monologue will put off many modern readers. In addition to being offensive, it isn't quite believable that a person of Sharp's supposedly sophisticated background would think in such derogatory terms, even in the 1930's, but perhaps I am wrong about that.

Now for the positives: The settings are quite well done, and very interesting: The drive from Mexico City to Acapulco, the descriptions of the houses of prostitution, the concert at the Hollywood Bowl, the party scene in the Director's apartment, are all very well done. The sex scenes, while tame by modern standards, are quite good. The dialogue is sharp and believable. Sharp's interior monologues on music are entertaining and educational. However, the highlight of the story is Juana's character. She is a prostitute, and therefore a realist - uneducated but intelligent and perceptive. From her experience with males, she realizes from the beginning that John Howard Sharp is bisexual, but thinks that might make him a more tractable business partner. When he demonstrates a strong sexual interest in her, she accepts that in him and accepts a change in the terms of the relationship. Then when his sexual past becomes a threat to that relationship she acts decisively and with great courage, in effect trying to save John Howard Sharp from himself. He does not doubt that he loves her, and he does his best to act accordingly, but he is in the end incapable of the selflessness of true love, and lets her down. Juana didn't expect much from life, yet when love came her way she gave it everything she had. John Howard Sharp, much as he tried to be otherwise, was really only ever in love with music.

I'm not doing justice to the relationship between Sharp and Juana, as they each attempt and fail to transcend their limitations, but that is the human core of the novel, the part James M. Cain was very good at telling, the part that makes the story, with all its limitations, worth reading.

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