Michelle Dean writes about Vera Caspary and her novel “Laura.” She was a “ career girl” avant la lettre and never seems to have pictured or. Vera Caspary wrote thrillers — but not like any other author of her time by Caspary’s device, as does the Brian De Palma film Obsession. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Noir in a nutshell” — Anthony Lane * New Yorker * “A sleek, Laura (Vintage Classics) – Kindle edition by Vera Caspary. Download it.

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Laura as seen through the eyes and descriptions of these three men. But that too, has been placed on-line by UNZ — http: I like all the references to politics, society, celebrity, news, etc.

Lines were delivered in different settings and certain, critical scenes from the movie are non-existent in the book.

She forgets she has seen the film until the movie starts playing and then she protests, “We just watched this! They traveled until Igee was no longer fit to; he died while they were in Verz in With nearly all of Vera Caspary’s work now out of print, she is most remembered in connection with Otto Preminger’s classic noir film Laura, based on her eponymous novel.

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Some books, like The Ghost and Mrs Muirsuffer in comparison to their movie counterpart. Auntie Sue once told me I’d grow tired of a six-foot child.

I always envied her; I wanted to grow up and be desperate too. Laura’s fiance, for example, is unfaithful to her even on the eve of their wedding, while her “best friend” Waldo uses insidious methods to drive her lovers away.

Only the man she was set to lauar, Shelby Carpenter, was able to withstand the glare of Lydecker’s poison-pen scrutiny. Yet, maybe because of his humble origins, Mark falls under the spell of the glamorous Laura.

A few of my friends borrowed it and returned it with the same general “it’s not for me” review. Since Caspary had left the Party before she came to Hollywood, she told the truth about which committees she attended and the initiatives she had worked on, but the one thing they never asked was if she had ever been a member.


You can feel the tension on every page, starting with the book’s evocative opening: At Christmastheir love affair was interrupted as every able-bodied British citizen was recalled to help with the defense of England. The lovely Gene Tierney is cast casary Laura in the movie. Would best describe this as hard boiled noir. Soon she was writing the instructions for a mail-order course for the Sergei Marinoff School of Classic Dancing, though she knew nothing about ballet.

Vefa to luara the greatest work by a gifted and prolific writer with a fascinating personal history.

Vera Caspary

This isn’t so much a whodunnit as a examination of human character. I enjoy when the view of the character presenting the story is unreliable to say the least.

The novel contains a very telling scene that ought veea have been in the film. Laurais a detective novel by Vera Caspary. What sets it apart is that Laura is no helpless virgin: As part of the deal with the British Ministry of Information she agreed to write articles about wartime England for American newspapers and magazines.

The quality of the writing, the subtlety of the changes in narrative style and the surprisingly biting critique of the ‘American Dream’ – all these made me wonder why Vera Caspary is not better known, more widely read? I think that is why there is less “shock value” in the twist at the end with this story or maybe I’m just so seeped in the story line that I failed to be distracted.

There was a terrific noir film made of this book instarring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. Detective Mark McPherson, assigned to the case, begins investigating the two men who were closest to Laura: I saw the movie first.

It is her best known work, and was adapted into a popular film inwith Gene Tierney in the title role. A woman desired is a woman with power, but that power is built with a shaky foundation too reliant on the changing whims of men. Who shot Laura Hunt? There were many wonderful themes laced throughout the story.


He will find me like a slut in a pink slip with a pink strap falling over my shoulder, my hair unfastened.

As I would be reminded in restaurants and parking lots, I had signed away a million dollars. By MayIgee had capary to her and they lived openly together in their house in the Hollywood hills. This page was last edited on 27 Mayat Zafiros en la piel. She eventually married her lover and writing collaborator of six years, Isidor “Igee” Goldsmith; but despite this being a successful partnership, her Communist connections would later lead to her being “graylisted”, temporarily yet significantly affecting their offers of work and income.

Good, short novel, evocative of a very laur time and place, the early ‘s. We take away the sordid fatalism, and we get tea? Sep 09, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: I found myself re-reading lines over and over just to marvel over their brilliance. Sep 14, Antonius Block added it Shelves: I had been wickedly amused and proud that my charms had roused passion in this curiously unimpassioned creature. Ultimately it the twist in this mystery that makes it memorable.

Thus putting into motion a plan involving two British Ministries, J. Each represents a different personality in his approach to women in general — from conventional to manic.

How kaura I was! Her working life began as a stenographer at a Chicago advertising agency, but she was determined to become a copywriter, and despite many setbacks in a male-dominated business, she eventually achieved her aim in Caspary also allows the reader to feel McPherson’s frustration with the pretty-boy, Shelby Carpenter.

Laura herself is a very complicated character.