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Loved the setting of New York in the ‘s. 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. In the first instance, the self-indulgent man dismissed the woman, who then said she feels sorry for him. John December 8, at For Vera Caspary’s LauraI would honestly call the enjoyment I found in both mediums more of a draw. Mac Hare rated it really liked it Mar 30, Laura describes Shelby, showing that she is well aware of his faults: The characters are quite well-drawn — if dangerously close to cartoonish on occasion — and it’s particularly welcome to see a woman who has had so much independent success in such a central if, here, vulnerable role.

The movie covers the story very thoroughly.

Jun 05, Cheryl marked it as library-to-read Shelves: I picked up a cigarette. Richard December 8, at 1: Caspary flirted with communism, joining the party under a pseudonym. It’s from and it still has its dust jacket!

The writing, descriptions, observations and opinions all reeked ’40s style. His chapters take the form of an official police interview, in the presence of his attorney – from which we can deduce he is one of the suspects in the crime. It is unforgettable when McPherson, played by Dana Andrews, falls in love with Laura while gazing at her portrait.

Mark is equally repelled by Laura’s obvious lies. What sets it apart is that Laura is no helpless virgin: I started doing that and then got into the habit of composing directly in the Blogger application.


This is one of my all time favorite mysteries. Thor63 rated it it was amazing May 30, Although released duringthis black and white movie should not be considered film noir. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The mystery here is not who killed who, but rather who is Laura, i. Guess I’ll have to track the classic down and discover for myself! Feb 13, Algernon rated it really liked it Shelves: Mark McPherson, played by Dana Andrews, is staring at vea portrait of Laura and falling in love with her even though he thinks she is dead that wins my heart every time.

Return to Book Page. A quick look at her biographical notes online offer a few suggestions and furthermore point to several autobiographical notes in her most famous novel. In contrast, Waldo is the hero who could not be a hero.

Laura, the movieis pure perfection. To view it, click here. McPherson learns who Fera was through her letters, diary and inner circle. Open Preview See a Problem? I am given to thinking of myself in the third person.

A “big” reveal at the end of each act, but SO plodding everywhere else.

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Caspary used an unique narrative structure to create an atmospheric and involving mystery which has stood the test of time. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

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John December 8, at 7: I drank in every word of this book. In trying to learn about Laura and her circles, McPherson relies a lot on Lydecker, and they have good fun playing their parts — the cultured, refined prig and the rough-at-the-edges cop who is, of course, more cultured and observant than he wants to let on. Oct 06, Jenny McPhee rated it it was amazing.


What a siren I had thought myself, Laura Hunt, to have won the love of a man born without the capacity for loving! Caspary seems to be writing a book that’s dressed like noir but plays like save-the-princess wish fulfillment. A murder case is too simple for what he wants to investigate, but as he cazpary chasing down leads and hears the lies and xaspary half truths of everyone involved, he starts to become interested. A young woman when the Great Depression hit Lauda, Caspary soon developed a keen interest in Socialist causes, and joined the Communist Party under a pseudonym.

View all 3 comments. When Lydecker says lauar like “I have been known to shout with equal fervor over the Beethoven Ninth or a penny lollipop,” I didn’t know whether it was the character or the author who was annoying.

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Another, older, man is also in love with her, but to Laura, he’s just a valued friend. But until recently, I had never read the source material—the novel Laura by Vera Caspary. I know these people, their voices ring in my ears, and I need only close my eyes and see characteristic gestures. Which is a nice way of putting it, but also turns out to be as deflating for the novel as a whole as it is for Lydecker. A few of my friends borrowed it and returned it with the same general “it’s not for me” review.

You’re smooth all right, but you’ve got nothing to say. When he says that “Yesterday’s disapproval had melted like an ice cube surprised by a shower of hot coffee,” I don’t know whether I’m laughing at or with her.