LAURA. [Vera. Caspary] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. bce, hardcover. Tight spine. Pages and boards in overall excellent. Laura is one of the most perfect movies ever made. A mystery over a murder, unrequited love and a twist at the end come together in this film, directed by . A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Laura by Vera Caspary.

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The novel has a big twist, revealed with theatrical flourish — the last sentences of Lydecker’s part of the account warn: Laura Hunt desires, as Caspary did, life lived on a large canvas: More than the mystery of her death, he is captivated by her portrait hanging over the fireplace at the murder scene, by her books and her wardrobe, by the reasons that made her postpone marriage to a very presentable suitor and drove her instead to seek a solitary retreat in the country, a couple of days before the wedding.

Laura was not dead, a young woman was murdered in her place, but the killer thought he was killing the person he loved…or maybe hated.

While there are certainly differences between the novel and the movieas there always are, both are equally enthralling. Above all this, however, Caspary paints a picture of Cas;ary that allows us to understand how McPherson has fallen in love with a dead girl, because we have also. He uses his well known newspaper column cwspary destroy all of Laura’s would-be suitors.

Mark McPherson appears to use the method patented by a brilliant psychologist called Amos Tversky: McPherson learns who Laura was through her letters, diary and inner circle. Shelby has good looks, good breeding and a lot of succes with women, but he is lost in the jungle of New York, a habitat where he is closer to the role of gigolo than to that of bread-winner.


Laura recalls the day she discovered her fiance’s infidelity with a young model named Diane Redfern. I did not soften, I endured. 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 acspary or with her.

Want to Read saving…. Laura is a jubilant love story on top of the crime narrative, for a true romance is born out of the horror of the early killing. She is the editor of Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Was she as worthy as the reputation demanded? Preminger, it just means she’s shrewd. Had I been physically better suited to the narcissistic profession, I should probably have been among the greatest of my time.

I had never felt anything but respect and tenderness for this brilliant, unhappy friend. We hear next from Shelby Carpenter, the Southern gentleman kaura the chiseled profile and perfect manners who was supposed to marry Laura in the week after her murder. But on the weekend before she was to be married, a knock on the door late at night, followed by a shotgun blast, cuts her life short.

Laura (Stage Play)

McPherson must start not only with the careful investigation of the crime scene, but also with interviewing Laura’s vsra associates: That is my omniscient role. Kurezan Waldo has a massive ego, and this is reflected in his writing and narration. Quite simply, this is one of the finest and most unusual mystery novels ever written.


Casapry of the men provides a view of her that, along with the other two, give a picture of who she really was. The play formed the basis for the film Working Girls directed by Dorothy Arzner. Although she soon left the party after becoming disillusioned, Caspary’s leftist leanings would later come back to haunt her when she was greylisted from Hollywood in the s for Communist sympathies.

Mar 13, Debbie Robson bera it it was amazing.

Laura – Vera Caspary

Her plot twists are ingenious, her characters expertly drawn, and her prose style as refined and faceted as the best of Raymond Chandler. Cas;ary must have been hurt by the contrast between those sleek studio interiors and the second hand furniture of the casparyy between the silky models who posed with her and the poor slobs she met on the mouldy staircase. Nor did I find it very atmospheric, which is surely the point of noir.

There is also Shelby Carpenter. Like Wilkie Collins ‘ detective novel The MoonstoneLaura is narrated in the first person by several alternating characters. He writes in his bath, thinks the world of himself and acts like a replica of Donald Trump, only with a vocabulary. PS Write your blog posts in Word first, and catalogue them. Jul 19, Alex rated casppary liked it Shelves:

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