The Root of His Evil

The Root of His Evil

James M. Cain / Jun 03, 2020

The Root of His Evil While slinging hash in a diner a would be Cinderella meets her Prince CharmingCarrie Selden is not at all like the woman you ve read about in the papers Though she was raised in an orphanage she isn

  • Title: The Root of His Evil
  • Author: James M. Cain
  • ISBN: 9780887390876
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback
  • While slinging hash in a diner, a would be Cinderella meets her Prince CharmingCarrie Selden is not at all like the woman you ve read about in the papers Though she was raised in an orphanage, she isn t an orphan She didn t finish high school until she was nineteen, but that was because she was working as a waitress, not because she was slow And though she s very cunninWhile slinging hash in a diner, a would be Cinderella meets her Prince CharmingCarrie Selden is not at all like the woman you ve read about in the papers Though she was raised in an orphanage, she isn t an orphan She didn t finish high school until she was nineteen, but that was because she was working as a waitress, not because she was slow And though she s very cunning, well, she s no femme fatale But her beauty oh yes, her beauty is everything you ve heard.At twenty one, she takes her savings and moves to New York City, landing a job at a diner called Karb s, at the bottom rung of the restaurant chain s tall corporate ladder Though she makes minimum wage, Carrie is savvy, and it isn t long before she starts to climb When her coworkers unionize, they choose her as president, and from there, the sky is the limit But just as the union gets underway, she meets a mysterious intellectual named Grant who will either help her rise to the top, or drag her straight down to hell.

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      • James M. Cain

        James Mallahan Cain was an American journalist and novelist Although Cain himself vehemently opposed labelling, he is usually associated with the hardboiled school of American crime fiction and seen as one of the creators of the roman noir.He was born into an Irish Catholic family in Annapolis, Maryland, the son of a prominent educator and an opera singer He inherited his love for music from his mother, but his high hopes of starting a career as a singer himself were thwarted when she told him that his voice was not good enough After graduating from Washington College where his father, James W Cain served as president, in 1910, he began working as a journalist for the Balti Sun.He was drafted into the United States Army and spent the final year of World War I in France writing for an Army magazine On his return to the United States he continued working as a journalist, writing editorials for the New York World and articles for American Mercury He also served briefly as the managing editor of The New Yorker , but later turned to screenplays and finally to fiction.Although Cain spent many years in Hollywood working on screenplays, his name only appears on the credits of three films, Algiers , Stand Up and Fight , and Gypsy Wildcat.His first novel he had already published Our Government in 1930 , The Postman Always Rings Twice was published in 1934 Two years later the serialized, in Liberty Magazine , Double Indemnity was published.He made use of his love of music and of the opera in particular in at least three of his novels Serenade about an American opera singer who loses his voice and who, after spending part of his life south of the border, re enters the States illegally with a Mexican prostitute in tow , Mildred Pierce in which, as part of the subplot, the only daughter of a successful businesswoman trains as an opera singer and Career in C Major , a short semi comic novel about the unhappy husband of an aspiring opera singer who unexpectedly discovered that he has a better voice than she does.He continued writing up to his death at the age of 85, his last three published works, The Baby in the Icebox 1981 , Cloud Nine 1984 and The Enchanted Isle 1985 being published posthumously However, the many novels he published from the late 1940s onward never quite rivaled his earlier successes.


    292 Comments

    1. James M. Cain had a long and distinguished literary career (died 1977), but I never got around to reading anything but The Postman Always Rings Twice. In fact, I'm not sure I ever really read it, or just knew the title and saw a movie or something. I picked up The Root of His Evil out of curiosity and discovered once again that noir is nothing new.Carrie Selden is known in the press as "The Modern Cinderella" because of her rise from rags to riches. Indeed, she's writing her story from the deck [...]


    2. The outline of the story: Meets Carrie Selden, a waitress who had her life turned up side down by marrying Grant Harris, a heir of a railroad billions fortune who also has a snobby family and a possessive, beautiful mother tagging along. Does it sound like a modern Cinderella story? Well, you will see.The Root of His Evil is clearly not Mr. Cain at his best, but it still provides some good dramas and observation on human nature and society.The story starts off as a 'modern Cinderella' drama: a w [...]


    3. I kept waiting for the excitement and it never came. Dude was scared of his mom and his ex-wife got back at her was the coolest part.


    4. I wanted to read this one for a while, after reading his biography and hearing over and over about this "Modern Cinderella" story I was very disappointed. There are many of Cain's books one should read, this was not one of them. Characterization once again was strong, but the plot was weak and it never went anywhere for me.


    5. I've tried reading this twice, and each time have gotten no farther than around 15%. Sounds impossible to say about a Cain book, but this is boring. Mind-numbingly boring.




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