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Marnie The novel that became a classic Hitchcock film Marnie seems a charming woman but no one knows her real name or anything about her at all Now Marnie has walked into a trap The game is over or would be

  • Title: Marnie
  • Author: Winston Graham
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The novel that became a classic Hitchcock film Marnie seems a charming woman, but no one knows her real name or anything about her at all Now Marnie has walked into a trap The game is over or would be if the man who trapped her hadn t caught himself as well.

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    1. Petra X on said:

      This was an excellent read. It is very dated, couldn't take place in the age of IT, she'd be outed on Facebook in no time. But as a story of its time featuring a young, female con-artist, an unusual heroine. If you are the sort of person who questions everything at every turn, don't read it, watch the film instead, but if you can suspend disbelief and just go with the story, then this is a good, light read.

    2. Sara on said:

      A psychological mystery in the tradition of Daphne du Maurier or Mary Stewart, Marnie is a wonderfully suspenseful and well-written novel. This novel became famous as an Alfred Hitchcock movie in the 1960s, it reads as if Winston Graham had Hitchcock in mind all the way.You have a sense right from the beginning that there is more to this woman than meets the eye; that she has a past, secrets, issues, that will explain her inability to connect to people and her need to be someone other than herse [...]

    3. Dfordoom on said:

      Winston Graham's 1961 novel Marnie is best know today as the source of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 movie of the same title. The movie was somewhat controversial at the time for its relatively frank treatment of sexual problems and today if anything it divides audiences even more.The novel was very successful at the time. Winston Graham (1908-2003) was a best-selling author most widely known for his Poldark historical novels. He also wrote thrillers and Marnie fits into the latter category. It’s [...]

    4. Owlseyes on said:

      I didn’t read the book but saw Hitchcock’s adaptation of 1964. The movie was qualified as a “psychological thriller”.The story is arranged as to make the reader/viewer wonder about the central character: Marnie (played by Tippi Hedren) and understand her behavior. Marnie: a compulsive thief. She started robbing $10,000. A well-planned coup regarding her hair-color (then dark), no traces left, evasion, social security cards etc. Marnie then visits her mother with an expensive gift for her [...]

    5. Ellie on said:

      Let me start by saying that for me 3 stars isn't bad. It just means the book is not amazing. 4 stars is outstanding and 5 stars is almost life-changing.Marnie is an enjoyable read (other than two racial slurs that were a shock and were part of old expressions that are now execrable).I loved the movie (and if you've seen the movie, you know how most of the book goes other than the ending which is somewhat different).Marnie is a compulsive thief. She plans her thefts carefully, though; there's not [...]

    6. MarnieKrüger on said:

      This book was a huge thing for me, since I knew it was the book my Grandmother read when she decided that my name should be Marnie. She always told me that one day when I'm old enough she would have me read it myself. Sadly she passed on before I ever had the opportunity. Now I would really like to ask her about it. I think we would have been awsome reading buddies, as I discovered that our tast in reading material is very similar, we would have spent hours discussing plots and characters. I now [...]

    7. Eric on said:

      An excellent suspense novel published in 1961 by the much loved author of the “Poldark” series, told as a first person account by a beautiful, clever thief named Marnie Elmer who is trapped into marriage by one of her victims, Mark Rutland. It’s clear that Mark’s motives are purely from the heart; he fell in love with Marnie before she stole from him and now he wants to help her go straight. But the psychological damage she suffered as a child, which has led her to a life of crime, among [...]

    8. Brian on said:

      Man, I was smooth. I told my friend, Look, all you have to do is grab it and put it in your pocket like it's no big deal. Like this. We were halfway out of the store and all was quiet when my friend said, That was easy, wait here. The key word, of course, is "halfway" out of the store. Soon as we hit the mall, some big lug was on our tail and we were toast. It's possible I smarted off to the guy a bit. It's possible that's why he called the cops. It's certain that an hour later, we were both dow [...]

    9. Bill on said:

      Excellent story. I had seen the movie, or parts of it previously, a couple of years ago and it wasn't my favourite Alfred Hitchcock movie. But the book, with little anticipation, was excellent. It's written in a very familiar, down-to-earth sort of style. Marnie is matter-of-fact, a thief, with little feelings for those she steals from. She's methodical and takes on a new job. She has her reasons for her lifestyle, a story that comes out as the book progresses. Her personality, while frustrating [...]

    10. Mary on said:

      Brilliant mystery.I couldn't put it down!Who is Marnie?Love Winston Graham who is a true master of his art.Loved it!

    11. Rachel on said:

      I was already a great fan of Winston Graham based solely on my enjoyment of his Poldark series (now re-released and which I highly recommend! Ariel, I'm talking to you!). I decided it was time to dabble in his non-Poldark oeuvre, and began with Marnie - likely his most popular as it was made into an Alfred Hitchcock movie (that is now in my queue). It's not a psychological "thriller" in the sense of bodies in the library or stalkers in the hall. But it is definitely a psychological thriller in t [...]

    12. Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* on said:

      “People might think it lonely living on my own nearly all the time, but I never found it lonely. I always had plenty to think about, and anyway maybe I'm not so good on people.” A fascinating psychological train-wreck. I'd seen the movie several times growing up since Alfred Hitchcock was behind the helm - and it stuck in my mind while reading the story so I can't help comparison. It followed a lot of the book faithfully, although the ending was completely different, as was her hidden trauma [...]

    13. Drama Queen on said:

      Marine is a well observed psychological thriller set just before the time of writing in the late 50s. Through flashbacks we are given a very vivid description of wartime and post war Britain. By now it has almost historical significance.One of the most interesting aspects is the deep understanding Winston Graham has of psychology, which cannot have been current at the time. We gradually come to see how Marnie's childhood has made her into the unpleasant person of today. His depiction of Marnie's [...]

    14. Bibliophile on said:

      Marnie the book is darker and more complex than Marnie the movie, and so is Marnie the character. Hitchcock's depiction of the traumatized Marnie always seemed icky to me, and Sean Connery as her husband is the most loathsome Hitchcock character ever. Really, I'd rather date Norman Bates. The basic premise is the same in the book as in movie: pretty con artist Marnie is caught stealing from her employer by a widower who has fallen in love with her. He blackmails her into marrying him, but alas, [...]

    15. Janellyn51 on said:

      Marnie has always been my favorite Hitchcock film, and I thought why not read the book? It was almost nothing like the filmher name was Marnie, his name was Mark Rutland, there was Strutt, and Forio.ter that, it's all up in the Air! I loved it. Which is the better telling? They are both good stories, which ending did I like Better? I honestly can't say. I did really like the writing. And the human mind is certainly a roller coaster ride!

    16. Mischelle on said:

      A Good book but it left me hanging at the end! There's so much I want to know! I guess the author want me to use my own imagination as to what happens at the end. For those who read the book, what do you think happen to Marnie?

    17. Ewa on said:

      I knew the movie way before the book. No surprise that the book is even more complex and captivating than Alfred did with the movie. I read it almost in one go.

    18. Sewingdervish on said:

      I enjoyed this, I found it more believable than the film. No woman can freak out every time they see red! It also seems to me that Marnie has more legitimate reason to be messed up in the book. It's a 3.75 stars for me.

    19. Ape on said:

      Well here's something I bet no one has ever said in this situation (no sarcasm what so ever): it is rather different from the film. I love Hitchcock's films, so the idea of reading the books behind his films appealed. I was also surprised when I picked this one up to see that this guy also wrote the Poldark books AND that they were written in the 1900s, not by some contemporary guy of the time they were set. Poldark aside though, over the last few days I have been reading about Marnie.This is so [...]

    20. Laura on said:

      From BBC Radio 4:It's 1961 and blonde and stunning Marnie Elmer poses as a secretary in order to steal from her employers and fund her mother's existence in Torquay. But she's yet to meet handsome company director, Mark Rutland, whose pursuit of her will ultimately lead to her downfall.Winston Graham is probably best known for his "Poldark" series, but also wrote a number of taut thrillers, of which "Marnie" (written in 1961) may be the best remembered - having been filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in [...]

    21. ♥ Marlene♥ on said:

      I hardly have any Dutch books but I have one and that is Marnie which is The Dutch translation of this book. I loved this when I was much younger and was never able to give it away. Now reading it again I get why. It is so good.Now I am a firm believer of first reading a book before watching a movie. Why you might ask: Well when you first read the book you will make up in your mind how the characters look like, how they are and if you watch a movie first someone else is doing that for you. When [...]

    22. N N on said:

      Surprisingly intelligent. Surprisingly because intelligence is not a quality that one associates with the literary source of a Hitchcock film. It might have been interesting to see Marnie filmed by someone like Chabrol or Duvivier or even a journeyman British director like J. Lee Thompson, with the original bleak ending preserved.As for Marnie herself - whom Hitch called one of the most unusual heroines he'd ever encountered (and then proceeded to milk her for the usual melodramatic clichés) - [...]

    23. J K on said:

      Told from the titular character's point of view, we follow the story of a female thief whose latest plans go awry, and forces her to deal with a trauma and a man who won't let her go. I keep meaning to see the Hitchcock film version of this, as it stars Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren, but the book is a great read. You really get to experience Marnie's quandry, her desire to escape, and her struggle to get what she wants. At the same time, you still know very little about her. It's a great thrille [...]

    24. Christine Sinclair on said:

      SO much better than the movie! And I really like the movie, especially Sean Connery as Mark Rutland. The story is told from Marnie's point of view and it's chilling. Suspenseful, well-written and character-driven. No wonder Hitchcock made a movie out of it. He changed several things, but Marnie was obviously his type, the cool beautiful blonde with larceny in her heart. Loved it!

    25. Vivien Farrell on said:

      First published in 1961 but here is a book that will always be a fantastic read. Brilliantly written, first chapter felt a bit dated and then I couldn't put it down, well not willingly anyway. Marnie is a thief and a pathological liar. Whether it is nature or nurture or a bit of both, she is somewhat damaged. Highly recommend this book, Winston Graham is a master storyteller.

    26. ♥ Marlene♥ on said:

      Fantastisch boek. Als je dit boek ergens ziet liggen neem het dan mee.

    27. Roz Morris on said:

      Couldn't put this down. I dimly remember the film as an okayish suspense, but the book is so much richer. The story is told from the point of view of Marnie, always at bay, increasingly trapped. Of course everything comes unravelled as you'd expect. I haven't read any other Winston Graham, so I don't know what his usual voice is like, but he's given Marnie a simple and direct narrative voice, as befits her education standard, but it rises to vivid and unforgettable fear when necessary. The other [...]

    28. Charlie Hathaway on said:

      I acquired this particular book almost by accident, it was bought for me and I nothing except a simple description on the back of the book and associate words about the contents. To be honest, I was quite excited when I picked up this book to read it. It sounded right up my street, the characters sounded interesting and the plot was a nice twist to your standard theft crime novel. However, after reading it I feel very neutral about it: I didn't love it, I did like it but I didn't hate either, I [...]

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