I Married a Dead Man is one of Cornell Woolrich’s best–known crime novels. The plot is convoluted but it works like a well-oiled machine. I Married a Dead Man. Cornell Woolrich. synopsis. Happenstance. Perhaps a wonderful bonanza, possibly an unmerciful future. Without thinking to possess it, . I Married A Dead Man is the story of a murder and the impact it has on a couple who ought to be enjoying a happily ever after. It definitely.
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Dust & Corruption: I MARRIED A DEAD MAN by Cornell Woolrich
Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Corndll See a Msrried Thanks for telling marrjed about the problem. Return to Book Page. Pregnant, abandoned by her slimy husband and destitute, Helen Georgesson boards a train going west.
In marroed crowded train car she meets happy newlyweds Patrice Soolrich, also expecting, and Hugh. After Patrice hands Helen her wedding band so she can wash her hands in the rest room, the Pregnant, abandoned by her slimy husband and destitute, Helen Georgesson boards a train going west. After Patrice hands Helen her wedding band so she can wash her hands in the rest room, the train crashes, killing the Hazzards, but Helen survives.
When she regains consciousness in the hospital, she discovers she has been mistaken for Patrice. But when her husband tracks her down and threatens her with blackmail, her dream turns into a nightmare.
Paperbackpages. Published March 1st by Penguin Books first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about I Married a Dead Manplease sign corneol. Lists with K Book. I would have to term this one, as mentioned in the edition of the book I have, a Soap Opera noir.
Even for Woolrich, this was an unusual work of suspense. For those who’ve read a lot of the great author’s work it is fabulous, but others may have some difficulty getting into the style and flow.
Once they do, they’re hooked, but it can be jarring if you’re used to the modern – and mundane – type of storytelling. Woolrich places the reader into the mind of someone and you feel and experience the wor I would have to term this one, as mentioned in the edition of the book I have, a Soap Opera noir.
Woolrich places the reader into the mind of someone and you feel and experience the world and the situation from her perspective, as she takes the place of another and lives in fear.
It is like an old-time melodrama where the tension is sustained throughout the narrative. Rich with moral complexity and psychology, Woolrich adds fabulous little moments of insight. One such moment occurs when the girl in question is called to supper.
It floods her heart with a feeling of acceptance, because supper is a term used informally, with family; only when we dine with others, or go out in the evening, does it become dinner. The premise is simple, the execution extremely difficult. Perhaps only Woolrich could have written something like this and made it work.
A mesmerizing read for Woolrich fans, but most definitely not the book I’d recommend as your first exposure to this great author, who in my opinion, eclipsed all others of suspense. This one is a type of masterpiece to be sure, but a bit less accessible than the aforementioned. Not for all tastes. View all 8 comments. I read this book in the Centipede Books edition.
I just ran across this first edition of “I Married a Dead Man” in a box of books I had put into the back room perhaps ten or so years ago. The book is J. What a pleasant surprise.
Jun 04, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: For Helen, a future mom with no man and no money to her name, she finds a rather morbid and twisted way to get herself into a wealthy family. What ensues is dramatic and emotional, and I Married a Dead Man is as eye-opening as it is dark.
It’s a story of a woman who isn’t really a bad person, but she’s desperate and her ordeals are very intense. Jul 04, Carla Remy cronell it it was amazing Shelves: I had never read anything by Cornell Woolrich before, and apparently it incited in me a drive to read everything by him I could get my hands on.
So I was curious to examine this again. I believe, in this, I was attracted to Woolrich’s detached, fable-like writing and the way this mixes with melodrama of almost cheesy sentimentality. And all with a edgy darkness, often li February And all mrried a edgy darkness, often literal.
Yes, there is often a clumsy convenience to his plots, but isn’t that part of the weird fableness? And, now I know that for a writer considered significant to the development of noir, Woolrich writes often from a female perspective.
Like I said, he is extraordinary. Cornell Woolrich aka William Irish divine? I loved the way the train crash scene was written.
View all 3 comments. Dec 13, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: Cornell Woolrich is one of the glories of American noir literature. And I Married a Dead Man is one of his best books. Not once, not twice, but scores of times, Woolrich’s stories have been turned into films. I Married a Dead Man tells the story of an abandoned young pregnant woman who takes a cross-country tra Cornell Woolrich is one of the glories of American noir literature.
I Married a Dead Man tells the story of an abandoned young pregnant woman who takes marrief cross-country train maried, on which she meets a pair of newlyweds the wife of whom is likewise pregnant. The train derails, but not before Patrice Hazzard asks Helen Georgesson to try on her wedding ring.
Both the real Patrice and her husband perish in the wreck, but Helen awakes in a hospital with the narried still on her finger. It turned out that the dead Hazzards came from a rich family which thinks that Helen — whom they had never met — and her newly delivered infant son are all that is left of their family.
Helen decides to deav the part of Patrice, though not without a sense of dread.
I Married A Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich
Sure enough, complications begin to emerge. First, the late Hugh Hazzard’s brother Bill falls in love with “Patrice”; and the lowlife who had seduced and abandoned Helen figures out what happened and comes a-blackmailing.
The blackmailer is killed — but by whom? Bill says he did woplrich. Hazzard, his mother, writes a legal confession that she did it. Despite the absence of any legal pursuit, the thought of murder begins to wear away at Bill and “Patrice’s” relationship. This is an interesting twist, as pure guilt and the sense of mutual recrimination is so horrible of and by itself.
Woolrich writes his novel with a deft hand and a brilliant style, such as when “Patrice” is driving with the intent to confront her blackmailer: Outside, the street-lights went spinning by like glowing bowls coming toward her down a bowling-alley. But each shot was a miss, they went marrifd too far out to this side, too far out to that. With herself and the car, the kingpin in the middle that they never knocked down. That must be fate, bowling against me. But I don’t care, let them come. I think it is time that Woolrich and the other great noir writers of the Thirties and Forties — men like James M.
Easily my favorite book in the collection. Melodradramatic as hell, but I could hardly put it down. Woolrich builds suspense, menace and character xornell like the best noir author, but there is something so simple and almost sweet about this tragic little tale that ,an it for me. The ending was classic and ambiguous and Excellent. Read in Crime Novels: Woklrich of the few books I’ve ever read twice actually three times. A title that just makes you have to pick it up. Steeped in paranoia it is one of the best noir novels ever written, full of Woolrich’s creepy imagery.
The only thing I have never bought is the ending and the only thing that keeps the novel from being perfect. Woolrich in an effort to put yet another layer of paranoia on the existential cake leaves us with cognell footnote drad just doesn’t ring true given the characters he has drawn for One of the few books I’ve ever read twice actually three times. Woolrich in an effort to put yet dexd layer of paranoia on the existential cake leaves us with a footnote that just doesn’t ring true given the characters he has drawn for us.
The enigma of the ending would have stood better woolrihc its own without further comment.
Finish the book and pretend it ended, wooolrich Clockwork Orange, at the penultimate chapter. Jan 31, Kirk Smith rated it liked it Shelves: The tone is very ‘s. I really like the way Woolrich can pump up the drama, but this is probably not his best work. Don’t you hate it when the Goodreads synopsis gives away the entire plot? This is supposed to be a suspense novel, after all.
Dark, spare, and melodic. Despite the B-movie title, it felt to me most reminiscent of Nella Larsen or Owolrich Rhys in its rhythms.
Indeed, the female protagonist was so relatable to me, I had to double and triple check that the author was in fact male!