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  1. Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up says:

    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 uestions 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. Dfordoom Dfordoom says:

    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 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 a psycho sexual crime novel with much emphasis on sex than on crime Marnie is a thief And a very successful one Her crimes are intricately planned and daring She has devised a remarkably successful modus operandi She invents a false identity for herself talks her way into a job and then manoeuvres herself into a position where she has access to the company’s money This is easy for her because she has a natural gift for mathematics which employers uickly recognise She is also a very competent employee and even in the short time she stays in a job she usually wins promotion After that the successful completion of the robbery is just a matter of waiting for the ideal time It may take weeks but the results are inevitable Marnie has created a whole series of these false identities and has carried out a whole series of robberies but she covers her tracks very thoroughly indeedThe fact is that Marnie is so gifted and capable that she could easily make a success of any job She has no real need to steal At least she has no material need to be a thief But she does have a deep psychological need to do so Marnnie has issues and although she has never admitted it to herself those issues revolve around sex It also has to be admitted that she enjoys stealing although again it’s as much the fulfillment of a psychological need as it is the excitement of the life she leadsMarnie believes she is happy She also believes that she steals in order to support her invalid mother As with most things in Marnie’s life there’s a fair amount of self deception in this a self deception that is entirely unconsciousAll goes well with her criminal career until she gets a job with a printing company called Rutland’s She makes the mistake of staying there longer than usual and she makes the further mistake of becoming involved on a social level with the people there In particular with two men Marnie has never had any interest in men or in love or marriage or sex She especially has had no interest in sex She is a virgin and she intends to stay that way Her mother has told her how disgusting the sexual aspects of marriage are and Marnie has no intention of finding out about such distasteful matters for herself Despite this she allows herself to become friendly with two men Terry Holbrook and Mark Rutland both descendants of the original founders of the firmIn the case of Terry it’s certainly not Marnie who is the instigator of things and she really dislikes him With good reason since he’s a rather unpleasant young man With Mark it is different He’s really the first man who has ever interested her as a person the first man she’s ever felt at ease with and the first man who seems to understand her She’s fended off Terry’s advances uite successfully and she’s confident she can avoid going too far with Mark She certainly would not let either of them touch her but without realising what has happened she has developed rather a liking for Mark’s companyShe finally decides she has stayed too long cleans out the company’s safe and disappears But her one passion in life her love of horses has led her to make a fatal mistake Mark has discovered where she keeps her horse stabled and tracks her down She assumes that he will hand her over to the police but Mark has other plans He intends to get the money back but he also intends to marry MarnieThis is where the book really starts to get interesting The marriage is a complex web of misunderstandings wishful thinking deception and self deception The way Marnie sees it is that she has been blackmailed into marriage The way Mark sees it is that he loves her and she loves him He knows she is a strange woman but he believes that love will conuer all He can save herAs you might expect their wedding night is not a success In fact nothing happens Nothing happens for a week or until finally Mark’s passions get the better of him Marnie is so obviously appalled that that is the last time he tries to have sex with her But he still loves her and he still believes that patience and understanding will prevail and that Marnie’s fear of sex can be overcome After all psychiatrists are good at that sort of thing aren’t they? Surely a psychiatrist will find this to be a relatively simple matter In fact her psychiatrist finds her to be anything but an easy case This is a mystery suspense novel but the mystery and suspense come from the unravelling of the secrets of Marnie’s past and her mother’s past than from the unravelling of a crime In the course of this unravelling Marnie will make some startling discoveries but by the time she does this she has other problems to worry about Her criminal past is also about to catch up to her Now the challenge is not just to escape the chains of the past but also to stay out of prisonIf you think the explanation of Marnie’s problem is the sort of obvious explanation that a modern writer would choose you will be surprised Writers in 1961 were rather original and rather subtle than writers of today and the explanation is not the obvious one at allThe plot and the themes are rather similar to those of the film but with a few important differences In particular the Marnie Mark relationship is different in several respects the explanation of Marnie’s sexual problems is somewhat complex and also different in important respects compared to the film and the ending is uite different So if you’ve seen the movie don’t assume that this going to be the same story Hitchcock and his screenwriter Jay Presson Allen use the same basic plot as a jumping off point but they do different things with it so if you have seen the movie the novel is still well worth reading for both its similarities and its differencesf is a fine example of a crime novel in which crime is not really the focus The author has other intentions besides writing a crime novel but even judged as a crime novel it’s exceptionally interesting Of course the assumptions about psychiatry and about the solving of psychological problems purely by discovering the hidden trauma in the past are a little dated but Winston Graham handles the story with sufficient skill to make this a fascinating read Apart from being a kind of sexual mystery it is also a novel about identity or rather different layers of identity Marnie has other reasons for her constant re invention of herself besides its usefulness to her as a criminal She needs masks to hide behind and perhaps in some ways this is important to her even than thieving The lies we tell ourselves the lies we tell others the lies that we live these are all issues addressed in this novel The truth exists but do we really want the truth?Highly recommended

  3. Sara Sara says:

    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 wayYou have a sense right from the beginning that there is 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 herselfLoads of fun and even better because I had Lori to help me peel the layers away and made me want to do it SLOWLY

  4. Kim Kim says:

    A surprisingly good read I was familiar with the story from the 1964 Hitchcock movie but did not know that it was based on a book by Winston Graham of the Poldark series As usual the book is better than the movie Both are psychological thrillers but Hitchcock focused on Marnie’s sexual repression and Graham on her self discovery And that secret Marnie’s mother has always hidden from her it’s different in the book and shocking

  5. Marnie (Enchanted Bibliophile) Marnie (Enchanted Bibliophile) says:

    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 just wished I had the opportunity Winston Graham is a great author with a mind that I'm very sure of blew his readers away in the 60's as his topics were controversial and blunt to the point The main character in Marnie is a full live like character you can relate to and personally there were a lot of things she did and went through that was close to me and that made the book even realistic to meI don't think this is a book for everyone but it does have a deeper meaning to it A live lesson as such I will not forget this Marnie and her life story very soonin fact I think it will stay with me a while

  6. Ellie Ellie says:

    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 changingMarnie is an enjoyable read other than two racial slurs that were a shock and were part of old expressions that are now execrableI 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 differentMarnie is a compulsive thief She plans her thefts carefully though; there's nothing impulsive about them She comes from poverty and with the help of some elocution lessons and a lot of brainpower has transformed herself into a respectable middle class secretary with a secret lifeThen she meets Mark Rutland He's her employer in the next heist she's planningTo say would be spoilers and not worth it The pleasure in the book is the voice of Marnie herself it's told in first person pov hers and in the easy reading of itGraham is the author of one of my favorite series Poldark At least I loved it in my teens; it's been many many years since I've read them but he really knows how to tell a story and keep the reader's attentionSo Marnie is light reading but very pleasurable I enjoyed it very much

  7. Brian Brian says:

    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 uiet 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 downtown in a detention cell What are you in for? this scary tough kid asks Stealing a necklace I say Oh man you should be home watching Popeye I didn't ask what he was in forThis is or less how Marnie begins her life of crime with a minor theft at the age of ten Thankfully it's also where the parallels with my own life end When we first meet Marnie she's passing a cop who wishes her a good night She wonders what he'd say if he knew what was in her handbag Over a decade later she's graduated to felony theft Warrants have been issued for her arrest But she doesn't mind the warrants are all under false names in towns she's long since left behind Now she's on the move againBut this time she picks the wrong target or the wrong man to work for Mark Rutland of Rutland's Printing is a lonely widower whose wife died very young Marnie captures his imagination While it can't be said she encourages his attention she doesn't entirely rebuff him either It's enough for Mark to fall in love When Marnie makes her move Mark catches her Believing he can help her he coerces her into marriage And that's when Marnie's uncomplicated if criminal existence comes to an endI didn't know until I saw the credits that Alfred Hitchcock's film was based on this novel or any novel for that matter Unlike many of the books his films have been based on Psycho The 39 Steps Strangers on a Train to take those I've read myself this one doesn't seem to have come down to us with a reputation in its own right I find this strange for two reasons First Winston Graham the author wrote over 40 books including 12 in a series popular in Britain Second and significantly I think this book is better than the others I've read Head and shoulders betterPerhaps it has something to do with its genre Where the other books are all considered thrillers this one is classified as a crime novel Whatever that is I have to admit if that was all I had to go on I doubt I ever would have picked up this book So let's make this a little clearer Marnie is a psychological suspense story that happens to involve crimeNot that the crime is incidental Marnie's MO is richly detailed Watching her go about the business of ingratiating herself into a company planning the heist and then carrying it out is one of the pleasures of the book But what really makes it enjoyable is Marnie herself who approaches her work with a detachment and matter of factness that is both funny and frightening She's pathological but utterly charming She reminds me a bit of Julie Bailey Cornell Woolrich's dazzling angel of vengeance in The Bride Wore BlackOf course Marnie's crimes are only one manifestation of her mental condition The other is her detestation of men One leads to her marriage the other threatens to destroy it Though Hitchcock's film is in terms of plot remarkably similar to Graham's book the two are uniue in that their emphases are different The movie pushes Mark into the foreground; the book narrated by Marnie herself keeps him at a distance though not uite far enough away to suit Marnie And we can't help but sympathize with her She was after all virtually blackmailed into marriage But where the movie can be seen as a war for dominance the book details a war of suppression Mostly that means running away distancing herself from Mark going out with his hated cousin and business partner but Marnie is too bright not to consider the implications of her lifestyle As Graham drops one clue after another about the source of Marnie's derangement we begin to sympathize with Mark as well or with his aim at least This isn't about a man trying to tame a woman; it's about a woman discovering that she has a problem And it's all played out against a tense backdrop of crime jealousy frustration and intrigueWith this book at least and now I'm curious about all those other books Graham shows himself to be like Hitchcock a master of suspense

  8. Owlseyes Owlseyes says:

    I didn’t read the book but saw Hitchcock’s adaptation of 1964 The movie was ualified as a “psychological thriller”The story is arranged as to make the readerviewer wonder about the central character Marnie played by Tippi Hedren and understand her behavior Marnie a compulsive thief She started robbing 10000 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; yet mother doesn’t like Marnie being too blond now At mother’s there are those red gladiolus Marnie totally rejects; she prefers Chrysanthemums It’s obvious their relationship is not good Marnie feels rejection During sleep her mother watches Marnie’s nightmares accompained by feelings of being cold Marnie tells mother they didn’t have a father; she says”we don’t need men” Now she’s looking for a new job; she applies for an interview in a publishing house and despite not having references she gets the job as secretary She’s already planning meticulously another robbery Her boss Mark played by Sean Connery starts a relation with her; takes her to the horses racesHe tries to understand Marnie’s fears of thunder and the red color Marnie trusts nobody but horses Meanwhile Marnie managed to rob the editorial house; but Mark knows about it He’s in love with Marnie; persuades her to travel on a cruiseand get married; but things won’t work because Marnie is totally frigid She even tried suicide Mark will proceed in a sort of psychoanalystpsychologist’s work trying to unravel Marnie’s past Maybe that will work Mild story Mild Hitch too this time around

  9. Eric Eric says:

    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 other things is so far reaching and buried so deeply not even Marnie herself is aware of themThe book was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1964 which remains controversial to this day on a couple of different levels some think it’s a masterpiece some a failure; and the film’s sexual politics feel suspicious to some modern viewers who are sensitive to the stereotypes of female hysteria in old school psychiatry But neither the film nor the book traffics in much Freud who in any case was not wrong about everything The novel’s psychological dimension is well researched and frankly up to the minute for 1961 And we still believe fifty years later that unacknowledged trauma can lead to all kinds of acting out in depressed people from soldiers in a war zone to abused children so Marnie’s career of stealing has plenty of documented case histories to back it up So does her extreme sexual dysfunction she’s terrified of any kind of contact or intimacy which is exacerbated by the experiences of her poverty stricken childhood What is brilliantly handled by Winston Graham in the novel is the reader’s slowly dawning awareness that Marnie the person telling the story thinks she’s coping just fine and that the world is simply full of meddlers such as her husband and the therapist he forces her to see It’s a canny portrait of the mind of a con artist and the lengths she’ll go to keep herself in the darkFans of the film may be disappointed to find that Hitchcock took several liberties in making the story his own but that was nearly always true with the Master of Suspense Sometimes he greatly improved the material in the name of cinematic storytelling other times he fell short This book is a case where he did not particularly improve upon the source; Winston Graham’s “Marnie” stands on its own as a uniue page turner

  10. Nancy Nancy says:

    A few years ago we went to see Alfred Hitchcock's movie Marnie at the Redford Theater a historic theater with an organ that shows classic movies The theater is located in Detroit draws hundreds out for every showWe went partly because Tippi Hedron was appearing in person with talks before the movie and during intermission and autographing photos and posters And we went because when I was ten years old I saw Marnie from the back seat of our family car at the local drive in movie theater I was supposed to be asleep Just like when I was supposed to be asleep during The Birds and The Incredible Shrinking Man Each movie left me with bad dreams but it was Marnie that left me struggling to understand itSo when at a local book sale I saw a battered paperback of Winston Graham's novel Marnie released in conjunction with Hitchcock's movie I spent my uarter and picked it up Perhaps the book would help me to peg down the storyGraham is best known for the Poldark series which inspired the Masterpiece Theater series of that name which my husband has been reading Marnie is set in England not long after WWII and is told in the first person We learn that Marnie grew up in a tough neighborhood with a dad lost in the war and a strict but distant mother Marnie gets into fights and steals and lies Her mother insists her daughter avoid menWhen Marnie buys a horse she must find a way to support him and being a smart gal she plans and executes a series of thefts assuming false identities to obtain jobs where she can get her hands on money She is twenty three when she has finished another heist and her employer Mark Rutland tracks her downMark has fallen in love with the beautiful Marnie She warns him that she is a liar and thief but Mark insists he can't control his heart He offers her an ultimatum he can turn her in and she will be imprisoned for her crimes or she can marry him and he will cover for herMarnie can't stand to be close to anyone is unable to love and hates the thought of men and sex Her horse is the only creature in the world she cares for Forced to marry Mark she won't submit to him as a wife should Frustrated he forces himself on her once then they learn to live together in distant animosity and distrustMark forces Marnie into counseling but she is too clever for even the psychologist continuing her habit of lies and false stories Over time men recognize Marnie from her past lives And at the death of her mother Marnie learns her mother's secret history and double lifeDifferent from Hitchcock's version Graham's version of the mother's crisis is not of Marnie's doing And Graham includes a co worker of Mark's who tries to cozy up to Marnie and ends up betraying herMarnie is one messed up girl but Mark is perhaps even sicker He marries Marnie for her physical beauty in spite of her inability to feel emotion that allows her to plot crimes without a sense of wrongdoing He entraps Marnie and even rapes her when she is not complicit He is willing to cover up her crimes and endeavors to even enlist the help of a retired judge to figure out how Marnie can avoid the conseuences of her crimesMarnie returns to her mother's house to discover she has died She finds a newspaper clipping telling that her mother had murdered her newborn baby which had been kept from MarnieGraham offers a moment of hope for Marnie near the end of the book At a fox hunt she feels revulsion of the cruelty of those around her uestioning why their killing for pleasure was legal when her crimes would merit jail She turns from the death scene of the fox allowing her horse his head Mark chasing after her Unfamiliar with the landscape her horse jumps over a hedge and onto a riverbank suffering a fatal injury Marnie also falls and so does Mark his face in the mud Marnie leaves her suffering horse to save Mark lifting him from the mud and wiping it from his nose There is a glimmer of morality and compassion in her choiceShe later meets a bereft boy who has lost his mother and she holds himI thought that's right be a mother for a change Bite on somebody else's grief instead of your own Stop being to heartbroken for yourself and take a look round Because maybe everybody's griefs arent'that much different after all I thought there's only one loneliness and that's the loneliness of all the worldJust before the twisted ending Marnie feeling all 'emotional and female and hopeless' wonders if she was in love with MarkMarnie is the story of trauma mental illness crime deception and a man's sick obsession with a womanIt is little wonder that I have been disturbed by this story for about fifty years And it is little wonder that the twisted Hitchcock wanted to film it Poor Tippi Hitchcock derailed her career when she rebuffed his sexual advances Her studio contract gave her no options including legal ones Fifty years later Tippi at age 87 cheered the actresses standing up against the abuse suffered under Harvey Weinstein as seen in her Tweet of October 2017 I am filled with compassion and respect for Tippi's standing up to power speaking out her truth and for introducing a film that was at once her triumph and secret tragedy

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Marnie ❮Reading❯ ➳ Marnie ➬ Author Winston Graham – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 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.