Two total strangers who meet on a train discuss the perfect murder: "I kill your wife and you kill my father," says the mastermind.
Both will then escape as neither has any connection with the victim.
Not exactly a classic Agatha Christie whodunit.
The idea may be good but the mastermind turns out to be an unhinged alcoholic and the other murderer, a reluctant partner in this bizarre venture.
Most of the story occurs in the minds of the two murderers and the reader is drawn into their confused psyches.
This results in a tedious read as the plot becomes confusing, repetitive and at times totally unconvincing.
Perhaps a good reason not to talk to strangers on trains.
di solito i libri di P.H. sono degli erogatori di (piacevole) angoscia in formato tascabile, questo volume meno di altri ed il personaggio meglio caratterizzato è pure il più sgradevole ed irritante.
A man needed to be pure inside to draw plans for a good building, and Guy felt dirty.
Guy felt like an actor in a play who did the same thing night after night.
But it was real.
How could he kiss his mother again? How could he talk to his friends? There was only Anne now. He still loved her, but his love for her made him two different people. The good man who loved Anne and built hospitals, and the bad man who murdered old men and helped to murder his wife.
'What am I doing with these people?' Guy thought. 'They are so good, and I'm so bad. I'm not part of their family, but if I try hard to live with them, that other man inside me, the bad one, will go away. He must!'
This was worse than the murder: he was
lying to Anne, but only she could save him.
Sometimes he looked in a mirror and saw the other man who was inside him, the murderer, his secret brother.
Guy hated his lies. He felt empty inside. He thought he was worse than Bruno, who was honestly bad. Even if he was never caught, he couldn't live with Anne like this.
Bruno was an inscrutable and immature character, he was dominated by a twisted mind, by a kind of obsessive madness that made him live outside of the reality.
He was able to go beyond any limits and he continuously changes his mind.
Also when he was on front of the detective, he felt confused and his depositions were completely incongruous.
On the contrary, Guy was a common man, a balanced person, but when he met Bruno, his life became impossible: Bruno, who was in loves with him and with his mother, became his obsession, his inner torture.
And what is unusual in this story, it is not the existence of a temperament like Bruno, but the fact that a temperament like Guy becomes his victim.
However Guy swam towards the place where he had seen Bruno for the last time, he dived down into the cold grey water. The sea turned him round and round and round. There was nothing, Guy could see nothing.
He was the loneliest man in the world. Where was his friend, his brother?
He was very lonely without Bruno. He carried all the guilt inside himself now.
He picked up some pieces of paper and started to write about everything, the train, Miriam, how he murdered Bruno's father. He left it for Anne to read...
I hated Bruno, seemed too irrational and crazy
First, I want say that this book is easy to read, and you haven’t got to search a lot of vocabulary. For this reason I advise to read strangers in the train. For other hand the books argument is peculiar because it’s a history a few outgoing where one history is introduced in another, but all the time you know that it’s happening and you can put in order the sequence of the book. Also I recommend this book because since the principle you are intrigued for the events. The main action is a double murder and with this idea there is a game between two personages. In this book the lesson is a war between good and evil. To other, the book is short and in three or four days you can finish it. I got it in medicine library of UAB....Continua