The Black Curtain

The Black Curtain

Cornell Woolrich / Sep 16, 2019

The Black Curtain After a slight accident on a tawdry street Frank Townsend goes home only to discover he hasn t been there in years Suffering from amnesia accused of murder and the object of a deadly pursuit he mu

  • Title: The Black Curtain
  • Author: Cornell Woolrich
  • ISBN: 9780345304902
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • After a slight accident on a tawdry street, Frank Townsend goes home only to discover he hasn t been there in years Suffering from amnesia, accused of murder, and the object of a deadly pursuit, he must overcome the crime that time has thrust upon him

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      • Cornell Woolrich

        Cornell Woolrich is widely regarded as the twentieth century s finest writer of pure suspense fiction The author of numerous classic novels and short stories many of which were turned into classic films such as Rear Window, The Bride Wore Black, The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, Waltz Into Darkness, and I Married a Dead Man, Woolrich began his career in the 1920s writing mainstream novels that won him comparisons to F Scott Fitzgerald The bulk of his best known work, however, was written in the field of crime fiction, often appearing serialized in pulp magazines or as paperback novels Because he was prolific, he found it necessary to publish under multiple pseudonyms, including William Irish and George Hopley Woolrich lived a life as dark and emotionally tortured as any of his unfortunate characters and died, alone, in a seedy Manhattan hotel room following the amputation of a gangrenous leg Upon his death, he left a bequest of one million dollars to Columbia University, to fund a scholarship for young writers.Source hardcasecrime books_bi


    1. Frank Townsend is knocked unconscious by a falling piece of plaster. When he comes to, he wanders home to find his apartment empty and his wife gone. He tracks his wife down to find that three years are missing from his memories and that he ran out on her sometime after the last day he can remember. Frank tries to rebuild his fragmented life until a man from the missing three years shows up looking for Frank. Will Frank pierce The Black Curtain and put the missing piece of his life in place?This [...]

    2. Cornell Woolrich enttäuscht mich auch mit diesem seiner Bücher nicht. Von der ersten Seite an zieht die Handlung einen in den Strudel von Gegenwart und Vergangenheit des Frank Townsend, der sich in einem schier unlösbaren Dilemma befindet. Durch einen Schlag auf dem Kopf scheint sein Leben nicht mehr das, was es einst war. Seine Adresse, die er am Morgen auf dem Weg zur Arbeit verließ, stimmt nicht mehr. Seine Ehefrau, von der er sich noch verabschiedet hatte, ist umgezogen und behauptet, da [...]

    3. Presenting a horrific yet plausible scenario of repression and crime, The Black Curtain has faded into the vast amount of other crime novels in the world but definitely deserves to be read more often.

    4. THE BLACK CURTAIN. (1941). Cornell Woolrich. ***1/2.This early mystery novel from Woolrich revolves around one of his favorite themes – amnesia. Amnesia is the ‘black curtain’ referred to by the author. This time, the protagonist goes into a state of amnesia when he is hit on the head. Three years later, he is again hit on the head by a piece of a falling building. Suddenly, he recovers his memory and he is back to who he once was – with an exception; the police are after him for murder [...]

    5. Originally "The Black Curtain" by Cornell Woolrich was published in 1941. The times were different than today. All the men wore hats and suits and most everyone smoked. In 1945, a poll asked Americans, "Do you know what television is?" Most didn't. There certainly were no credit cards, so pennies mattered. The book should not be judged by today's standards much less by today's world.Although the story that Woolrich tells here is highly improbable, the paranoia that he is able to build and mainta [...]

    6. In the world of The Black Curtain paranoia runs rampant. The protagonist is besieged by he knows not what, and Woolrich's rich command of metaphor effectively insinuates an insidious malevolence into the reader's sensibility. Here's a small sample:The things of the night began to slink into view. Blue shadows, like tentatively clutching fingers, began a slow creep toward Townsend out from under the trees. Deepening, advancing only furtively when they weren't watched closely, pretending to be arr [...]

    7. It all starts when a guy gets hit by a piece of falling masonry. When he gets up he finds himself wearing somebody else's clothes and with a three year chunk of his life missing. He gets his old job back and finds his wife, who thought he had run out on her, but he doesn't have a clue what happened for the last three years. Then somebody he doesn't know recognizes him and points a gun at himFrom this point on Woolrich layers on the noir paranoia in this little existential mystery suspense thrill [...]

    8. Quasi perfetto, in particolare la graduale accelerazione senza scampo alcuno della seconda parte della storia. Come una locomotiva che si avvia sbuffando e alla fine, in piena corsa, "fischia come urlasse d'angoscia".

    9. I recommend the 1941 novel, The Black Curtain, as an introduction to Woolrich. In it, Frank Townsend gets a bump on the head and suddenly three years of his life disappears–or reappears. He searches for his home and discovers his apartment is vacant and that his wife has moved out. He finally finds her and she tells him she hasn’t seen him for three years.So starts this different version of an amnesia story. After he’s been back with his wife a short time, Townsend discovers someone is fol [...]

    10. I've had Woolrich on my shelf for almost 20 years after I bought it in Webster, Texas. Xavier, an old friend of mine, reminded me of this writer of whom I had occasionally read favorable reviews. Well, The Black Curtain was pretty good for this genre. Woolrich probably got better as he wrote more. A couple of times his physical detail was a little hard to smoothly follow. I could imagine him doing repairs at home and bumping his head on a shelf he had just put there an hour ago. The tone was goo [...]

    11. Vintage 1941 pulp fiction -- really fun. Like reading a noir movie. Some of the phraseology set me back a bit. On page 73, "His face was an unbaked cruller of rage." First of all, crullers are fried, not baked. Second of all, what the? But I could overlook that in the midst of such an intriguing, fast-moving plot. Then on page 178, "The ticket seller had hard crullers of stubborness around his eyes." Seriously, take a break, Woolrich, treat yourself to a doughnut and a cup of coffee and get past [...]

    12. Dark and atmospheric yet somewhat dated. Woolrich is a sadly forgotten writer considering his tremendous turnout of short stories and novels. One of his books was one of the 5 chosen by The American Library in their collection called American Noir of the 30s & 40s. That book is the strange I Married a Dead Man, a hard one to put down. Another one of his creations was the basis for one of Alfred Hitchcock's most famous movies, Rear Window. The Black Curtain was worth the time since it was les [...]

    13. It was a little bit of a struggle to get through this one and I can now see why it is regarded as one of Woolrich's weaker novels. Part of the problem may be retrospective. Was amnesia the horrendous cliche in 1942 that it is today? I'm not sure, but the plot was certainly cliche on this end. It is vintage Woolrich, in that it has incredibly improbable plot turns. However, it is inexplicable in having a rather upbeat (for Woolrich) ending. It's not without all redeeming value, but it is weak eno [...]

    14. Ormai è assodato: Cornell Woolrich è una delle migliori scoperte che ho fatto quest'anno grazie ad Anobii. Dopo "La donna fantasma" ecco un altro noir a 4 (ma anche a 5 se potessi) stelle, incentrato sulla disperata ricerca della verità (e della propria identità) di un uomo che non ricorda assolutamente nulla degli ultimi suoi tre anni di vita. Una scrittura che rende palpabile la tensione, la disperazione di non riuscire a ricordare e la rende con un'atmosfera nebbiosa, che non permette di [...]

    15. I wanted to like this book more than I did. It dragged on a bit towards the middle, and while I like the ending and found it suspenseful, some of the loose ends were not tied up as neatly as I would've liked – for example, I never found out why Townsend left his wife and became Dan in the first place. Maybe they said it in the book, and I just missed it – but I thought that was a pretty big thing to leave up to the reader's imagination or to be so cagey about. The book wasn't bad – it just [...]

    16. Unless I missed the point somewhere along the way, all the threads weren't tied up at the end (ie, we still don't really know why Frank became Dan in the first place). And as always with Woolrich, there are a lot of lines that I wish he had excised. Some of them work, but for the most part they just come across as rather hammy and belaboring the obvious.

    17. An interesting premise with the amnesia awaking and the totally forgotten murder possibility perpetrated by the main character. The first 2/3 of the book build up in classic pulp fiction style and are well done. The concluding sections are disjointed and very disappointing. Lots of unresolved holes in the story.

    18. CHANGED January 2012 B&NThis book was okay. It was a short read which was good (about 150 pages) because I don't know if I would have enjoyed a longer book. Writing was okay but I couldn't picture the place for the book, although I could picture the time period.

    19. An accident has Frank Townsend heading home. The problem when he gets there is that he hasn't been to the place in years. Frank not only has amnesia, but is accused of murder. This is a great suspense read by an author who knew how to tell a story.

    20. The Black Curtain is the story of an amnesiac trying to discover his past. This is my favorite Woolrich, though perhaps not his best. The ending is atrocious--as Woolrich's endings can sometimes be--but the rest of the book is so great that I almost don't care.

    21. un uomo perde la memoria e vive un'altra vita per quasi tre annila fine un mistero è risolto, ma non sappiamo nulla del perché 3 anni prima avesse cambiato vitami ha lasciata con un sacco di domande senza risposta.(forse non ho capito nulla?)

    22. Nobody writes quite like this cat. When all the odds are stacked against our hero he somehow just gets lucky enough to move on!

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