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A Kiss Before Dying Hardcover – Jun 1 1999


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762102519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762102518
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,694,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was truly a great story. Interesting characters, plot full of twists and turns, a must read this for the summer!
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By Cherita on July 9 2004
Format: Paperback
I have read several of Ira Levin's books. I have really liked them all. Ira has a style of writing that engages you and makes you feel like a friend is telling you the story. If you have seen "A Place in the Sun" (Elizabeth Taylor, Shelly Winters - a fabulous movie) then you pretty much are going to guess most of the story. It doesn't differ too much from that, HOWEVER you will be engrossed absolutley even though you THINK you know what's going to happen :) I was a little disappointed with the ending-the rest of the book was so exciting that the end seemed a little too neat and pretty - pretty. I really don't think you can go wrong no matter which Ira Levin book you read (or can manage to find..most are no longer in print-part of the attraction). Devious actions and thoughts make his characters memorable. I think the real horror lies in his ability to take a mundane thing and find the dark side of it.
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Ira Levin is one of my favorite writers. While his stories are a bit far-fetched (as with "Rosemary's Baby", "The Boys From Brazil", and "The Stepford Wives") they are always entertaining. His first book, "A Kiss Before Dying", is now largely forgotten (..it was written nearly 50 years ago) but seems remarkably fresh.
In "A Kiss Before Dying" we have a a rich college girl and her gold-digging boyfriend in a dilemna. The girl is pregnant and the choice ahead is grim: either get married and lose daddy's money, or risk an illegal abortion (remember this book takes place circa 1950). She prefers the former, he the latter. The outcome of this dilemna is unexpected (no spoilers here), and the story then really kicks into gear. Yes, in true Levin form the plot is a bit contrived. But it is deliciously readable.
Bottom line: strongly recommended.
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By Vernon L. Newhouse on Oct. 20 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am digusted with the meanness of some of these reviews.
Although this identifies me as a naive and simpleminded reader, I must admit that I found the book impossible to put down, and speed read it in about four hours. The plot concerns a money hungry student who attempts to marry three sisters in succession, all of whom stand to inherit a lot of money. Because of some plot complications however, our protagonist is forced to murder two of the sisters. He is caught and gruesomely punished however before being able to marry and kill the third sister. (Sorry if this gives away a little of the plot.)
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'A kiss before dying' was written in the fifties, and apart from some very non-essential aspects it is not dated at all. The book is about a young college student from a poor family who wants to marry a rich girl and for that he is prepared to do practically everything. Until she meets the wrong person, who starts digging... There are some very ingenious turns in the book, so telling more about the story would only give it all away. I can only say Read it! It is definitely worth your time.
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