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Vertigo Paperback – Dec 31 1969

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Pierre Boileau (1906-89) and Thomas Narcejac (1908-98) are two of  the most celebrated names in French crime fiction. Together they collaborated on more than forty thrillers, most notably Vertigo and She Who Was No More, turned into classics of noir cinema by Alfred Hitchcock and Henri-Georges Clouzot respectively. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Original Story July 12 2011
By Tom S. - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Vertigo (Universal Legacy Series) is my favorite Hitchcock film, and one of my favorite films, period. I watched it again recently, and I was interested to see how the film adaptation compared to the original. So I looked on Amazon and found a used copy of a British edition of the novel, and it's fascinating.

French writers Thomas Narcejac and Pierre Boileau wrote several mysteries together back in the 1950s, and two of them became famous movies, DIABOLIQUE and VERTIGO. They specialized in twisty plots and surprise endings, with morally ambiguous characters and lots of mood and atmosphere. The original novel of VERTIGO, D'ENTRE LES MORTES (From Among the Dead), is set in Paris, not San Francisco, and the surprise ending is quite different from Hitchcock's. It's actually a better ending, but the film censors in the '50s would never have allowed Hitchcock to use it. It's interesting to note all the ways the original and the film compare and contrast. If you're a Hitchcock fan like me, find a copy of the novel and see for yourself. It's excellent.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great Twists and Turns Sept. 16 2007
By KR - Published on
Format: Paperback
Whenever I see a film that I really enjoy, I immediately want to read the book. My library had a copy of this book, and I just finished reading it. While some parts are on the slow side, it really is a great read. In fact, the book is probably even better if you don't know the plot through the film. There are several differences between the film and book. The book is set in France, and the ending of the book differs just a bit.
Give the authors of the book credit- while the film is wonderful due to the performances and direction, you can't discount how clever the plot is. It's a shame that this book is not more widely available.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Vertigo Fan March 13 2013
By Theater gal - Published on
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I was thrilled to get this book. I am a HUGE fan of the film and have looked for it for years. The book arrived covered in plastic and hard bound. It was a new book in perfect condition. I would definitely recommend it for any collector.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Socorro E. Crabb - Published on
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I must say that I expected the book to have a more in depth description of the root of the obsession in the man's mind over this woman he knows nothing about, but I was not prepared for the ending. Definitely worth reading if for nothing else to compare it to Alfred Hitchocks's masterpiece of suspense and obsession. I ended up so satisfied that I saw the movie first. It was a deeper look into John's obsession and his need to control the uncontrollable. Men, take heart, not many men are capable of such extremes in feeling and pursuit of "love at first sight."
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Vertigo, orignal book Oct. 3 2010
By Howard E. Borck - Published on
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This is the English translation of the French book that Hitchcock's movie is based on. Great book. Although book has no reference to movie, if you love this film, the book will enhance and provide background information not found in the film. A man possessed with an illusion (or delusion if you will) chasing after romance...fixated, addictive when madly in love. Until recently this book was very difficult to obtain except in 1950s paperback edition which was usually damaged and frail.