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The Bad Seed: A Vintage Movie Classic

The Bad Seed: A Vintage Movie Classic [PDF] The Bad Seed: A Vintage Movie Classic | by ↠ William March Anna Holmes - The Bad Seed: A Vintage Movie Classic, The Bad Seed A Vintage Movie Classic The bestselling inspiration for the chilling movie starring Patty McCormack and Nancy Kelly What happens to ordinary families into whose midst a child serial killer is born This spine tingling tale in

  • Title: The Bad Seed: A Vintage Movie Classic
  • Author: William March Anna Holmes
  • ISBN: 9781101872659
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback

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  1. William March born William Edward Campbell was an American author and a highly decorated US Marine The author of six novels and four short story collections, March was a critical success and heralded as the unrecognized genius of our time , without attaining popular appeal until after his death His novels intertwine his own personal torment with the conflicts spawned by unresolved class, family, sexual, and racial matters March often presents characters who, through no fault of their own, are victims of chance, and writes that freedom can only be obtained by being true to one s nature and humanity.

  2. It seemed to her suddenly that violence was an inescapable factor of the heart, perhaps the most important factor of all an ineradicable thing that lay, like a bad seed, behind kindness, behind compassion, behind the embrace of love itself Sometimes it lay deeply hidden, sometimes it lay close to the surface, but always it was there, ready to appear, under the right conditions, in all its irrational dreadfulness How many of you I wonder remember or have seen the 1956 movie classic based on the n [...]


  3. e monsters of real life usually looked and behaved in a normal manner than their actually normal brothers and sisters they presented a convincing picture of virtue than virtue presented of itself just as the wax rosebud or the plastic peach seemed perfect to the eye, what the mind thought a rose bud or a peach should be, than the imperfect original from which it had been modelled William March s classic thriller focuses on a child killer the pristine Rhoda Penmark, who enchants all adults wi [...]


  4. It seemed to her suddenly that violence was an inescapable factor of the heart, perhaps the most important factor of all an ineradicable thing that lay, like a bad seed, behind kindness, behind compassion, behind the embrace of love itself Sometimes it lay deeply hidden, sometimes it lay close to the surface but always it was there, ready to appear, under the right conditions, in all its irrational dreadfulness It s amazing to think this book is almost 60 years old it was definitely a chilling a [...]


  5. Eu fiquei v rios minutos pensando en quantas estrelas dar A verdade que eu n o consigo pensar em nada pra mudar Acho que 4,5 estrelas seria o ideal, porque eu terminei com uma sensa o de que queria um pouquinho mais de profundidade na hist ria Eu me peguei pensando que j li vi essa hist ria antes, mas precisa se levar em considera o que o livro de 1954 Com certeza pra essa poca foi inovador O livro fala de uma menina de 8 anos que j uma pequena m quina de matan a O thriller psicol gico aqui de t [...]


  6. 5 Oh, the Memories it Brings Back Stars Spoiler FreeThis book and the movie has a huge place in my heart, not because of an identification with the characters.but due to childhood memory of my sister being in Forensics during high school.My sister is 4 years older than me and was a drama student She would try out for plays and also participate in the Forensics competitions During her senior year, she chose to do a monologue from The Bad Seed For months I would either hear practicing or performan [...]


  7. one of the evilest books i ve ever readthe author was suffered by mental disorder, was that evil too i know he was not kurt cobain, he was not a clam and i know this book was not nirvana, that this book was not the pearl that derived from his pain, which was created within the clamdid he got possessed i just couldn t read this all, i don t mean the pages, i mean the things further from the pages of those i can t describe1954, a great year in literary history in that year, The Lord of the Rings g [...]


  8. This creepy 1954 classic tale of the evil Rhoda Penmark must have been quite a shocker in its day, and IMHO still is today I was hardly one third of the way into the story, and I already wanted to ring the little monster s neck and run and hide from the repulsive handyman Not the ending I hoped for, but it definitely added to the creep factor of the book hope to track down the movie Update August 2,2014OMGOSH I do not know how I missed this excellent horror flick, and I must admit I thought it m [...]


  9. This classis thriller written in 1954 is an outstanding and thought provoking story This must have also been quite confronting for its time Young Rhoda presents as a cute, delightful and innocent child but believe me she also has an extremely evil side and she is a killer It is really hard to try to comprehend what this child does and brings up the old age question, can someone be born evil After reading this I am leaning towards believing that this could be true, but how does this occur The bo [...]


  10. I can see why this book had popular appeal and shock value back in 1954 Ted Bundy was still just a fledgling psychopath, and Freudian analysis was still a big fad The word psychopath wasn t even in use, and is never mentioned in the novel Some of the analysis and conclusions are way off base, but William March got a lot of things right Rhoda Penmark, the eight year old serial killer, is quite chilling and convincing given what we now know about the psychopathic personality profile Born without a [...]


  11. I remember watching that Macaulay Culkin movie a few years ago, The Good Son and realize that it was a homage to The Bad Seed I remember being freaked out at how Culkin acted in that movie I have to say that Rhoda in The Bad Seed would have wiped out that character without breaking a sweat The Bad Seed is about a mother Christine at home waiting for her husband and realizing that her daughter Rhoda is not like the other boys and girls When Christine starts to have suspicions about Rhoda s involv [...]


  12. Hist ria r pida, angustiante, pessoal Gostei do desenrolar, dos personagens e principalmente do final Com personagens bem caracter sticos, bem for ados eu at diria, o autor construiu uma trama problem tica, desconfort vel Muito bom 3


  13. I think I might have actually known this child.or several just like her They seem to be drawn to me like moths to a flame This is a charming expos of a darling little girl who is totally misunderstood She just wants what she wants and she wants it now Not unlike Veruka Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but on massive doses of steroids.I mean, seriously, why can t people just let her have her way, then she wouldn t t be angry and upset, and take revenge on those who done her wrong Takin [...]


  14. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum What would you do if you suspect your child isn t simply odd, but might just be a serial killer If I didn t already know, there is no way I would have guessed this book to be 60 years old A chilling thriller about Rhoda Penmark and how she always makes sure to get whatever her little heart desires If you like tales of the macabre that keep you on the edge of your seat up to the last page, put this classic on your to read list.Buddy read with Mitchell the B [...]


  15. This was the basis for one of my all time favourite movies, a delirious and delicious camp classic The novel differs quite a bit from the film especially the ending While the film concentrates on the evil and murderous little girl and her mother, the book goes into considerable detail about the mother s own childhood and her own mother, and the true significance of the title becomes much plainer Both movie and novel are wonderful examples of 1950s American paranoia, but this is not paranoia abou [...]


  16. Rhoda Penmark is eight years old, self contained, manipulative, and a psychopath Bad things happen when Rhoda doesn t get what she wants, what she feels she is entitled to Woe betide anyone who stands in her way This novel raises the issue as to the inheritance of evil.The character of Rhoda is well written, quite fascinating but it is her mother Christine whose dawning horror of the malevolence apparent in Rhoda that brings the story together.This novel sent a few chills up my spine when readin [...]


  17. What will you give me if I give you a basket of kisses How about a friendly shove off the stairs Creepy little child, but an enjoyable read Made me want to put some red lip stick on and get a blunt bang cut.


  18. 1.5 StarsThis book was bloody tiring and reading it felt like a chore.I m now of the opinion that most books regarded as brilliant aren t so much about the plot but about the time it was released Take this book, i bet it would have shocked a shit load of people that someone would consider a child to be capable of cold, calculating often unfeeling murders And not just any type of child, a sweet, well mannered child So i m thinking of course people are going to be intrigued, of course they re goi [...]


  19. The Bad Seed must have been a terrifying read back in the less cynical 1950 s when it was published Even today, parts of William March s story of little Rhoda Penmark have a chilling effect on the reader, perhaps even then if the story had been graphic in nature.March s prose is spare, which works well in highlighting the turmoil and tension created by the story of a child born bad.The narrative isn t from the child herself, but from her mother Christine, who slowly uncovers her own demons alo [...]


  20. A really well written book about an evil child I think it s safe to say that without spoilers considering title and book cover.If you love a good nature versus nurture conundrum then yay The characters worked really well and the predictability did not take anything away from the book.


  21. This book is a good read, despite already knowing the outcome as I believe everyone does who has ever heard of it March builds his narrative cleverly and precisely He opens the story by focusing upon a single family and their social circle, in a small American town, and then narrows the focus down little by little, finally isolating his two main characters completely in a social and psychological sense so that the reader s anxiety is held taut, through to the end This is emotionally confining en [...]


  22. This was a nice surprise to discover I heard about William March from a reader of Under False Flags, who told me about March s quote about war in his WWI novel Company K If the common soldiers of each army could just get together by a river bank and talk things over calmly, no war could possibly last as long as a week If only it were true That reader is also an expert in crime noir, and he reminded me about this novel, which takes a far damning and sad view of people Another early March quote s [...]


  23. First a caveat read the book before you see the movie the 54 version is the only movies to see or the play I was way too familiar with the movie for the book to have an emotional effect on me Except for the ending the book s is much better than the movie s the movie follows the book quite closely.March s prose is quite simple, straight forward and succinct He s telling a story without a lot of description The book s an easy 1 day read Rhoda and Christine s characters are well developed, the othe [...]


  24. Nature or nurture I have always heard references to the Bad Seed and caught the gist of the term Now that I have read the book, I am a little creeped out but also find William March a bit sophisticated in his story telling than I anticipated for the horror genre March pulls the reader along with just the right amount of suspense and if you are a parent, well, you may not look at your own little precious the same way again Oh, kids will be kids, right I mean, my daughter wasn t really going to [...]


  25. Um livro interessante sobre Rhoda, uma crian a psicopata e assassina Rhoda fria e implac vel Chega mesmo a ser assustadora O livro tenso e pesado Fica o aviso E o final Ir nico Por m houve uma coisa que n o me convenceu de todo com todas as pistas que Christine foi deixando inadvertidamente, como que ningu m suspeitou se questionou adivinhou o que realmente aconteceu Ser o as pessoas assim t o obtusas Uma coisa certa nunca esperamos encontrar o Mal na face inocente de uma crian a


  26. I am glad this was a book club read or I would have never experienced this book It was thrilling and interesting and creepy It was somewhat predictable and I wasn t biting my nails but I wasn t reading this in 1954 If I had read this back then I would be shocked and running to my neighbors and shoving the book at them and demanding them to read it The ending is soooo good


  27. Oh dear lord I was sucked into this late last night and it just gave me the creeps.Good book.


  28. Noch nicht die Review, nur vorl ufige Lesenotizen What are little girls made of Sugar and spice and all things nice That s what little girls are made of Anfang der 50er Jahre in Amerika der 2 Weltkrieg und der Koreakrieg pr gen das Lebensgef hl einer ganzen Generation, das T ten ist zum Alltagsthema geworden auf der anderen Seite hat auch die Psychoanalyse Eingang in die Popkultur gefunden und in den St dten l sst sich analysieren, wer es sich leisten kann.Rhodas Mutter Christine ist ein Kind ih [...]


  29. Uma leitura estimulante, um tema j familiar tanto em formato livro como em filme Esta hist ria foi escrita em 1954, se n o estou em erro, como tal foi impactante para a sua poca A escrita simples e f cil leitura.Christine, a m e, cativa nos pela sua natureza simp tica e doce, uma mulher de bons sentimentos e de uma conduta moral irrepreens vel, um contraste brutal com a sua filha RhodaGostaria que tivesse mais enredo O fim um tanto como esperamos que sejas de qualquer forma ir nico, mas adequado [...]


  30. O livro teve um clima muito bom durante toda a hist ria, achei um Thriller muito bem escrito e desenvolvido Tamb m um livro muito r pido e objetivo O livro mais focado na m e da menina, a Christine, mas eu gostei muito disso, gostei de ver toda a situa o que ela acaba enfrentando com a filha A Rondha uma personagem bem intrigante, achei interessante como ela foi caracterizada, ficou bem realista, o que me deixou com medo de encontrar uma crian a assim O livro n o tem a o, mas tem uma revela o be [...]


  31. The POV frequently head hopped from one character to another, sometimes multiple times within the same paragraph, which I found a little disconcerting Nonetheless, this is a terrifically dark and well written noir tale You won t forget the charming eight year old, Rhoda Penmark, in a hurry Warning if you buy this edition, DO NOT read the foreword first Anna Holmes blithely gives away every single plot point Every single one SMH From bitter experience, I now read forewords last because of spoiler [...]