The novel upon which Hitchcock based the film "Rear Window". The chilling and riveting story of a man immobilised in his apartment, observing the minutiae of life - and death - through his rear window. Most of Hal Jeffries's daily observations run to the mundane, until he plays back certain events in his mind and realises that they point to a murder. What do you fancy doing? - Read the short story "It had to be murder" by Cornell Woolerich, 1942 (13 pages). - Listen to it on BBC Radio Reading. - WatchRear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954) The Must-Read Short Stories Behind 16 Great Movies
When I was young, it seemed
that life was so wonderful,
A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so
Joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
Logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
Clinical, intellectual, cynical.
There are times when all the world's asleep,
The questions run too deep
For such a simple man.
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.
Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical,
Liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're
Acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!
At night, when all the world's asleep,
The questions run so deep
For such a s…