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Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories Hardcover – December 6, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0393080131 ISBN-10: 0393080137 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 644 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition (December 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393080137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393080131
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Starred Review. The short stories range in tone from the truly unsettling (“A Mighty Nice Man”; “Oona, the Jolly Cave Woman”) to the biting (“The Baby Spoon”; “Not One of Us”). While Highsmith may be best known for The Talented Mr. Ripley, this collection is proof positive that her savagely sedate prose expands far beyond her hero-villain Tom Ripley.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

Joan Schenkar, the author of the highly acclaimed biography The Talented Miss Highsmith, lives in Paris and Greenwich Village.

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Alt & repression lead to amazing human behavior.
M. Reymond
Fascinating psychology in her characters and subtle contrasts that make them so real & frightening.
LostintheColony
This collection is well worth reading and listening to.
Lynn Ellingwood

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I listened to the audio version of this via audible.com, and I have to say that it sort of permeated my experiences for the 27 hours that I listened to it over a month or so. My interest was piqued by the opportunity to read "Strangers on a Train", having seen the Hitchcock film many times. The collection starts out there, and continues through short stories, some of which I thought were really surprising, observant and human. "The Price of Salt", the other novel in the collection, I felt really was the highlight. PH's writing is so detailed in its description, I felt like I was experiencing the world of 1952 along with the characters. It must have been very important for gay and lesbian readers almost 60 years ago to read such a truthful and sweet story of two women in love. I hadn't expected to find "sweetness" in PH's work.

PH deserves to be read, and I plan on doing much more of that.

The readers on the collection are excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hank's Wife on January 22, 2015
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Quality writing propels the reader forward, and that describes Patricia Highsmith's style perfectly. None of the current fad of slap-dash writing and throwing in a word that sends us to the dictionary (and discovering another word would have been more appropriate anyway): not impressed - rather, very depressed. We all think we know "Strangers On a Train" from the Alfred Hitchcock movie, but the story as written is much more compelling with a darkness not depicted in the film. [After reading the Ripley novels (not included), both movies of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (the French "Purple Noon" and the Matt Damon movie) are unsatisfying. On the other hand, John Malkovich and the screenwriters of "Ripley's Game" revealed the Ripley character's appreciation of music and art, his devotion to his wife, his cunning and devious "business" ventures, and his dark dark aspect.] The "Price of Salt" is a wonderfully moving book, and the short stories are of very high quality and a joy to read (with two minor quibbles). She is an author educated English speakers/readers should add to their "Must Read" list.
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This is an awful lot of material from any author. Highsmith's a seriously skilled writer who doesn't always pick the most engaging material or characters. The Price Of Salt (seriously dull title) is very much a product of its time and is simply way too long. Strangers is the highlight, and again it'd be better shortened. Some great writing in here if you don;t mind digging.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on July 18, 2013
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This is an amazing collection of short stories and two novels by Patricia Highsmith. She became popular again when her novel The Talented Mr. Ripley was made into a movie starring Matt Damon a few years ago. I prefer the French film version of the same novel under the title Purple Noon personally. I think it is one of the great French New Wave films. Anyway, this collection came out soon after the release of the most recent movie version of that novel. The first novel Patricia Highsmith published is Strangers on a Train which of course was made into the masterpiece movie by Alfred Hitchcock. There are minor differences between the film and the novel in the beginning, Guy is an architect in the novel, a profession tennis player in the movie but the differences become major and veer off from each other in the middle of the book. Film was censored much more harshly than books were at the time and there are behavioral nuances that Hitchcock could tell easily one way in film and better told another way in the novel. Both have an interesting way of dealing with the homosexual stance of George Bruno, Hitchcock used George Sanders to "act" gay while Highsmith describes Bruno as feeling anger and displeasure around women except for his mother. He also has an attachment to Guy which is shown in both mediums as being unusual. The novel takes us into a more logical outcome of the horrific story.
Highsmith was also a gifted short story teller with stories that could take your breath away. The book breaks up the stories into her early career as a writer and later in her career.
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Fantastic author. Really great writing. Capture the inner and outer world of America in the 50's -- which may sound boring, but is actually FASCINATING. Alt & repression lead to amazing human behavior. Ms. Highsmith captures human beauty in a most magnificent way. I can't wait each evening when I get to pick this book back up!
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We had an article in our local newspaper about great novels not to miss. This was one of them. They were right!
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Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

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