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Grisly and atmospheric, these are perfectly nasty little tales told by an acknowledged mistress of the form ( Little Tales of Mysogyny. Whether it's Eddie, the Capuchin monkey, annoyed at the petty thief who employs him, or Djemal, the camel, getting back at a cruel driver, Highsmith's creatures are intelligent, vengeful and bloodthirsty. Even the aged Baron, a pampered and sophisticated city dog with worn-down teeth, finds a way of settling the score with the human he dislikes. Tales are told of a truffle-hunting pig, a ferret, a goat who gives rides in an amusement park, a sleek Siamese cat, chickens raised on an automated farm and an extended family of hamstersall sympathetically, but never sentimentally, portrayed. The stories feature small worlds of animal amorality in which the sweet taste of revenge leaves no aftertaste of guilt. It's a rich offering, best sampled in small bites.
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[Highsmith] is no more a practitioner of the murder mystery genre than are Dostoevsky, Faulkner and Camus. -- Joan Smith, Los Angeles Times
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Printing edition (October 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393323668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393323665
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Adriana Villanueva on July 7, 2000
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Why is this book out of print? Why it's so hard to find in America the complete work of one of her finest writters? My copy of Patricia Highsmith's The Animals-lover's book of beastly murders is dated 1975, and it was a british edition. I bought it in Paris in the eighties and instantly devour it; almost twenty years later, this tales still hunt me. The Animal's lovers of beastly murder its a collection of tales of revenge of the animals against the human beings who explotes them: Rats, pigs, dogs, cats; take their turn getting even with human race. Its not only for animal's lovers, it works well with animal's haters too. I hate rats and the tale of a rat's revenge of a Venice'family , with complete work out guide for rats included, still gives me goosebumps. You might need a streak of black humor to love this book, because Patricia Highsmith doesn't write your typical horror story. But if you have read and loved her work before, you will find a manly crime that this book is out of print.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lochnessa7 on August 20, 2008
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Would your beloved cat avenge your murder? Are those adorable hamsters planning to annhilate you? Patricia Highsmith's ingenious collection of tales is fiendish good fun sure to delight any animal lover. The ultimate excersise in anthropomorphization "The Animal Lover's book of Beastly Murder" runs the gamut from darkly funny to tragic, touching and horrifying. Its enough to make you scratch your new kitten behind the ears, give man's best friend an extra treat and maybe take a second look at exactly what those ants are so busy doing in that ant farm.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Wilson on September 2, 2013
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I LOVE animals and I know the author Patricia loved them too. This book will make animal lovers smile and people who don't love animals frown. Only 1 or 2 of the stories did I feel the animal was unjust. The pig and rat stories are the unjust stories, which is a shame bc I LOVE rats and pigs. Still good stories though. I even loved the roach story. Please read, I feel like people do not know about this book and they should! Recommend to others too.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lonebeaut TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 7, 2011
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I actually read most of the stories in this book in another collection of Hightower's short stories that I checked out of the library. As an animal advocate, I positively cheered at the ends of these stories, where the animals come out on top, and decided I had to have this particular book in my collection. It doesn't often happen in real life that our fellow animals triumph over us humans, but it definitely does in these stories. It's very cathartic!

Highsmith is a highly addictive writer, especially if you enjoy the dark side of life and black comedy. I've now read almost every short story she's written and I'm hooked. I would recommend any book by her.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 29, 2013
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Crazy, wonderful little droll stories--you can tell Highsmith was having fun and getting even with a slew of silly sisters all at once! A nice little book to read in bed with the door closed and the cat and dog outside.
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