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The Price of Salt (original 1952; edition 2004)

by Patricia Highsmith, W. W. Norton

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Title:The Price of Salt
Authors:Patricia Highsmith
Other authors:W. W. Norton
Info:W.W. Norton & Co. (2004), Paperback, 288 pages
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I thought the writing style was a little melodramatic...lots of moodiness displayed by the main characters for no apparent reason...I couldn't really understand either of them (or Richard or Abbey). And the pace a little slow most of the time. But the story was so intriguing: forbidden love, and what love can cost you whether you pursue it or abandon it. ( )
  LynnB | Dec 29, 2016 |
Original author pseudonym: Claire Morgan
  bjellis | Dec 25, 2016 |
It was an okay book. I love the premise of it, a love story that is different and unexpected. Everybody was against it, their love was despised. I also love how the ending was open ended in a way. However, it was dragging and boring. The lead character, Terry, was also hard to understand, a bit immature and also impulsive. Carol was much harder to understand. She is a bit condescending and know-it-all. Abby is weird. ( )
  krizia_lazaro | Dec 19, 2016 |
Beautifully written prose. I now really want to see the movie! ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
[review coming soon]
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
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To Edna, Jordy and Jeff
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The lunch hour in the co-workers' cafeteria at Frankenberg's had reached its peak.
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Happiness was like a green vine spreading through her, stretching fine tendrils, bearing flowers through her flesh.
She had seen just now what she had only sensed before, that the whole world was ready to be their enemy, and suddenly what she and Carol had together seemed no longer love or anything happy but a monster between them, with each of them caught in a fist.
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Carol was first published in the USA under the title The Price of Salt, 1952, and the author's pseudonym of Claire Morgan.
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Now recognized as a masterwork, the scandalous novel that anticipated Nabokov's Lolita.

"I have long had a theory that Nabokov knew The Price of Salt and modeled the climactic cross-country car chase in Lolita on Therese and Carol's frenzied bid for freedom," writes Terry Castle in The New Republic about this novel, arguably Patricia Highsmith's finest, first published in 1952 under the pseudonym Clare Morgan. Soon to be a new film, The Price of Salt tells the riveting story of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose salvation arrives one day in the form of Carol Aird, an alluring suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce. They fall in love and set out across the United States, pursued by a private investigator who eventually blackmails Carol into a choice between her daughter and her lover. With this reissue, The Price of Salt may finally be recognized as a major twentieth-century American novel.

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From the Publisher: "I have long had a theory that Nabokov knew The Price of Salt and modeled the climactic cross-country car chase in Lolita on Therese and Carol's frenzied bid for freedom," writes Terry Castle in The New Republic about this novel, arguably Patricia Highsmith's finest, first published in 1952 under the pseudonym Clare Morgan. Soon to be a new film, The Price of Salt tells the riveting story of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose salvation arrives one day in the form of Carol Aird, an alluring suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce. They fall in love and set out across the United States, pursued by a private investigator who eventually blackmails Carol into a choice between her daughter and her lover. With this reissue, The Price of Salt may finally be recognized as a major twentieth-century American novel.… (more)

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