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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
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Info:W.W. Norton & Co. (2004), Paperback, 288 pages
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A story that feels both authentic and accurate, about not only a young woman's coming of age, but also of her relationships with men and a woman named Carol. The characters are complex and difficult - full of love and sadness and hope - and therein lies the honesty. A book about relationships that doesn't rely on stereotypes or caricatures is incredibly refreshing. Considering the era in which this book was written/published, it is truly groundbreaking. ( )
  BooksForYears | Mar 31, 2016 |
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  activelearning | Feb 24, 2016 |
It is very likely that at least one of these stars is for the fact that Cate Blanchett will be playing Carol in the movie, which I'll get to see later this month. I pictured her the whole time and it was perfect. ( )
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
My first Highsmith, I enjoyed this enough to read more of her. In retrospect, I have to say the opening scenes in the store, and the descriptions of some of the minor characters, were some of the finest moments, more gripping and evocative to me than the love story. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
Most will likely have heard about the recent movie "Carol" which is based on this book. Patricia Highsmith is a well respected author, mainly of the 1950's, who write this book under the nom de plume Claire Morgan. With the success of "Strangers on a Train" she sure didn't want to be associated with this book which focuses on women being in love. Not well tolerated in those days.

So I've read a few works by Highsmith and have always been impressed by her descriptive language and her sentence and paragraph structure. In that regard, this book didn't disappoint. The story, I really enjoyed the first half of the book. Meticulous and tantalizing. But to me, later in the book, I found Carol, the older woman, confusing and inconsiderate. Terry, Therese, the younger of the pair was sort of what one would expect from a love-lost and confused late-teenage come young woman. It dragged on for me and was for a large part inconclusive.

BTW there is no specific sex and only obscurely and poetically referred to. Quite nicely but hey, this was the 1950's! ( )
  martinhughharvey | Jan 21, 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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