Search Results: "Patricia Highsmith"


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Released: Feb. 1, 1988

"Together with the shaky novel Found in the Street and other recent story collections, these crude tales suggest that Highsmith—once such a powerful storyteller—is no longer in full artistic control of her morbidity and misanthropy."
Ten heavy-handed parables, mostly cartoonish and occasionally stomach-turning—aimed at such worthy but obvious contemporary targets as homelessness, pollution, militarism, nuclear power, right-wing religions, and Nancy Reagan. Read full book review >

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THE SELECTED STORIES OF PATRICIA HIGHSMITH by Patricia Highsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

This massive tome reprints five of the seven complete collections of short stories by Highsmith (1921-95), together with a brief introduction by Graham Greene excerpted from a sixth. Read full book review >

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A DOG'S RANSOM by Patricia Highsmith
Released: Aug. 1, 1972

"Both, to be frank, are subnormal creeps rather than the psychopaths she has invested with such brilliance in the past."
It is too bad that with Miss Highsmith's appearance on a new list she seems to be taking a vacation from her usual excellence and that her two-part story serves to some extent as an outlet for her criticism of the police force — their sheer slipshoddiness or outright brutality. Read full book review >

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RIPLEY UNDER GROUND by Patricia Highsmith
Released: Sept. 18, 1970

"Sometimes you suspect that Miss Highsmith as well as Ripley is getting away with murder—but they both do it so elegantly."
Ripley is one of Patricia Highsmith's casually unconscionable miscreants; he lives in luxury in the south of France off a charming young wife and off the proceeds (via England) of a fraudulent art enterprise consisting of the canvases of a dead painter (forged). Read full book review >

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Released: May 16, 1980

"No surprises, no tension, and, surprisingly, no depth or conviction in the ambiguous malemale relationship that is usually Highsmith's forte."
The Talented Mr. Ripley was grand. Read full book review >

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Released: April 25, 1985

Twelve stories by the gifted, uneven author of Strangers on a Train, the Ripley series, and Edith's Diary—reflecting Highsmith's ongoing interest in abnormal psychology, obsessive relationships, and violent environments. Read full book review >

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STRANGERS ON A TRAIN by Patricia Highsmith
Released: March 15, 1950

"All of this seems quite unreasonable."
The sphere of suspense for the story of a strange, parasitic attachment and the unbelievable events which follow. Read full book review >

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THE BLUNDERER by Patricia Highsmith
Released: Sept. 20, 1954

"Clever."
A second suspense story has much of the malevolent intensity of Strangers On A Train and the whim of circumstance does much to victimize Walter Stackhouse, a lawyer. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Valuable for the light it sheds on its creator, then, but not a collection that will enlarge Highsmith's formidable reputation."
Following on the heels of The Collected Stories of Patricia Highsmith (2001), this gathering will be a revelation to readers who've bracketed Highsmith (1921-95) purely as a psychological suspense novelist, or indeed as a novelist. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 30, 1955

"The virtuosity here- more than anything else-will pin you to the page."
....is a young man of no means, and expensive tastes, and his nerveless, conscienceless progression is traced from the time when Tom Ripley is sent to Italy to retrieve an expatriate son, Dickie Greenleaf. Read full book review >

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THE STORY-TELLER by Patricia Highsmith
Released: June 15, 1965

"As before, Patricia Highsmith keeps her story teeter-tottering between the intent to kill and the actuality and it is handled with the niggling nastiness she manages so well."
The story-teller is Sydney Bartleby who lives in an old house in rural England with his wife, Alicia; he writes tv scripts; she paints; they quarrel. Read full book review >

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A GAME FOR THE LIVING by Patricia Highsmith
Released: Nov. 26, 1958

"Atmospheric to eccentric touches produce a heavy chiaroscuro of crime and recrimination but do not substitute for the genuine originality of the earlier books."
.... at which nobody can win, begins with the mutilation and murder of Lelia, an artist, and her lovers- Theodore Schiebelhut and Ramon- also friends- share the suspicion of the Mexican policia. Read full book review >