Search Results: "Patricia Highsmith"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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THE BLACK HOUSE by Patricia Highsmith
Released: March 16, 1988

Eleven stories, published some time ago in England, from the darkly gifted, highly uneven Highsmith (Strangers on a Train, Found in the Street), who is rarely at her best in the short-story form. 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 >

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THOSE WHO WALK AWAY by Patricia Highsmith
Released: April 7, 1967

"What happened?"
Ray Garrett's wife Peggy has Just committed suicide but he really doesn't know why even though his father-in-law, Ed Coleman, blames him, bullies him, and suggests that he exploited her sexually. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 20, 1988

"In any case: a moderately welcome volume for devoted Highsmith fans, but with little to interest those who've found her recent work disappointing."
Eleven short stories from the 70's and 80's, featuring—like much of Highsmith's recent fiction—morbid obsessions, suicidal urges, and considerable nastiness. Read full book review >

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RIPLEY UNDER WATER by Patricia Highsmith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 8, 1992

"It's been 12 long years since The Boy Who Followed Ripley: welcome back, Tom."
Tom Ripley, the charming, resourceful swindler/killer who's survived four earlier tales of skullduggery, provides just the antidote for the recent glum misogyny of seminal psychological- suspenser Highsmith's recent work. Read full book review >

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SMALL G by Patricia Highsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Aimless and uninteresting tale that would have been best left to the archives."
A meandering story of gay and straight life in modern Zurich, the last fiction by Highsmith (Nothing That Meets the Eye, 2002, etc.) before her death in 1995. 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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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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DEEP WATER by Patricia Highsmith
Released: Oct. 2, 1957

"Again the fine detail of dialogue and action pinpoints a portrayal of an imperturbable killer- but without the flair of some of the earlier performances."
Victor Van Allen, a quiet- seemingly complacent husband to the pretty, pleasure-loving Melinda, frightens off her lovers successfully- until Charley De Lisle forces him to fulfill his threat- of murder. Read full book review >

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THIS SWEET SICKNESS by Patricia Highsmith
Released: Feb. 3, 1959

"A high level of conviction- from the everyday circumstances to the special symptomology of the case at hand."
Another Rorschach of a psychotic personality is a detailed, not a smudged, record of a schizoid's double vision: as David Kelsey, he leads a spotless life in a furnished room; weekends he spends as William Neumeister with Annabelle whom he loved and who married another man. Read full book review >