Game for the Living

Game for the Living

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by Patricia Highsmith
     
 

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Ramón mends furniture. Theodore paints. A devout Catholic, Ramón lives in Mexico City, not far from where he was born into poverty. Theodore, a rich German transplanted to a country where money buys some comfort but no peace, believes in nothing at all. You’d think the two had nothing in common. Except, of course, that both had slept with Lelia.… See more details below

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Ramón mends furniture. Theodore paints. A devout Catholic, Ramón lives in Mexico City, not far from where he was born into poverty. Theodore, a rich German transplanted to a country where money buys some comfort but no peace, believes in nothing at all. You’d think the two had nothing in common. Except, of course, that both had slept with Lelia. The two were good friends, so neither minded sharing her affections. They did mind, however, when Lelia was found raped, murdered, and horribly mutilated. The two friends, suspects both, twist in a limbo of tension and doubt, each seeking his own form of solace and truth.

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“Patricia Highsmith is often described as a mystery or crime writer, which is a bit like calling Picasso a draftsman. The statement contains a measure of truth, but what it leaves out is almost everything. . . . [A Game for the Living is] an elegant and psychologically sophisticated morality play. . . . All of it reveals Highsmith to be in fine form.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Classic.”—USA Today

“There’s no thriller writer’s gamesmanship in her novels, none of the reassuring trickery of professional pulp; Highsmith’s style is as blunt and straightforward as a strip-search.”—New Yorker

“A coolly analytic study of friendship, neurosis, and grief.”—Mystery News

Praise for Patricia Highsmith

"[Highsmith's] characters are irrational, and they leap to life in their very lack of reason. . . . Highsmith is the poet of apprehension rather than fear."—Graham Greene

"For some obscure reason, one of our greatest modernist writers, Patricia Highsmith, has been thought of in her own land as a writer of thrillers. She is both. She is certainly one of the most interesting writers of this dismal century."—Gore Vidal

"Miss Highsmith's genius is in presenting fantasy's paradox: successes are not what they seem. . . . Where in the traditional fairy tale the heroine turns the toad into a prince, in Miss Highsmith's fables the prince becomes a toad—success is nearly always fatal. . . . Combining the best features of the suspense genre with the best of existential fiction—a reflection—the stories are fabulous, in all the senses of that word."—Paul Theroux

"Patricia Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing—bad dreams that keep us restless and thrashing for the rest of the night."—Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker

"Highsmith, who can change reality to nightmare with one well-turned phrase, is a legendary crime writer."—Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871132109
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Highsmith, Patricia Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.77(d)

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