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The Price of Salt
     

The Price of Salt

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by Patricia Highsmith
 

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A great American writer…Highsmith's writing is wicked…it puts a spell on you." —Entertainment Weekly
Patricia Highsmith's story of romantic obsession may be one of the most important, but still largely unrecognized, novels of the twentieth century. First published in 1952 and touted as "the novel of a love that society forbids," the book soon

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A great American writer…Highsmith's writing is wicked…it puts a spell on you." —Entertainment Weekly
Patricia Highsmith's story of romantic obsession may be one of the most important, but still largely unrecognized, novels of the twentieth century. First published in 1952 and touted as "the novel of a love that society forbids," the book soon became a cult classic.
Based on a true story plucked from Highsmith's own life, Carol tells the riveting drama of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose routine is forever shattered by a gorgeous epiphany—the appearance of Carol Aird, a customer who comes in to buy her daughter a Christmas toy. Therese begins to gravitate toward the alluring suburban housewife, who is trapped in a marriage as stultifying as Therese's job. They fall in love and set out across the United States, ensnared by society's confines and the imminent disapproval of others, yet propelled by their infatuation. Carol is a brilliantly written story that may surprise Highsmith fans and will delight those discovering her work.Now a major motion picture

Editorial Reviews

The Independent
“A document of persecuted love—perfect.”
The Sunday Times
“About the pursuit of love, and true happiness…It has characters who laugh, and who laugh without scorn or illusion…very recognizably Highsmith, full of tremor and of threat and of her peculiar genius for anxiety.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393325997
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/23/2004
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
262
Sales rank:
54,325
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt,The Blunderer and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 19, 1921
Date of Death:
February 4, 1995
Place of Birth:
Fort Worth, Texas
Place of Death:
Locarno, Switzerland
Education:
B.A., Barnard College, 1942

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Price of Salt 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read the 'Price of Salt' 25 years ago at the tender age of 19, the same age as the character Therese in the book. It made such an impact on me. I bought it at the now defunct 'Womanbooks' bookstore on the Upper West Side. Reading the story was like a rite of passage because the book's ending was not your typical period lesbian love story with it's morbid, tragic ending though in some ways it was a sad ending. Mostly it was a more realistic bittersweet finale. It swept me through a range of deeply felt emotions. It is a timeless love story and one that anyone would enjoy! Patricia Highsmith was a storyteller of the highest caliber!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is well-written...by the end you really have a sense of who the characters were and what motivated them. It is more than a lesbian love story; it's a true novel. This book is read by myself at least once a year...too bad, though, there was never a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written & engaging love story between 2 women. With a happy ending to boot- unusual for the time it was written. Thank you Ms. Highsmith!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A love story not to be missed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great piece of lesbian literature, amazing now, even 61 years later. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Difficult to love. Moves slowly and the characters are hard to relate to. Kept hoping this story would get better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This could have been so fantastic, but for the fact that I didn't care for Therese. She was such a child in so many ways and she completely turned me off when she couldn't understand why Carol would choose her daughter over her. She completely lost me at that point. her immaturity became too much for me and I no longer thought she deserved Carol. Still, overall I loved the story. I I loved the prose. I loved the tone. The ending felt a bit rushed but by that time I was no longer rooting for the couple so wasn't too bad. I would have preferred a happy outcome for Carol, but the outcome, was probably more realistic.
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My absolute favorite novel in this genre. Well written and a beautiful story that far exceeds a "lesbian love story". it's a story of sacrifice, defeat, victory and most of all self growth and maturity.
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I read this book after seeing a small bit of the filming for Carol, a movie based on this book. The book was interesting, gave me a different prespective on love. Whike not a scary book by any means,parts of it were just creepy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why in the world would someone want their kid when they could have a lovely life with their lover?