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The Tremor of Forgery
     

The Tremor of Forgery

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by Patricia Highsmith
 

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The Tremor of Forgery is considered by many to be Patricia Highsmith's finest novel. Set in Tunisia in the mid-1960s, it is the story of Howard Ingham, an American writer who has gone abroad to gather material for a movie too sordid to be set in America. Ingham is cool towards Ina, the girlfriend he left behind in New York, but his feelings start to change

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The Tremor of Forgery is considered by many to be Patricia Highsmith's finest novel. Set in Tunisia in the mid-1960s, it is the story of Howard Ingham, an American writer who has gone abroad to gather material for a movie too sordid to be set in America. Ingham is cool towards Ina, the girlfriend he left behind in New York, but his feelings start to change when she doesn't answer his increasingly aggravated letters, and John Castlewood, the filmmaker who hired Ingham, fails to show in Tunisia. Amid the tea shops and alleys of the souk, the sun-blasted architecture, and the beaches and hotels frequented by international tourists, will Ingham’s morality survive the withering heat? Includes an introduction by Francine Prose.

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"Her best novel." —The New Yorker

"Larger, funnier, and more thematically ambitious than any of Highsmith’s other novels."—Francine Prose

“Highsmith is the poet of apprehension rather than fear. … Highsmith's finest novel to my mind is The Tremor of Forgery, and if I were asked what it is about I would reply, 'apprehension.'” —Graham Greene

"Highsmith has produced work as serious in its implications and as subtle in its approach as anything being done in the novel today." —Julian Symons

"Whereas we read Stephen King or Ruth Rendell to relish the thrills that come from carefully controlled verbal terror, Highsmith is not to be taken so lightly. She conveys a firm, unshakable belief in the existence of evil--personal, psychological, and political."—Boston Phoenix

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780434335091
Publisher:
Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/10/1998
Pages:
256

Meet the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was an American author known for her novels of psychological suspense. She wrote over two dozen books and short story collections, including her five Tom Ripley novels. Her first book Strangers on a Train was nominated for an Edgar Award and was later adapted into a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Many of her works have been adapted for the screen, including The Talented Mr. Ripley and most recently The Price of Salt which was renamed Carol.

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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The Tremor of Forgery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gw42 More than 1 year ago
I've read about everything Patricia Highsmith has ever written and she remains one of my favorite authors.  She is perhaps best known for the Ripley books and Strangers on a Train.  (Alfred Hitchcock reportedly cheated her when he purchased the rights for Strangers on a Train and she was not well-compensated for her work.)  I know that I have read this book in the past but look forward to a second reading and having it available on my Nook.  Some of you are perhaps familiar with her well-known short story, "The Lottery," found in many high school anthologies. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Highsmith after reading so much about her. I agree she writes well. Maybe in past times what she wrote might have been interesting. To me it the pace was slow and boring and the psychological insights less than eye-opening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago