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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About 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.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.