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Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith
Strangers on a Train
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A major new reissue of the work of a classic noir novelist.With the acclaim for The Talented Mr. Ripley, more film projects in production, and two biographies forthcoming, expatriate legend Patricia Highsmith would be shocked to see that she has finally arrived in her homeland. Throughout her... show more
A major new reissue of the work of a classic noir novelist.With the acclaim for The Talented Mr. Ripley, more film projects in production, and two biographies forthcoming, expatriate legend Patricia Highsmith would be shocked to see that she has finally arrived in her homeland. Throughout her career, Highsmith brought a keen literary eye and a genius for plumbing the psychopathic mind to more than thirty works of fiction, unparalleled in their placid deviousness and sardonic humor. With deadpan accuracy, she delighted in creating true sociopaths in the guise of the everyday man or woman. Now, one of her finest works is again in print: Strangers on a Train, Highsmith's first novel and the source for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1953 film. With this novel, Highsmith revels in eliciting the unsettling psychological forces that lurk beneath the surface of everyday contemporary life.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780393321982 (0393321983)
ASIN: 393321983
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 281
Edition language: English
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Obsession with words
Obsession with words rated it
3.0 Strangers on a Train
Two men randomly meet on a train. They are both fighting boredom and somehow Charles is very easy to talk to. Guy Haines ends up telling him all about his wife who cheated on him and is pregnant with another man´s child. With a little prodding from Charlie, Guy admits that he hates his wife. Charlie...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books rated it
3.0 Strangers on a Train
It's probably impossible to write spoilers for this book, given that its plot is so well-known as to be a cliche, but I don't plan to do so anyway, for the simple reason that so many others have done it, and done it well. I may have seen the Hitchcock film at some point, but if so, it was so long ag...
Lillelara
Lillelara rated it
0.5 Strangers on a train
A big apology to all the Patricia Highsmith fans out there, but here comes my honest opinion about this book: This is a huge pile of horse manure! Some of you may know the story. Two strangers meet on a train and they talk about various things until one of them, Charles Bruno to be exact, proposes...
cjc
cjc rated it
3.0 Strangers on a Train
This is a good book I probably would have liked more if I hadn't first read The Talented Mr. Ripley. That's the problem with eventually writing something truly brilliant, I guess -- your first novel is bound to look a little shoddy in comparison. I definitely enjoyed it though, and I'm glad I read i...
Bookworm Blurbs
Bookworm Blurbs rated it
3.5 Strangers on a Train
Here we encounter Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno, passengers on the same train. But while Guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. "Some people are better off dead," Bruno remarks, "...
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