Strangers on a Train
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.
Publish date: 2001-08-28
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 281
Edition language: English
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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...
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...
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...
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, "...
You know the hook, right? Two men meet for the first time on a train. One of them is respectable, conventional, the other is excitable and a little deranged. The first man (Guy Haines) wants a divorce from his cheating wife, who is in no hurry to give it to him, especially now that his career is beg...
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