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review 2018-05-13 17:12
It's no Ripley, but it's all right
Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith

I'm going to surmise that this is one of those rare occasions where the movie actually exceeds the book. 

 

Patricia Highsmith was amazing, of that there is no doubt. However, this book was extremely frustrating to read because there are so many terrible decisions being made by the main character, Guy Haines, whose encounter with a psychotic murderer is a terrible turning point in his life.

 

The plot is quite different from what I thought I understood it to be - and perhaps the movie aligns more with my misunderstanding. I went into it thinking it was more of an inverted mystery, and was interested to see where the mistake was made for the investigators to figure it out. I wasn't expecting one half of the plot to be a reluctant participant, and nearly as much of a victim as the murder victims.

 

I think that the biggest problem with this book is that it felt about 100 pages too long, and took fairly close to forever to get to the point. While Highsmith excels at building suspense, the pacing was way off in this one. In addition, the end was sort of anticlimactic. 

 

I'm still a card-carrying member of the Patricia Highsmith fan club, but this was a bit of a disappointment.

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text 2018-04-23 16:16
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith

After reading more than half of this one, and all of The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith has overtaken Shirley Jackson as the American woman writing the most terrifying characters in literature. 

 

Moral of the story: do not talk to anyone, anywhere, ever. Do not make eye contact. In fact, pretend to be dead. Yeah, do that.

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text 2018-04-01 12:20
Reading progress update: I've read 246 out of 290 pages.
The Blunderer - Patricia Highsmith

Men who Stretch the Law

 

Seriously, Walter. That booktitel isn´t suspicious at all.

 

[Source]

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text 2018-04-01 07:42
Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 290 pages.
The Blunderer - Patricia Highsmith

"Mr Stackhouse," Corby said, "you don´t deny that Kimmel´s actions were in your mind when you followed the bus your wife was on, do you?"

"When you say Kimmel´s action ..."

"We´ve discussed that," Corby said sharply.

"Yes," Walter said, "I do deny that." In the last seconds a sympathy for Kimmel had sprung up in Walter so strong that it embarrased him, and he felt he should try to conceal it.

[...]

Kimmel evidently intended to reveal as little as he could to Corby. Suddenly it seemed so heroic and generous on Kimmel´s part that Kimmel appeared a shining angel in contrast to a diabolic Corby.

 

Wait .... What? Oh, Walter...

 

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text 2018-03-31 18:52
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
The Blunderer - Patricia Highsmith

‘I mind. I mind the privacy of my house being invaded.’

‘I’m afraid there’s nothing you can do about it, Kimmel.’

‘You’d better get out of this house, unless you’d rather be thrown out. I’ve some important work to do.’

‘What’s more important, Kimmel? My work or yours? What are you doing tonight – reading the Marquis de Sade’s Memoirs?’

Kimmel looked Corby’s reedy body up and down. What could Corby know of such a book.

I'm sorry but ... Bwahahaha. 

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