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review 2018-09-04 22:39
Not what I expected, but I could not stop reading
Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith

I think I enjoyed this one exactly for the same reasons everyone disliked it: the characters were so messed up it was nerve-wreaking to read.

 

I've likely commented many times before how I love those books that engage me enough for me to get emotional over the characters, even if it is rage enough to want to strangle them, and that's pretty much what happens here. Bruno is a messed up cookie, and Guy is a derrotist moron, and that's what drives the slide-down-the-slope plot.

 

There is the thing too. I think most people think this will be something that is not. It is not a mystery. It is not a heist type of book of two guys planning perfect murders. What it is, is the very, very, very messed up relationship between a sociopath and a coward. The murders are just the thing that binds them and the theme is something like "all the wrong choices". While it made most dislike the book, it made me want to bitch-slap Guy and continue to read the train-wreak.

 

I think Highsmith was trying for this high-minded "either guilt or law will punish" poetic thing at the end, but it felt like an unnecessary convolution that made me go "NOW you find your spine/brain/cold-thinking to live with your actions, you moron", which, yeah, OK, poetic irony or something but... 4 stars

 

 

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text 2018-09-04 11:58
Reading progress update: I've read 262 out of 281 pages.
Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith

He cursed the gigantic, ugly body of the sea. Where was his friend, his brother?

 

WTF Guy?

 

because he knew now that Bruno had borne half his guilt. If it had been almost unbearable before, how would he bear it now alone? He knew that he couldn’t.

 

Oh, right. It's always about being a weak willed moron wreaked with guilt.

 

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text 2018-09-04 09:12
Reading progress update: I've read 202 out of 281 pages.
Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith

*groans into pillow* This is tense and annoying as fuck! Kill the roach once and for all! And then do everyone a favour and kill your own whimpy ass!!!

 

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text 2018-09-04 08:38
Reading progress update: I've read 187 out of 281 pages.
Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith

Guy with his derrotist, self-sabotaging ways is annoying me to hell and back

 

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text 2018-09-04 03:26
Reading progress update: I've read 112 out of 281 pages.
Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith

Bruno had not wanted to go to Haiti, but it offered escape. New York or Florida or anywhere in the American continent was torture so long as Guy was there, too, and would not see him.

 

He's like a proto Ripley

 

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