Monday, January 23, 2006

Books I liked in 2005

by "the famous norteamerican women's writer"

THE PRICE OF SALT. Patricia Highsmith, Claire Morgan. 276 pgs. Naiad pr.

"I have long had a theory that Nabokov knew The Price Of Salt and modeled the climactic cross- country car chase in Lolita on Therese and Carol's frenzied bid for freedom", writes Terry Castle in The New Republic about this novel, arguably Patricia Highsmith's finest, first published in 1952 under the pseudonym Claire Morgan. Soon to be a new film, The Price Of Salt tells the riveting story of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose salvation arrives one dfay in the form of Carol Aird, an alluring suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce. They fall in love and set out across the United States, pursued by a private investigator who eventually blackmails Carol into a choice between her daughter and her lover. With this reissue, The Price Of Salt may finally be recognized as a major twentieth-century American novel".