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Eleven By Patricia Highsmith

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Treet we pass with a shiver of apprehension the offices of the American Express the centre for so many of Miss Highsmith s dubious men of their rootless European experience where letters are to be picked up though the name on the envelope is probably false and travelers cheues are to be cashed with a forged signature Eleven short stories comprise Eleven Each original some creepy and all unable to be discussed here because it doesn t take much to reveal spoilers in a story 10 or 15 pages long She can capture anxiety and suffering better in a few paragraphs than many can a Novel But Without To Reveal But without wanting to reveal too included are two fantastic stories about snails and a warning to moms who make their sons wear short shorts so patricia highsmith and i have a very complicated relationship for a long time i ept mixing her up with patricia cornwell who is the First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who'€ve Been There kind of run of the mill contemporary mystery writer you find a lot in supermarkets and places like that but THEN i alsoept mixing up patricia cornwell with the various trashy romance writers who stock those same supermarket aisles SO for the life of me i could not understand why people were making such a big fuss over some trashy romance author THEN i found out that highsmith was the one who wrote strangers on a train BUT then i Revenge of the Land: A Century of Greed, Tragedy, and Murder on a Saskatchewan Farm kept mixing up strangers on a train with snakes on a plane and thus found it impossible to take her seriously what can i say my brain is very susceptible to rhyme THEN i found out that highsmith was actually this crazy person who wrote all these crazy thrillers including the talented mr ripley but since i onlynew about the talented mr ripley through movie trailers where matt damon goes around April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers killing people but in what seemed like a not so interesting way this new revelation did not really make me want to read anything by her BUT THEN THEEEEN i found out that she was a contemporary of truman capote and aind of twisted successor to raymond chandler and dashiell hammett et al and suddenly my interest in her shot up AND THEN then i realized that i had actually read a short story of hers ages ago the terrapin that had both horrified and fascinated me but so much so that i must have blocked out the memory from the sheer trauma that is when i decided that i needed to read things by this woman like right now so i chose this book mostly because the library copy of strangers on a train has gone missing and because this volume has got the terrapin in it what can i say about this book i can say first of all that highsmith reminds me a lot of joyce carol oates but a crueler and gleefully ruthless version if you can believe it NOW I MUST MAKE ANOTHER LONG DIGRESSION every now and then i have a recurring dream usually when i m stressed out about something where i m driving a car that doesn t move as i want it to just think mario art and the desert world i try to turn left and the car swerves in horrible long arcs i try to slow down but the brakes don t uite work i try to speed up but the car gets stuck in sand i now where i m going and i Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome know i will get there but not without causing a lot of damage first and on a path not entirely under my control reading patricia highsmith was a lot like being in that dream following her broken characters make wrong decision after wrong decision is like bracing yourself inside a moving vehicle that has somehow gotten away from your control something that is heading inexorably to a familiar and awful end you can t stop it and you can t escape it the only thing you can do is sit back and relish that mounting sense of dread and apprehension for some people that s enough i haven t yet decided if it is for me I thoroughly hated these stories I love Highsmith s writing but this book was just awful I didn t care for any of the themes or characters and overall this was a disappointment I want to read everything Patricia Highsmith ever wroteI loved these stories Highsmith has a very twisted view of humanity and I love itHer prose is so crisp I want to roll around in her sentences There s so much control here Shenows exactly what she s doing every word of every sentence It s amazing This was Patricia Highsmith s first collection of short stories and each tale seems to focus on her specialty which was that of obsession and compulsion Much like her second collection Little Tales of Misogyny in which every story in some way focuses on attributes or archetypes of femininity that society teaches us to disdain each of the eleven stories in Eleven explores bizarre urges and dark corners of the human mind you d much rather look away from While nowhere near as. He United States Starting in 2011 Grove Press will begin to reissue nine of Highsmith’s works Eleven is Highsmith’s first collection of short stories an arresting group of dark masterpieces of obsession and foreboding violence and instability Here. Molluscopobia is the irrational or ridiculous fear Of Members Of The Mollusc Family Such members of the mollusc family such slugs or snailsWhile demonstrating her talent for observing and portraying the darker complexities of human psychology throughout at least two horrifying tales in this striking and uncanny anthology ought to leave you uestioning whether the aforementioned phobia really is so ridiculous after all Side note Irascible and deeply contemptuous of people Patricia Highsmith reportedly harboured a deep affection for snails eeping 300 of them as pets I love this book Highsmith reminds me of Shirley Jackson Same obsession with people who overestimate their capabilities make bad decisions and become ensnared in some unspeakable horror For perhaps obvious reasons I had to stop reading But excellent writing Reading this book also makes me want to finish my Jackson article another reason naturally to stop reading the book Eleven is a collection of short stories written by one of the most iconic female authors of the crime fiction genre the American Patricia Highsmith The anthology is prologued by another top crime writer Graham Greene who juxtaposes the Highsmithian universe with that of the classics Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett He writes This is a world without moral endings It has nothing in common with the heroic world of her peers Hammett and Chandler and her detectives have nothing in common with the romantic and disillusioned private eyes who will always we now triumph over evil and see that justice is done This is an accurate description of Highsmith s literary world and characters and this is the most appropriate context to have in mind when reading those dark often borderline disturbing short stories I enjoyed most The Snail Watcher The Terrapin and The Heroine If you are a Highsmith fan this is a must for you Patricia Highsmith is an author that has been on my roster of authors to try for years I have finally begun the journey and I am so glad This book contains 11 short stories that ept me on the edge of my seatMy favorite are as followsThe very first story The Snail Watcher has changed the way I will look at snails It is about a man who is fascinated by snails to the point they completely take over his study and he suffers the conseuences of his obsessionThe next story Terrapin is about a young boy who lives his mother She brings home a turtle like animal called a Terrapin to make into a "stew Her son plays with the animal and then watches in horror as she drops it "Her son plays with the animal and then watches in horror as she drops it boiling water The ending I won t give away but it was wonderfully shockingAnother story The uest for blank claveringi is another tale involving snails Blank Claveringi is another tale involving snails I think I am getting a phobia about snails These snails are huge and a scientist discovers them on an island He finds himself in a battle for survival I new how it would end but I could not look awayThe Heroine comes next this one is about a young woman who becomes a governess to try and escape her past We find out that her mother was in a hospital for mental illness and she is terrified it is hereditary This one surprised me at how it turned out but it was a wonderful surpriseThese are my favorites but every story is incredibly enjoyable I am a fan of this writer after one book and I am looking forward to reading all her great works Fantastic collection Almost every story left me shocked and impressed with a lingering sense of dread and closure Most of these should be counted directly horror stories to be honest they hit harder than a great many scary collections and the terrapin story is just heartbreaking Two of the stories also involve terrifying snail encounters and they re both awesome Dealing with our own personal mental traps and the effects of casual callousness Every story cuts just as you re catching your breath on a Space Kid knife edge of shocked realisation In short these are seriously impressive and I can t recommend them highly enough I was won over as I read the Foreword by Graham Greene Her characters are irrational and they leap to life in their very lack of reason suddenly we realize how unbelievable rational most fictional characters are as they lead their lives from A to Z like commuters always taking the same train The motives of these characters are never inexplicable because they are so drearily obvious The characters are as flat as a mathematical symbol We accepted them as real once but when we look back at them from Miss Highsmith s side of the frontier we realize that our world was not really rational as all that Suddenly with a sense of fear we think Perhaps I really belong here and going out into the familiar The legendary writer Patricia Highsmith is best remembered today for her chilling psychological thrillers The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train A critically acclaimed best seller in Europe Highsmith has for too long been underappreciated in