Therese is just an ordinary sales assistant working in a New York department store when a beautiful, alluring woman in her thirties walks up to her counter Standing there, Therese is wholly unprepared for the first shock of love Therese is an awkward nineteen year old with a job she hates and a boyfriend she doesn t love Carol is a sophisticated, bored suburban housewifTherese is just an ordinary sales assistant working in a New York department store when a beautiful, alluring woman in her thirties walks up to her counter Standing there, Therese is wholly unprepared for the first shock of love Therese is an awkward nineteen year old with a job she hates and a boyfriend she doesn t love Carol is a sophisticated, bored suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce and a custody battle for her only daughter As Therese becomes irresistibly drawn into Carol s world, she soon realizes how much they both stand to loseFirst published pseudonymously in 1952 as The Price of Salt, Carol is a hauntingly atmospheric love story set against the backdrop of fifties New York.
Carol Therese is just an ordinary sales assistant working in a New York department store when a beautiful alluring woman in her thirties walks up to her counter Standing there Therese is wholly unprepared
Slinky 1950 s couture, lesbian chic, unfiltered cigarettes and bottomless highballs have reappeared in the American zeitgeist and perhaps that style cycle is responsible for this sleek creature finally clawing its way out of confinement It saddens me to think this book has been stuffed into a musty box labeled lesbian romance and left to molder for over fifty years.It is a dark and forceful account of erotic obsession It is a terrifying fairy tale told beside a phalanx of glass eyed dolls It pic [...]
UPDATED, December 3, 2015 Just saw Carol, the Todd Haynes film adaptation starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara Gorgeous looking, and very faithful to the book The cinematographer captures the era beautifully, and Haynes plays a lot with windows and reflections in an effective way Therese s profession has been changed from budding set designer to budding photographer, which works well for a visual medium The two leads are terrific, and Mara particularly makes you understand this character who [...]
Ok I have Feelings about this book And there might be some spoilery things, but no than I was spoiled before reading it, so s probably not too bad.I spent a large part of this being depressed because Carol s a total dick to Therese most of the time HOWEVER Omg the ending Basically the last 20 or so pages Awesome And who doesn t love a road trip book Because this is two ladies in love WHO ROAD TRIP IT In the 50s In America Like Lolita, but less child rapey I would like this to be the blurb on th [...]
I should be asleep by now I even turned off the lights I just couldn t, though, I just couldn t stop thinking The first word that comes to mind after reading this novel Odd This was my first Highsmith s book and she has quite a personal writing style It s different but you find yourself going with the strange flow of words I can t believe this was written in the 50 s The ending is so bittersweet I am still rather lost in it Their relationship It just happens I must confess that at first I couldn [...]
Salt, as defined by Merriam Webster an ingredient that gives savor, piquancy, or zest or, as it relates to this story, the price sacrifice these women paid to live their lives truthfully hence, the book title, I m guessing I admired Highsmith s nerve and honesty for tackling this lesbian love story in the time period when it was so obviously taboo.Therese Belivet is a young and struggling set designer working in a department store when she meets and instantly becomes enad with Carol Aird, a sop [...]
Don t you want to forget it, if it s past I don t know I don t know just how you mean that I mean, are you sorry No Would I do the same thing again Yes Do you mean with somebody else, or with her With her, Therese said The corner of her mouth went up in a smile But the end was a fiasco Yes I mean I d go through the end, too And you re still going through it Therese didn t say anything.Patricia Highsmith got the idea for Carol or The Price of Salt as it was named originally shortly after her firs [...]
I ve tried and tried and tried to understand why people like these two characters and their story so much I ve tried to come to it with an open mind and eyes ready to see whatever it is everyone else sees But I just cannot seem to do it I can t read Therese as anything but a petulant child with an obsessive fixation on someone she barely knows I don t understand the swooning over Carol when, to me, she s written so nebulously that it s almost as if she isn t even present in the novel, let alone [...]
This book had me in pieces by the end That last chapter, oh my god.Never mind the notion of Patricia Highsmith as an unloving and unlovable woman she clearly understood the painful delicate aches of love and loving and, having lost, the bittersweet triumph in growing up The Price of Salt carries an emotional honesty that is exquisite and devastating.Highsmith s prose is simple but she realizes even the smallest moments with a keen observance The results are gorgeous and tender, and at times even [...]
All joking aside, this is a well plotted and engaging romantic story, which works on multiple themes There is the coming out narrative mixed with travel, the love under pressure theme, and the suspense and fear of being compromised Highsmith is an uncanny writer when it comes to describing human behavior in personal tics or conversation or gesture Sixty years after, this genre needs happy endings This is a story that lives and breathes.
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS ALERT BIG BIG SPOILERS The Price of Salt, published in 1952, is considered the first book and the only one for a very long time afterwards to depict a lesbian relationship with a happy ending Having just reread it, what strikes me now is how anyone, even lesbians, especially lesbians, could have thought that losing custody of your child with no visitation rights and being publicly humiliated in court and in the newspapers constituted a happy ending.But we said, At l [...]
How was it possible to be afraid and in love, Therese thought The two things did not go together How was it possible to be afraid, when the two of them grew stronger together every day And every night Every night was different, and every morning Together they possessed a miracle.Some of you may remember back to my review of The Book of Lost and Found when i boldly declared barring something truly amazing coming along later this year, I am happy to declare this exceptional read my book of the yea [...]
I wanted to read this before watching the movie Carol , but I first found out about it from the fictional librarian in Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness From the marketing of this title I could not tell if it was of a love story or a thriller, and knowing Patricia Highsmith I held my breath through the entire book waiting for someone to turn into a sociopath This novel is set in the early 1950s, a time where not many women were openly involved in relationships with one another, leaving Therese wi [...]
If you read enough books, you re bound to become jaded once in a while by all the sub par ones out there and then a book like The Price of Salt comes along to remind you just how great a book can really be and what a reading experience should really be like Yes, I loved this book THAT much My only other experience with Highsmith s work until then has been through Ripley movies and I liked the character of Ripley, but not enough to track down the books I picked up this book, because the cover sai [...]
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Shit, I picked a great book to start the year off with Honestly this will probably end up being one of my favorites of the year and of ever Maybe I actually screwed myself over because I can only see my reading going downhill from here, honestly I m working on building up my new and improved BlueEyedBiblio blog which I m really excited about so I won t be posting full reviews on here any I m going to leave short blurbs here and then link to my full review on my blog once it s up and running So m [...]
4.5 stars This was my first Patricia Highsmith book, and I know it won t be my last Although Highsmith is known for her suspense writing, Carol is a different style of book altogether It is part love story, part road novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience.It follows Therese, a young girl working in a department store during the Christmas rush, who one day is enamoured by a customer who comes into her department Carol is beautiful, in her 30s with a young daughter, and is current [...]
Let s get this out of the way first I m only reading this book because of Cate Blanchett, and not because it s an outstanding literary work of fiction, which it is Sorry but I m hopelessly stuck in the lowly lesbian romance genre 8 Anyway, who can possibly miss all the buzz about the upcoming movie adaptation, especially one with Ms Blanchett in it But I remember the last time I watched an f f movie or Tv adaptation before I read the book Fingersmith the glances, the blank stares and the very un [...]
If I hadn t read this book, no one could convince me that Patricia Highsmith wrote it It is so out of her theme It is placed back in the 1950 s, and is telling the story of 2 women falling in love with each other The writing is smooth and simple, mostly revealing the romantic side of this relationship and how these women and the community in general are dealing with it.
The you love,the love you have to give.It s the only feeling we have which is infinite Christina Westover, an American novelistPatricia Highsmith, an American classic novelist, has penned an incredible tale of love and despair between two same sex human beings, originally known as The Price of Salt Later it was re published with the title, Carol And in the wake of Supreme Court s decision to legalize same sex marriage across all the states of USA, I chose to write the review of this beautiful [...]
I ve been listening to the Price of Salt, a literary lesbian classic The writing is spare and emotions are masked Therese is innocence trapped within an old soul She knows her heart and she recognizes in Carol all that has been missing from her life.Carol is worldly and not easy to like All that sophistication yet she is drawn to a teenage store clerk and wannabe set designer They couldn t make an odder couple and yet And yet The scenes and dialogue between these too are so vibrant, so double ed [...]
so, i read a review of Terry Castle s new book The Professor in last Sunday s NYT, and, intrigued, googled her to find out about her Many years ago, Castle wrote a book about Les Lit I mean, this woman has read everything in that typically horrible and wrist slashingly painful genre In an interview, she said The Price of Salt is the best of its kind, hands down Not only that, but she went on to document how this novel inspired Lolita AND Thelma and Louise I mean, with those two references, how [...]
OMG this book had the DULLEST LESBIANS EVER I have read a lot of early queer pulp and normally I love them for their honesty and the raw emotion they present Here there was none of that, everything just felt like it was being written about behind a veil There was none of the soul searching and the camaraderie that is found in other lesbian pulps The writing style did nothing for me either, I felt it was very dry I almost felt like someone had described being in a queer relationship to Patricia a [...]
As usual, I feel beneath those who classified this as classic Once again I feel classic means no spirit, no passion, just a bunch of words to help the reader feel the pain of the author, or characters Ok, I didn t finish but I felt 50% of the book was than enough time for me to care about something.First, I don t believe in the main character who calls herself a New Yorker yet says very little Not in my experience And she says she s in love with the other woman but has never asked that woman an [...]
Reading Highsmith is like a drink of ice cold water cleansing, refreshing, and invigorating I noticed the same thing when I read The Talented Mr Ripley Her prose is so spare, so clear It keeps me focused and skipping along the page I love it.Published in 1952, this story was originally written under the pseudonym Claire Morgan because of the controversial content the love story between two women, Therese Beliveau and the older, beautiful and mysterious Carol Aird It s not terribly surprising tha [...]
I enjoyed the first of this author s Ripley novels back when they made it into a film, and loved the movie Strangers on a Train Hitchcock , so when I saw that this book is also a soon to be released film starring Cate Blanchett, I couldn t wait to read it Of course then I could easily picture Blanchett in the role of Carol, a divorcing woman with a child who strikes up a friendship with a young NYC department store clerk, Therese It becomes than a friendship as Therese is rather obsessed with C [...]
I picked up this book for Read Harder 2017 read an LGBT romance novel OK, so romance books are not my genre of choice In fact they are my least favorite category of books But this novel billed as a lesbian romance is neither and both at the same time It is the opposite of this which in my understanding is the standard of LGBT romance genre It s a novel about people growing up, learning to love, and choosing to live their life on their terms This is probably one of the empowering novels I ve re [...]
Loved this I think from today s standpoint and because this is a rather quiet, yet very suspenseful book, I feel like it is easy to overlook how truly revolutionary this novel was at the time it was first published While the main character Therese seems insecure about a lot of things, she is always sure of her love for Carol She never questions if it is okay to be in love with a woman The backlash she meets is always part of an outer, never truly part of an inner conflict Of course, Highsmith do [...]
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I m at loss for words I think any word would be an understatement of how beautiful this novel is And I loved it so much I wanted to preserve it at the chasms of my memory, for it to stay forever perfect in its imperfections The Price of Salt, despite its slow and tugging points, is a remarkable, satiating and long foreplay I didn t want to end I wanted to linger on each and every page, to read and re read its lines, to play the scenes repeatedly in my head It wasn t exactly the most perfectly wr [...]
Considering how many people seem to have adored this one, I wish I could say that I even got beyond the first few chapters But I didn t The characters started off so flat that a steamrolled pancake might have depth, and the book moved at the pace of a snail When I realised that I was supposed to find a character that I would have never paid attention to in another novel mysterious, I knew I wouldn t like this book I read a handful of pages anyway, but it didn t win me over.I gave it back to th [...]