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I would like thi Ok. I would like this to be the blurb on the book, please Highsmith has an afterword in the edition I read, that she wrote in '89, saying among other things, of course: And in the totally repressive year of ! So awesome. View all 8 comments. 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 tends to be a passive watcher. I preferred Far From Heaven, but the tone was much different.
This movie isn't a big blockbuster, of course, but rather a handsome arthouse flick.
Published in under the pen name Claire Morgan, this book by the author of the Ripley novels and Strangers On A Train chronicles the love between year-old set designer Therese and the wealthier, older and more worldly suburban mom Carol. The lesbian plot might feel slightly tame today, and Therese comes across as overly passive Highsmith addresses this in the afterward. But the novel, Highsmith's second, is well-structured, sensitively written at times it's almost claustrophobic in its details and an intriguing portrait of 50s repression and conformity.
For years The Price Of Salt was relegated to the suspense and thriller shelf. But now, rightly so, it's being recognized for its literary merit. A couple of scenes sizzle: Director Todd Haynes, who brought 50s-style hidden homosexuality so evocatively to the screen in Far From Heaven , is directing a forthcoming adaptation of the book called Carol , with Cate Blanchett see production pic above and Rooney Mara in the leads. Can't wait.
View all 48 comments. 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? This was my first Highsmith's book and she has quite a personal writing style.
It's different I can't believe this was written in the 50's. The ending is so I am still rather lost in it Their relationship? It just happens. I must confess I should be asleep by now I must confess that at first I couldn't quite understand why Therese felt so drawn to Carol. I mean, I understood why she was drawn to her in the first place, but why she kept coming back after the many strange meetings with Carol?
Now that I didn't quite understand. Not until I learned more about Therese, that is. Then it all seemed to fall into place. It was love. It was life. It was everything. Yes, I am completely aware of the fact that I sound like a hopeless romantic.
But you know what? Usually, when you are reading a novel about a romantic couple, you are driven to fall in love with both characters yourself, whether they are both female, male, or one of each. This novel is different, though. You are a witness to this relationship, not part of it. You forget they are two women, you forget how cold Carol seems to be and how Therese seems to be more obsessed with Carol than anything else. And guess what?
You find yourself smiling and you feel happy for them. You fall in love with them Two human beings who found love. How brilliant is that? Salt, as defined by Merriam-Webster: Therese Belivet is a young and struggling set designer working in a department store when she meets and instantly becomes enamored with Salt, as defined by Merriam-Webster: Therese Belivet is a young and struggling set designer working in a department store when she meets and instantly becomes enamored with Carol Aird, a sophisticated and wealthy married woman.
The meeting leads to a relationship that causes Therese to mature as well as some foreseeable repercussions for the married mother, Carol. Initially, she is very naive, vulnerable and almost obsessively smitten with the older Carol. She later matures into a confident young woman with a sympathetic grasp of who Carol is and what she may be going through.
The author captures the ecstasy and agony of an intense new love beautifully. Lesbian literature is often suggested for my book group; and, even though there have been more than a few excellent choices such as those written by Sarah Waters many have been sub-par pulp-like fiction. It was enjoyable to read a novel where lesbian characters are so well-written with powerful descriptions of an intense new love that rings emotionally true.
The film adaptation is called "Carol" and coming soon to my theatre. View all 24 comments. Would I do the same thing again? The corner of her mouth went up in a smile. Patricia Highsmith got the idea for Carol or The Price of Salt as it was named originally shortly after her first novel, Strangers on a Train was published.
She lived in New York at the time, was depressed, and in need of money. She took a job as a sales assistant in a department store and, one day, met a lady customer in a mink coat.
The stranger in the store made such a strong impression on her that it gave her an idea for a new book.
An onset of fever from chickenpox shortly after the encounter helped with the writing. I have no idea if the fever really had anything to do with the writing or whether this is just my impression but the story of Therese Belivet and Carol Aird had a feverish quality that had me hooked from the start and had me lose sleep because I had to know how the story would end.
Yes, this was another one of those books where I had to stay up all night to finish it, even though the two protagonists were difficult to like at times. Therese is in her early twenties I think , stuck in a dead-end sales job, has aspirations of becoming a stage designer, and generally seems to lack empathy for any of the people around her.
Carol, on the other hand, is a relatively well-off divorcee who gives off an air of detachment. It is only in the course of their story that we get to see behind the veneer that both characters put up for different reasons view spoiler [ - one out of immaturity and one out of a need for self-defence hide spoiler ]. However, likable characters is not what Highsmith's books are about. For me, Highsmith's books are primarily about one thing - intensity.
This is the aspect that has appealed to me most in her novels. And although the plot and thematic focus of Carol depart from the thriller genre that her publishers wanted her to follow, there is certainly enough "suspense" writing to have kept me reading until the wee hours. In particular, there are two scenes, where I sat on the edge of my seat: Therese did not move for a moment. Carol glanced at her.
She opened the clasps and got out the sweater with the gun. The detective was still following them, half a mile behind them, back of the horse and farm wagon that had turned into the highway from a dirt road. Therese looked down at the faintly freckled fingers that dug their strong cool tips into her palm. I know that a few readers have found the book slow moving and boring, but I kinda liked the understated pace.
It added to the feel of a s road trip into the middle of nowhere, which, I thought, was also an appropriate metaphor for the relationship between Therese and Carol - a journey that lacked company, landmarks, or sign posts. In the Afterword written in of the edition I read, Highsmith wrote that she "like[s] to avoid labels. It is American publishers who love them. They rejected her manuscript of Carol and urged her to write another thriller.
Defying her publisher's request, Highsmith offered to release the book under an alias and sought out another publisher who would to publish a lesbian romance novel that dared to criticise contemporary American society in Considering that this could have been the end of a writing career that had not even started, yet, and considering that presumably there would also have been some backlash to her personal exposure, I truly admire Highsmith's insistence on getting the book published.
The publication itself is not the only break with commercial wisdom that happened with Carol. Highsmith also broke with the convention of how she described her characters as ordinary women, how she re-evaluated the importance of home life and family, and asked the specific question of what price people would pay to even attempt living a life of their own design. As such, I must admit that I actually preferred the book's original title: The Price of Salt.
The music lived, but the world was dead. And the song would die one day, she thought, but how would the world come back to life? How would its salt come back? View all 13 comments. 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 al I've tried and tried and tried to understand why people like these two characters and their story so much. 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 present in the relationship with Therese.
I find both of them in the book wholly unlikeable. This was distressingly hard to read. Impossible, I thought! Well, now it's my turn. The road trip portion of this book was painfully slow to get through.
The movie is so much better than the book, in my opinion, though the characterization problems are still present. I think I could have understood so many people having such a positive reaction to it because it is so well made. But the number of people who have called it life changing, and swoon over it?
Well, this movie has started to make me feel more and more disconnected from everyone around me. Now I not only don't understand it, I resent it. View all 14 comments. 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 more happy endings. This is a story that lives and breathes. 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 tim This book had me in pieces by the end. The results are gorgeous and tender, and at times even comic -- the melodramatic angst of interruptions, to the wistfulness in seeing a lover's hands, to the thrill of meeting for the first time The romance being between two women should really hold no bearing of anyone's enjoyment of this book, but having read the afterword and knowing the climate during the time of publication makes the story seem especially courageous.
View 1 comment. The Price of Salt , published in , 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.
And pulp fiction was the only place you could find stories about lesbian lovers. When I puzzled over the title, The Price of Salt , what first occurred to me was a quote from the book of Matthew in the New Testament: I later learned from a biography of Patricia Highsmith that that is indeed where the title came from.
In asking the price of salt, she is asking what price a person must pay to live an authentic life. In those days it was a high price, if it was possible at all.
At the end of the book Carol and Therese have a future together, and for us that was enough. So The Price of Salt does not have a happy ending, but it does have a hopeful one.
View 2 comments. 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 t How was it possible to be afraid and in love, Therese thought.
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 year. First published in under the pseudonym Claire Morgan, Carol centers on two female characters who are both trying to escape from there past.
Therese Belivet is a lonely young women in a relationship with a man she does not love. She wants nothing more than to further her career as a theatre set designer, but for now is working in a department store.
It will be during one of her shifts that her life will be transformed when a beautiful and sophisticated older women called Carol Aird comes to her counter. When Carol gives Therese her address to have her downloads delivered, Therese will send Carol a Christmas card that will be the start of their courtship. The two will begins to spend time together and when Carol asks if Therese would like to go with her on a road trip, their relationship will hit a magical crescendo.
Over the coming weeks it becomes clear to each other the feelings they have are both romantic and sexual. Carol's husband Harge, who she is locked in divorce proceedings with tries to use emotional black mail to stop the two seeing each other.
After being made aware of a letter found at Carol's house, written by Therese declaring her love for Carol, Harge threatens to stop her seeing their young daughter indefinitely unless she ends the relationship and comes back home to New York. For Carol this is a heartbreaking decision to decide between the women she loves and her only child.
Will there love survive? Carol raised her hand slowly and brushed her hair back, once on either side, and Therese smiled because the gesture was Carol, and it was Carol she loved and would always love.
Oh in a different way now, because she was a different person, and it was like meeting Carol all over again, but it was still Carol and no one else. It would be Carol, in a thousand cities, a thousand houses, in foreign lands where they would go together, in heavan and in hell. This book had all the ingredients for amazing read that I am happy to say when combined made for something truly special. The themes are plenty with forbidden love, drama a plenty, humor and perceptions of a by gone time.
The fact that the author needed to publish under a different name shows how much of a risk it was to write such a story. I can only imagine what stir this would of caused in the 's. The ending for one was revolutionary as it provided something new instead of the depressing conclusions that was the norm with homosexual literature at the time.
Both Therese and Carol are also boldly unconventional and the story is so much better for it. If anyone is thinking about reading this wonderful story then I say to you "don't think, do" Ps, I cant wait to see the movie starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in January and hope it is faithful to the book.
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.
Blanchett in it. So, book first before movie. The book is from the point of view of Therese, a year old budding set designer who starts the book moonlighting as a department store saleslady.
A chance meeting with a striking woman customer--over the proverbial 'exchange of looks'--sparks what appears to be an obsession for Therese. She is delighted when the interest seems mutual. But the mysterious, alluring Carol is married and has a child. And how does she explain this sudden infatuation with a woman, when Therese has a boyfriend and male admirers in the wings and neither Carol nor Therese herself fit Therese's idea of a lesbian.
It's the s so one can just imagine Therese's confusion. The author's prose is incredibly powerful and evocative. From the first few Chapters where Therese feels trapped in her hopeless situation, to the confusion brought about by the tingling sensation of Carol's mere presence, to the exhilarating freedom of the road trip, her despair at Carol's domestic problems, to her growing maturity at the end Highsmith's powerful imagery.
She is a master at 'showing', never needing to 'tell' us how her characters are supposed to be feeling. Roonee Mara who plays Therese, has her work cut out for her. The Price of Salt comes across to me as a bit uneven. The best scenes are of course, every time Carol and Therese interact. They sizzle. Well, Carol does mostly.
Since Therese behaved more like a love-struck puppy. The rest of the time, I was just a tad bored and couldn't wait to get to their next encounter. This is due, no doubt, to my over-indulgence in genre romance. The rest of the book chronicles Therese's life away from Carol--her claustrophobic existence pre-Carol, her attempts to understand her sexuality in s style , and post-Carol development as she grows from eager-to-please, compliant admirer and finally comes into her own as Carol's equal.
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Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness. 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 more 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 s, a time where not many women were openly involved in relationships with one another, leaving T 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.
This novel is set in the early s, a time where not many women were openly involved in relationships with one another, leaving Therese without a framework and Carol with a choice - Therese or her daughter.
Originally Highsmith published it under a pen name and did not own up to being the author of the book for at least twenty years. In the s there were several lesbian pulp romance novels, but the accepted mode was that because of their "unacceptable" choices, someone had to end up with something tragic happening as "punishment. It really isn't, it's far more subtle, two women figuring out their relationship within the typical conflicts of previous relationships and ongoing commitments.
As romance goes, this was pretty realistic. Discussed even more on Episode of the Reading Envy podcast. View all 3 comments.
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.
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 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.
I picked up this book, because the cover said that this was the one to inspire Lolita, one of my all time favorites. This was the author's second book, originally published under a pseudonym to avoid being typecast as a lesbian writer. It was also for years misfiled as a mystery, which it really is not.
It's a coming of age story, a story about relationships and consequences, a story about a road trip, an eye opening and fairly frightening account of how lesbians were treated as recently as 60 years ago, but most of all it's a really great love story, about first love, the most difficult of all.
I've read that Patricia Highsmith has been a particularly unpleasant person, particularly during her later years, which makes it so interesting how well and sympathetically she is able to describe the inner turmoils and thoughts and actions of her characters. I'd say in this book her writing shows great humanity.
Of course, I am now interested in reading her other works, though I am not even a mystery fan, just to experience more of that amazing writing. I can't recommend this book enough. 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 and she decided to write about that based on her fantasies rather than personal experience. I think the biggest problem I had with this was that Carol and Therese was totally boring. Carol was a rich housewife who did nothing. Therese wanted to have a career but spent her entire time moping expecting her boyfriend's connections to find her work. The two just seemed obsessed with money and shopping and having a very occasional cocktail.
Even when they went on their "road trip" there was nothing interesting. There was no sense of adventure or place anywhere they visited. It was just a series of dull hotels. It made you wonder why they bothered to leave New York in the first place. There are so many better old lesbian novels out there. I really can't recommend this one at all. View all 16 comments. Jan 01, emily rated it it was amazing.
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 going to leave short blurbs here and then link to my full review on my blog once it's u Shit, I picked a great book to start the year off with.
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 my full review of Carol which has already been written will appear on my blog once my blog is an actual thing.
So look out for that. All I'll say now is that this is probably one of my favorite book ever and I'm emotional and don't even know what to do with myself. Just please go read this beautiful story. This was my first Patricia Highsmith book, and I know it won't be my last. Although Highsmith is more 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 4. Carol is beautiful, in her 30s with a young daughter, and is currently going through a difficult divorce. The two women bond and as their relationship deepens, it has a major impact on all other people in their lives.
This was a slow-paced book, but I felt like the pace was perfect for the story it told. Each chapter felt sumptuous in its completeness, and always left me satisfied. I was really impressed by Highsmith's writing - there were many beautiful turns of phrase, and I felt like she portrayed a blossoming friendship and love in very believable terms. The characters were fully fleshed out and interesting, and I enjoyed the focus on Therese.
Although I found Therese's actions a little selfish at times, I could understand for the most part her reasoning and her frustration at her stilted life in those beginning moments. The road trip aspects of this book were unexpected, as I didn't know much about the book going into it, and felt like I was watching a movie in my head.
I am looking forward to watching the movie version, and seeing how it compares to the reading experience. However, if you've not read this book yet, I'd highly recommend picking it up. It is a lovely, captivating read, and a refreshing take on a lesbian relationship than most I have read before. 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 more a novel about people growing up, learning to love, and choosing to live their life on their terms. This is probably one of the more empowering novels I've read this year. And by the way, there is plenty of romance in the novel as well, but like other romance novels that I like the substance is far larger than that.
What makes this book written in so special is that it is one of those books that stands up to the test of time. Highsmith is very smart and writes beautifully, poignantly and presents views that prescient and avant garde.
This book was ahead of its time with character outlooks and points of view that seem contemporary. This is the story is about two women, Therese and Carol, who meet by chance in a department store at Christmas time.
She wants to know more about her. Therese does not identify as lesbian. In fact it doesn't seem to cross her mind. She is dating a young man Richard who thinks he is in love with her and she knows that she doesn't love him. Highsmith goes into great detail about their relationship through their numerous encounters throughout the book. While reading this at first the extent of their back and forth seemed rather silly and vacuous.
But they are completely necessary towards building an understanding of what's going on in Therese's mind. Therese is 19 and in things for her should for the most part be settled. She is at the marrying age and Richard thinks they belong together. He knows there is something not right with the relationship, but she has slept with him so he thinks they are on the marriage path.
Therese knows there is something wrong too, but just thinks Richard is not the one for her. The women become aware that a private investigator is following them, hired by Harge to gather evidence that could be used against Carol by incriminating her as homosexual in the upcoming custody hearings.
They realize the investigator has already bugged the hotel room in which Carol and Therese first had sex. On a road in Nebraska, after the detective has followed them for miles and clearly intends to continue doing so, Carol confronts him and demands that he hand over any evidence against her.
She pays him a high price for some tapes even though he warns her that he has already sent several tapes and other evidence to Harge in New York. Carol knows that she will lose custody of Rindy if she continues her relationship with Therese. She decides to return to New York to fight for her rights regarding her daughter, and will return to Therese as soon as she can.
Therese stays alone in the Midwest; eventually Carol writes to tell her that she has agreed to not continue their relationship. The evidence for Carol's homosexuality is so strong that she capitulates to Harge without having the details of her behavior aired in court. She submits to an agreement that gives him full custody of Rindy and leaves her with limited supervised visits.
Though heartbroken, Therese returns to New York to rebuild her life. Therese and Carol arrange to meet again. Therese, still hurt that Carol abandoned her in a hopeless attempt to maintain a relationship with Rindy, declines Carol's invitation to live with her. They part, each headed for a different evening engagement. Therese, after a brief flirtation with an English actress that leaves her ashamed, quickly reviews her relationships —"loneliness swept over her like a rushing wind"— and goes to find Carol, who greets her more eagerly than ever before.
According to Highsmith, the novel was inspired by a blonde woman in a mink coat [b] who ordered a doll from her while Highsmith was working as a temporary sales clerk in the toy section of Bloomingdale's in New York City during Christmas season of Perhaps I noticed her because she was alone, or because a mink coat was a rarity, and because she was blondish and seemed to give off light. With the same thoughtful air, she downloadd a doll, one of two or three I had shown her, and I wrote her name and address on the receipt, because the doll was to be delivered to an adjacent state.
It was a routine transaction, the woman paid and departed. But I felt odd and swimmy in the head, near to fainting, yet at the same time uplifted, as if I had seen a vision. As usual, I went home after work to my apartment, where I lived alone. That evening I wrote out an idea, a plot, a story about the blondish and elegant woman in the fur coat. I wrote some eight pages in longhand in my then-current notebook or cahier.
Highsmith recalled completing the book's outline in two hours that night, likely under the influence of chickenpox which she discovered she had only the next day: The character of Carol Aird and much of the plot of the novel was inspired by Highsmith's former lovers Kathryn Hamill Cohen   and Philadelphia socialite Virginia Kent Catherwood,   and her relationships with them. Highsmith placed Therese in the world of the New York theater with friends who are "vaguely bohemian, artists or would-be artists" and signaled their intellectual aspirations by noting they read James Joyce and Gertrude Stein , the latter unmistakably lesbian.
All are struggling to find a place for themselves in the world. The first working title of the novel written in her "cahier" No. It's more likely, however, that she was invoking a biblical reference from the Gospel text Matthew 5: The cent lesbian pulp edition by Bantam Books appeared in ,     followed by a mass market edition in by Macfadden Books.
The marketing of the novel in successive editions  reflected different strategies for making the story of a lesbian romance attractive or acceptable to the reading public. The paperboard cover of the Bantam edition balanced the words "The Novel of a Love Society Forbids" with a reassuring quote from The New York Times that said the novel "[handles] explosive material As a movie tie-in with the release of the motion picture adaptation of the novel, Norton published a new paperback edition as Carol with the subtitle "Previously Titled The Price of Salt", and the cover featuring the image of the North American theatrical film poster.
The paperback version of The Price of Salt sold nearly one million copies before its new edition as Carol in Because of the new title and her acknowledged authorship, the novel received another round of reviews, thoroughly favorable, 38 years after its initial publication.
Highsmith submitted to publicity interviews as well, though she resented questions about her sexuality and personal relationships. Grundy ", referencing the character who embodies conventional propriety. Because of the happy or at least, non-tragic ending which defied the lesbian pulp formula, and because of the unconventional characters who defied stereotypes about female homosexuals, [h] The Price of Salt was popular among lesbians in the s  and continued to be with later generations.
It was regarded for many years as the only lesbian novel with a happy ending. Highsmith told author Marijane Meaker that she was surprised when the book was praised by lesbian readers because of how it ended.
She was pleased that it had become popular for that reason and said, "I never thought about it when I wrote it. I just told the story. The appeal of The Price of Salt was that it had a happy ending for its two main characters, or at least they were going to try to have a future together.
Prior to this book, homosexuals male and female in American novels had had to pay for their deviation by cutting their wrists, drowning themselves in a swimming pool, or by switching to heterosexuality so it was stated , or by collapsing—alone and miserable and shunned—into a depression equal to hell.
Highsmith depicts Therese as puzzled when her experience does not match that " butch-femme paradigm": She had heard about girls falling in love, and she knew what kind of people they were and what they looked like.
Neither she nor Carol looked like that. Yet the way she felt about Carol passed all the tests for love and fitted all the descriptions. An unsuccessful attempt was made in the early s to turn the novel into a movie. In the screen treatment the title was changed to Winter Journey and the character of "Carol" was changed to "Carl". It comprised five segments of approximately 15 minutes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Price of Salt First edition. Patricia Highsmith Claire Morgan nom de plume.
That was a possibility, even though I might never be inspired to write another such book in my life. So I decided to offer the book under another name. Highsmith used her name in the first working title of the novel, "The Bloomingdale Story". Ironically, this led to the creation of her novel in which two women meet in a department store and begin a passionate affair.
Separated from Carol, who has been forced to return home, Therese is reminded of their time together: The music lived, but the world was dead. And the song would die one day, she thought, but how would the world come back to life? How would its salt come back? Something suspenseful, that she enjoyed. A little salt, she thought. Now a young woman, Claire Morgan, comes along and writes of unsanctioned love from a completely new point of view.
As the Louisville Times says: Claire Morgan is completely natural. She has a story to tell and she tells it with an almost conversational ease. Her people are neither degenerate monsters nor fragile victims of the social order. They must—and do—pay a price for thinking, feeling and loving 'differently;' but they are courageous and true to themselves throughout.
But the real success came a year later with the paperback edition, which sold nearly a million copies and was certainly read by more. The fan letters came in addressed to Claire Morgan, care of the paperback house.
I remember receiving envelopes of ten and fifteen letters a couple of times a week and for months on end. We don't all commit suicide and lots of us are doing fine. It is a little like my own story …" "The letters trickled in for years, and even now a letter comes once or twice a year from a reader. Patricia Highsmith on the inspiration for Carol".
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