The Price of Salt Epub ↠ The Price ePUB Ò

The Price of Salt Epub ↠ The Price ePUB Ò

The Price of Salt [Read] ➭ The Price of Salt By Claire Morgan – Therese was 19 loved by a young man she cared about but could not desire Carol was a sophisticated married woman buying gifts for her daughter when the two met in a department store Now Therese seemed Therese was loved by a young man she cared about but could not desire Carol was a The Price ePUB Ò sophisticated married woman buying gifts for her daughter when the two met in a department store Now Therese seemed to have no other purpose than their meeting.

10 thoughts on “The Price of Salt

  1. S S says:

    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 picks you up in the middle of a tantrum and plops you down in a theater set where the beautiful sparkling ice ueen feeds you oranges and warm milk and then tucks you into bed without a kiss It is the sunlit long drive when you had mommy all to yourself and you sat in the front seat and she told you how much she loved you and you knew you were her favorite It is perfectly reasonable to believe that Nabokov's imagination was shaped by this book I'll never lock eyes with a stranger again without wisps of this story seeping up under my mental doors and floating into awarenessPerhaps the novel's pivotal transformative energy is the real reason why so many were so eager to slip it into a box with a reductive label and stow it away in our collective attic

  2. Alice Alice says:

    Ok I have Feelings about this book And there might be some spoilery things but no than I was spoiled before reading it soit's probably not too badI 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 the book pleaseHighsmith has an afterword in the edition I read that she wrote in '89 saying among other things of course 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 eual to hellSo THANK YOU HIGHSMITH for starting the trend of fixing that And in the totally repressive year of 1953 So awesome

  3. Glenn Sumi Glenn Sumi says:

    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 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 1952 under the pen name Claire Morgan this book by the author of the Ripley novels and Strangers On A Train chronicles the love between 19 year old set designer Therese and the wealthier older and 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 conformityFurther the book's said to have influenced Nabokov's own tale about forbidden love Lolita and the Oscar winning women on the run film Thelma LouiseFor 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 in the women's first meeting Therese who's working part time in a department store before Xmas helps out Carol who's looking for a doll and the two obviously share a connection; and there's a terrifically catty scene later on between Therese and Carol's nosy and possibly also lesbian friend AbbyDirector 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

  4. Michael Michael says:

    A foreboding and atmospheric tale about love between women The Price of Salt sensitively portrays an aspiring set designer’s coming to terms with her sexuality Set against the backdrop of postwar repression the story follows nineteen year old Therese Belivet as she abandons her uiet life as a shopgirl for a budding romance with an older married lover Carol Aird The bulk of the novel’s drama arises from Carol’s fraught attempt to divorce her affluent husband retain custody of her daughter and build a life with Therese; class conflict between the two women counterpoints the main plot and saves the relationship from feeling sappy In hardboiled prose Highsmith fully renders the heroine’s inner life her sense of apprehension and self doubt and the author expertly captures the young artist’s near obsessive reverence for Carol as well as her resentment toward her wealth The novel’s aged well and benefits from rereading

  5. Maria Maria says:

    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 uite 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't uite 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 uite understand Not until I learned 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? I don’t careThere’s one thing I find extremely interesting about this book 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 obsessed with Carol than anything else And guess what? At the end of the book you just can’t help it You find yourself smiling and you feel happy for them You fall in love with them together Two human beings who found love How brilliant is that?

  6. Carol Carol says:

    Salt as defined by Merriam Webster “ an ingredient that gives savor piuancy 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 tabooTherese Belivet is a young and struggling set designer working in a department store when she meets and instantly becomes enad 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 CarolTherese’s growth and transformations are subtle and nuanced 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 It’s a thoughtful character study and erotic in a romantic sense rather than with explicit sexLesbian literature is often suggested for my book group; and even though there have been 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 trueThe film adaptation is called Carol and coming soon to my theatre I can’t wait

  7. BrokenTune BrokenTune says:

    ‘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 anythingPatricia 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 uality 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 timesTherese 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 reasonsview spoiler one out of immaturity and one out of a need for self defence hide spoiler

  8. Ty Ty says:

    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 present in the relationship with Therese I find both of them in the book wholly unlikeable This was distressingly hard to read I remember being insulted when I heard people felt the on the roadcamping portion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows dragged for them 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 and disconnected from everyone around me Now I not only don't understand it I resent it

  9. Alex Alex says:

    Patricia Highsmith lives in an ugly world Her first novel Strangers on a Train is almost unbearably bleak Ripley iswell it’s a lot of things but mainly it’s the first time someone wrote an entire series of books asking you to identify with a serial killer But between them all and under a fake name she also wrote this beautiful aching jewel of a love story Who knew? HighsmithNot the public not for thirty years Astonishingly Highsmith didn’t take credit for The Price of Salt until 1984 She didn’t want to be known as a “lesbian writer” The book lurked along as a cult classic until then It did this one silly revolutionary thing which unfortunately I can’t say without a big old view spoiler it allowed Carol and Therese a happy ending Most gay novels were reuired believe it or not to punish their protagonists as in the contested and sorry ending of Spring Fire another early lesbian classic hide spoiler

  10. dean dean says:

    This book had me in pieces by the end That last chapter oh my godNever 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 exuisite and devastatingHighsmith'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 comic the melodramatic angst of interruptions to the wistfulness in seeing a lover's hands to the thrill of meeting for the first time or againThe 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 Swoon

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