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Ok I have Feelings about this book And there might be some spoilery things, but nothan I was spoiled before reading it, soit 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 thi Ok I have Feelings about this book And there might be some spoilery things, but nothan I was spoiled before reading it, soit 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 the book, please Highsmith 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 equal to hell So THANK YOU, HIGHSMITH, for starting the trend of fixing that And in the totally repressive year of 1953 So awesome 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 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 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 learnedabout 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 care.There 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 beobsessed 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 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 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 flickPublished 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 andworldly 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.Further, 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 Louise.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 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 Abby.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 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 quiet 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 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 quiet 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 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 originallDon 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 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 one in the later part of the book where I found myself yelling at Therese because she was behaving so childish it drove me mad, and one that had me glued to page thinking that if it were a scene in a film, the theatre audience would collectively gasp and fall silent to see what happens next view spoilerCrawl in the back and get the gun, Carol said.Therese did not move for a moment.Carol glanced at her Will you Therese did agilely in her slacks over the seat back, and dragged the navy blue suitcase on to the seat She opened the clasps and got out the sweater with the gun Just hand it to me, Carol said calmly I want it in the side pocket She reached her hand over her shoulder, and Therese put the white handle of the gun into it, and crawled back into the front seat 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.Carol held Therese s hand and drove with her left hand Therese looked down at the faintly freckled fingers that dug their strong cool tips into her palm I m going to talk to him again, Carol said, and pressed the gas pedal down steadily hide spoiler This scene alone is one of the reasons I really want to see the film version and I am miffed that I didn t get a chance to see it at our local cinema 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 1950s 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 1989 of the edition I read, Highsmith wrote that shelike s to avoid labels It is American publishers who love them As mentioned above, after the publication of her first novel, Strangers on a Train, Highsmith s publishers wanted to see her establish herself in the thriller genre 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 1952 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 withCarol 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 In the middle of the block, she opened the door of a coffee shop, but they were playing one of the songs she had heard with Carol everywhere, and she let the door close and walked on 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 Salt, as defined by Merriam Websteran 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 Salt, as defined by Merriam Websteran 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 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.Therese 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 sex.Lesbian literature is often suggested for my book group and, even though there have beenthan 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 I can t wait 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 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 road camping 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 feelanddisconnected from everyone around me Now I not only don t understand it, I resent it 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 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 required, believe it or not, to punish their protagonists, as in the contested and sorry ending of Spring Fire, another early lesbian classic hide spoiler CarolThe other revolutionary thing it did, weirdly, is that Highsmith somehow wrote Cate Blanchett She wouldn t be born for 17 years but Carol is definitely her, in all her architectural beauty and her ungraspability She s slippery and oblique, hard to pin down Therese, only dimly aware that she s gay, throws herself at Carol early on and isor less ignored She describes Carol as the Winged Victory of Samothrace at one point, which is funny because it has no head Carol s tricky But when she appears in the department store where Therese works, she tears through her world heretofore as dismal as Strangers and Highsmith lets her book explode with hope and life It never really comes back down Highsmith is one of our best writers, and this is her best book Highsmith was anguished about her own queerness her characters confuse passion with murder fairly regularly She fought and hid herself Persistently, she said, I have the vision of a house in the country with the blond wife whom I love, with the children whom I adore, on the land and with the trees I adore I know this will never be She couldn t live it, but she could almost write it {Download} Ü 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 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 inas The Price of Salt, Carol is a hauntingly atmospheric love story set against the backdrop of fifties New York 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 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 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 again.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 Swoon