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ISBN: 0434335169
Author: Patricia Highsmith
Language: English
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; First Edition edition (May 1977)
Pages: 320
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 627
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To call Patricia Highsmith a thriller writer is true but not the whole truth: her books have stylistic texture, psychological depth, mesmeric readability’ SUNDAY TIMES.

A writer who has created a world of her own – a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal dange. iss Highsmith is the poet of apprehension’ GRAHAM GREENE. To call Patricia Highsmith a thriller writer is true but not the whole truth: her books have stylistic texture, psychological depth, mesmeric readability’ SUNDAY TIMES. Highsmith writes the verbal equivalent of a drug – easy to consume, darkly euphoric, totally addictiv. ighsmith belongs in the moody company of Dostoevsky or Angela Carter’ TIME OUT.

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As an adult, Patricia Highsmith's sexual relationships were predominantly .

As an adult, Patricia Highsmith's sexual relationships were predominantly with women  .

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The sculpting goes on apace. Have begun a head of C. – not that he ever has time for posing. J. is one year old almost, & C. manages to ride her on his back, if he holds one of her little hands. The great engineer, crawling around on his knees, falling on his face sometimes, laughing.

Patricia Highsmith when she was a 27-year-old living in London The diaries, which Liveright Publishing plans to release in the United States in 2021 as a single book, offer . .

Patricia Highsmith when she was a 27-year-old living in London. The secretive writer’s diaries are going to be published in 2021. The diaries, which Liveright Publishing plans to release in the United States in 2021 as a single book, offer a glimpse into the life of a literary figure whose sharply observed psychological thrillers, including Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley, became cultural touchstones. She was a secretive, often prickly woman who remained a cipher even to her friends and lovers, and a trailblazer who wrote one of the first mainstream novels depicting two women in love.

In the rest of the book, Highsmith distracts you with the details of his relationships.

The diary is a work of first person fiction where she imagines if her son hadn’t turned out to be an alcoholic loser who lives at home and makes her life hell, her husband hadn’t left her for a younger woman, saddling her with his ailing uncle who also makes her life hell. In the rest of the book, Highsmith distracts you with the details of his relationships. A girl he’s been seeing in New York comes to visit him helps him realize he’s still in love with his crazy ex. A homo erotic friendship with a gay Danish painter and fellow expat who is outwardly racist toward the Arabs.

6 chilling books with troubled narrators. notgettingenough said: Having read most of Highsmith's books and being an inveterate reader of books about.

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, was made into a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, was made into a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. The Talented Mr Ripley, published in 1955, introduced the fascinating anti-hero Tom Ripley, and was made into an Oscar-winning film in 1999 by Anthony Minghella.

Comments:

Cordanius
The vendor sent a very clean book, expedited delivery so I could read it before a book group. It is so much easier than getting a book from the library-- Highsmith is not for everyone, but this understated decent into madness really pleases if it's your favorite genre.
from earth
An elegantly, beautifully crafted short novel with a brutally honest and bleak outcome and outlook on the protagonists' lives.
Zolorn
Disappointing. Very slow reading and nothing happens much.
The characters are underdeveloped and boring. Towards the end I started to skip pages. One of the worst books I read during the last 10 years.
Innadril
Edith slowly allows her life to be highjacked by others, and the resulting strain shows up in her diary. In her diary is another Edith, a satisfied and proud mother and citizen. I really enjoyed this book, never was bored and the story has stayed with me. This book spans the late fifties to the mid-70s. What is interesting to a woman (me) in 2017 is that I can see how she is caught between being a good wife and mother a la 1950s and wanting to have more fulfillment. She doesn't quite know how to enter the "ME" era of the 1970s. You can argue that a woman in that position today may feel entitled to more, but yet I can't help but appreciate her sense of responsibility and unselfishness. Or is she a coward? A good book makes you ask these questions and reflect on society, then and now.
Vit
In this novel, Highsmith offers readers a meandering tale of the minutae of the quiet disappointments of Edith Howland. A gentle, modest soul, Edith is quite content with the role of housewife (to a preoccupied husband) and mother (to an odd surly son). The novel opens in the mid-1950s when it wasn't uncommon for young women with literary or intellectual inclinations to forsake career for hearth and home. As an intellectual outlet, Edith publishes a village newspaper, dealing with the eternally controversial topics of birth control, abortion, quality of education in public schools, the American presence in the foreign political arena. It is significant that while Edith is a firebrand in her articles (her viewpoints inflame and alienate her fellow villagers) which purport to set the World to rights, she is singularly incapable of managing her own life. As the novel progresses, we find Edith divorced, saddled with a deceitful, drunken 20-something son, and serving as unwilling caretaker for an uncle by marriage. Edith's reaction to these life-compromising events is that of a rock embedded in a riverbed while the currents swirl around and dash against it. Edith raises passivity to an art form.

Unlike other reviewers, though, I do not believe Edith suffered a descent into madness. She was a bit delusional in that her diary (ostensibly a record of actual events) becomes a work of fiction. Consider that those who live alone are prone to fall into eccentric ways. As readers first meet Edith -- moving into a new house with her little family intact, and even though she never lives on her own for a second of the novel -- Edith remains essentially alone.

Edith's Diary is quintessential Highsmith. Ordinary characters are depicted doing ordinary acts of cruelty, selfishness, or indifference.
Cogelv
There's only one novel ever by Patricia Highsmith I haven't greatly enjoyed (The Glass Cage), this novel continues in the core Highsmith world-view of people subtly twisted by their personal experiences into criminal vicious & dark reactions.
I found the territory of the American educated Middle Class to be typical of her characters, but somehow the tone of this book is a bit different from most of her others. The female lead here is a bit of a Martyr, while the son shows the worst results of an over protected American Middle upbringing. Her husband is a classic cad & even manages to foist off a relative of his on Edith; strongly against her wishes & unable to summon a model for his ejection.
Its a fascinating & even genteelly horrific side of Suburbia that shows aptly what can scuttle out from our quotidian lives when a few whitewashed rocks are upturned.
The novel kept me reading with full interest from beginning to end. The son & the Old Liability of a relative are both fascinating stories, while Edith's private diary reveals the grandiose imaginings many of us have. Unlike some I feel PH does a bang-up job of conjuring up the proper Middle Class confines of the '50s & early '60s USA.
I don't want to reveal much of the action, so instead I'll repeat that I found the novel, while in familiar Highsmith territory at a bit of an oblique to the stories she usually writes. One thing I usually see is vivid, accurate portrayals of Gay men, while here the is only some sexual ambiguity in one of the characters.
The one thing that puzzles me is exactly what happens at the end. I think I got it, but I can't say I understood with certainty & I'll probably always wonder a bit about the denouncement. Still ambiguous ends are not without their merits. Well worth reading.
Nettale
Edith's Diary is the personal account of a middle-aged housewife during the period of mid-1950s to mid-1970s where the woman, slowly but surely, suffers from a total psychological meltdown. Unlike similar stories, there is little in the way of soap operatic drama (no major fights between spouses, no lurid scandals). All the disappointments and frustrations in Edith's life affect her inwardly, with the only clear outward sign of her insanity being relected in her diary (..which is full of entries which relect how she would like life to be, not as it really is).
Edith's Diary is a slow moving novel, which often reads like an episode of the Donna Reed Show. But it does pull you in, thanks to Ms. Highsmith's excellent prose. And when the story is over you will think long and hard about Edith, wondering if you (or someone you know) is suffering from the same situation.
While Edith's Diary is a book which can be appreciated by either gender I suspect women who are over 40 would be most interested in the story, and can relate to American suburban life back some 30 years ago. It's not a happy story, but for some it might be cathartic.

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