The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

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Read The Price of Salt Online Free - Arguably Patricia Highsmith's finest, The Price of Salt is story of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose salvation arrives one day in the form of Carol Aird, an alluring suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce. They fall in love and set out across the United States, pursued by a private investigator who eventually blackmails Carol into a choice between her daughter and her lover. With this reissue, The Price of Salt may finally be recognized as a major twentieth-century American novel.

Title : The Price of Salt
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ISBN : 0393325997
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 292 pages


S. rated it ★★★★★

September 02, 2010

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 m...

Glenn rated it ★★★★☆

December 03, 2015

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...

Alice rated it ★★★★☆

January 09, 2015

Ok. I have Feelings about this book. And there might be some spoilery things, but no more than I was spoiled before reading it,'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...

Maria rated it ★★★★☆

October 19, 2015

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 yoursel...

Carol rated it ★★★★☆

January 05, 2016

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 l...

BrokenTune rated it ★★★★★

February 07, 2016

‘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...

Ty rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 19, 2015

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 wit...

dean rated it ★★★★★

May 27, 2012

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 ca...

Hadrian rated it ★★★★☆

March 24, 2016

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...

Catherine rated it ★★★★★

December 10, 2015

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 l...

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