or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
Id like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Eleven [Paperback]

Patricia Highsmith
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
RRP: 7.99
Price: 5.59 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over 10. Details
You Save: 2.40 (30%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 25 April? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover --  
Paperback 5.59  
Amazon.co.uk Trade-In Store
Did you know you can use your mobile to trade in your unwanted books for an Amazon.co.uk Gift Card to spend on the things you want? Visit the Books Trade-In Store for more details or check out the Trade-In Amazon Mobile App Guidelines on how to trade in using a smartphone. Learn more.

Book Description

21 May 2007
Unsuspecting victims are devoured by their own obsessions in this perfectly chilling collection. A man becomes devoted to his pet snails, with fatal results. A young nanny turns arsonist in a bid to become heroine of the hour. A boy finally stands up to his mother, with knife in hand. Highsmith weaves a world claustrophobic in its intensity, disturbing in its mundanity, as she probes the dark corners of the human psyche. "Eleven" is a collection of masterpieces of Highsmith's particular art, full of compulsion, foreboding and cruel pleasures.

Frequently Bought Together

Eleven + Nothing That Meets the Eye
Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; UK open market ed edition (21 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747575002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747575009
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

`Fabulous, in all senses of that word' -- Paul Theroux

`Highsmith is a novelist whose books one can re-read many times.
There are very few of whom one can say that' -- Graham Greene

`The mood of nagging apprehension is consistent, skilfully
underplayed so that just the right amount of chill is induced'
-- New York Times

`What is striking about these stories is their integrity: they are
all of a piece ... a brilliant collection' -- Sunday Times

About the Author

Patricia Highsmith was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1921. Her first novel, Strangers On A Train, was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. The Talented Mr Ripley, published in 1955, was awarded the Edgar Allan Poe Scroll by the Mystery Writers of America and introduced the fascinating anti-hero Tom Ripley, who was to appear in many of her later crime novels. Patricia Highsmith died in Locarno, Switzerland, in February 1995. Her last novel, Small g: A Summer Idyll, was published posthumously just over a month later.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

4 star
0
3 star
0
1 star
0
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY BRILLIANT... 1 Nov 2003
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I first became aware of Ms. Highsmith through her wonderful book, "The Talented Mr. Ripley". Although I am not a big fan of short stories, I decided to take a chance on this book, as I so admired the author's talent. I am delighted that I did so, as this book contains a veritable treasure trove of literary gems.
Her stories range from the macabre to the suspenseful. What makes them particularly chilling is that many of them take place in otherwise mundane everyday settings with people who may be either quite ordinary or slightly bizarre, but to whom something extraordinary happens. These are stories that will capture the imagination of the reader. Some even reminded me a little bit of the stories of H. P. Lovecraft, as some of them contain a strong element of horror, crafted, however, in a most delicate, sublime fashion.
These eleven compelling short stories will keep the reader turning the pages of this marvelous little book. It is a book well worth having in one's personal collection. Bravo!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BRILLIANT COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES... 14 Sep 2003
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I first became aware of Ms. Highsmith through her wonderful book, "The Talented Mr. Ripley". Although I am not a big fan of short stories, I decided to take a chance on this book, as I so admired the author's talent. I am delighted that I did so, as this book contains a veritable treasure trove of literary gems.
Her stories range from the macabre to the suspenseful. What makes them particularly chilling is that many of them take place in otherwise mundane everyday settings with people who may be either quite ordinary or slightly bizarre, but to whom something extraordinary happens. These are stories that will capture the imagination of the reader. Some even reminded me a little bit of the stories of H. P. Lovecraft, as some of them contain a strong element of horror, crafted, however, in a most delicate, sublime fashion.
These eleven compelling short stories will keep the reader turning the pages of this marvelous little book. It is a book well worth having in one's personal collection. Bravo!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleven 30 Jun 2013
By PJB
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First-rate collection of Patricia Highsmith short stories, quirky, unexpected, always plenty of surprises not to say stings in the tail.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor short stories. 4 Oct 2010
By Snowman
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
These eleven short stories are more like eleven failed ideas for stories. Dull, unfinished and ridiculous (ten-foot snails chasing a professor around a desert island! Please.)

Do yourself a favour and buy Deep Water.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most of the stories deserved a five star rating 17 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A couple of so-so stories in this collection, but most are extraordinary. "The Snail Watcher" is her most well-known story, and it is truly bizarre, but the best stories are more quietly unsettling, such as "Another Bridge to Cross" (which has an almost Hemingway feel to the writing), "When the Fleet Was In at Mobile," "The Herione," "Mrs Afton, among Thy Green Braes."
My two favorite stories are "Cries of Love," and "The Empty Birdhouse."
I've read a couple of critics and several readers who have suggested she was not as good a writer of stories as novels, but from this collection, at least, I would have to disagree. Now I prefer her novels, but these stories were as good as any writer's. A few times the reader is given the character's past in a lump dose that hurts the strength of the story, such as "The Heroine," and "The Empty Birdhouse," but that is an inherent obstacle of the short story format. I still had a good feel for those characters, and I still felt the overall impact of the story. Some truly great stories.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars all of Highsmith's talents in bite-sized pieces 27 Jan 2001
By lazza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Highsmith is noted for her novels of odd (read: neurotic) individuals who often exhibit some sort of criminial behaviour. I am certainly a Highsmith devotee. 'Eleven', a collection of 11 short stories, is my first taste of Patricia Highsmith in smaller doses.
As with most collections of short stories, 'Eleven' is a hit-and-miss affair. The stories are at minimum competent, with a couple being quite interesting (, creepy, weird, et al). Unfortunately unlike with her novels, these compact stories do not play to Highsmith's strengths - that is, dissecting her characters and their phobias.
However I do recommend 'Eleven' for those who simply don't have the time or patience to read Highsmith's novels. It certainly makes for excellent commuting reading material.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A world of obsessions. 6 July 2000
By Adriana Villanueva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Patricia Highsmith is a wonderful story teller, and with Eleven she masters the short story genre. Her tales are not easy; its a world of strange and obssesive people who always push their obsessions to the limit, and you as a reader will feel involved in this claustrophobic world. So beware when you're reading it, you may feel someone strangely breathing on your neck.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie and compelling 16 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Patricia Highsmith has enjoyed a higher profile recently almost entirely due to the film adaptation of her novel "The Talented Mr Ripley".
This collection of 11 short stories show why she is considered by many to be a mistress of chilling suspense. All of the stories begin innocently enough, but an air of expectation is always just around the corner. Often the payoff comes in the last few lines, but what a payoff indeed! The outstanding story has to be "When The Fleet Was In At Mobile" with it's horrific revelations. Do not read these late at night, as your dreams will become nightmares.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag. 25 May 2010
By Michael G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a collection of 11 Patricia Highsmith stories written over a 25 year period. The stories originally appeared in a diverse sampling of publications running the gamut from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine to Harper's Bazaar. The best story in this collection is "Mrs. Afton, among Thy Green Braes" and the second best is probably "The Empty Birdhouse".

Potential readers should be aware that two of the stories, "The Snail-Watcher" and "The Quest for Blank Claveringi", are about snails (a long time Highsmith obsession) and would be better suited for inclusion in an anthology of science fiction.

Most of the selections included in Eleven illustrate the author's recurring theme about seemingly ordinary people being capable of horrendous acts. Patricia Highsmith possessed a real knack for manipulating her readers so as to elicit very visceral reactions. In the extreme, such manipulations can be uncomfortably cringe inducing. The two stories in this collection which go the farthest in demonstrating this point are "The Birds Poised to Fly" and "The Cries of Love". Both stories feature characters who display inexplicable cruelty to others in order to satisfy inchoate urges emanating from deep within.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews
ARRAY(0xa4db5fc0)

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback