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5.0 out of 5 stars An unappreciated gem?
It's a while since I read this book. Oddly enough, it was the first Highsmith I read. The Tremor of Forgery is set in slightly lawless Tunisia, which provides the backdrop to a great story of unease. It is not quite clear what happens, maybe there is a death and maybe it is murder. In the background, there are other shadowy stories. For those who like everything neatly...
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Ok but not as good as the Ripley books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unappreciated gem?, 6 July 2006
This review is from: The Tremor of Forgery (Paperback)
It's a while since I read this book. Oddly enough, it was the first Highsmith I read. The Tremor of Forgery is set in slightly lawless Tunisia, which provides the backdrop to a great story of unease. It is not quite clear what happens, maybe there is a death and maybe it is murder. In the background, there are other shadowy stories. For those who like everything neatly resolved, choose another novel (and preferably another writer). For a mood of anxiety and mystery, I don't think you can do better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic Highsmith, 11 Feb. 2010
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If you like Patricia Highsmith, I can't imagine you won't like this. It is unpredictable, unsettling and hypnotically engaging, each to a high degree.
Ingham arrives in Tunisia to make plans for a movie which he is to make with his friend John, about a Highsmith-esque love triangle (A hates B for marrying his girl, C. A fakes friendship with B, ruins his marriage and life and kills him). Incidentally in real life we infer that John loves Ina, Ingham's finace. As John waits for contact from either John or Ina, which does not come, and settles into the unsettled feel of Algeria at the time of the Six Day War (anti American feeling is not a 21C construct!) the shadows gather. But being Highsmith they are not the shadows you have been anticipating! Without company Ingham befriends a determinedly pro-American exile of bumptious morality, and a Danish painter with a distressing taste for bought and paid for underage boys (I suspect were the book to be published for the first time now, the attitude to this would be edited somewhat from the 1960's tone of acceptance which prevails!). He also sinks daily deeper into his own new book about the mind of a man with no conventional morality. Bobbing between these forces his life drifts away from the moorings he brought with him. He may or may not commit a murder, and struggles to deal with the situtation away from his known environment. His relationship with Ina zooms in and out of focus in his mind. What does the future hold for him?
I am not giving it 5 stars purely because I don't myself really enjoy Highsmith's uncertainties and moral challenges - but for those who don't mind the haunting, it is a very fine book indeed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Highsmith is a superb wordsmith and has the ability ..., 13 July 2014
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Patricia Highsmith is a superb wordsmith and has the ability to create atmosphere with brevity. She is able to subtly create a sense of fear and malevolence while the reader has no idea where the story is going. Anything is possible with Patricia. Her characters are interesting and believable. The Tremor of Forgery is a story of relationships and murder and how where we are affects how we deal with certain situations. A thought provoking well written book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highsmith such a brilliant crime writer, 11 Nov. 2014
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A really enjoyable story, suffused with the sunshine and atmosphere of where it is set- so well written. This is what makes P. Highsmith such a brilliant crime writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best thriller writer, 18 Sept. 2014
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patricia highsmith. the best thriller writer ever
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, 1 Sept. 2014
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Ok but not as good as the Ripley books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 22 Sept. 2014
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