- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; New e. edition (8 Aug. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393324567
- ISBN-13: 978-0393324563
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 21.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,873,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mermaids on the Golf Course Paperback – 8 Aug 2003
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"An atmosphere of nameless dread, of unspeakable foreboding, permeates every page of Patricia Highsmith, and there's nothing quite like it."
An atmosphere of nameless dread, of unspeakable foreboding, permeates every page of Patricia Highsmith, and there's nothing quite like it. "
About the Author
Patricia Highsmith (1921 1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt, The Blunderer and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.
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Having recently read "Beautiful Shadow", Andrew Wilson's biography of Highsmith, I realise why her work is so convincing despite it's weirdness. Her god-daughter described her as "weird, dissolute and unkind". She was quite socially dysfunctional and yet was obsessed by people. She was rather bipolar, possibly a bit autistic. In short, she was genuinely weird, her writing was an honest expression of herself, and she was totally dedicated to it.
Not her best writing here, "The Talented Mr. Ripley" is surely that, but even her worst writing is compelling.
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Bottom line: a collection of uninspired stories. Not recommended.
In my opinion the best of the lot is "A Shot From Nowhere" in which a tourist/artist experiences the vacation from hell.