The Tremor of Forgery Paperback – 19 Jun 2006
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Highsmith lived in her imagination, and, ultimately, its in her uniquely disturbing stories that youll find her -- LA Weekly
Highsmiths finest novel -- Graham Greene
One of Highsmiths finest novels -- New York Times
One of her best books She creates a lot of dread and a lot of apprehension very casually -- Jonathan Lethem, Chicago Tribune
A gripping novel that explores the shifting sands of moral values - is murder still murder when committed in a lawless place? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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I can understand why Graham Greene and The New Yorker considered this to be Highsmith's finest novel, but she's written better books filled with aprehension, suspense and existentialism issues such as "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Strangers on a Train". The political, religious, moral and even sex issues addressed in this book make it worth reading, but I would've liked more depth about them. I'd define this book as an existentialist travelogue, because the descriptions of what it's like to be in Tunisia are very thorough. All in all, and despite the unexpected but disappointing ending, it's worth reading, specially if you're a Highsmith's fan. If you've never read Highsmith, don't start with this one, because it's certainly not a "mystery and suspense" book.
I think a lot of people overlook the equally interesting examination of relationships on the book, there is definitly food for thought here on a few levels, although the pace may not be as rapid as some would like.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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.Published 21 months ago by Krasa30