Carol (Movie Tie-In)

Patricia Highsmith
"A great American writer…Highsmith's writing is wicked…it puts a spell on you." ―Entertainment WeeklySoon to be a major motion picture.Patricia Highsmith's story of romantic obsession may be one of the most important, but still largely unrecognized, novels of the twentieth century. First published in 1952 and touted as "the novel of a love that society forbids," the book soon became a cult classic.Based on a true story plucked from Highsmith's own life, Carol tells the riveting drama of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose routine is forever shattered by a gorgeous epiphany―the appearance of Carol Aird, a customer who comes in to buy her daughter a Christmas toy. Therese begins to gravitate toward the alluring suburban housewife, who is trapped in a marriage as stultifying as Therese's job. They fall in love and set out across the United States, ensnared by society's confines and the imminent disapproval of others, yet propelled by their infatuation. Carol is a brilliantly written story that may surprise Highsmith fans and will delight those discovering her work.This authorized edition includes an afterword by Patricia Highsmith. Previously titled The Price of Salt.


Reviewed: 2020-01-16

If I'd read this back in the 1980s, it would've been a five-star read, but I can't pretend it's the first love story between two women I've ever come across, or that I don't know women in love, married, happy, raising families etc. So then this becomes basically a vintage love story with a heavy dose of understated melodrama (beautifully written by Highsmith) that shines a light on how shitty the past was for women, obviously incredibly moreso for queer women. 

I wish I'd come across it long before I did, but I'm glad I finally read it. And I have to say, much as I loved the movie (which I rented immediately after finishing the book,) the book is FAR better. 

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