Patricia Highsmith

Bookshelf | This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith (1961) | The Ex from H-E-Double-Hockey Sticks

Book Recommendation: This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith (1961)

Psychopathic loner David Kelsey has resolved to rekindle his relationship with his beloved Annabelle and make her his wife. ┬áIn David’s eyes, the fact that Annabelle is now married to someone else presents only a small obstacle…

In true Highsmith fashion, in David Kelsey, she has masterfully created a layered character who is absolutely detestable yet for whom the reader can sympathize. This novel is thick with psychological suspense and a darkly entertaining read.

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Bookshelf | The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955) | How not to go about transforming yourself

Book Recommendation: The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955)

When self-hating Tom Ripley meets handsome, carefree Dickie Greenleaf in Italy, Tom begins to obsess over Dickie and his enviable lifestyle–to the point of madness.

My favorite thing about this novel is Highsmith’s characterization of Tom Ripley. She masterfully creates a layered character the reader both despises and sympathizes for. While Tom Ripley is a despicable person, he represents some of humankind’s deepest longings and darkest urges, and he struggles with one of the most difficult emotions one can experience in life: unrequited love.

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