The Price of Salt

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 17, 2004 - Fiction - 262 pages
223 Reviews

Now recognized as a masterwork, the scandalous novel that anticipated Nabokov's Lolita.

"I have long had a theory that Nabokov knew The Price of Salt and modeled the climactic cross-country car chase in Lolita on Therese and Carol's frenzied bid for freedom," writes Terry Castle in The New Republic about this novel, arguably Patricia Highsmith's finest, first published in 1952 under the pseudonym Clare Morgan. Soon to be a new film, The Price of Salt tells the riveting story of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose salvation arrives one day in the form of Carol Aird, an alluring suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce. They fall in love and set out across the United States, pursued by a private investigator who eventually blackmails Carol into a choice between her daughter and her lover. With this reissue, The Price of Salt may finally be recognized as a major twentieth-century American novel.
  

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Really enjoyed the writing style, pretty and flowing. - Goodreads
The characters are one-dimensional and plot formulaic. - Goodreads
Honestly, one of my favorite book endings. - Goodreads
This is a love story, told with depth and sensitivity. - Goodreads
uneasy, beautiful writing. - Goodreads
But, yes indeed, it does have a happy ending. - Goodreads

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
3
CHAPTER TWO
16
CHAPTER THREE
25
CHAPTER FOUR
36
CHAPTER FIVE
41
CHAPTER SIX
47
CHAPTER SEVEN
61
CHAPTER EIGHT
77
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
134
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
148
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
159
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
169
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
180
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
186
CHAPTER NINETEEN
196
CHAPTER TWENTY
213

CHAPTER NINE
85
CHAPTER TEN
95
CHAPTER ELEVEN
108
CHAPTER TWELVE
123
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
221
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
233
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
243
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About the author (2004)

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

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