The attraction between Therese and Carol is tender and almost a surprise to the younger woman. Early on Therese sees her as a woman who wants for nothing. Considering that this could have been the end of a writing career that had not even started, yet, and considering that presumably there would also have been some backlash to her personal exposure, I truly admire Highsmith's insistence on getting the book published. Through these meetings we see Carol through the eyes of Therese. The Price of Salt, published in 1952, is considered the first book—and the only one for a very long time afterwards—to depict a lesbian relationship with a happy ending. Standing there, Therese is wholly unprepared for the first shock of love.
I noticed the same thing when I read. I will say that Carol demystifies homosexual relations I listened to the audiobook, which was very well narrated, but I found the ending cringeworthy! You can both download the audio book or read it if you want. Now that I didn't quite understand. It really isn't, it's far more subtle, two women figuring out their relationship within the typical conflicts of previous relationships and ongoing commitments. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and is imprisoned. And who doesn't love a road trip book? It's full of tension and atmosphere did I mention the wonderful writing? It follows Therese, a young girl working in a department store during the Christmas rush, who one day is enamoured by a customer who comes into her department.
Therese looked down at the faintly freckled fingers that dug their strong cool tips into her palm. The Price of Salt is the basis for the upcoming film Carol, starring Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, and Kyle Chandler, to be released December 18, 2015. It was just a series of dull hotels. There were moments, especially in the first half of the novel when you feel like you are watching a rather dry play put on by some local actors. She is dating a young man Richard who thinks he is in love with her and she knows that she doesn't love him. Sorry but I'm hopelessly stuck in the 'lowly' lesbian romance genre.
Sixty years after, this genre needs more happy endings. Synopsis: Therese is just an ordinary sales assistant working in a New York department store when a beautiful, alluring woman in her thirties walks up to her counter. Therese, a struggling young sales clerk, and Carol, a homemaker in the midst of a bitter divorce, abandon their oppressive daily routines for the freedom of the open road, where their love can blossom. I just couldn't, though, I just couldn't stop thinking. The characters really come to life through the story and stay with you.
Podiobooks is another great site to find interesting audiobooks, written by Podiobooks authors. Highsmith is masterful and has written a romance novel that is not about love or romance, but about finding and accepting who you are and the strengths needed to live with those truths. The fact that the author needed to publish under a different name shows how much of a risk it was to write such a story. There are so many better old lesbian novels out there. It added to the feel of a 1950s road trip into the middle of nowhere, which, I thought, was also an appropriate metaphor for the relationship between Therese and Carol - a journey that lacked company, landmarks, or sign posts. Therese and Carol have their own unique flaws and strengths. I think I could have understood so many people having such a positive reaction to it because it is so well made.
If you are interested in American history, give the site a visit. What other book might you compare The Price of Salt to and why? I will say that Carol demystifies homosexual relationships--they´re just as good or bad as heterosexual relationships! Set against the backdrop of postwar repression, the story follows nineteen-year-old Therese Belivet as she abandons her quiet life as a shopgirl for a budding romance with an older, married lover, Carol Aird. Though one could easily extrapolate Harge being resentful, cruel and bitter x 1,000 about Carol being far more interested in another woman than him. As usual, I feel beneath those who classified this as classic. Most of the free audiobooks are new and made available for free by the authors. Along with her acclaimed series about Ripley, she wrote 22 novels and eight short story collections plus many other short stories, often macabre, satirical or tinged with black humour.
An onset of fever from chickenpox shortly after the encounter helped with the writing. When Carol gives Therese her address to have her purchases delivered, Therese will send Carol a Christmas card that will be the start of their courtship. Carol does have a history of lesbian encounters including one with her best friend Abby who doesn't appear to have gotten over Carol. Initially, she is very naive, vulnerable and almost obsessively smitten with the older Carol. She also wrote one novel, non-mystery, under the name Claire Morgan, plus a work of non-fiction 'Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction' and a co-written book of children's verse, 'Miranda the Panda Is on the Veranda'.
It really keeps you enthralled in the story. And the song would die one day, she thought, but how would the world come back to life? Not until I learned more about Therese, that is. So, book first before movie. Would I do the same thing again? It is perfectly reasonable to believe that Nabokov's imagination was shaped by this book. I think facial expressions in a movie would help a lot. I've tried to come to it with an open mind and eyes ready to see whatever it is everyone else sees.