Monday, April 9, 2012
A to Z Blogging Challenge - H is for Highsmith
There really should have been a female author before H. You may not have heard of Patricia Highsmith before but you have heard of her work - Strangers on a Train or The Talented Mr. Ripley.
But The Price of Salt is the first novel I ever read of hers. It tells the tale of a romance between two women. The novel was rare for the time not because the main characters were lesbians but because the book has a happy ending or at least a relatively happy ending for both of them. Most pulp novels at the time that had lesbian characters usually had unhappy endings for them.
Turning conventions on their head is sort of par for the course for Highsmith though. In a good deal of her crime novels, the bad guy doesn't pay. Tom Ripley being the most prominent example of that. The body count piles up, he feels slightly guilty about it but not enough to turn himself in.
This post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. You can visit a couple of others who have taken the challenge through the links below -
The Armchair Squid
Empire's 5 Star 500
Exclamation Point (!)