Friday, 22 January 2016

Wee Book Review: Carol by Patricia Highsmith *spoiler free*

Hello lovelies!

So here's to the first book review of 2016!
Today's choice is Carol by Patricia Highsmith 

An interesting fact about this book; it was originally named The Price of Salt (a better name in my opinion) and was published under a pseudonym by a small press as it was rejected by Highsmith's publishers.

Don't judge a book by it's cover... 

I'll be brutally honest, I hate this movie cover, I accidentally ordered this thanks to the incorrect image on the waterstones website. I cannot stand movie covers. 
But I'm also not even that fond of regular cover either. This book is key evidence that you should never judge a book by its cover. 

A little bit about it...

This book describes the relationship between two very different women in 1950's New York. Theresa, is a young woman who doesn't understand why there is no spark in her relationships with men. Carol is an older woman who has just separated from her husband. They fall in love, then have to deal with the fall out. 

What I disliked...

I didn't like Theresa's personality, I found her brash and mean sometimes, but I understand that the character was deliberately written that way. 
What I liked...

Everything, everything else. Patricia's writing is beautiful, the way she describes a scene so effortlessly, with just a few concise sentences often utilising scents, light, shadows and emotions. Also it was so fantastic to read a LGBT book that is not modern, nor a coming out story (though in some ways I suppose this is, though it is not central to the plot).

If you liked this... 
If you enjoy any good LGBT fiction, hell if you enjoy any beautiful writing, you will love this. I think if you will particularly enjoy this if you enjoy the writing style of the likes of Michel Faber or Rene Denfield. 

On Goodreads I awarded this...
A 4.75 out of 5 stars. I loved it, it was beautiful and delicate and heart-warming.

Have you read Carol? What did you think of it? Let me know below!

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