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Carol (1952)

af Patricia Highsmith

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Mødet mellem den sofistikerede Carol, gift og mor, og den 19-årige Therese, bliver indledning til et lidenskabeligt lesbisk kærlighedsforhold med mange forhindringer i McCarthy-tidens bigotte USA.
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 Monthly Author Reads: June 2019: Patricia Highsmith24 ulæste / 24Bookmarque, juli 2019

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read to pg 122 ( )
  mslibrarynerd | Jan 13, 2024 |
Ho una teoria personale: ogni donna, indipendentemente dall’orientamento sessuale, dovrebbe leggere tonnellate di romanzi con protagoniste donne lesbiche perché poche altre storie vi daranno un quadro altrettanto chiaro dell'oppressione patriarcale senza il bisogno di fare troppi spiegoni. Ovviamente, se leggerete i classici, preparate i fazzoletti perché le storie lesbo hanno il brutto vizio di finire in tragedia.

Si sa, alle donne mal si perdona di essere trasgressive (o di non venerare l’insicuro maschio alfa di turno)...

Carol ha dalla sua il pregio di essere impenitente: racconta una storia dove si è consapevoli dell’infelicità che schiaccia chi si è arresa alle convenzioni e dove si va avanti a testa alta, senza dimenticare la compassione per chi non ha avuto – o potuto avere – la stessa forza.

Carol Aird – che, sebbene non abbia ancora visto il film, mi sono immaginata tutto il tempo come la divina Cate Blachett – è un personaggio femminile di grande potenza: riesce a tener testa alla crudeltà e alla grettezza del marito e a prendere una strada che nessuna brava donnina di casa avrebbe mai preso, insegnando anche a noi che quella strada esiste e che possiamo percorrerla senza spezzarci. Anzi.

Therese Belivet, invece, mi ha suscitato sentimenti ambigui: da una parte ne ho amato il percorso di crescita che la porta dall’essere una giovane donna incerta a una giovane donna che prende in mano il suo futuro; dall’altra per gran parte del romanzo mi è sembrata così irresoluta e apatica da darmi quasi ai nervi.

Però devo ringraziarla per aver rotto quella statua della Madonna: l’ho trovato un gesto così liberatorio che quella scena è entrata di diritto tra le mie preferite della letteratura. Farà bene anche a voi leggerla: fidatevi. ( )
  lasiepedimore | Jan 12, 2024 |
This is the book that the movie Carol is based on. I haven't seen the movie, though, so I can't compare the two. The book alternated between scenes that were very beautifully written and long stretches that were very boring. However the 1950s setting and the age difference between the two characters made for some interesting commentary on the way that women are affected differently by the constraints society puts on them at different times in their lives. At the beginning the protagonist references The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, which is an apt comparison. This is the story of a romance measured out in coffee spoons. ( )
  megacool24 | Dec 18, 2023 |
Oh, Patricia Highsmith. Thank you. I quite lost myself in “Carol” for a few days.

This book is unique and breathless, and it will not let go of you until the story is told. The writing is powerful.

“It reminded her of conversations at tables, on sofas, with people whose words seemed to hover over dead, unstirrable things, who never touched a string that played. And when one tried to touch a live string, looked at one with faces as masked as ever, making a remark so perfect in its banality that one could not even believe it might be subterfuge.”

“The half dangling, half cemented relationship” between Therese and Richard is so well painted, small details that slowly condense into ugliness. The chapter when they fly a kite is heartbreaking, and Richard does not understand.

The description of that first meeting between Therese and Carol is a bit like drowning. For me, Therese’s story is a story of an obsession that becomes… love? A kind of love? I am still not certain. And slowly, slowly, you realize that Therese is the villain here, a villain of selfishness and weakness – until Highsmith slaps you in the face with it.

In the afterword (a great one), the author calls her ending “happy”.
I’d call it an ambiguous, and not an unhappy ending.

And now, I’ll go and breathe. ( )
  Alexandra_book_life | Dec 15, 2023 |
First things first: even for the 1950's, these are the most old fashioned lesbians I've ever seen. They are doing a cross country trip from New York City to Washington and don't sleep together until the Chicagoland area. None of the gals from The L Word would've waited that long.

Obviously I'm 50% joking. This is a very strong book especially in the subtle ways it illustrates the oppressive social conformity of the era. Without talking about feminism in a ham fisted way, it shows the limited options for women--especially lesbians--in the country.

The actual romance is cool too. These women are learning a great deal about each other in a natural and organic way. My only complaint is that Carol is sometimes dismissive of Therese's actions (we get it: she's young and whiney). But those are minor issues. It really nails things with an an abrupt ending, which in another book would've been cheap. Recommended. ( )
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Happiness was like a green vine spreading through her, stretching fine tendrils, bearing flowers through her flesh.
She had seen just now what she had only sensed before, that the whole world was ready to be their enemy, and suddenly what she and Carol had together seemed no longer love or anything happy but a monster between them, with each of them caught in a fist.
I don't mean people like that. I mean two people who fall in love suddenly with each other, out of the blue. Say two men or two girls ... I suppose it could happen, though, to almost anyone, couldn't it?
They're not horrid. One's just supposed to conform. I know what they'd like, they'd like a blank they could fill in. A person already filled in disturbs them terribly.
Remember what you said about physics not applying to people? ... Well, I’m not sure you’re
right ... Take friendships, for instance. I can think of a lot of cases where the two people have nothing in common. I think there’s a definite reason for every friendship just as there’s a reason why certain atoms unite and others don’t—certain missing factors in one, or certain present factors in the other—what do you think? I think friendships are the result of certain needs that can be completely hidden from both people, sometimes hidden forever.
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Carol was first published in the USA under the title The Price of Salt, 1952, and the author's pseudonym of Claire Morgan.
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