Il riscatto di un cane (I LIBRI DI PATRICIA HIGHSMITH)

Il riscatto di un cane I LIBRI DI PATRICIA HIGHSMITH In un anonimo distretto di polizia di New York viene denunciata la scomparsa di un cane un barboncino francese a cu Edward Reynolds editor di un importante casa editrice e la moglie Greta aspirant

  • Title: Il riscatto di un cane (I LIBRI DI PATRICIA HIGHSMITH)
  • Author: Patricia Highsmith Silvia Fabbri Ugo Marchetti
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  • In un anonimo distretto di polizia di New York viene denunciata la scomparsa di un cane, un barboncino francese a cu Edward Reynolds, editor di un importante casa editrice, e la moglie Greta, aspirante pittrice dal nebuloso passato, sono profondamente affezionati A occuparsi del caso Clarence Duhamell, un giovane poliziotto legato sentimentalmente a Marylyn, una ragazzaIn un anonimo distretto di polizia di New York viene denunciata la scomparsa di un cane, un barboncino francese a cu Edward Reynolds, editor di un importante casa editrice, e la moglie Greta, aspirante pittrice dal nebuloso passato, sono profondamente affezionati A occuparsi del caso Clarence Duhamell, un giovane poliziotto legato sentimentalmente a Marylyn, una ragazza allegra e indipendente, che nutre un istintivo disprezzo verso ogni forma di potere Insoddisfatto di una routine scandita da estenuanti pattugliamenti notturni, da scontati ordini di servizio, da noiosi rapporti, il protagonista, che subisce l emarginazione dei colleghi perch incorruttibile e colto conosce pure Freud, Dostoevskij e Proust , si lascia catturare dall inchiesta e dalle persone coinvolte, fino a rischiare il proprio equilibrio e le aspirazioni del futuro Su un caso apparentemente destinato all archiviazione, stravolgendo i ritmi narrativi, Patricia Highsmith costruisce un piccolo capolavoro della suspence.

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    • Patricia Highsmith Silvia Fabbri Ugo Marchetti

      Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist who is known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers which have led to than two dozen film adaptations over the years She lived with her grandmother, mother and later step father her mother divorced her natural father six months before Patsy was born and married Stanley Highsmith in Fort Worth before moving with her parents to New York in 1927 but returned to live with her grandmother for a year in 1933 Returning to her parents in New York, she attended public schools in New York City and later graduated from Barnard College in 1942 Shortly after graduation her short story The Heroine was published in the Harper s Bazaar magazine and it was selected as one of the 22 best stories that appeared in American magazines in 1945 and it won the O Henry award for short stories in 1946 She continued to write short stories, many of them comic book stories, and regularly earned herself a weekly 55 pay check During this period of her life she lived variously in New York and Mexico.Her first suspense novel Strangers on a Train published in 1950 was an immediate success with public and critics alike The novel has been adapted for the screen three times, most notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951 In 1955 her anti hero Tom Ripley appeared in the splendid The Talented Mr Ripley , a book that was awarded the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere as the best foreign mystery novel translated into French in 1957 This book, too, has been the subject of a number of film versions Ripley appeared again in Ripley Under Ground in 1970, in Ripley s Game in 1974, The boy who Followed Ripley in 1980 and in Ripley Under Water in 1991.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 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.She latterly lived in England and France and was popular in England than in her native United States Her novel Deep Water , 1957, was called by the Sunday Times one of the most brilliant analyses of psychosis in America and Julian Symons once wrote of her Miss Highsmith is the writer who fuses character and plot most successfully the most important crime novelist at present in practice In addition, Michael Dirda observed Europeans honoured her as a psychological novelist, part of an existentialist tradition represented by her own favorite writers, in particular Dostoevsky, Conrad, Kafka, Gide, and Camus She died of leukemia in Locarno, Switzerland on 4 February 1995 and her last novel, Small g a Summer Idyll , was published posthumously a month later.Gerry WolstenholmeJuly 2010



    141 thoughts on “Il riscatto di un cane (I LIBRI DI PATRICIA HIGHSMITH)

    • This is a very disturbing story - surprise surprise - that is what you get when you enter the world of Patricia Highsmith. This is a story of a psycho who dognaps (is that the correct term?) a pet dog and gets a ransom for his deed. He killed the dog right away - and a nice policeman goes after the dog-killer. Which leads to that cops downfall. What's interesting is Highsmith's well-known love for the animal kingdom and how she plays with that angle with respect to the policeman's eventually (ev [...]


    • Highsmith's prose is simple and unadorned. It is almost like a reading primer for adult learners sometimes; but the content is far from simplistic. A middle aged couple's beloved poodle is kidnapped; a twisted outsider escalates his hobby of writing poison pen letters to those he considers unfairly priviliged; a confused young policeman tries to find meaning, love and honour. It all comes together in a stark, uncompromising narrative where innocence has no place. It also makes an interesting com [...]


    • Mais uma vez Patricia Highsmith faz um retrato arrepiante de um pequeno grupo de sociopatas, cujos caminhos se cruzam para originar confusão e destruição. Á medida que o pior de cada um deles é despertado, o seu comportamento amoral tem consequências devastadoras na vida dos cidadãos chamados "comuns".Estamos em Nova Iorque, onde o crime, a ganância, a violência e tudo o que há de mais obscuro neste mundo adquirem contornos mais definidos. Um casal perde a sua cadela, Lisa e reporta o [...]


    • This tale of a pathetic loner who kills the poodle of an upper middle class Manhattan couple, sends ransom notes and money demands, and is pursued by an idealistic, Cornell-educated rookie cop, left me feeling skeeved, as much by its datedness (the cop's temporary-secretary, cop-hating girlfriend constantly referring to police as "fuzz") as by the story and unsavory characters.


    • Patricia Highsmith is the master of stories where ordinary people starts piling up small mistakes one on top of another, until they are completely drowned by the events. In "A Dog's Ransom", the initial sin of a young police officer is to take care of a case that everyone else would have paid no attention to at all. He gets involved too much, up to the point where his private life is affected, and from then it gets completely disrupted. This element can be found also in the the plot of "Stranger [...]


    • this story started off well but by midpoint it really started to ramble. the ending was disappointing; as the pages slipped away I kept thinking "How is she going to end this??" The author apparently was thinking the same thing; she just kind of cut it off abruptly with a final event that was about as satisfying as "and then I woke up and realized it was all a dream."



    • Well, after reading about the author's best summer reading memory:"Alexander McCall SmithOne summer, over 20 years ago, my wife and I went to stay in a small cottage in France, on a farm in the Auvergne. Our children were small and needed an afternoon sleep, during which I sat on the veranda and readPatricia Highsmith novels, one after the other, and scared myself thoroughly. It started after I was a few chapters into"People Who Knock on the Door,” and by the time I had reached the end of"Deep [...]


    • A mio parere, in letteratura ci sono diversi tipi di durezza.Ad esempio quella epicamente tragica della Agota Kristof (Trilogia della città di K) o quella irriparabilmente nevrotica alla Canetti (Auto da fe) o quella di questo racconto, depressa e deprimente.Ma tutte, sempre seconde me, derivano dalla entomologica (cioè, distaccata e fredda) vivisezione psicologica che gli autori citati fanno dei loro personaggi e delle situazioni nelle quali li fanno agire.In questo noir il tratto è la vacui [...]


    • This isn't my favourite book that PH has written, but it is nevertheless easily the best thriller that I've read all year. It is pacey, punchy, ageless and relevant. She is probably my favourite thriller writer, and the nourish storyline, the style, and the honesty are a marvel. Read it - read all of her books. She was a genius.


    • Well, I suppose it was a brilliant examination of the messes we can get into by making a series of bad decisions while entangled with ignorant, envious people. All in all very demoralizing. Poor Clarence who is unable to make good choices about the people he cares about.




    • This hits the usual Highsmith themes: obsession, innocence, corruption, fate, yearning. Ed Reynolds loves his dog, Lisa. When she disappears in the park, he's worried. When a ransom note arrives demanding $1,000 for her safe return, he's willing to pay the steep price. When the ransom is taken but the dog isn't returned, he reluctantly goes to the police for help. The police take little interest in the case, with the exception of an eager young patrolman. The patrolman manages to locate the dogn [...]


    • About a year ago, I discovered the "Most Read Authors" feature on GoodReads. I discovered two things that bothered me: 1) James Patterson was in my top 10 most read authors & 2) the first female author appeared in the 25th spot (J.K. Rowling and only because there were 7 Harry Potter books). This book marks the important shift that there is now a female author in the top 10 (Patricia Highsmith) and Mr. Patterson moves out of the top 10. Who needs professional sports when I can deal with my o [...]


    • This book was especially interesting given the recent Gov. Spitzer scandal. The main character, Clarence, is a goody goody newby cop who gets pushed into being bad and then finding himself in the hands of his colleagues. All of this because of a kidnapped dog. This is supposed to be a social satire but, I think it falls a little short really. It is odd that the cop, Clarence, is so moved by the plight of a middle-aged couple whose dog has been kidnapped when there are rapes and larcenies that ne [...]


    • So much disappointment from this book.*warning: contains spoilers*The book is basically a dog being kidnapped. The kidnapper Kenneth asks for ransom twice, although he has actually killed the dog the moment he got his hands on him. The reasons I bothered reading this book:1) Highsmith has written 2 other mystery novels that I loved (strangers on a train, talented mr ripley)2) the book started off really good. The kidnapper was revealed at the very beginning, which I found very interesting, becau [...]


    • Wow how timely it was/is to read this book NOW, in the wake of Ferguson. To be in the mind of a cop, to use force or not The dog-napping is really pretty minor in the big picture.This was a slim novel, though longer than a novella, but it packed a lot of local color about ordinary neighborhoods in NYC circa 1972. Not only set in 1972, but written in 1972, so from that era's perspective. Attitudes toward authority, cops in particular, not only by "the youth" but middle aged people as well. I cou [...]


    • Published in 1972, A Dog's Ransom was heralded by the press at the time:"Highsmith edges her readers toward the insane territory inhabited by . . . readers are sure to be left feeling by turns startle, oppressed, amused and quest." New York Times Book Review"No one has created psychological suspense more densely and deliciously satisfying." VogueThe theft of Reynolds' dog is the instigating incident that precipitated the collision of the lead characters and placed them in their moral quandary. T [...]


    • A Dog’s Ransom is written by the same woman who wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley. So yes, I was a bit intrigued whence otherwise I would not have been.“A dog disappears.A ransom is demanded.The well-meaning, middle-aged New York couple-childless, generous-pay up. And pay again.The kidnapper-angry, perhaps psychotic- tricks them.The decent young policeman, obsessed with the case, falls deeper and deeper into involvement with the criminal, and with his victims.A “minor” crime inexorably grows [...]


    • 4 STARS "The great revival of interest in Patricia Highsmith continues with the publication of this novel that will give dog owners nightmares for years to come. With an eerie simplicity of style, Highsmith turns our next-door neighbors into sadistic psychopaths, lying in wait among white picket fences and manicured lawns. In A Dog's Ransom, Highsmith blends a savage humor with brilliant social satire in this dark tale of a highminded criminal who hits a wealthy Manhattan couple where it hurts t [...]


    • It's not unusual that Ms. Highsmith would write so many books on the same theme: innocence disguised as guilt. What's unusual is that she found so many variations on this topic, and in "A Dog's Ransom," her hero devolves into paranoia for the simplest of reasons -- he's really stupid. But in Officer Clarence Duhamel, Highsmith has created a character of labyrinthine stupidity: his superficial ineptitude masks a deeper, more spiritual idiocy. Ms. Highsmith has been compared to the great existenti [...]


    • I keep fearing that Patricia Highsmith's going to fall of the pedestal I put her on, but it hasn't happened yet. To the contrary, this again turned out to be one of the best of hers that I've read. Which also means one of the best books I've ever read in general, because I really agree with the blurb by one Auberon Waugh from Harpers & Queen: "One thinks of comparing Miss Highsmith only with herself; by any other standard of comparison, one must simply cheer."There are a couple of scenes tha [...]


    • why-Highsmith's definitive novel. also it brings out a dimension of what Zizek calls subjectivization of non-subjectivized object. This is done via rending palpable the vanishing mediator stage of story telling that lies in the middle of a simple story of terrorized regular folks vs total immersion into psychological pathological immersion into criminal psychotic mind: the novel portrays both and thus brings out this uncanny dimension that both of the previous kinds of blah and overdone and conv [...]


    • Ultimately, this was a novel about obsession. However, it seemed to take a long time making up its mind about what it wanted to be when it grew up and I was frankly annoyed at the stark, dry writing style. Had the story been as tight as the manner in which it was written, it may have been well served by such a style. As it was, it just made the ride to the bleak end all the more unpleasant. I also found the characters only marginally believable. I had trouble buying into their responses to event [...]


    • It kills me to write this. If A Dog's Ransom had been written by some two-bit writer If I'd merely picked up the book at a flea market without expectations instead of seeking it out If I hadn't read and loved the works of Patricia Highsmith in the past well, maybe I'd rate the book a tad higher.But it was disappointing. Dull. Redundant. The ending left me feeling nothing.I still adore Ms. Highsmith and will seek out another of her works I've yet to read. Or perhaps I'll return to the Ripley t [...]


    • It's surprising that Highsmith, who would have said she loved pets more than people, didn't play with this tension more (there is The Animal Lover's Book of Beastly Murder, which I did read - but those stories were specifically about animals enacting revenge on humans). This novel was intense, the reaction of the dog owners to the kidnapping and so forth of their beloved pet. So the first part of it was predictably emotional for me. Then it became a typical Highsmithian tale of revenge, guilt, r [...]


    • Perhaps an odd choice for my first written encounter with Highsmith, but I didn't want the faces of Hollywood actors in mind when reading. I have no regrets about this introduction. The somewhat silly premise served well to surface Highsmith's skills at turning the most mundane sinister. In fact, I am one rarely to experience nightmares but had several scary dreams while reading this book. Warning, this novel does have the pace of a police interrogation--it's worth hanging on.


    • Certainly not my favorite Highsmith, but Highsmith being a favorite sets the bar high. It's a quick read thanks to her minimal prose and fast paced plos As I read it, I couldn't help but see it as an darkly twisted alternate universe take on "Confederacy of Dunces", not for specific parallels but rather the odd cast of characters who manage to be both stereotypical and idiosyncratic in the same breath.


    • I learned that just because I liked one Patricia Highsmith book, I may not like another. Nothing much happens here except a couple's dog is kidnapped at the outset of the novel. I abandoned it after about 100 pages.Go pick up The Talented Mr. Ripley by Highsmith instead. You won't be disappointed!


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