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Carissa Green Reads

I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.

Currently reading

Look Homeward, Angel
Thomas Wolfe
In Between the Sheets, and Other Stories
Ian McEwan
Chicago Poems
Carl Sandburg
Chekhov Four Plays
Anton Chekhov, David Magarshack
The Gay Science: with a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs
Walter Kaufmann, Friedrich Nietzsche
A Kierkegaard Anthology
Robert W. Bretall

Notes on Adaptation: Carol

The Price of Salt - Patricia Highsmith

I haven't had the opportunity to see "Carol" yet - it hasn't opened in a theatre in my city nor the city 75 miles away from me that actually has an "art house" theatre. But I have read the book on which it was based, "The Price of Salt" by Patricia Highsmith.


I was assigned the book in an undergraduate English course more than 20 years ago, in the early '90s. And I had one of the most visceral reactions I've ever had to a book in my life up until that point. I'd like to think it wasn't because of the lesbian theme - I have had gay and lesbian friends from my teenage years on and been pro-equal rights for just as long. And the reason our professor assigned it, she said, was because the book was the first mainstream novel to treat a same-sex relationship as something other than a tragedy. Good enough reason for me. 


Truly, though, I thought the writing was creepy. The dialogue seemed contrived - not the things two flirting people would say to each other, authentically, even back in the '50s. And really bizarre things happen, like using a maxi pad to stanch a cut on the leg (what kind of weird Robert Bly symbolism was that?). I remember thinking "Bleh." 


Well, we've come a long way in the ensuing 25 years. I'm looking forward to seeing "Carol," and perhaps I owe "The Price of Salt" another look.