Eleven (2020)

Eleven From the eerily outlandish to the dark and brutal Eleven presents a gallery of bizarre characters each driven by strange unspoken urges whose cumulative effect is at least as unsettling as any of H
  • Title: Eleven
  • Author: Patricia Highsmith
  • ISBN: 9780871133274
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Paperback
  • Eleven
    From the eerily outlandish to the dark and brutal, Eleven presents a gallery of bizarre characters, each driven by strange unspoken urges, whose cumulative effect is at least as unsettling as any of Highsmith s previous novels.Contains The Snail Watcher The Birds Poised to Fly The Terrapin When the Fleet was in at Mobile The Quest for Blank Claveringi The Cries of Love From the eerily outlandish to the dark and brutal, Eleven presents a gallery of bizarre characters, each driven by strange unspoken urges, whose cumulative effect is at least as unsettling as any of Highsmith s previous novels.Contains The Snail Watcher The Birds Poised to Fly The Terrapin When the Fleet was in at Mobile The Quest for Blank Claveringi The Cries of Love Mrs Afton, Among Thy Green Braes The Heroine Another Bridge to Cross The Barbarians The Empty Birdcage
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    1. I was won over as I read the Foreword by Graham Greene Her characters are irrational, and they leap to life in their very lack of reason suddenly we realize how unbelievable rational most fictional characters are as they lead their lives from A to Z, like commuters always taking the same train The motives of these characters are never inexplicable because they are so drearily obvious The characters are as flat as a mathematical symbol We accepted them as real once, but when we look back at them [...]

    2. I love this book Highsmith reminds me of Shirley Jackson Same obsession with people who overestimate their capabilities, make bad decisions, and become ensnared in some unspeakable horror For perhaps obvious reasons, I had to stop reading But excellent writing Reading this book also makes me want to finish my Jackson article another reason, naturally, to stop reading the book.

    3. I want to read everything Patricia Highsmith ever wrote.I loved these stories Highsmith has a very twisted view of humanity and I love it.Her prose is so crisp I want to roll around in her sentences There s so much control here She knows exactly what she s doing every word of every sentence It s amazing.

    4. I thoroughly hated these stories I love Highsmith s writing, but this book was just awful I didn t care for any of the themes or characters and overall, this was a disappointment.

    5. so patricia highsmith and i have a very complicated relationship for a long time, i kept mixing her up with patricia cornwell, who is the kind of run of the mill contemporary mystery writer you find a lot in supermarkets and places like that but THEN i also kept mixing up patricia cornwell with the various trashy romance writers who stock those same supermarket aisles SO for the life of me i could not understand why people were making such a big fuss over some trashy romance author THEN i found [...]

    6. I loved the Ripley books, but this was quite disappointing from Highsmith Maybe it s because in general I m not a fan of short stories A few of them just seemed to stop I can t really point to one that was outstanding And what s with the snail obsession

    7. Fantastic collection Almost every story left me shocked and impressed, with a lingering sense of dread and closure Most of these should be counted directly horror stories, to be honest, they hit harder than a great many scary collections, and the terrapin story is just heartbreaking Two of the stories also involve terrifying snail encounters and they re both awesome Dealing with our own personal mental traps, and the effects of casual callousness Every story cuts just as you re catching your bre [...]

    8. Molluscopobia is the irrational or ridiculous fear of members of the mollusc family, such as slugs or snails.While demonstrating her talent for observing and portraying the darker complexities of human psychology throughout at least two horrifying tales in this striking and uncanny anthology ought to leave you questioning whether the aforementioned phobia really is so ridiculous after all Side note Irascible and deeply contemptuous of people, Patricia Highsmith reportedly harboured a deep affect [...]

    9. Disomogenei, mancando un fil rouge come in Piccoli racconti di misoginia , questi racconti sono imbibiti di inquietudine.Sottile come tela di ragno in Un altro ponte da attraversare , macroscopica ne La tartaruga , claustrofobica ne Il guardalumache.L accento, apparentemente posto sul plot di storie vagamente noir, l ammiccamento al lettore da parte dell autrice, distaccata quanto deve giocoforza esserlo un bravo chirurgo L antefatto o l epilogo, infatti, si intuiscono presto, la relazione causa [...]

    10. Overall 1 2 3.5 stars So, my professor had me at Highsmith hated people and was obsessed with obsessions and madness Bingo, I thought We would ve been great friends I m trying to forget the part of the lecture where he told us she became anti Semitic, though.Eleven is a short story collection of surprise 11 short stories about weird obsessions and other psychological problems.1 The Snail Watcher Apparently Highsmith collected snails and I wonder how much of this story is autobiographical The pro [...]

    11. It was okay, but I much prefer her novels to her short stories Lots of interesting characters and scenarios, but nothing felt fully fleshed out and the characters weren t as tangible as they are in her novels A few of the stories were rather meh and a few of the stories would have been better if they were longer and involved Not bad, but not her finest work.

    12. A collection of some great short stories Some gave me the creeps and some really grossed me out I really got to admire Patricia Highsmith for her ability of creating an atmosphere of suspense in stories that seem so clear cut and mundane on the surface

    13. I really, really hate the New York Review of Books yet another tome to add to my already groaning shelves

    14. I picked up this old hardcover of The Snail Watcher and Other Stories from my library it s got Date Due stamps from 1970 but you can find the same 11 stories under the title Eleven Highsmith explores some dark and unsettling aspects of human nature here obsession, madness, cruelty, criminality very often with some subtle to savage humor Read it for the two snail stories alone Good stuff, lol The author is rud to have had quite the fixation with snails in real life keeping hundreds as pets taking [...]

    15. Este libro ha sido todo un descubrimiento No suelo leer terror o suspense, pero estos relatos me han encantado Cada uno de ellos quita el aliento Se han ido sucediendo las cosas y, en un momento dado, sabes que va a pasar algo y, hasta que pasa, ni respirar puedes Adem s, est muy bien escrito, sin palabras grandilocuentes y oraciones largas y complicadas, pero rico y, sobre todo, muy visual, que me parece important simo.Algunos relatos me han gustado m s que otros, claro est , pero todos tienen [...]

    16. I have enjoyed Patricia Highsmith s novels, particularly Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr Ripley Her short stories are miniature psychological thrillers that explore the often lonely and irrational people that may live closer than you think Eleven is Highsmith s earliest collection of stories, and they are no less unsettling than her novels A box of dark chocolate truffles, each darker than the last We meet a man obsessively waiting on a letter from the one he loves, a waiting game that [...]

    17. Here s something to know right off the bat of the eleven stories in this collection, two two feature protagonists being menaced by snails For some readers, that would be a deal breaker, but I m not one of them though neither am I now Googling fiction with sinister escargot, in search of of the same Before this collection I only knew Highsmith from the Ripley books and from the adaptation of her Strangers on a Train, one of my favorite Hitchcock films These stories, while as menacing and, at poi [...]

    18. Urla d a un antologia di 11 racconti creati dalla Signora del thriller Patricia Highsmith Un inquietudine latente, che spesso diventa angoscia la caratteristica comune che unisce le opere di questo libro L autrice pur descrivendo delle situazioni che fanno parte della quotidianit delle persone, riesce a far percepire al lettore un ambigua sensazione di disagio Tra i vari racconti degni di nota Il guardalumache dove viene illustrata la curiosa passione di un facoltoso uomo d affari per le lumache [...]

    19. Elf Kurzgeschichten der Extraklasse Eine Schildkr te, viele Schnecken, ein Kinderm dchen und eine Katze Garniert mit den f r Patricia Highsmith so typischen Charakteren Abseits der Norm Ihre Geschichten verursachen Beklemmung Ohne Ausnahme Keine Angst Nur das ungute Gef hl, das einen beschleicht, wenn die Dinge zu richtig scheinen Zu gut Zu perfekt So rund, dass etwas nicht stimmen kann Es gibt keine Happy Ends.Meine zweite Begegnung mit ihr die erste war was sonst der talentierte Mr Ripley Ihre [...]

    20. I hadn t read any Highsmith before, and maybe this collection was a bit too varied and lacking in a distinctive style for me to form any clear picture of her writing If you like stories about snails, you re in for a treat there are two of em I particularly liked the suburban horror of stories like The Snail watcher and The Empty Birdhouse, these were fantastically unsettling But the stand out for me was When The Fleet Was In At Mobile, which was wrenching and beautifully restrained americana at [...]

    21. Confesso che mi aspettavo qualcosa di diverso.Ho letto solo due altri libri di Patricia Highsmith Carol di cui mi erano state tessute le lodi ma che, a parte il tema trasgressivo per l epoca, non aveva lasciato segno nella mia memoria ed un altro romanzo pi nel suo stile.Questa raccolta di racconti particolare e mi ha spiazzato Non sono racconti noir ma decisamente black C un nero, una cupezza che pervade ciascuno di essi, anche quelli pi surreali Il lettore non viene travolto dalla disperazione [...]

    22. In the foreword to this collection, novelist Graham Greene writes that, Miss Highsmith s short stories do not let us down, though we may be able to brush them off easily than her novels because of their brevity We haven t lived with them long enough to be totally absorbed I agree completely with Greene These stories are bite size Highsmith, punctuated with smartly toxic O Henry twists My favorite entries in the collection are The Terrapin and The Cries of Love That said, if you really want to l [...]

    23. This is my first time reading Highsmith and I regret that I initially got this collection of eleven short stories because of the two snail stories, The Snail Watcher and The Quest for Blank Claveringi While I still feel that these are the strongest and most polished stories, the others are also outstanding These are not horror stories and I am not comfortable calling them science fiction Perhaps alternate reality is an apt genre for some of them, but not all Some are like nightmares come true.

    24. I read this as a kid, given it to me by my mother I still have it on my shelf, and it s well thumbed The story about the killer snails sticks in my head If I d come to the novel a few years later I might not have read it because of the foreword by Graham Greene, whose work I never liked.Anyway, a cracking read eleven great stories some of them quite disconcerting Time for a re read soon, perhaps it s only a short tome.

    25. Four stories in and I m hooked The Snail Watcher creeped me out so much, I had to physically put the book down And The Terrapin did the same, so much so that I have a hard time looking at the book cover now When the Fleet Was In at Mobile had the kind of ending that I LOVE, very Twilight Zone y with the perfect amount of despair terror Another snail terror, a crazy nurse maid, and an evil yuma round out a truly creepy collection

    26. Eleven vignettes of the Tales of the Unexpected variety, some successful than others Some had me thumbing the pages to see how far off the end was particularly one set in the South of France, high on atmosphere but short on plot but others, particularly those involving amphibians and gastropods, I found grimly fascinating.

    27. My favorite story so far The Quest for Blank Claveringi And yes, it s about snails but these are no ordinary snails Menacing and calculating, these snails terrified me And that s just one story Highsmith is my kind of writer Four stars because I m not quite finished with the collection yet.

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