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    His mother was fighting a losing battle Cliffie thought because she was trying to fight the majority The majority wasn’t even fig

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    Having read most of Highsmith's books and being an inveterate reader of books about misfits and sociopaths I was completely taken aback by my reaction to this I felt so close to the protagonist that although I kept Highsmith's books at the time after a while I had to make this one leave home It made me way too uneasy to have it close byI w

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    I read and enjoyed a couple of Patricia Highsmith's  The Talented Mr Ripley books uite some years ago and it has taken

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    I must start by saying that reading Patricia Highsmith is always an experience She seems to thrive on testing the limits on taking that one wobbly step over the line long ago burnt in the sand by the rules the normsEven tho

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    It took me like 8 months to get through this tiny little bookWhy? Because Patricia Highsmith is insane that's why This story was so tragic that it gave me nightmares forcing me to read it in small chunksThis is a great book in the same way The

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    Edith’s DiaryEvery 6 months or so I get a craving for a trusted and true novelist or story teller like Patricia Highsmith So I pulled down Edith’s Diary from my bookshelf without knowing too much about Highsmith’s l

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    Edith's life is not going according to plan Her husband has left her for a younger woman Her son is incapable of holding a

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    Edith’s Diary 1977 – ★★★★12“The difference between dream and reality is the true hell” Highsmith 1977 291In this story Edith Howland moves with her husband Brett and her young son Cliffie from New

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    As Michael Dirda assured me in his reviews of Patricia Highsmith books I really enjoyed Edith's Diary and whipped through it uickly Like watching a train wreck I could not keep from reading about Edith’s devastating emotional and mental decline She seems to operate well creatively writing and sculpting cleaning and working yet hit

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    Edith's Diary The Murderous MediocrityEdith lives two lives in her diary she has a happy family her husband is loving and her son is successful; in reality she has a dysfunctional family her son is alcoholic and her husband is cheating As her diary turns page by page her utopian life climbs up higher and higher to almost perfection; as reality moves day by day her factual life sinks lower and lower until the b

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Edith's Diary

A ue tem mas a ue imagina ter muito diferente perfeita Sem lamúrias e sem pena de ninguém a história de Edith esconde o crime menos policial já aobrdado por Highsmith um crime ue não ofende a lei e não tem voz sutil e intenso. Edith s Diary 1977 12 The difference between dream and reality is the true hell Highsmith 1977 291In this story Edith Howland moves with her husband Brett and her young son Cliffie from New York City to Pennsylvania The family is not rich and hopes for the best in their new community Edith starts to run a political newspaper in the new place while keeping in touch with her old neighbours in New York and her wealthy aunt Melanie Pressure on Edith intensifies as her son Cliffie becomes first troublesome then passive and aimless in life and Brett s uncle George arrives to demand attention to himself Soon it is evident that the life that Edith imagined for herself and her family does not uite accord with reality and Edith finds herself increasingly prone to fantasising as she writes in her dairy What will be the cost of this fantasy Simple paranoia and mental health concerns or maybe the complicity in the death of another person Edith s Diary is a nuanced psychological novel full of hidden but real fears and a uietly disturbing account of a woman whose repressed despair caused by social and personal expectations may just surface to lead to tragic results Edith s Diary shares certain similarities with Yates s Revolutionary Road 1961 Perkins Gilman s The Yellow Wallpaper 1892 and Levin s The Stepford Wives 1972 The common theme is life in American suburbia during the Vietnam War 1950s 1970s where some people live the lives of uiet desperation and suffocation making their appearances of normality and conformity at whatever cost even if their minds go to pieces behind closed doors These are the lives that few people wanted to acknowledge at the time but Patricia Highsmith certainty does want to highlight these The message is that social expectations and roles sometimes lead to nowhere In this case when a person does try to cope with the Fall of their American Dream through no fault of their own by choosing to follow their eccentric means the society stops this behaviour and only gives them back the medicine of their own failure to chew for the rest of their lives Given these circumstances the most successful human being in the society will be the one who is the best actor who does not think too much about the truth behind his life presenting the right image to the world Where was the enemy Who was it It was right here in the house Edith thought Highsmith 1977 174 The main character here is sympathetic Edith On the surface she is an exemplary wife and mother who wants to be active in her new community promoting intellectuality and knowledge However she soon faces circumstances beyond her control including the unpredictable behaviour of her son the irrational actions of her husband and the heavy burden of Brett s uncle George like a boat she thought gliding smoothly to a shore she moved closer to her worktable and sat down But it wasn t like that If she wanted to think of boats she was like a ship without a rudder now without an anchor turning on a dark sea not knowing direction unable to manoeuvre if it knew To maintain her illusion of control Edith keeps repeating her own peculiar philosophy of life and keeps a diary that slowly helps her to erode the fine line between reality and fantasy to maintain her happy it was a fact that life had no meaning One simply went on and on worked on and did one s best The joy of life was in movement in action itself 1977 5 she didn t believe life had any purpose anyway To be happy one had to work at whatever one had to work at and without asking why and without looking back for results 1977 34 Edith s fantasies regarding her son become very elaborate in time and she retreats into her make believe world as a number of deaths and betrayals in her life pile up It also seems that not everyone is satisfied with day dreaming Edith and she notices societal and familial opposition to her innocent fantasy worldEdith s Diary is a book that can be misunderstood It is an intense psychological character study camouflaged as a simple and unpretentious family drama Like many other books by Highsmith it is not events themselves that make us intrigued and emotionally invested but the effect they have on the main characters as they slowly realise their tragic predicament It is precisely the truth of certain realisations in the novel that we cannot deny that makes this book so good This is the remarkable talent of Highsmith who can say everything while saying virtually nothing putting her character through the paces that involve moral dilemmas Did Edith become sad mad or simply complacent Or is her reaction simply that which a normal person would have experienced given her circumstances All these uestions are of interest to HighsmithThe power of a bit depressing but spellbinding Edith s Diary does not lie in the language Highsmith did not believe in beautiful language in literature nor in the ending it is too neat nor even in the character study Rather it is the staggering overall effect of the novel which is undeniable We expect something known and familiar and yet with Edith s Diary we will be served with something different and fine we will be served with the truth and we will certainly feel it I Love You Almost Always go to pieces behind closed doors These are the lives that few people wanted to acknowledge at the time but Patricia Highsmith certainty does want to highlight these The message is that social expectations and roles sometimes lead to nowhere In this case when a person does try to cope with the Fall of their American Dream through no fault of their own by choosing to follow their eccentric means the society stops this behaviour and only Gloom Town gives them back the medicine of their own failure to chew for the rest of their lives Given these circumstances the most successful human being in the society will be the one who is the best actor who does not think too much about the truth behind his life presenting the right image to the world Where was the enemy Who was it It was right here in the house Edith thought Highsmith 1977 174 The main character here is sympathetic Edith On the surface she is an exemplary wife and mother who wants to be active in her new community promoting intellectuality and knowledge However she soon faces circumstances beyond her control including the unpredictable behaviour of her son the irrational actions of her husband and the heavy burden of Brett s uncle George like a boat she thought uinze dias gliding smoothly to a shore she moved closer to her worktable and sat down But it wasn t like that If she wanted to think of boats she was like a ship without a rudder now without an anchor turning on a dark sea not knowing direction unable to manoeuvre if it knew To maintain her illusion of control Edith keeps repeating her own peculiar philosophy of life and keeps a diary that slowly helps her to erode the fine line between reality and fantasy to maintain her happy it was a fact that life had no meaning One simply went on and on worked on and did one s best The joy of life was in movement in action itself 1977 5 she didn t believe life had any purpose anyway To be happy one had to work at whatever one had to work at and without asking why and without looking back for results 1977 34 Edith s fantasies regarding her son become very elaborate in time and she retreats into her make believe world as a number of deaths and betrayals in her life pile up It also seems that not everyone is satisfied with day dreaming Edith and she notices societal and familial opposition to her innocent fantasy worldEdith s Diary is a book that can be misunderstood It is an intense psychological character study camouflaged as a simple and unpretentious family drama Like many other books by Highsmith it is not events themselves that make us intrigued and emotionally invested but the effect they have on the main characters as they slowly realise their tragic predicament It is precisely the truth of certain realisations in the novel that we cannot deny that makes this book so Cheating for the Chicken Man good This is the remarkable talent of Highsmith who can say everything while saying virtually nothing putting her character through the paces that involve moral dilemmas Did Edith become sad mad or simply complacent Or is her reaction simply that which a normal person would have experienced The Last Runaway given her circumstances All these uestions are of interest to HighsmithThe power of a bit depressing but spellbinding Edith s Diary does not lie in the language Highsmith did not believe in beautiful language in literature nor in the ending it is too neat nor even in the character study Rather it is the staggering overall effect of the novel which is undeniable We expect something known and familiar and yet with Edith s Diary we will be served with something different and fine we will be served with the truth and we will certainly feel it

SUMMARY Edith's Diary

Edith colabora em jornais underground é casada e tem um filho Seu sonho de uma casa grande com jardim finalmente se realizou e Nova Iorue ficou para trás trocada por um vilarejo ensolarado na Pensilvânia Mas o tio George velho s. His mother was fighting a losing battle Cliffie thought because she was trying to fight the majority The majority wasn t even fighting back it was just indifferentOh gadz I wanted to hit most of the characters in this story Repeatedly With a shovel Not only was this story of the suburban dream of a nightmare but Highsmith s detailed character description made the characters come to life than I cared for Edith is looking forward to the prospect of moving from New York to Brunswick Corner a small town in Pennsylvania where she hopes to settle with her husband and son into a calmer wholesome life But soon the suburban dream falls apart as the model family shows cracksEdith s son Cliffie is a despicable little horror he tries to kill the cat a couple of times and that is just the start Her husband turns out to be self righteous selfish coward And Edith is left to bear the strain of all of it What makes the book truly miserable is the way that Edith s cracking up is dealt with by the people around her and so her keeping a diary where she records a fantasy of a perfect life she imagines becomes the symbol of her madness her rebellion as well as of the way society hides what is perceived as the imperfect the damaged This is one of the most political works I have read by Highsmith It heavily features Edith s not necessairly the author s thoughts on the Kennedys the Vietnam War Nixon Watergate etc as a backdrop to Edith s alienation with her suburban neighbours Even tho I found it compelling Edith s Diary is not a book I would recommend easily It just really too depressing and frustrating to pass on to a friend However for the Highsmith enthusiast this shows another side of her writing where she explores the connection between societal norms and psychological derangement

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Enil vem morar com eles Brett o marido começa a afastar se O filho torna se um garoto ada vez mais furtivo e mentiroso Diante de um uotidiano estrangulador Edith faz esculturas bebe uísue e escreve em seu diário Não sobre a vid. I must start by saying that reading Patricia Highsmith is always an experience She seems to thrive on testing the limits on taking that one wobbly step over the line long ago burnt in the sand by the rules the normsEven though holding such high expectations she still managed to surprise me by being concealed than usual There s nothing straightforward or perhaps there is nothing but straightforwardness and we are simply not taught to recognize it as such about Highsmith s novels and yet there s something even particular about Edith s DiaryImagine you are at someone else s place You have been told to wait for your hosts on their immense library on the second floor It s an old Victorian house and the steps creak as you climb your way up You find the room without much trouble and your eyes travel the universe of displayed spines in wonder You presume the old floorboards will inform you of their impending appearance when the time comes However their steps are light and you only realize they have arrived when you turn to find them already staring at you in the face no warning whatsoever You almost jump out of your skin covering the embarrassment with an apologetic smile You can t help but wonder though how did that happen That is how I would describe reading Edith s Diary but it somehow feels as if you are both the one left waiting and the approaching hostsIf I had to choose one single word to describe this novel I would go with restless I wouldn t recommend reading this one before bed I became rather agitated as I both waited and found my way up the stairs It was truly one of those experiences that I will not soon forgetI would say that Edith is first and foremost grieving Not just the physical death of her loved ones but also the death of her marriage and of her many daydreamed could have beens I find it incredible how Highsmith seems to make the reader blend with Edith Is she becoming insane Are we becoming insane I believe Highsmith would reply with a rather smug aren t we all

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  • Edith's Diary
  • Patricia Highsmith
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  • 10 October 2017
  • 9789727475018

About the Author: Patricia Highsmith

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 CamusShe died of leukemia in Locarno Switzerland on 4 February 1995 and her last novel 'Small g a Summer Idyll' was published posthumously a month laterGerry WolstenholmeJuly 2010