Tales Of The Natural And Unnatural

by Patricia Highsmith

Grove/Atlantic | January 31, 1994 | Trade Paperback

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In this eerily up-to-date collection, Highsmith’s incisive prose chronicles a world gone slightly mad, its catastrophes precipitated by human folly and excess. From the White House under siege by the homeless to a 190-year-old woman perpetually near death and dimly glowing, each tale unfolds the illogical extremes of humanity in the late twentieth century. Highsmith transmogrifies the face of daily existence to lay bare its manifold dark motives. These stories leave us haunted with Òafterimages that will trembleÑbut stayÑin our minds" (The New Yorker).

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 3.25 × 2.17 × 0.2 in

Published: January 31, 1994

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0871133415

ISBN - 13: 9780871133410

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Tales Of The Natural And Unnatural

by Patricia Highsmith

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 3.25 × 2.17 × 0.2 in

Published: January 31, 1994

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0871133415

ISBN - 13: 9780871133410

About the Book

< div> In this eerily up-to-date collection, Highsmith& #8217; s incisive prose chronicles a world gone slightly mad, its catastrophes precipitated by human folly and excess. From the White House under siege by the homeless to a 190-year-old woman perpetually near death and dimly glowing, each tale unfolds the illogical extremes of humanity in the late twentieth century. Highsmith transmogrifies the face of daily existence to lay bare its manifold dark motives. These stories leave us haunted with & #8220; afterimages that will tremble& #8212; but stay& #8212; in our minds& #8221; (The New Yorker).< /div>

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In this eerily up-to-date collection, Highsmith’s incisive prose chronicles a world gone slightly mad, its catastrophes precipitated by human folly and excess. From the White House under siege by the homeless to a 190-year-old woman perpetually near death and dimly glowing, each tale unfolds the illogical extremes of humanity in the late twentieth century. Highsmith transmogrifies the face of daily existence to lay bare its manifold dark motives. These stories leave us haunted with Òafterimages that will trembleÑbut stayÑin our minds" (The New Yorker).

About the Author

As a writer of novels, short stories, and teleplays, Highsmith is known for her character studies exploring people's darker side---the side of an apparently moral person who is capable of murder. Highsmith likes to examine the ways in which people can get to the point at which they are capable of murder, as well as who they become after they have committed a crime. In carefully constructed stories and novels, she integrates this scrutiny of the human psyche into complex plots that often take unexpected twists. An example is her first novel, Strangers on a Train (1950), in which architect Guy Haines meets Charles Bruno on a train. Bruno conceives a plan to have Haines kill Bruno's father, while Bruno will kill Haines's wife. The effect that this plan has on Haines is the focus of the story. Highsmith does not publish a great amount of fiction, but when she does, her work is always among the best in the genre.

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A darkness lurks just below modern society's skin and Patricia Highsmith is, as usual, there to unleash it. Tales of Natural and Unnatural Catastrophes unfolds in a series of stories that mimic our sedate, everyday world in an eerie and often destructive fashion, allowing for irrational and extreme events and people to seem bizarrely commonplace. From "The Mysterious Cemetery" to "President Buck Jones Rallies" and "Waves the Flag," prepare to be disturbed by a horror writer with an innate sense of the evil we manufacture ourselves.

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