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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

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. 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 hits the truth with her comment early on after her worthless son Cliffie expresses an interest in Uncle George s codeine cough medicine We re all crackers Edith thought all insane She seems productive preparing meals going to work writing articles for her local newspaper but her diary entries clue us in that all is not well She imagines a perfect fantasy world in her diary early in the novel The entry was a lie But after all who was going to see it And she felt better having written it felt less melancholic almost cheerful in fact The calmness and matter of fact narration belies the increasing madness of her heroine My sympathy for Edith started to grow at this point She s depressed and troubled but trying to keep a lid on it not unlike her driving She was tempted to put on speed but prudently kept within the limit a discipline she found easy She also stifled her anger on hearing of her ex husband s new baby and freuently smothers her rage at her philandering husband A further key to her state is the freuent reference to her smiling her laughter giggles and hilarity when she might be expected to be angry The abyss Edith feels early on grows and swallows her by novel s end and Highsmith provides no respite for the reader Does she believe in nature or nuture Highsmith has said that it s the former which produces the criminal mind and Edith like Highsmith has a cold unsatisfactory relationship with her parents as the incorrigible Cliffie does with EdithI haven t encountered this much drinking in a novel since The Thin Man Friends and neighbors drop by for drinks at every hour of the day Visits dwindle as Edith s mental state declines and soon it is mainly her psychotic son Cliffie joining her for cocktails and wine at dinner The denouement is a surprise but fitting as the other options of psychoanalysis in that day and the creepy doctors her ex husband brings over offer unlikely solutions for Edith and there is a nice wrap up in being brought down by her own idealized creation of her sonFrom Dirda Like Oscar Wilde Highsmith insisted in Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction1966 that art essentially has nothing to do with morality convention or moralizing I find the public passion for justice uite boring and artificial for neither life nor nature care if justice is ever done or not The murder in the novel is left vague and the obvious evildoer goes unpunished

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


10 thoughts on “Edith's Diary

  1. says:

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

  2. says:

    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 was having a slightly difficult life when I read it I expect now it would

  3. says:

    I read and enjoyed a couple of Patricia Highsmith's  The Talented Mr Ripley books uite some years ago and it has taken me until almost a decade later to seek out of her rather large oeuvre   Edith's Diary a psychological

  4. says:

    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 no

  5. says:

    It took me like 8 months to get through this tiny little bookWhy? Because Patricia Highsmith is insane that's why This st

  6. says:

    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 life but enough to sense that it was unsavory in spots In discussions with a fellow Goodreads reviewe

  7. says:

    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 job and busies himself with drinking and fistfights in the local pubs Her ex husband not only left her but also left his aging invalid uncle in Edith's care Edith attempts to remain positive She is an avid jo

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    As Michael Dirda assured me in his reviews of Patricia Highsmith books I really enjoyed Edith's Diary and whipp

  10. says:

    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

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