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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. The world of Patricia Highsmith has always been filled with ordinary people, all of whom are capable of very ordinary crimes. This theme was extrqos from the beginning, when her debut novel, Strangers on a Traingalvanized the reading public. But while Guy is a successful architect in th The world of Patricia Highsmith has always been filled with ordinary people, all of whom are capable of very ordinary hithsmith.
But while Guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. Paperbackpages. Published August 28th by W.
United States of America. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Strangers on a Trainplease sign up. Is the Alfred Hitchcock movie based on this book, or is the book based on the movie? Jan There is a thread of the book in the movie but the book is far better. It wouldn’t have been accepted as a movie in the ‘s, too dark. If you like …more There is a thread of the book in the movie but the book is far better. If you like psychological thrillers, don’t miss this one.
This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Can someone explain the ending? So Guy really killed the dad?
See all 3 questions about Strangers on a Train…. Lists with This Book. Jul 06, Dan Schwent rated it it was ok Shelves: When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, extrao discover they have one thing in common: When Haines’ estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno’s psychotic, alcoholic web Yeah, that makes the book sound really gripping. The Hitchcock film Strangers on a Train is legendary so I thought I’d give the book that inspired it a shot.
I would have been better off watching Throw Mama From the Train again. The setup is classic noir: The problem is that neither man is all that interesting.
Hhighsmith Haines is too by the book and Bruno is an alcoholic mama’s boy, more sad that anything else. It may have been a case of wrong book, wrong time, but the engine just didn’t turn over for me with this one. I was pretty bored for the first half. After that, I was just ready for it to be over.
The first murder was boring, the second was kind of illogical considering how flimsy things hlghsmith, and the rest was just running out the clock. I will say that Patricia Highsmith, like Jim Thompson, writes a very believable alcoholic psychopath. From her Wikipedia entry, I’d say a lot of it came from experience. I’m going to highsmih Roger Ebert I think here: Strangers on a Train is a gripping short story squeezed into pages.
Two out of five stars. View all 13 comments. When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation I usually have a hard time reading the book once I have watched the movie, but Patricia Highsmith’s novel is very different than Hitchcock’s adaptation When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought pztricia was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation I usually have a hard time reading the book once I have watched the movie, but Patricia Highsmith’s novel is very different than Hitchcock’s adaptation of it.
It is much darker and much more sinister Guy Haines life is just about perfect- he is about to get his big break as an architect, and he is in love with and wants to marry Anne- his girlfriend of two years. There is just one small problem. His wife Miriam is making life difficult for him, so Guy is on his way to his hometown of Metcalf to meet with her, and get the divorce finalized.
As the hours pass and the alcohol flows, the idle chatter between the two men takes a dark turn when Bruno turns the talk to murder. His idea- I kill your wife, you kill my father One that will make you think twice about striking up a conversation with a seemingly innocent stranger. Do yourself a favor and keep your nose in a book.
View all 32 comments. Aug 17, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it it was ok Shelves: Find all of my reviews at: I also jumped at the chance to say it was a book written by the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley and that this novel became one of my favorite Hitchcock f Find all of my reviews at: Ripley and that this highdmith became one of my favorite Hitchcock films.
It was ptaricia this point my husband pointed out that in the course of our 20 year marriage there has been an annual Alfred Hitchcock movie marathon on Turner Classic Movies and that he was pretty sure the winner of first xetraos in my heart was. He also pointed out during said movie marathons that no interaction with me was permitted during.
It was at this point I reminded him exactly what this story was about.
Guy Haines meets Charlie Bruno on a train and shares a meal with him in order to pass the time. It was a different time when men wore hats and ladies had to worry about stuff like whether the seam on their stockings was straight. Basically, people were cray. It definitely could have been if it were about pages lighter.
The Hitchcock film, on the other hand? Please remember, however, that this is the man who could sniff out something so brilliant in an itsy-bitsy little pager. The book itself is far from comedic. Written inthis gritty noir novel is mostly set in New York.
Guy Haines, an up and coming architect, meets Charlie Bruno on a train bound for his Texas hometown, where he is due to meet up with his estranged wife. Even though the plot was predictable, I did find the psychological and philosophical themes on duality pretty interesting. Do each of us have a twin that is both our exact opposite and enemy?
Another person that is the embodiment of evil? Are all of us capable of murder given the right circumstances? While I did enjoy the novel, I felt that Highsmith worked too hard to convey that message, and that it could have been a hundred pages shorter. View all 18 comments. Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don’t people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions.
She’s so good at the psychopaths. I’m not surprised Alfred Hitchcock found this book worthy inspiration for his film. Two men meet on a train journey. Guy, our ‘hero’, on his way to se Everything has its opposite close beside it.
Guy, our ‘hero’, on his way to secure a divorce, makes the fatal error of sharing personal information with Bruno. He tells him he hates his wife. He gives names and details. Bruno shares that he wishes his father were dead, and suggests a plan for the “perfect murder”: No one would be the wiser because the men are strangers and can’t be connected. Guy being normal, is repelled by Bruno and his switcheroo idea, and removes himself.
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The train journey ends. That’s the last he’ll see of that weirdo Well, of course not, that would be boring. Bruno is a nasty smell that just won’t go away. The idea of opposites, good and evil, as naturally coexisting forces, is exemplified highwmith the characters of Guy and Bruno, but also within Guy himself.