The Tremor of Forgery

The Tremor of Forgery When his assignment to write a screenplay in Tunisia falls through Howard Ingham decides to stay on and write a novel but becomes involved in local intrigue

  • Title: The Tremor of Forgery
  • Author: Patricia Highsmith
  • ISBN: 9780747575016
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • When his assignment to write a screenplay in Tunisia falls through, Howard Ingham decides to stay on and write a novel, but becomes involved in local intrigue.

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  • Patricia Highsmith

    Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist who is known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers which have led to than two dozen film adaptations over the years She lived with her grandmother, mother and later step father her mother divorced her natural father six months before Patsy was born and married Stanley Highsmith in Fort Worth before moving with her parents to New York in 1927 but returned to live with her grandmother for a year in 1933 Returning to her parents in New York, she attended public schools in New York City and later graduated from Barnard College in 1942 Shortly after graduation her short story The Heroine was published in the Harper s Bazaar magazine and it was selected as one of the 22 best stories that appeared in American magazines in 1945 and it won the O Henry award for short stories in 1946 She continued to write short stories, many of them comic book stories, and regularly earned herself a weekly 55 pay check During this period of her life she lived variously in New York and Mexico.Her first suspense novel Strangers on a Train published in 1950 was an immediate success with public and critics alike The novel has been adapted for the screen three times, most notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951 In 1955 her anti hero Tom Ripley appeared in the splendid The Talented Mr Ripley , a book that was awarded the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere as the best foreign mystery novel translated into French in 1957 This book, too, has been the subject of a number of film versions Ripley appeared again in Ripley Under Ground in 1970, in Ripley s Game in 1974, The boy who Followed Ripley in 1980 and in Ripley Under Water in 1991.Along with her acclaimed series about Ripley, she wrote 22 novels and eight short story collections plus many other short stories, often macabre, satirical or tinged with black humour She also wrote one novel, non mystery, under the name 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 Camus She died of leukemia in Locarno, Switzerland on 4 February 1995 and her last novel, Small g a Summer Idyll , was published posthumously a month later.Gerry WolstenholmeJuly 2010

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  • The Tremor of Forgery is the first novel by Patricia Highsmith that I have ever read. It was this year’s main ‘holiday book’, taken with me to Tunisia for no better reason than it is set in Tunisia. I chose it, in other words, for precisely the same reason that I took Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile to Egypt last year. Setting out on a review here is beset with uncertainty, a little like going on safari without a guide, a map or a compass. I simply have no landmarks, no basis for com [...]


  • I found this different from other Highsmith novels in that the characters are all fairly likeable and believable, not as extreme or as paranoid as I've come to expect. What isn't likeable is Howard Ingham's increasingly less than sympathetic view of Arabs. "Ingham imagined that Arabs were more or less always the same from one day to the next, that no external events could much affect them," for example. Highsmith does a good job of showing Ingham's shifting sense of self, of morality, in the hea [...]


  • Sweaty Tunisia in the blistering sun. PaHi, suspense writer of "sheer dread," keeps you uncomfortable in a labyrinth of amorality, ethics and ambiguous relationships. That said, I don't think you can kill someone by hurling your typewriter at 'em in the dark. The basic flaw here is the oopsy "murder." ~~ Consider the damage an inked eraser might cause if it hit the heart !


  • There has always been traces of Paul Bowles in Highsmith's fiction - and this book is almost a love letter of sorts to Bowles' world. Without moral overtones one falls into the spell of evil or at least except it on a face value. Very disturbing, even creepy like.


  • I have purchased waaayyy too many books this year and decided to put myself on a book buying ban. But when I visited one of my favorite bookshops, I decided to ignore the ban and allowed myself to buy just one book. I was on the fence with what I wanted and finally decided to purchase this Highsmith, which on the front says "one of her best" from The New Yorker. No. No it isn't. Apparently the reviewer had never read "This Sweet Sickness" or "The Blunderer" or even Tom Ripley. There was no myste [...]


  • People on vacation, or on a working vacation, or on a vacation that turns to work occasionally-- are slightly different than ordinary people. Their connection to the world is shifted, their spending, dining, recreating, interacting habits-- are all slightly different in the vacation or travel mode. Either their guard is up, or down, or the general components of what comprises their "guard" has shifted a little, subtly changed. The talented Miss Highsmith sympathizes, taking genuine interest and [...]


  • I hated this title -- it seemed so hokey. Like “The Whip of Larceny” or “The Chains of Shoplifting” or something. But Highsmith nailed so much in this novel. The mood and tone rocked -- I’m so glad I read this in a steamy August in Baltimore -- not quite Tunisia, but I could start to begin to relate. I’m not big into mystery -- if this indeed qualifies -- but she did an excellent job of maintaining tension in a lazy atmosphere redolent of scotch and sweat -- the sun reduces problems [...]


  • "E o que está certo e errado, supunha Ingham, é aquilo que as pessoas que nos rodeiam dizem que é.() as pessoas vivem segundo um código moral, no qual lhes tinha sido ensinado a acreditar desde pequenos. () Até que ponto se manterá, até que ponto se poderá actuar segundo ele, se não for o mesmo código daqueles que nos rodeiam?"Howard Ingham, um escritor divorciado cujos ganhos lhe permitem ter uma vida simples sem preocupações monetárias, encontra-se na Tunísia para realizar um pro [...]


  • The Tremor of Forgery defies description. I loved it and I'm at a loss to explain why. Patricia Highsmith must have been an utterly intriguing and mysterious woman. The only other books I have read by here are the first three Ripley books, which I devoured one after another in short succession. This book is neither a mystery nor a thriller. It is a morality tale. And even though nothing much happens, I can't stop thinking about the protagonist, Howard Ingham. He is the book's narrator and it's f [...]


  • "The Sea of Doubt" is the title of this book in Italian, which, in my opinion, should've been its original title. Why? Howard is an interesting character in crisis to read about until he starts constantly changing his mind as to whether or not he loves Ina. Besides, after chapter 20, I started to feel a bit bored, like Jensen, everytime Abdullah's murder came up. I understand that Abdullah's murder is "the excuse" to address the moral issues in the book, but since such murder was more like an ac [...]


  • Man kann noch so häufig betonen, daß Patricia Highsmith viel mehr sei als die Autorin reiner Kriminalromane, bzw. von Thrillern. Erhört wird man zumeist nicht. Daß Highsmith ihre literarischen Konstellationen nutzt, um sehr genaue und pointierte, dabei treffsicher formulierte und nicht allzu optimistische Aussagen über die amerikanische Gesellschaft – meist im Kontrast zu europäischen Kulturen – , aber auch dezidiert zur Moderne zu treffen, wird schnell übersehen. Wie hätte Patricia [...]


  • On the cover of this is a quote purported to be from writer Graham Greene: "Highsmith's finest novel" & I'm inclined to agree. As w/ "Found in the Street" [see my review of that here: /book/show/39], the deaths aren't central mysteries to be solved, they're psychological mood setters. &, again as in "Found", descriptions of personalities & the basic attitudes toward life that they represent are really the central concern. Highsmith's sympathetic depiction of the main character, a wri [...]


  • The Stranger, The Cure, and Tremor of a Forgery: it’s an existential trifecta. In life, sings The Cure, “I can turn and walk away / Or I can fire the gun / Staring at the sky staring at the sun / Whichever I choose / It amounts to the same: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.”So discovers Howard Ingham, just like Meursault before him. But unlike Meursault, Howard Ingham's moral Arab-killing dilemma in the North African desert is plagued by a hyper awareness that his values --thus, himself?-- are different [...]


  • The typical Highsmith tale takes place within a set that is largely shrouded in shadows. This technique is not without purpose, for it casts into sharper focus the actors centre stage. And it reflects the skill of the author that she requires so few props to hold the attention of the audience.I was struck, therefore, by the contrast in this novel – a story placed in 1970s Tunisia – for the limelight is more equally shared around. It is much more of a travelogue. However, that the surrounding [...]


  • Less a novel and more an academic exercise, the subjects Highsmith is writing about—racism, stand your ground, propaganda, Israel—are eerily relevant forty-six years later.* There's suspense in the sense that you don't know what's going to happen next, but it's not exactly suspense because you don't necessarily care.Pretty sure I started this at least once previously because during the first half I had an odd sense of déjà vu.*Can you not make an m-dash on this thing?


  • There is a broad consensus even among those who knew and admired Patricia Highsmith that she could be a nasty piece of work. Be that as it may, I've got a lot of time for anybody who was prepared to lean into a candle flame and deliberately set their hair alight in order to liven up a tedious dinner party, which is apparently one of the many stunts she pulled during a long career of social misbehaviour. Her writing also suggests that there was a lot more going on beneath the self-styled misanthr [...]



  • Nobody writes liars like Patricia Highsmith. There is a touch of Raskolnikov in every Highsmith protagonist, which means that, ironically, her antagonists are the characters who are trying to uncover the truth. In other words, Highsmith's novels are the exact opposite of detective novels - they are stories about evading detection. In this novel, Howard Ingham, a writer, is sent to Tunisia to work on a screenplay, but the film project falls through when the director kills himself in Howard's New [...]


  • I'm afraid I missed the point of this novel. Howard Ingham, a writer, has travelled from New York to Tunisia, to work on a film project with a soon-to-arrive acquaintance. In the meantime he starts work on a new novel. A few things happen; he gets caught up in some lies, feels disassociated from regular life, wonders if he really loves his girlfriend, maybe kills someone etc.Highsmith writes well, of course, but I wasn't entertained, challenged or provoked on reading this. I didn't experience su [...]


  • If this book were by a writer i didn't know, or if i hadn't already read The Talented Mr Ripley, i'da given it four stars. It's certainly well written. Highsmith has a wonderful way of building tension that leads to nothing (a Suspension Bridge to Nowhere, if you will). Even the most mundane actions seem sinister. She'll make a point of mentioning that a character left his door unlocked even though he was warned not to do so, and then when he returns to his room everything is fine. The book is f [...]


  • I found this a pretty dull affair and a real disappointment after reading The Price of Salt. It is full of hideous characters who are replete with cultural and racial prejudice towards Tunisians and Arabs in general. Yes, the moral ambiguity that surfaced with regard to a possible murder was vaguely interesting, as was the novel within a novel theme, but it just seemed all too based on the premise that it may be OK for an American to conform to morally lower standards when in Africa because that [...]


  • Although the New Yorker raved that this was Patricia Highsmith's best novel, it's not. That honor still belongs to "The Talented Mr. Ripley," I think -- it has a much higher bloodshed-to-archness quotient, and she really twists you around so that you feel like you're rooting for a psychopath even though you know you shouldn't. The stakes in "The Tremor of Forgery" are much, much lower, and the suspense is mostly concerning the conscience of the main character, a writer who may or may not have ki [...]


  • This is the tenth Highsmith work I've read and for me it's her most unusual. The title is perfect as there are tremors of forgeries everywhere: signed/unsigned artwork; a man who might be dead; even romantic preferences that aren't resolved. It's been said that great artists know when to stop. I would have stopped twenty pages earlier with: "Ingham lit a cigarette." But I've never been called a "great artist".


  • This is Highsmith at her amoral best.While your spine crawls with inexplicable dread, you find yourself becoming complicit with the crimes in the bookry disturbing read. very claustrophobic.


  • This is an awesome book. It may be a bit tedious in it unfolding, but the plot and subject matter made it fascinating!


  • Howard Ingham, escritor estadounidense, llega a Túnez con el encargo de escribir el guión de una película que se va a rodar allí; espera recibir pronto la visita del director para avanzar conjuntamente en el trabajo, pero esa visita no llega por motivos que desconoce ya que no recibe comunicación alguna de él. En ausencia de objetivos concretos a corto plazo comienza a escribir una novela para ocupar su tiempo entre playa, excursiones, restaurantes y bares. El calor, la luminosidad del Med [...]


  • I enjoyed reading piece of this that overlapped with my experience in Tunisia but can't say that I liked or would really recommend this book. There wasn't much mystery in this murder mystery and I don't think it's aged well.


  • Nothing, yet everything We fear the worst will happen. There is plenty to fear in this strange, charged atmosphere. Nothing, it appears, can be accepted at face value. Even one's own principles.




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