22 September 2014

The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith [1994]

I picked this up because I went through a period of being obsessed with the Ripley books that Patricia Highsmith wrote. Like those novels, this is a novel with a flimsy plot and cartoon characters that completely redeems itself through the style and sense of place conveyed by the writing. The book is set in Greece in what feels like the 1950s or 1960s, and revolves around the relationship between an American con artist and a younger American student, who is redolent of a young Tom Ripley. The plot details are unimportant - what matters is the cinematic detail and pervasive mood of amorality.

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