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Mermaids On The Golf Course Stories Paperback – Jun 24 2003

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton; Reissue edition (June 24 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393324567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393324563
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #887,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of Highsmith ( Strangers on a Train , Found in the Street ) will welcome this collection; for others it may be an acquired taste. Among the 11 short stories, "The Stuff of Madness" tells of a woman who displays her dead stuffed pets in the garden, and of her husband's final revolt. "A Clock Ticks at Christmas" is about the breakup of the marriage between a woman born rich and a man who had to make his money, and their opposite reactions to a theft by two urchins she befriends. In "The Button," a man displaces his rage at his Mongoloid son by killing a stranger. In the title story, a government official injured in an assassination attempt on the President suffers a personality change he is unaware of, although everyone else notices his altered behavior. The art student visiting Mexico in "A Shot from Nowhere" sees a young boy killed but can get no one to do anything about it; he is arrested and thrown out of the country with no explanation. More mood pieces and psychological studies than nicely plotted stories, these tales are depressing and downbeat, albeit very well written. ( October
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“An atmosphere of nameless dread, of unspeakable foreboding, permeates every page of Patricia Highsmith, and there's nothing quite like it.”

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Friday, fifteenth of June, was a big day for Kenneth W. Minderquist and family, meaning his wife, Julia, his granddaughter, Penny, aged six and the apple of his eye, and his mother-in-law, Becky Jackson, who was due to arrive with Penny. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
unremarkable stories by the remarkable Highsmith... Jan. 10 2006
By lazza - Published on
Format: Paperback
'Mermaids on the Golf Course' is a disparate collection of stories which really lack the notable elements found in Patricia Highsmith's novels, ... particularly suspense and psychological deconstruction of central characters. These short stories are mostly mild character studies of lonely people. However the key short story, entitled 'Mermaids on the Golf Course', is rather clever and bizarre. Not a classic, but certainly memorable.

Bottom line: a collection of uninspired stories. Not recommended.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Can't Resist A PH Story Feb. 1 2011
By H.D. - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am drawn to the world of Patricia Highsmith like the proverbial moth to a flame. Her stories in this collection of short stories are widely varied in place and plot. At times I thought a story ended to abruptly but then I realized I didn't want the story to end.
In my opinion the best of the lot is "A Shot From Nowhere" in which a tourist/artist experiences the vacation from hell.