By Patricia Highsmith
At final again in print, one in every of Patricia Highsmith's most annoying works.
Rife with overtones of Dostoyevsky, The Glass Cell, first released 40 years in the past, combines a necessary Highsmith secret with a penetrating critique of the mental devastation wrought by way of the legal process. Falsely convicted of fraud, the easygoing yet naïve Philip Carter is sentenced to 6 lonely, drug-ravaged years in legal. Upon his free up, Carter is a extra suspicious and violent guy. For these round him, incomes again his belief can suggest the adaptation among lifestyles and dying. The Glass Cell's bleak and compelling portrait of day-by-day criminal life—and the results in the event you reside it—is, unfortunately, as proper at the present time because it used to be whilst the ebook used to be first released in 1964.
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I reach into the drawer, slide out a wicked knife, and whittle a half-inch away from all four sides of the cake. Precisely. Like a surgeon amputating someone’s arms and legs. I chew thoughtfully. “Good job,” I hear Old Lady Campbell telling Zack. “Good job,” I say to what’s left of the crumb cake. But why am I uneasy? I have a lot to be uneasy about. And the very worst is Diglio, with a bomb unburied in his backyard. Bomb. I stand up. The chair tips over and bangs against the refrigerator. I rush down the hall—past the bedroom with Fred in a frenzy—and slam open the studio door.
Ursula’s front lawn, get soaked in the sprinkler, and head for our kitchen door. 54 Chapter 10 Mom is in the backyard with Mary, pruning the rosebush. “Maybe I can save it yet,” she says. ” I don’t stop. ” She wipes her forehead. ” “Learning Bach,” Zack says. I’m almost dancing up and down on the back steps as he launches into Bach’s life story. He’s probably making half of it up. At last we skitter into the kitchen and grab a pair of tuna fish sandwiches to take with us. Linny blocks the hallway.
But now Zack is making pizza eyes at me that fortunately Pop can’t see. For a moment I’m confused. Then I see Pop’s shovel leaning against the wall with his wire cutters, hacksaw, and a loop of rope. I hardly pay attention to the rest of Pop’s talk. I’m trying to think how we’ll explain what we’re doing with 37 that stuff. I decide to meet the whole thing head-on. “We’ll build Steadman a playhouse,” I say. But for once Zack doesn’t get it. ” His voice is desperate. I understand. Following Steadman around will make this the worst summer on record.