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Little Tales of Misogyny

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  1,068 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
Nowhere is Patricia Highsmith more edgy than in these mordantly hilarious sketches that make up Little Tales of Misogyny.

Here you'll meet seemingly familiar women with the power to destroy both themselves and the men around them. In these stories Highsmith is at her most scathing as she draws out the mystery and menace of her once ordinary subject.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 17th 2002 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1974)
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Richard Vialet
3.5 Stars
If Aesop was abused by a mean, alcoholic mother and then jilted and heartbroken by the true love of his life, I think he would have written this book of short tales rather than his famous fables. This is a collection of tiny stories written by famed psychological noir writer and alleged cynic, woman-hater, and misanthrope, Patricia Highsmith. Each story focuses on a different vixen that everyone loves to hate: golddiggers, prudes, whores, perfectionists, mother-in-laws, and even an unlu
Deborah Markus
I was saving this collection for a rainy day, and yesterday – day 1 of a nasty, unexpected sinus infection – was exactly when I needed to read this weird little book. (I still have said blitzkrieg infection, so please don't expect too much from this review.)

This book is very short, as are the individual stories contained therein. As for the misogyny of the title, it puts me in mind of Virginia Woolf's ponderings in A Room Of One's Own when she was asked to speak about women and fiction. Does tha
Jul 15, 2012 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit, short-stories
Seventeen short stories, seventeen different women, the same offence everytime - being a woman.

Patricia Highsmith, the famed hater of women, or so they say. The Talented Ms Highsmith, the poet of apprehension (thank you Graham Greene,) and creator of countless literary psychological thrillers.

In her novels she takes time, slowly building the suspense and the tension page by page but some of these stories are only two pages long, instead she utilises her skill in observing and dissecting human b
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Jan 05, 2014 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it really liked it
I'd had this on my bookshelf for a few years and was looking for something light to read before bed. I finished it in a bubble bath, which seemed somehow appropriate. I'm not sure these are all that memorable, and I had that experience again of discomfort and admiration at Highsmith's writing all rolled into one. I can't decide if she's brilliant or frustrating, perhaps both.

Misogyny usually means the hatred or dislike of women, but in this case, Patricia Highsmith is writing short little stori
'Pequeños cuentos misóginos' de Patricia Highsmith, como su nombre indica, son una serie de 17 cuentos breves (algunos brevísimos, de sólo tres páginas) que describen arquetipos misóginos de mujeres. Cada uno de ellos está protagonizado por un estereotipo (odioso y odiable) de mujer (la ñoña, la perfeccionista, la perfecta señorita, la víctima, la prostituta autorizada o esposa, etc.) que es incapaz de salir de los límites que le marca el rol que le ha sido asignado (de hecho, ni siquiera se ...more
May 30, 2016 George rated it liked it
Shelves: 20th-century
Βαθμολογία: 7/10

Τρίτο βιβλίο της Πατρίσια Χάισμιθ που διαβάζω, μετά το "Ο ταλαντούχος κύριος Ρίπλεϊ" και το "Βαθιά νερά". Αυτή την φορά δεν πρόκειται για αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα, αλλά για μια μικρή συλλογή δεκαεπτά μικρών ιστοριών που έχουν να κάνουν με τις γυναίκες. Σε καθεμία ιστορία παρουσιάζεται και μια διαφορετική γυναίκα: Γυναίκες που παίζουν τους άντρες τους στα δάχτυλα και γυναίκες που οι άντρες τους τις εκμεταλλεύονται, γυναίκες ξετσίπωτες ή συμμαζεμένες, γυναίκες απελευθερωμένες ή θύματ
Mar 21, 2010 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
After all the Highsmith I've read, I shd've known better than to've expected "Little Tales of Misogyny" to've been tales in wch MEN are the misogynists.. But, NO, I didn't expect the author's viewpoint to be misogynistic! Fool!

All sorts of catchy critic words spring to mind: "sardonic", "wicked", "wry", whatnot. The female characters just can't win - whatever they are, they're too much in one direction & most of them die untimely deaths b/c of it - often thru murder. These stories are SHORT
Jan 31, 2008 Alexandra rated it liked it
Arch little vignettes about the women you love to hate ("The Prude,"The Female Novelist," "The Breeder"). I liked Highsmith's dark humor and ability to play on stereotypes, but felt slightly guilty about it. Ain't that just like a woman?
M.J. Johnson
Jan 17, 2016 M.J. Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Tales of Misogyny by Patricia Highsmith, a collection of vignettes, about the type of person it’s easy to dislike. These little fables, often very brief, take on a different character study e.g. The Victim, The Evangelist, The Mobile Bed-Object, The Prude, The Middle-Class Housewife etc. and each in turn is subjected to Highsmith’s unique, acerbic and archly wicked eye. A lot has been written about Highsmith’s misanthropic nature, even her friends seem to have found her difficult and ...more
Corey Pung
Aug 13, 2012 Corey Pung rated it really liked it
The title of the book, Little Tales of Misogyny, while glib, is hardly meant to be ironic or misleading. Rather, the title tells you exactly what you’ll be getting from Patricia Highsmith this time around. A more bluntly literal title could not be wished for.

The book really does contain little tales of misogyny–14 such tales in fact, most of which range between 3 and 5 pages each. Furthermore, each does contain some instance of misogyny, but if you’re hoping to find a condensed version of storie
Sara Habein
Aug 07, 2010 Sara Habein rated it liked it
Highsmith takes her spare writing style to an extreme here, presenting every character in a very matter of fact way. Even the descriptions are more like an inventory list. Here are the people, here is the situation, these are their things. In a way, that’s what makes the semi-satire work. Even though she became more cynical as she got older, I don’t buy the argument that she wrote these stories to be hateful towards women specifically, but rather that they’re her usual display of the awful ways ...more
Michelle Sawyer
Feb 05, 2013 Michelle Sawyer rated it really liked it
Patricia Highsmith's Little Tales of Misogyny is a tiny, evil little gem. This tidy collection exposes the hilariously black cores of each of the lead characters, be they male or female, so I'm not sure that misogyny is an apt title. Still, who cares? It's brilliant and awful and perfect. A darkly funny classic.
Carmen Daza Márquez
Borges lo sabía bien, el punto de vista del lector es una parte fundamental de la creación literaria sobre la que el autor no tiene control alguno. Patricia Highsmith escribió estos cuentos hace casi cuarenta años, y aunque haya lectores (o lectoras) actuales que se pregunten cómo pudo escribir una mujer tales historias, tal vez la pregunta más acertada sería si pudo no escribirlos. Publicados en la época álgida de las luchas feministas, esta obra se distingue de otras creaciones femeninas de ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
"It was the truths that made the people grotesques. The moment one of the people took one of the truths to himself, called it his truth, and tried to live his life by it, he became a grotesque and the truth he embraced became a falsehood."
— Sherwood Anderson

In this collection of short stories, the talented Ms. Highsmith writes like Flannery O'Connor's evil twin. The sardonic authoress introduces a character, endows them with a lofty moral attribute and stands back to watch them self-destruct un
Dec 03, 2010 Doreen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is such a strange book. I remember reading it in high school and being unsure of what Ms Highsmith's point was, and this latest reading has done nothing to demystify me. I think I'm choosing to see it as an exercise in the different, stereotypical ways women have been classically portrayed in fiction, but it's neither very illuminating nor, dare I say it, entertaining. It does have a habit of sticking with you, though, which is why I bought this copy and am hanging on to it without donating ...more
Apr 26, 2010 Andy rated it it was amazing
Patricia Highsmith's all-too brief stories (3-4 pages apiece) brilliantly touch on every neurotic and annoying harpy in the universe: The Victim, The Perfectionist, The Evangelist, The Golddigger, etc. Needless to say they all meet a just and violent fate, bless their black little hearts. It's my duty as a man to write a masculine counterpart, I suppose, so I have my work cut out for me. But Highsmith is a genius, and I can't recommend this book enough. Great cover, too, by the way.
Cortos, directos como un gancho a la mandíbula, agrios, rebosantes de humor negro, estimulantes como una buena bofetada, cínicos, deprimentes, todo eso y más son estos relatos de Highsmith. Abtenerse (o no) feministas militantes y machistas irredentos (o tampoco).
Nicola Mansfield
May 10, 2014 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was ok
What a bunch of complete and utter rot. I have always wanted to read Patricia Highsmith. Strangers on a Train is one of my favourite movies, Ever! and I really enjoyed the Mr. Ripley movie. I have a lot of her books and just haven't got around to them yet. The back of this collection of extremely short, short stories labels them as "mystery/fiction". This is not mystery in any shape or form. I do not know what to make of these stories. If you read my notes that follow as I read the book you'll ...more
I usually rate short stories individually, and I did here too, but I won't re-post my somewhat arbitrary ratings in the review, since I feel like this needs to be considered as one complete volume, with each story focusing on a female arche- and/or stereotype that society teaches us to look at with disdain - from prudes to whores, from golddiggers to perfect housewives, this collection has got them all, and a good deal of violence to boot. Again and again, it is implied to be deserved, inevitabl ...more
Yara (The Narratologist)
I came across this tiny little book in an antiques store in West Kirby and the second I laid eyes on it I knew that I had to have it (and the owner gave it to me for free because sometimes the world is wonderful like that). I'd been curious about Patricia Highsmith's work for some time, the title is hilarious, and the serenely smiling 1950's housewife on the cover made it even better.

There are seventeen short stories in this book, most of them very brief, and they cover a range of female archet
Jun 18, 2011 Ateiluj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to Ateiluj by: La Casa de Viena
"Pequeños Cuentos Misóginos" es un libro con 17 historias acerca de la vida de diferentes mujeres. Todas esas historias acaban con un final sorpresivo, irónico y crudo. Cada historia contiene un exquisito toque irónico, con el que se narran los ridículos acontecimientos de cada mujer. Algunas veces el hombre desempeña papeles de observador; en otras ocasiones, participa activamente en la historia. Pero el rol final que cada hombre toma en cada una de las historias es el de víctima. Aún cuando ...more
Mar 15, 2011 Esme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
In Kurzgeschichten zeigt sich - mehr noch als in Romanen - das ganze schriftstellerische Können eines Autors.

"Little Tales of Mysogyny" ("Kleine Geschichten für Weiberfeinde") sind präzise, pointierte Mini-Gruslinge von Patricia Highsmith.

Wie es oft bei Sammlungen ist, ist nicht jede wirklich gelungen. Manche wirken weniger ausbalanciert ("Die Hand" zum Beispiel); wie es der Untertitel besagt, wie eine "weibliche Typenlehre" eben.

Alle Geschichten sind wunderbar ironisch und bilden einen sprachli
Oct 08, 2010 sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Algunos relatos (muchos, casi la mayoría) son duros e incluso crueles. La mujer, los diferentes estereotipos que Highsmith describe, no salen nada bien parados por una u otra razón. Aunque tampoco los hombres se libran en realidad.
Son brevísimos, al principio los cuentos no superan las tres carillas, aunque hacia la mitad y el final hay algunos un poco más largos. Precisamente estos fueron mis preferidos, muchos de lo más divertidos, con situaciones muy surrealistas pero, creo yo, con algo de ve
Apr 01, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of dark, delicious tales that explores a wide range of female stereotypes. Although many of these stories should have been depressing to read due to all the violence, madness and general misogyny, something about Highsmith's knowing (and at times downright scathing) sense of humour and the conciseness of her narrative style kept me coming back for more. A quick read, but I can definitely see me coming back to this book and re-reading particular stories again, taking more time to ...more
I hadn't heard of this author before, but a quick look at her publication list shows I probably should have... The Talented Mr Ripley being the obvious one.
This is an amusing book of little stories - she certainly covers all the bases of the women we are meant to hate: the perfectionist, the mother-in-law, the prude, the victim etc etc, and although clearly dated stories, if you put it in the context of when it was written (first published 1974) they were probably viewed as scandalous. Some of t
Jul 12, 2012 charta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fotografie in bianco e nero delle orride paludosità femminili, che siano ambientate nella preistoria o ai nostri giorni.
Dall'indefessa fattrice, alla mantenuta, alla regina del focolare la fine, sia questa della protagonista o delle sue vittime, è atroce oltreché inevitabile.
L'odio pulsante se non la ripulsa per questo realissimo e agghiacciante campionario d'umanità sboccia immediato, rapinoso al pari di un linguaggio apparentemente semplice, in realtà perfetto nella sua voluta pacatezza.
Susan Rose
May 21, 2012 Susan Rose rated it really liked it
This is a ridiculously funny tiny collection of short stories on the idea of gender construction and identity. Basically if you are interested in those sort of themes then this little collection is brilliant.
Nov 19, 2012 Rowena rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Very interesting! Funny and misanthropic short stories. It took a while for her writing style to grow on me but the stories became more and more interesting as the book progressed.
To quote Gordon Ramsay: "so salty the Dead Sea is now alive".
Oct 29, 2016 Angela rated it it was ok
Charming, wicked, very short
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Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist who is known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers which have led to more 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
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