In Deep Water, set in the small town of Little Wesley, Vic and Melinda Van Allen's loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda...more
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Vic and Melinda have a very unconventional marital arrangement. He hates to dance and she loves it, so he encourages her to dance at parties with all the men she likes. Keeps her quiet and content. Confucius would not approve.
Dancing is definitely not all she's doing, though, if you catch my drift. It's all very out in the open, and he is very co ...more
So sayeth Victor (Vic) VanAllen, the main character in Deep Water, although he says it in jest.
According to Highsmith, (as related by Andrew Wilson in his biography), Deep Water explores " 'the sniping, griping ambushing,' that can exist between people who are supposed to love one another, locked together 'in a ballet of the wearing of the nerves.' " Frankly, that phrase describes this book perfe ...more
Those who have read The Talented Mr. Ripley , are already acquainted with this master (actually mistress) of psychological suspense. Apparently, in 1950, when her first novel Strangers on a Train, was published, she had previously encountered resistance in America as an outspoken author on controversial themes. Deep Water is one of Highsmith’s early works and reveals her uncanny talent to capture the essence of a diabolical, treacherous personality.
Vic and Melinda VanAllen’s marriage is , simp ...more
Written in 1957, DEEP WATER is the story of Vic and Melinda Van Allen, an unhappily married couple living in Massachusettes. Melinda has one affair after another, right under Vic's eyes. He is, on the surface, compl ...more
Deep Water, a slow-paced psychological thriller, is set in a Cheeveresque, Updikesque New England town in the 1950s, where drinks are downed nearly all day long, and dinner and pool parties frequent. Melinda Van Allen is a horrible mother and an inadequate wife; she stopped having sex with her husband Vic years ago and is frequently drunk. Today we would call her an alcoholic. Vic Van Allen is a calm man, literate, with hobbies like snail breeding, a great father, loving with their daughter Trix ...more
Decent read but a bit predictable.
“Oh, I don’t think it’s going to be boring,” she said.
He smiled. “Is that a threat?”
“Take it the way you like.”
“Are you going to put arsenic in my food?”
“I don’t think arsenic could kill you.”
A famous nobody once said that a good book is opening to a random page and being immediately interested, wanting to keep on reading from the random page. The above conversation fits into this saying nicely. It’s an awesome co ...more
Ο Βικ είναι ένας διανοούμενος τυπογράφος με πολλά χόμπι, παντρεμένος με την όμορφη Μελίντα, π ...more
Little Wesley is a small town north of New York City. Vic Van Allen lives off a trust fund left by his father and publishes small runs of exclusive books. He has his own press and practically handcrafts the books. In fact, he is an extremely ordered and industrious individual with several odd hobbies, such as raising ...more
I found this a typically engrossing study – a flirtatious and unfaithful wife, a patient and long-suffering husband.
It’s not difficult to take sides – and no less so as the husband begins to take revenge upon a string of disagreeable lovers!
I guess a great talent of the author is her ability to present you with a scenario that offends your sense of justice. From the outset, you take a stance.
Then comes the challenge: your adopted protag ...more
Deep Water is a classic Highsmith tale of Vic, un urbane, intelligent book loving sociopath and his wife Melinda, a sexual predator who has affairs with a succession of young men under the eyes of her husband and their friends and neighbours.
This is a precise, almost clinical tale of the deconstruction of a marriage and the feelings that lurk under the outwardly calm exterior of Vic who finds the sexual cominglings of snails more absorbing than relations with his adulterous ...more
What genre is Deep Water? It teeters between thriller and crime, has Poe flavours and a Hitchcock air, but altogether it seems to be something quite unique. What is certain is that I will be reading more Patricia Highsmith. Deep Water has all the qualities of a good novel and great thriller, but its magic is in how Highsmith creates such strong sympathy and admiration for the protagonist, who also happens to be a killer.
Victor van Allen is a model husband, loving father and pillar of the communi ...more
Vic is married to Melinda. She's a bitch who cheats on him, treats their small daughter like a non-existent entity, and drinks heavily and sloppily. Melinda flaunts her affairs at neighborhood BBQ's and cocktail parties. It's suburban New England in the 1950's, so these little get togethers are frequent.
Vic is a neighborhood favorite. He's neat, he's pleasant, he cooks, he dotes on ...more
“Vic didn’t dance, but not for the reason that most men who don’t dance give to themselves. He didn’t dance simply because his wife liked to dance. His rationalization of his attitude was a flimsy one and didn’t fool ...more
Highsmith's portrayal of evil lurking beneath banal exteriors has been replayed by ...more
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This is so in this novel where the devotion and love that feels Vic by Melinda go gradually transforming in a love-hate relation,loss of self steem and shame of Vic by cause of Melinda affairs,relation that ends ...more
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 ...more