The Animal-Lovers' Book of Beastly Murder

The Animal-Lovers' Book of Beastly Murder

by Patricia Highsmith


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"Grisly and atmospheric…[these] stories feature small worlds of animal amorality in which the sweet taste of revenge leaves no aftertaste of guilt." —Publishers Weekly

Nowhere is Patricia Highsmith's affinity for animals more apparent than in The Animal-Lover's Book of Beastly Murder, for here she transfers the murderous thoughts and rages most associated with humans onto the animals themselves. You will meet, for example, in "In the Dead of Truffle Season," a truffle-hunting pig who tries to whet his own appetite for a while; or Jumbo in "Chorus Girl's Absolutely Final Performance," a lonely, old circus elephant who decides she's had enough of show business and cruel trainers for one lifetime. In this satirical reprise of Kafka, cats, dogs, and breeding rodents are no longer ordinary beings in the happy home, but actually have the power to destroy the world in which we live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393323665
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 235
Sales rank: 797,884
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt,The Blunderer and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

Date of Birth:

January 19, 1921

Date of Death:

February 4, 1995

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas

Place of Death:

Locarno, Switzerland


B.A., Barnard College, 1942

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The Animal-Lovers' Book of Beastly Murder 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ConnieJo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the coolest short story collections I've ever read. It's definitely only for those who can take a joke and have a stomach for brutal violence towards humans.Each story features a different animal. The animals aren't actually abused in most cases, mostly just unhappy with a particular person. Generally the animals get revenge for the mistreatment they've received by killing said person in a really horrible way. In the worst case, a rat goes after the baby of a family who cost him his eye and leg. Other instances include an inhumane chicken farm full of chickens who go after the farmer, a horse who foils a boy's plot to kill his grandmother for her money, and a dog that bites the air hoses of the breathing apparatus of a man who just won't let him live with the right person after his master dies. All of this is done with tongue firmly in cheek, and the animals always wind up with the "right" person at the end of the day.It was a quick read, none of the stories are very long, and I was laughing hard the entire time I was reading it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im gonna put it on my wishlist
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