The Tremor of Forgery is an odd book. We got:
- a tale about ones own morale and whether or not it is the right decision to adapt the moral code of the country that your currently living in.
- vivid descriptions of Tunesia, which confirmed my conviction that I never will revisit this country again.
- xenophobic Americans, who are being racists in a foreign country. The comments about Arabs and their behaviour were enervating and I felt the slight urge to punch the American characters repeatedly in the face.
- a Dane, which is equally racist. He is slightly excused because of his dog.
- yes, a dog.
- a possibly closeted gay main character, who strikes up a friendship with an openly gay character.
- murder and theft.
- a book, written by the main character.
- a suicide.
- a weak female protagonist.
- a lot of couscous and a LOT of tap water.
Yes, it´s an odd book and not whole lot is happening in this novel. It´s not my favorite Highsmith, simply because it wasn´t disturbing enough for me. But I finished this book two days ago and I´m still thinking about it. And I don´t know what was so special about this book for me to do that. Apparently Highsmith´s writing has that effect on me.