Study Guide

The Price of Salt, or Carol Tough-o-Meter

By Patricia Highsmith

Tough-o-Meter

(3) Base Camp

In one scene of The Price of Salt, Therese reads A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Don't worry, though—this book is no James Joyce novel (dude's known for writing Ulysses, one of the most difficult books of all time). Because this text is semi-autobiographical, it's like the portrait of the artist as a young woman, and she writes with a clear accessible voice for all ages.