The Talented Mr. Ripley

Highsmith, Patricia

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Talented Mr. Ripley
The cunning schemes of a young American ne'er-do-well, who travels to Italy on an unusual assignment.

Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Co.,, 2008
Edition: Norton ed
ISBN: 9780393066494
Branch Call Number: FICTION HIGHSMITH 2008
Characteristics: 287 pages ;,21 cm


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In the first Ripley novel, the reader is introduced to Tom Ripley, an amoral con artist and serial killer who always evades justice. Ripley is able to seduce the reader into empathizing with him, even when his actions are completely at odds with moral standards.

Start the Ripley series while you wait for the Blu-ray. This is the first book. Ripley Under Ground is #2, Ripley’s Game is #3, The Boy Who Followed Ripley is #4, ending with Ripley Under Water #5.

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Dec 22, 2014
  • loudem rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It might be because it was written in 1955, in another time and in a different world, but I'll give it Highsmith her due anyway. The book is well written, that's not the problem. The problem is that the story feels old, and takes place a time that most will not recognize. The story is slow, but the suspense is there (even if it's in his head), even if you can't understand Tom's motives. Is he homosexual? Because the way he acts doesn't make sense to me. I mean wearing Richard's cloths, his rings? Bizarre in the least. And his jealousy over Richard's relation with Marge. He wants Richard all for himself. He's not interested in Marge in the least. Very strange. Very hard to find why Tom is acting the way he does. And to think that there are 4 more books about the guy. I'm not sure to be ready for it.

Feb 13, 2014
  • iRead26 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was on a list of classic/must-read mysteries and I'm glad I picked it up! Very engaging writing. Tom Ripley is not a likeable character in the least yet I found myself hoping he would get away with murder...

Nov 22, 2012
  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Highsmith gets into the head of a madman like no other author. Very creepy.

Aug 06, 2012
  • Ansel1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a light and amusing novel. It requires somewhat of a suspension of the reader's logic in that the ineptitude of the various police agencies involved in the plot is sometimes a bit hard to believe.


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