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The Talented Mr. Ripley

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Ripley is like no other character

The only bad thing is I saw this movie before I read the book so I knew what was going to happen. This was a great book and I love Patricia Highsmith's writing so easy yet elegant. There isn't really a bad thing about this book. I plan on reading the other 4 books conne...
The only bad thing is I saw this movie before I read the book so I knew what was going to happen. This was a great book and I love Patricia Highsmith's writing so easy yet elegant. There isn't really a bad thing about this book. I plan on reading the other 4 books connected to the ripley and you should to!

posted by Anonymous on July 20, 2002

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3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Particia Highsmith is the story of To

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Particia Highsmith is the story of Tom Ripley, a twenty-five-year-old con artist and forgerer. He is approached by Mr. Greenleaf and asked to travel to Italy to try to persuade his son Dickie Greenleaf to return to America because he has been ...
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Particia Highsmith is the story of Tom Ripley, a twenty-five-year-old con artist and forgerer. He is approached by Mr. Greenleaf and asked to travel to Italy to try to persuade his son Dickie Greenleaf to return to America because he has been gone a long time and Mrs. Greenleaf is ill. Although Tom had met Dickie only once, and tells Mr. Greenleaf as much,Mr. Greenleaf insists and offers to pay all his expenses. Wanting to get away from his dead-end life and start anew, Tom accepts. Neither of them knows that their arrangement will lead to multiple crimes.
Entertaining storyline. However, it was a long read. The pacing was good but it sometimes read like one of the classics we had to read in English class at school. Description was heavy but not burdensome. The life of these well-off Americans living in Italy was slow and lazy so I guess the story was matching that kind of living. Interesting plot device.
This is the first crime novel I've read outside if Agatha Christie. There are sequels but I doubt I will read them. I have yet to see the movie.
I originally gave the book 4 stars because the writing is superb. Ms. Highsmith describes Italy beautifully. The crime part is a little farfetched in places. But I chalk that up to the time period which I guess is around the 1950s. With all the advances in crime scene investigation, it's hard for me to roll my mind back to a time where detectives just took people's word for it. Also there was a certain amount of deference to Americans living abroad. So because of that I downgraded to 3 out of 5 stars.

posted by AuthorMomCC on April 4, 2012

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

    One of the best American novels of the 1950s

    The Talented Mr. Ripley is a superb novel that in an elegant, restrained and utterly believable fashion explores the mind of a psychopath. It also makes excellent use of its postwar Italy setting. A must read for anyone interested in 20th century American fiction. Very highly recommended!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Manipulative

    So manipulative! I love it! I don't want to ruin the ending for anyone but I loved the ending and I did not think things were going to go that way for him. It's like a happy ending, but for the bad guy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2000

    Good, but missing something

    'The Talented Mr. Ripley' is a very well-written book, and enjoyable, but it lacks a character for Tom to spar with. Everyone is so stupid or self-involved that no one really comes close to the truth. Tom is such a master manipulator that you never feel that he is in any danger of being found out. It would have done better if it had that. If you are going to read this, you should see the movie as well. They balance each other out in that each one has what the other lacks. But if you only do one, read the book, because it offers a deeper look inside Tom's mind

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