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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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Most Helpful Critical Review

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2000

    Mr.Ripley- As Good On The Pages As It Was On The Screen

    I saw the movie, The Talented Mr.Ripley before I read the book. The moment after the movie finished I went to the library and got the book. It is a really cool story and yall should read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    The Talented Miss Highsmith

    I bought this book because I am a big Gwyneth Paltrow fan and wanted to know what the movie was about. It was extremely interesting and better than I expected. I read the book very fast and enjoyed it very much and can't wait to read it again and the other books in the Ripley seris.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    Boring, just like the movie

    Even though I didn't like the movie, I thought I'd read the book-books are usually better. I couldn't finish this book; it was slow, tedious and drawn out. I think Tom Ripley is not a person I would want to be friends with and can't understand how he was accepted so willingly by Richard Greenleaf through most of their relationship. I wouldn't waste my time reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

    This book was very, VERY good!

    This book was very good. The way that the write describes Tom Ripley... well, it brings him to life. Chills are what's in store for the reader of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    Waring!,Waring!! This Book Will Give You Thrills and Chills All Over Your Body !!!!

    The Talanted Mr.Ripley is the best book I have read. I've read many books though my 14years of living but this book makes you think and experince the mind of a twisted human and what he feels. Also makes you wonder if Tom Ripley is a homosexsual. Patricia Highsmith descriptive words gives Tom Ripley life, This book joins Jeffery Deaver The Bone Collector and Thomas Harris Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal.

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