Talented Mr. Ripley / Edition 1

Talented Mr. Ripley / Edition 1

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by Patricia Highsmith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0679742298

ISBN-13: 2900679742295

Pub. Date: 09/28/1992

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

In a chilling literary hall of mirrors, Patricia Highsmith introduces Tom Ripley. Like a hero in a latter-day Henry James novel, is sent to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself very fond of Dickie Greenleaf. He wants to be like him—exactly like him. Suave, agreeable, and utterly amoral,

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In a chilling literary hall of mirrors, Patricia Highsmith introduces Tom Ripley. Like a hero in a latter-day Henry James novel, is sent to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself very fond of Dickie Greenleaf. He wants to be like him—exactly like him. Suave, agreeable, and utterly amoral, Ripley stops at nothing—certainly not only one murder—to accomplish his goal. Turning the mystery form inside out, Highsmith shows the terrifying abilities afforded to a man unhindered by the concept of evil.

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ISBN-13:
2900679742295
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Series:
Mr. Ripley Series, #1
Edition description:
1st Vintage crime/Black Lizard ed
Pages:
304

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The Talented Mr. Ripley 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Mr.Krinkle More than 1 year ago
Most stories need a hero and a villain. Mr. Tom Ripley is suprisingly both. A true gem is this novel. Pay close atenttion to the discrepencies that contrast book and movie. Ripley's sexualallity is not questionable (to me) - his threshold to avoid detection and capture are. Is there anything he won't or can't do? Balls to the wall! I have read over 120 books and this one has the most suspense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can barely ever find a book I like, and I almost cried when I finished this and it's two sequels. I usualy don't like anything remotely creepy, but I love this book. I have not seen The movie, and doubt completely that it does the book jus
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book at the beach over the long Memorial Day weekend. This is the first book I have read in a long time that I absolutely could NOT put down! Ms. Highsmith's ability to evoke vivid images with her compelling prose...magnificent! I have not seen the movie but I have heard that it is awful...not true to the book at all. That's a shame because the whole time I was reading the book I kept thinking how beautifully and easily it would adapt to a screenplay. Ms. Highsmith truly made me feel as if I were THERE with Tom in Italy. I read of Tom Ripley's sociopathic exploits with morbid fascination...this man was completely devoid of any morality whatsoever...and to think that Ms. Highsmith actually made me 'root' for him!!! I only have one thing to say...READ THIS BOOK!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very creepy and haunting. Its amazing how Tom gets away with everything that he did. A wonderful story!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent psychological and philosophical thriller. I think a lot of people who disliked it did so because they were expecting something else. It's not a mystery, in the sense that you are watching a crime being solved. Rather, you get to watch the transformation of a likeable guy into a cold-blooded killer. Ripley is a wonderful character because he is so bold, so inhuman in many ways, but capable of funny little kindnesses. He doesn't seem to have any morals, but he has a profound sense of aesthetics. A friend of mine aptly described him as protean.

I think everyone has a bit of Ripley in themselves, and this book lets you get your chills and vicarious kicks in the same place.

Guest More than 1 year ago
The only thing I liked about this book was the fact that Matt Damon played Mr. Ripley in the movie. I thought the author left too many questions unanswered in the book. I was upset by the ending and by the activies of our dear friend Mr. Ripley throughout the book. This was definitly a book I COULD put down and when I finally did I could barely pick it back up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is very interesting, in a sense that I didn't get board with it or anything. It has twist and turns all thoughout the book. Its a deffinet good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patricia Highsmith captured me in this gripping story about Tom Ripley. This book was one of the best books I've read in a long time.I saw the movie because I love Matt Damon and let me tell you the book was much better then the movie, but don't listen to me read it yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been years since I read a book that I can't stop reading. Whoa. I think maybe everyone can enjoy this book because of the mystery in it and shows how talented Tom Ripley is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. It is one of those pieces of literature that if you put it aside for a while, you will have missed something. My sister and I read it at the same time and it took me two days (day and night) and it took her a week. I found it very hard to put down and you get so much more out of it than the movie (although Matt Damon does look GOOOOD!!!). I recommend this book to anyone who has the ability to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley in three days and it was a very good book. I recommend that everyone should read it!!!! I can't wait to see the movie!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.