Ripley Under Ground [NOOK Book]

Overview

"Ripley is an unmistakable descendant of Gatsby, that 'penniless young man without a past' who will stop at nothing."—Frank Rich

Now part of American film and literary lore, Tom Ripley, "a bisexual psychopath and art forger who murders without remorse when his comforts are threatened" (New York Times Book Review), was Patricia Highsmith's favorite creation. In these volumes, we find Ripley ensconced on a French estate with a wealthy wife, a world-class art collection, and a past to hide. In Ripley Under Ground ...
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Overview

"Ripley is an unmistakable descendant of Gatsby, that 'penniless young man without a past' who will stop at nothing."—Frank Rich

Now part of American film and literary lore, Tom Ripley, "a bisexual psychopath and art forger who murders without remorse when his comforts are threatened" (New York Times Book Review), was Patricia Highsmith's favorite creation. In these volumes, we find Ripley ensconced on a French estate with a wealthy wife, a world-class art collection, and a past to hide. In Ripley Under Ground (1970), an art forgery goes awry and Ripley is threatened with exposure; in The Boy Who Followed Ripley (1980), Highsmith explores Ripley's bizarrely paternal relationship with a troubled young runaway, whose abduction draws them into Berlin's seamy underworld; and in Ripley Under Water (1991), Ripley is confronted by a snooping American couple obsessed with the disappearance of an art collector who visited Ripley years before. More than any other American literary character, Ripley provides "a lens to peer into the sinister machinations of human behavior" (John Freeman, Pittsburgh Gazette).

Tom Ripley has a lovely house in the French countryside, a beautiful and very rich wife, and an art collection worthy of a connoisseur. But this gracious life has not come easily; it is based on murder, forgery, and smuggling, and could topple at any moment.

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Editorial Reviews

Robert Powers
Murder, in Patricia Highsmith's hands, is made to occur almost as casually as a bump of a fender or a bout of food poisoning. This downplaying of the dramatic...has been much praised as has her ordinariness of the details with which she depicts the daily lives and mental processes of her psychopaths. Both undoubtedly contribute to the domestication of crime in her fiction, therefore implicating the reader further in the sordid fantasies that are being worked out. -- New York Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393344745
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 124,707
  • File size: 538 KB

Meet the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Patricia Plangman (birth name); Claire Morgan (pen name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 19, 1921
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Date of Death:
      February 4, 1995
    2. Place of Death:
      Locarno, Switzerland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2000

    Murder, Deceit, Romance, Beauty- This series has everything!

    Why do I find myself pulling for Ripley? He is a madman, but the character is so well developed, that you actually like him!!! I loved The Talented Mr. Ripley and I am enjoying Ripley's Game. The descriptions of the European cities and towns really put you there. Highsmith is an extremely talented author. She can really tell a story!!! I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    A probing look through the eyes of a psychopath

    Highgrave offers delicous insite into the twisted mind of a madman. The way she weaves the story leaves you breathless to read the next page. Ripley's character is so well developed that you actually find yourself looking forward to the next challenge Ripley must overcome, going to lengths no sane person would even contemplate. Highsmith's ability to draw the reader into Ripley's world is astounding.

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