Ripley Under Groundby Patricia Highsmith
In this harrowing illumination of the psychotic mind, the enviable 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 such a gracious life has not come easily. One inopportune inquiry, one inconvenient friend, and Ripley's world will come tumbling downunless he takes… See more details below
In this harrowing illumination of the psychotic mind, the enviable 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 such a gracious life has not come easily. One inopportune inquiry, one inconvenient friend, and Ripley's world will come tumbling downunless he takes decisive steps. In a mesmerizing novel that coolly subverts all traditional notions of literary justice, Ripley enthralls us even as we watch him perform acts of pure and unspeakable evil.
Meet the Author
Patricia Highsmith (1921 - 1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in New York. She was educated at the Julia Richmond High School in Manhattan and then at Columbia University, where she earned her B.A. in 1942. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train (1950), tells the story of a tennis player and a psychotic who meet on a train and agree to swap murders. The terrifying tale caught the attention of director Alfred Hitchcock, who, with Raymond Chandler, filmed it in 1951. Both the book and the resulting movie are considered to be classics of the crime genre. Highsmith's subsequent novels, particularly five featuring the dashing forger/murderer Tom Ripley, have been vastly popular and critically acclaimed. In 1957 Highsmith won the coveted French Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere and in 1964 was awarded the Silver Dagger by the British Crime Writers Association. A reclusive person, Highsmith spent much of her life alone. She moved permanently to Europe in 1963 and spent her final years in an isolated house near Locarno on the Swiss-Italian border. Upon her death, Highsmith left three million dollars of her estate to Yaddo, the artist community in upstate New York.
- Date of Birth:
- January 19, 1921
- Date of Death:
- February 4, 1995
- Place of Birth:
- Fort Worth, Texas
- Place of Death:
- Locarno, Switzerland
- B.A., Barnard College, 1942
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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.
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.