The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley

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by Patricia Highsmith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393332144

ISBN-13: 9780393332148

Pub. Date: 06/28/2008

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"Tom Ripley is one of the most interesting characters in world literature."—Anthony Minghella, director of ?The Talented Mr. Ripley
Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath. Here, in this first Ripley novel, we are introduced to suave Tom Ripley, a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan. A

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"Tom Ripley is one of the most interesting characters in world literature."—Anthony Minghella, director of ?The Talented Mr. Ripley
Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath. Here, in this first Ripley novel, we are introduced to suave Tom Ripley, a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley meets a wealthy industrialist who hires him to bring his playboy son, Dickie Greenleaf, back from gallivanting in Italy. Soon Ripley's fascination with Dickie's debonair lifestyle turns obsessive as he finds himself enraged by Dickie's ambivalent affections for Marge, a charming American dilettante. A dark reworking of Henry James's ?The Ambassadors?, ?The Talented Mr. Ripley? serves as an unforgettable introduction to this smooth confidence man, whose talent for murder and self-invention is chronicled in four subsequent Ripley novels.

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ISBN-13:
9780393332148
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
59,884
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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The Talented Mr. Ripley 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
anonymousMK More than 1 year ago
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!
Vanessortia More than 1 year ago
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.
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AuthorMomCC More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DONT LIKE IT
Route More than 1 year ago
Though I don't hook on to books too long but this book proved otherwise . Because it was a week day and I had to work the next day I was sort of 'forced' to stop reading . This evening I wl be rushing home to continue !. To everyone just pick this book up and start reading especially for those who don't have the habit of reading . It may help you to create a reading habit ........ trust me it is A Wonderful Book . K.Sam
BookCore More than 1 year ago
Just when I was getting really bored with this book, the main character killed someone. Cool! My mother recommended this to me. When my mother recommends books or movies, she gets downright insistent. She does not give up. I had seen the movie based on this book and liked it pretty well, so I thought, "Sure, why not." And mom compared Highsmith to Ruth Rendell, IMHO a goddess. And mom was in town a few days ago. So I picked it up and started reading. If I had a peaceful, quiet, slow-paced life, with plenty of time to contemplate and think, I'd probably like this book better. Unfortunately, I don't have that sort of life. I think I've developed adult-onset ADD; I've largely lost my powers of concentration. The way my life is now, I just don't have time for books that don't get to the point fairly quickly. This book has a lot going for it, but I'm afraid it's destined to end up on my "started-but-didn't-finish" shelf.