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His stories were good because he imagined them intensely, so intensely that he came to believe them Tom Ripley has to be one of the most intriguing characters I ve come across in a while talented , perhaps some would say so, but mostly conniving, obsessive, self loathing, and quite lucky Viewing everything from his perspective was fascinating and disturbing I m not sure if I was supposed to identify with him or not I certainly never felt any empathy towards him, but at times, while not exactly rooting for him, I still felt as if I was placed in the position of a partner in his exploits The Talented Mr Ripley is an intense psychological thriller that builds to the peak of suspense a bit slowly and then erupts to a biting your nails, edge of your seat kind of pitch I went into this book mostly unaware of the plot I think this is the best way to enjoy this book If you ve seen the movie already or read too many descriptions of the story line, then I would imagine this would lessen the jolt you would otherwise experience The vivid descriptions of Italy are captivating and I found myself wanting to visit this country evenearnestly than before Having read the book, the movie will likely be less sensational but the promise of being able to view the beautiful scenery on my television screen has me greatly anticipating watching this regardless I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a classic and rather brilliant psychological thriller I have deducted one star only due to the fact that I reached a point where I felt this became slightly unbelievable however the entertainment value allows this to be just a very minor criticism of the book as a whole. First off, Mr Tom Ripley is no sociopath While he is skilled at social manipulation, this is not out of the need to hide the fact that he has no capacity for emotion Judging by his frequent mood swings, he most likely has some flavor of manic depressive disorder Now, with that out of the way, we can begin.Identity is a tricky business If it was anything but, I wouldn t have found this book nearly as fascinating as I did Murder mysteries are not my cup of tea, and while the setting was delightful in its foreignness and experiencing the story from the culpable person s viewpoint was interesting in itself, these aspects would not have balanced out my lack of interest in the details of the plot Lucky for the book, one particular aspect of the narrator made the story muchengaging than it would have been without, one that is encompassed here Being Tom Ripley had one compensation, at least it relieved his mind of guilt for the stupid, unnecessary murder of view spoiler Freddie Miles hide spoiler Since His Debut In , Tom Ripley Has Evolved Into The Ultimate Bad Boy Sociopath, Influencing Countless Novelists And Filmmakers In This First Novel, We Are Introduced To Suave, Handsome Tom Ripley A Young Striver, Newly Arrived In The Heady World Of Manhattan In The S A Product Of A Broken Home, Branded A Sissy By His Dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley Becomes Enad Of The Moneyed World Of His New Friend, Dickie Greenleaf This Fondness Turns Obsessive When Ripley Is Sent To Italy To Bring Back His Libertine Pal But Grows Enraged By Dickie S Ambivalent Feelings For Marge, A Charming American Dilettante A Dark Reworking Of Henry James S The Ambassadors, The Talented Mr Ripley Is Up To His Tricks In A S Film And Also Rene Clement S S Film, Purple Noon When Tom Ripley is offered a handsome reward to go to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, he accepts and soon finds himself living the good life in Naples with Dickie An obsession blooms and Tom finds himself wanting to be Dickie Greenleaf But does he want to be Dickie Greenleaf enough to kill his new friend I was somewhat familiar with The Talented Mr Ripley because I nearly took a girl to see the Matt Damon version in the theater back in the day We opted to see Dogma instead Anyway, I knew Highsmith wrote Strangers on a Train so I decided to take a crack at it.The Talented Mr Ripley is a tale of obsession, murder, lying, betrayal, andlying In short, it s a wholesome noir tale Highsmith reads like a mannerly Jim Thompson, especially once things start going off the rails Tom Ripley is the protagonist but he s far from a hero In fact, he s probably a sociopath He doesn t seem to be comfortable in his own skin, preferring to live a lie than to be himself He s a liar, thief, and eventually a murderer Since there areof these books, I m guessing he continues his lying murdering impersonating ways.The book is mostly the Tom Ripley show Dickie and the rest of the supporting cast don t have much going on other than the way Ripley manipulates them Actually, having never seen the movie, I was surprised at Dickie Greenleaf s fate considering I expected him and Tom to start making out at any moment Did the movie have this big of a closeted gay vibe Like I said before, this reads like a mannerly Jim Thompson book once things start coming unglued It takes a lot of lying and killing to cover up a murder I was a little surprised the body count wasn t higher once everything was said and done.Still, I caught myself wanted Tom get away with it, kind of like Dexter Morgan or Walter White I guess that means Patricia Highsmith knew a thing or two about writing Four stars but I m not in a tremendous hurry to readabout Tom Ripley. 495 The Talented Mr Ripley, Patricia Highsmith 1921 1994 The Talented Mr Ripley is a 1955 psychological thriller novel by Patricia Highsmith This novel introduced the character of Tom Ripley, who returns in four subsequent novels known collectively as the Ripliad It has been adapted numerous times for film, including the 1999 film of the same name 2001 1379 286 9647134134 1389 9789647134132 201961 Find all of my reviews at Stars I came upon a little list recently called 17 Books for People Who Hate People and I immediately thought, hey, that s me Mitchell concurred I ended up with a super stinker as my first selection, but luckily I fared better with The Talented Mr Ripley.I knew the premise of this book to be Tom Ripley, an acquaintance of Dickie Greenleaf, is asked by Dickie s father to go to Italy and attempt to convince Dickie to return to the U.S I also knew at some point Tom s developing friendship with Dickie while in Europe morphs intoof an obsession and that stuff happens No spoilers on this one, friends That was about it, though I had never seen the movie because this is the most punchable face in all of mankind and I just can t watch his movies Completely unfounded and I m sure Mr Damon is a pleasant fellow, but I want to slap the crap out of him whenever I see him How will I ever deal with the movie version of The Martian Ohhhhhh woe is me I also can t forget to mention the film co starred Goop as the leading lady and, well, ewwThe one thing that might be worth taking a little looksee is thisPurrrrrrr Anyway, enough about the movie I never saw This is a book review and obviously a super highbrow one at that For a story that is 60 years old, The Talented Mr Ripley holds up to the test of time remarkably well There are a few lost in translation moments when dealing with things like money and the idea that a couple grand is a giant bankroll that will float you through Europe almost indefinitely, as well as the use of outdated lingo such as sissy or pansy used to describe Tom Speaking of, I m sure some might take offense to whether or not Tom was attracted to Dickie sexually being used as kind of a giant pink elephant in the room throughout the story, but I thought it worked well as a diversionary tactic It helped hide the fact that Tom was not interested in anyone sexually which he flat out tells you through his narrative , but he was quite possibly a sociopath who had fixated on obtaining a lifestyle like Dickie s that no one seemed to notice Recommended to anyone interested in a real slow roller type of suspense novel, an addition to your modern classics list, or those of you who like to read about people you re supposed to hate but really kind of love Half star removed because there are FOURof these in the series NOOOOOOOPE As far as I m concerned, this one is a standalone Tom s story does not have enough material forbooks and I don t believe the others could even come close to being as good as the first. Rating 4.5 of fiveThe Publisher Says Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath, influencing countless novelists and filmmakers In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s A product of a broken home, branded a sissy by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enad of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal but grows enraged by Dickie s ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante A dark reworking of Henry James s The Ambassadors, The Talented Mr Ripley is up to his tricks in a 90s film and also Rene Clement s 60s film, Purple Noon My Review This nail biting page turner is the first of Patricia Highsmith s novels featuring amoral, mass murdering sociopath and all around bon vivant Tom Ripley.What can I add to the generations of praise heaped on Highsmith s male alter ego What else need be said What delicious evil, what glamourous grue, and told with such economy of language Well, for one thing, Tom s as bent as a bow, and because the book came out in 1955 it wasn t possible to say frankly that he was that way and so was Dickie Greenleaf and Marge was a big ol fag hag and Daddy Greenleaf was sending Tom to Italy in hopes that a cute boy would succeed where a revolted father failed to convince his queer son to return to a soul killing life of pretending to be straight.And now that I v delivered the post Stonewallization of the book, I return to the text as presented.The characters are all deftly drawn to present us their essences in a short burst Tom cruising bars and letting an older man Pa Greenleaf pick him up Dickie resisting Tom s charm until Marge, acting as wing man, throws them together Marge then doing the twist as she sees her efforts rewarded with too much success It s all done in 30pp and it s set from there on, so suspense has to be created with audacity on the writer s part We re drawn into Tom s troublingly untroubled world of crime, we re seduced into seeing the problems of Tom s murders from his point of view as puzzles to be solved in order to protect his now customary lifestyle.It s a very difficult feat to pull off It s evenamazing when one considers the author, a big ol dyke, was writing in one of Murrica s most homophobic AND law and order obsessed eras Highsmith, from all reports an unpleasant person to know, does this difficult balancing act with an assured hand at the storytelling tiller and a character compass that pointed true north at all times This is high quality storytelling, done in simple, unadorned prose It is very much recommended and it s worth your time. I was not a big fan of Highsmith s Strangers on a Train, so I wasn t really looking forward to tackling another of her novels Fortunately, I had a much better experience with Tom Ripley Oh, if only his other acquaintances could say the sameOur story begins with Ripley being sent to Italy to talk Dickie Greenleaf, the prodigal son of a wealthy man, into coming home The two guys hit it off, and spend some time bopping around Europe like two Ken dolls on holiday But things turn ugly when Ripley senses his time as Dickie s favorite toy may be coming to an end Written in 1955, this one manages to stand the test of time, and still seems fresh and surprising Highsmith featured her character Ripley in fournovels This book has inspired two movies 1960 s Purple Noon and the 1999 version which starred Howdy Doody Matt Damon.This is a damn fine thriller, and one of those make you feel skeevy rooting for the bad guy books On the whole, I enjoyed it very much My only complaint One of the same problems I had with Strangers on a Train how can a female writer create such bland and uninteresting female characters No wonder no one wants to hang out with poor Marge She s not only boring, she s annoying as hell ButRipley s the star of this show, and oh, how he shines I am tempted to follow him into another book just to see what happens next.The Talented Mr Ripley is our January read in the Pulp Fiction group There s still plenty of time if you d like to join us for the discussion Martinis and pernod are recommended. UN FALSO QUALCUNO PIUTTOSTO CHE UN AUTENTICO NESSUNO New York anni Cinquanta Tom Ripley sbarca il lunario tra furtarelli e truffe Un giorno conosce un ricco industriale che gli propone di pagarlo per andare a recuperare il figlio in Italia, Dickie Greenleaf.Dickie si insediato sulla costiera amalfitana, a Mongibello, paesello d invenzione Tra spiagge, barche, Venezia, Roma, la Liguria, la Grecia, si dipana un intricata avventura, che diventato un classico dei classici, almeno per me Un sogno, una proiezione, un miraggio, una favola suadente Plein soleil Delitto in pieno sole di Ren Cl ment, 1960 Ripley Alain Delon, l amico Greenleaf Maurice Ronet, la sua ragazza Marie Lafor t.Ripley un truffatore, ma anche assassino con pochi scrupoli, uno psicopatico che Highsmith trasforma nell eroe di una saga in cinque romanzi, che ha ispirato pi volte il cinema, e ha ispirato una quarantina d anni della mia vita Questo primo, e poi a seguire Il sepolto vivo, L amico americano, Il ragazzo di Tom Ripley per finire con Ripley sott acqua, usciti tra il 1955 e il 1991.Tom appartiene alla schiera esigua degli eroi negativi ben pi numerosa quella di poliziotti e investigatori, di coloro che cercano e combattono il Male Tom il Male Ma il Male necessario, quello indispensabile, giustificato, sempre raffinato ed elegante L amico americano di Wim Wenders, 1977 Tom Ripley Dennis Hopper Ma il vero protagonista il corniciaio interpretato da Bruno Ganz.La sua vita sul confine include anche la sessualit nonostante dal secondo romanzo, spiazzando il lettore, sia sposato a una bellissima francese, H lo se, ci vuole poco a percepire che in Tom abiti un omosessualit pi o meno latente Highsmith non mai esplicita e definita sull argomento come non lo fu nella sua personale vita ha amato soprattutto donne, ma anche uomini, ed ebbe una storia con un gay , rimane reticente, allude, lascia aperta la porta all obliquo, al mistero, come se mettere limiti, tracciare linee rigide in questa zona dell essere togliesse linfa e gusto alla vita probabile che la stessa Highsmith abbia abbandonato gli USA proprio per il perbenismo sessuale dominante molto pi aperta e tollerante la Francia che la accolse, in seguito diventata Svizzera Il fatto che Tom probabilmente preferisce la castit a una vita sessuale intensa, preferisce la fedelt alla bigamia, vive di passioni, pi che di pulsioni, pi attratto dall arte che dal corpo umano.Non sorprende che Tom rimanga giovane nonostante gli anni passino, una caratteristica della maggior parte degli eroi letterari, hanno un processo d invecchiamento molto pi rallentato rispetto al lettore The Talend Mr Ripley Il talento di Mr Ripley di Anthony Minghella, 1999 Matt Damon Tom Ripley, Jude Law Dickie Greeeleaf, la sua ragazza Gwyneth Paltrow.Come mai piace cos tanto al lettore, lo conquista, lo spinge a tifare per il suo successo anche quando uccide Forse perch Ripley parte dai gradini bassi della societ orfano, istituti, una zia non proprio piacevole marchiano la sua infanzia e arriva in alto grazie a forte personalit , impegno e determinazione, Highsmith riesce a inventare il villain che tutti vorremmo essere Gli omicidi sono, o sembrano, tutti casuali Tom aveva un piano, davvero programmava quello che ha fatto E se invece, ha seguito gli eventi, come riusciva sempre ad anticiparli Come ha fatto a essere cos bravo Ripley s Game Il gioco di Ripley di Liliana Cavani, 2002 Con John Malkovich nel ruolo di Ripley, Dougray Scott e Lena Headey.Qual il vero talento di Tom Ripley La truffa L arte della menzogna L a per la vita La ricerca del piacere La meravigliosa invidiabile assenza di colpa La mancanza di scrupoli L assoluta assenza di morale davvero colpevole dei suoi delitti, o non poteva fare altrimenti Highsmith costruisce la sua suspense a base di psicologia, con pagine dove sembra non succedere nulla, avvolgendo il lettore in una fitta trama di inquietudini, attese, astuzie Ripley Under Ground Il ritorno di Ripley di Roger Spottiswoode, 2005, dove ripley Barry Pepper. Anticipation It occurred to him that his anticipation waspleasant to him than the experiencingPatricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr RipleyHighsmith is amazing She alludes to Henry James, plays with Nabokovian style, James Cain s dialogue, and blends it all with a Camus like modern existentialism Plus, the goddess walked around with snails in her purse Face it, pretenders, The Talented Mr Ripley is an amazing psychological crime novel This is one of those books which should be used as evidence to highlight the case that some of the best literature of the 20th Century came out of genre fiction The novel is high wire, high risk, high reward masterpiece It leaves me amazed the Cure didn t just write their existential anthem to Highsmith I can turn And swim awayOr I can raise up my oar Staring at a boatStaring far ashoreWhichever I choseIt amounts to the sameAbsolutely nothing.I m aliveI m deadI m lying Tom RipleyKilling a Signor.