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The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia…

The Talented Mr. Ripley (original 1955; edition 2008)

by Patricia Highsmith (Author)

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Title:The Talented Mr. Ripley
Authors:Patricia Highsmith (Author)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2008), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
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The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955)

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    As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann (1Owlette)
    1Owlette: Similarities in the unreliable perspective and opacity of the main characters, who also share common ground in their sexual and violent tendencies. In other ways, these are very different reads, with Highsmith adopting a very detached, effectively estranging tone for Ripley. As Meat Loves Salt, moreover, covers a much broader canvas.… (more)
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    wonderlake: Both Oscar and Ripley are afraid of water
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Wova4)
    Wova4: The GwtDT reminded me of the character Ripley, who is very much a morally ambiguous protagonist with a complicated psychology.
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En El talento de Mr. Ripley, la más célebre novela de Patricia Highsmith, aparece su más fascinante personaje: el inquietante y amoral Tom Ripley, figura prototípica de un género que Highsmith inventó, que se sitúa entre la novela policíaca y la novela negra, entre Graham Greene y Raymond Chandler, donde el más trepidante suspense se aúna a un vertiginoso análisis psicológico. Mr. Greenleaf, un millonario americano, le pide a Tom Ripley que intente convencer a su hijo Dickie de que regrese al hogar. Tom acepta el encargo –de paso pone tierra por medio a posibles problemas policiales– y encuentra a Dickie y a su amiga Marga, con quienes establece una turbia relación que desemboca en el crimen y el engaño. Con el título de A pleno sol, la novela fue llevada al cine en 1960 por René Clement, con Alain Delon en el papel de Ripley. En 1999 se estrenó un remake titulado El talento de Mr. Ripley, dirigido por Anthony Minghella y protagonizado por Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow y Jude Law
  Haijavivi | Jun 7, 2019 |
Tom Ripley is a skeevy psychopath, but somehow endearing as the anti-hero of the first Ripley novel. You know the basic story if you've seen the movie, but the second half veers into unknown territory. Tom is not quite as adept as he'd like to be and even though I knew how it would turn out, his predicaments kept me on edge. I'm interested to see where he'll go next... ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
The critics loved it. Winner of 1956 Edgar, 1957 Grand Prix de Litterature Criminelle. I read about the first third and then read the last few pages. I was glad I skipped over it. Mr. Ripley was not very likable, or talented for that matter. I guess you could say there is character development since Tom definitely learns a few things about himself. The plot unfolded in some remarkable locations but didn't really put in much of an appearance. It is with a sigh that I admit to myself that one of the big awards is not a sure sign that everyone will like it. ( )
  danhammang | May 24, 2019 |
It isn't bad, but the plot follows the movie almost exactly. And honestly I think the movie does a better job with the Ripley character (surprisingly) and a much better job with the atmosphere. In no way can I recommend the book over the movie. ( )
  breic | Jan 20, 2019 |
Very good read. Interesting. ( )
  Vulco1 | Oct 12, 2018 |
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Banville, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burns, TomIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prestini, Maria GraziaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Tom glanced behind him and saw the man coming out of the Green Cage, heading his way.
Tom writhed in his deck chair as he thought of it, but he writhed elegantly, adjusting the crease of his trousers.
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Plein Soleil is the French name for The Talented Mr. Ripley. A film version of the same name made in 1960 starred Alain Delon.
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Tom's deadly passage
He wants to help Dickie now
Into the next life


Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679742298, Paperback)

One of the great crime novels of the 20th century, Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley is a blend of the narrative subtlety of Henry James and the self-reflexive irony of Vladimir Nabokov. Like the best modernist fiction, Ripley works on two levels. First, it is the story of a young man, Tom Ripley, whose nihilistic tendencies lead him on a deadly passage across Europe. On another level, the novel is a commentary on fictionmaking and techniques of narrative persuasion. Like Humbert Humbert, Tom Ripley seduces readers into empathizing with him even as his actions defy all moral standards.

The novel begins with a play on James's The Ambassadors. Tom Ripley is chosen by the wealthy Herbert Greenleaf to retrieve Greenleaf's son, Dickie, from his overlong sojourn in Italy. Dickie, it seems, is held captive both by the Mediterranean climate and the attractions of his female companion, but Mr. Greenleaf needs him back in New York to help with the family business. With an allowance and a new purpose, Tom leaves behind his dismal city apartment to begin his career as a return escort. But Tom, too, is captivated by Italy. He is also taken with the life and looks of Dickie Greenleaf. He insinuates himself into Dickie's world and soon finds that his passion for a lifestyle of wealth and sophistication transcends moral compunction. Tom will become Dickie Greenleaf--at all costs.

Unlike many modernist experiments, The Talented Mr. Ripley is eminently readable and is driven by a gripping chase narrative that chronicles each of Tom's calculated maneuvers of self-preservation. Highsmith was in peak form with this novel, and her ability to enter the mind of a sociopath and view the world through his disturbingly amoral eyes is a model that has spawned such latter-day serial killers as Hannibal Lecter. --Patrick O'Kelley

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The cunning schemes of a young American ne'er-do-well, who travels to Italy on an unusual assignment.

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