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 enamored 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 he 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—immortalized in the 1998 film starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gywneth Paltrow—is an unforgettable introduction to this debonair confidence man, whose talent for self-invention and calculated murder is chronicled in four subsequent novels.
©1955 Patricia Highsmith. Copyright renewed 1983 by Patricia Highsmith. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"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." (Amazon.com review)
"[Highsmith] has created a world of her own - a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger." (Graham Greene)
"One of our greatest modernist writers." (Gore Vidal)
I saw the movie several years ago and can't remember the ending. I am assuming it is similar to the book. Sometimes when you see a movie before reading the book, it can be disappointing because the movie was altered too much or it is too close there isn't additional background story to be gleaned from reading the book. The book is right there in between. I am looking forward to reading the others in the series to see what dastardly deeds Mr Ripley is up to next.
I thought Kevin Kenerly's performance was kind of eerie. The somewhat soft-spoken, even tone seemed to fit the dysfunction and mindful calculations of Tom Ripley to not let emotions trip him up.
Even though the book was written about 60 years ago, it does not feel dated.
Grimmer and more violent than I had imagined. I got about half way through and gave up. A portrait of a disturbed individual with minimal plot or drama. Mostly goes on in the mind of the highly unsympathetic anti-hero. If you like this sort of thing give it a try; otherwise, I'd skip it.
No problems with performance, although not terribly brilliant either. But hard material to work with.
boring & the main character had absolutely no redeeming qualities. a completely amoral man.
the main character whined all the way through the book.
thank God it's over.
Yes, it's the second time and probably won't be the last. The narrator's voice has such a soothing affect.
Not really any moment stands out. I found them all equally entertaining.
I love his Italian accented characters. He's very good at the female voice as well, which is hard for a lot of male narrators to perform adequately.
The multi-talented Mr. Ripley. He's pulled off the perfect crime.
I pleased to see that there is a series on this particular book.
This book was excellent, the characters were enchanting, and the skeems were amazing.
The best moments dealt with Ripley's skeems to cover up his crimes and walk away with everything.
Although graphic, the murder sceens were amazing.
When Ripley murders Dickey.
The book and the narration came together splendidly.
I must admit, I kept waiting for Mr. Ripley to trip up. Whether he did, or not, I will not say...I don't want to spoil the read for others.
First Kenerly experience.
My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!
Years ago, I saw the movie starring Matt Damon based on this novel. I really like the movie when I saw it but I loved the book. Tom Ripley has an uncanny ability to mimic people. Is he a psychopath? Sociopath? All of his actions have clear rational - to him. You almost start to feel sympathetic toward his character as he experiences emotions of inferiority but yet his acts are so monstrous you can't help but see how sick he is.
I honestly can't say that I understand why this book has such a high rating. If it weren't for my policy to never give up on an audiobook, I can honestly say that I would never have finished this one. IT WAS SO BORING! I kept waiting for it to get better, but it stayed completely dull until the bitter end.
Maybe this genre just isn't my cup of tea, but I did not enjoy this book. Frankly, my own life is more interesting and I expect way more than that to be entertained.
I bought this book some time ago when it was on sail for $5. If I had paid a full credit, I might have been a little dissapointed. It was howeve worth what I paid for it. Although it is a little slow at times, it is still a decent read.
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What a great book,I liked the movie and I loved the book. I put this book off a couple times but I finally made my way to it,then I couldn't put it down.. I didn't know they were three more books in the series and I can't wait to get to them. Mr Ripley will keep you on the edge of your seat!! The crazy thing is you know Ripley is a bad guy but you keep rooting for him. At every turn and corner he is about to be caught but always finds his way out!!
Short book but a great read!!! Must read!!!
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