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 have not watched the movie, nor did I know about the story. The narration was very good, the story, so so...I just really expected more.
How it ended...I am not sure. I only finished it to say I did.
I bought two of the trilogy and I have yet to get myself interested enought to even try the second book.
I do not like the apparent premise of this book. Maybe the serial books improve, but I do not see how!
Questionable whether I will try this author again.
Nothing to use the adjective, favorite, with.
Cant think of a redeeming feature.
I would certainly try another Patricia Highsmith book but if the setting were Italy I would avoid Kevin Kenerly who seems unfamiliar with the Italian language. One would think that the producer of the recording would have either found someone who could speak Italian or have given the narrator some tips. It was the same as finding a printed text full of typos.
Strangers on a Train or any of her stories are worth a try.
Kenerly's a fine reader, except for his Italian. This was just a bad match.
It was a film.
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