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The Talented Mr. Ripley

Highsmith, Patricia (Book - 1992 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Talented Mr. Ripley


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In a chilling literary hall of mirrors, Patricia Highsmith introduces Tom Ripley.  Like a hero in a latter-day Henry James novel, is sent to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself very fond of Dickie Greenleaf. He wants to be like him--exactly like him.  Suave, agreeable, and utterly amoral, Ripley stops at nothing--certainly not only one murder--to accomplish his goal.  Turning the mystery form inside out, Highsmith shows the terrifying abilities afforded to a man unhindered by the concept of evil.
Authors: Highsmith, Patricia, 1921-1995
Title: The talented Mr. Ripley
Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books,, 1992
Edition: 1st Vintage crimeBlack Lizard ed
Characteristics: 290 p. ;,21 cm
Notes: Originally published: New York : Coward-McCann, 1955
ISBN: 0679742298
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY HIGHSMI
Statement of Responsibility: Patricia Highsmith
LCCN: 92053511
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Report This Feb 13, 2014
  • iRead26 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was on a list of classic/must-read mysteries and I'm glad I picked it up! Very engaging writing. Tom Ripley is not a likeable character in the least yet I found myself hoping he would get away with murder...

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  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Highsmith gets into the head of a madman like no other author. Very creepy.

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