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  1. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    Two reviews in one First, the supercilious parody Tom Oh Dickie, that shirt is so gorgeous It s so you Where did you get it Dick You re not a fairy are you Tom No The very idea Dick Well then, I got it from a divine little boutique near La Fontana della Barcaccia in Piazza di Spagna We should go there tomorrow.Tom Oh Dickie, let s Marge soliloquy Dick is just the handsomest American 25 year old trust fund baby in all of Italy Or this part of it, anyway Sigh I love him so mu Two reviews in one First, the supercilious parody Tom Oh Dickie, that shirt is so gorgeous It s so you Where did you get it Dick You re not a fairy are you Tom No The very idea Dick Well then, I got it from a divine little boutique near La Fontana della Barcaccia in Piazza di Spagna We should go there tomorrow.Tom Oh Dickie, let s Marge soliloquy Dick is just the handsomest American 25 year old trust fund baby in all of Italy Or this part of it, anyway Sigh I love him so much it makes my eyes slightly bulge But however much I press my cleavage upon his upper parts, and hang my dripping undergarments within his vicinity, I just can t seem to get anywhere Tom soliloquy Dick is just the handsomest American 25 year old trust fund baby ever Sigh Why he wants to hang around with this gourd shaped bitch I can t say I really would like to wear all his clothes and pretend to be him for a day No, make that my entire life.Dick Tom, for a creepy sociopath, you re quite good company Let s go boating.Tom I don t know anything about small dangerously unstable motorboats in stretches of water with no other boat in sight, perfectly situated for a murder How do you make it go Dick You just pull on this here until you can feel it throbbing, then you grab that long thing there and steer it wherever you want If it doesn t start you give it a good whack with an oar.Tom Well, if you say so review number 2This interesting novel is, from a modern persepective, a bit iffy Conforming to the 1950s stereotype, it elides homosexuality with deviant psychology and gives us a closet gay man who is so much in love with this unavailable dreamboat and the dreamboat s lifestyle that he wants to be him He creepily manipulates everyone around him and he despises every single human being he encounters, except the dreamboat The 1950s was awash with sinister gay figures George Sanders in All About Eve and let us not forget Norman Mailer s 1954 essay The Homosexual Villain he said about that time that he believed there was an intrinsic relation between homosexuality and evil The character of Tom Ripley is also self loathing, another closeted gay cliche He loathes himself to the extent of wanting to shed his own personality like a snake s skin and become someone much better I think that Tom Ripley therefore was part of the problem which led to take one example from millions to Lou Reed s parents making him have ECT to get rid of his homosexual tendencies Leaving the iffiness of this novel aside, it then suffers from the same thing as all other thrillers and crime novels we are expecting murders, there s no suspense involved, one s only surprise is that Tom Ripley brains so few people And also draining the interest away is that we know this was the first of a series of Ripley novels, so we know he won t die and probably therefore won t be caught, murder being a capital crime back then This novel is in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before Next Week Or Else and I note it appears between Lolita and Lord of the Rings Once again, poor little Lolita finds herself in some very dubious company in the second Ripley book he gets married might be worth reading that one to see what Patricia Highsmith thinks is going on with her character


  2. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Anticipation It occurred to him that his anticipation waspleasant to him than the experiencingPatricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr Ripley Highsmith 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 Anticipation It occurred to him that his anticipation waspleasant to him than the experiencingPatricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr Ripley Highsmith 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


  3. Diane Barnes Diane Barnes says:

    I m giving this novel 5 big stars because while I was reading I was not in my apartment trying to isolate from Covid 19, but in Italy involved in all sorts of crime and deception and trying to stay one step ahead of suspicious friends and the police I was able to pick up some pointers if I ever sink low enough to do what Tom Ripley did, but I doubt that will ever happen It was a lot of fun to read about though, complete with moments of panic, pounding heart, and cold chills This was my first I m giving this novel 5 big stars because while I was reading I was not in my apartment trying to isolate from Covid 19, but in Italy involved in all sorts of crime and deception and trying to stay one step ahead of suspicious friends and the police I was able to pick up some pointers if I ever sink low enough to do what Tom Ripley did, but I doubt that will ever happen It was a lot of fun to read about though, complete with moments of panic, pounding heart, and cold chills This was my first book by The Talented Ms Highsmith, and I fully appreciate her skills and reputation.I have been trying to concentrate on comfort reads during this time, and this was a foray into different territory, but worth every minute Going onto my favorites list Excuse me while I go search for this movie, without leaving my home, of course


  4. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    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 kne 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


  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    495 The Talented Mr Ripley, Patricia HighsmithThe 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 495 The Talented Mr Ripley, Patricia HighsmithThe 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 20 1961


  6. Aubrey Aubrey says:

    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 deli 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. What a line This narrator was guilty regardless of who he thinks he is, that much is sure But somehow, the mental acrobatics that enabled him to line themselves up with a different identity, also absolved him in his mind of a murder How was this accomplished Did he actually believe that he was a different person at the time of the crime, and that both identity and its guilt are determined by a state of mind rather than physical form Sure Why not Don t we do that all the time There are the extreme examples shown by criminals living out their sentence in jail, undergoing the equation of guilty man x amount of years in jail innocent man A change in a state of both being and mind that absolves one of guilt Then there are the medium examples of getting married, having kids, modifying your identity through the addition of a new relationship that makes you someone s parent or spouse Perhaps, in the case of marriage, absolving you of feeling guilt about having a child out of wedlock And then you have the rather trivial examples of changing your appearance or acquiring a material object of some significance How about a tattoo removal that also removes the feeling of guilt caused by a not so pristine past Your identity shifts with all of these changes It s not only a matter of who you are, but how long that who lasts.Here s a personal example A few months ago I was well on my way to getting a degree as a bioengineer Nearly there, in fact But things change, and today I am looking to forward to majoring in English In essence, I killed Aubrey the bioengineer, appropriated their social status, mental capabilities, and physical form, and am now living out my life as Aubrey the English major, same in practically everything except for determined career path Aubrey the bioengineer was feeling guilty about not having found a research lab position Aubrey the English major has no use for such feelings Not only had I done away with feelings of guilt, I had done it in such a way that I will never be convicted of a crime, because unlike Tom and his appropriated Dickey identity, all of this happened in my head Strange way to think of it, isn t it.Now, can you imagine Mr Tom Ripley, master of social manipulation and integration into the selves of others, on the Internet It d take him a while to get used to the lack of body language and other visual cues, but he d get the hang of it eventually Would make for an interesting story, that


  7. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    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 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


  8. WILLIAM2 WILLIAM2 says:

    I ve been dabbling in some of the classic thriller writers Georges Simenon and Leonardo Sciascia, too It is summer in the northern hemisphere after all The Talented Mr Ripley will have you squirming in your seat Tom Ripley is a man with champagne tastes and a beer pocket book He possesses very low self esteem, very little money and he is undoubtedly a closeted queer He likes queers, likes to be among them, but doesn t like admitting to himself that this is so Mr Ripley s talent is an e I ve been dabbling in some of the classic thriller writers Georges Simenon and Leonardo Sciascia, too It is summer in the northern hemisphere after all The Talented Mr Ripley will have you squirming in your seat Tom Ripley is a man with champagne tastes and a beer pocket book He possesses very low self esteem, very little money and he is undoubtedly a closeted queer He likes queers, likes to be among them, but doesn t like admitting to himself that this is so Mr Ripley s talent is an extraordinary gift for forgery, impersonation, mimicry and murder which with him become a form of self delusion Add to this nerves of steel in the midst of interrogation, including the ability to formulate convincing fictions that is on a par with his creator, and you have the makings ofthan a few hair raising scenes Dickie Greenleaf is AWOL from his father s shipbuilding firm in New York City and living in Mongibello, Italy Dickie s father tracks Tom Ripley down in a New York bar For some reason, he thinks that Tom s friendship with his son was consequential in a way it never was Mr Greenleaf offers to cover Tom s costs if he will go to Italy and talk Dickie into returning home Alas, Mama Greenleaf is dying of cancer Tom goes over, immediately becomes jealous of Marge, Dickie s lover She repulses him in every way women in general sicken him Tom charms Dickie and moves in with him, estranging him from Marge He is so in love with him and doesn t even know it He is also very envious of Dicky s tremendous wealth and advantages Tom begins to see a way in which he might subsume Dickie So when Dickie intimates that Tom is queer, as he unquestionably is, Tom kills him with an oar in a motorboat then anchors his corpse to the sea floor.Well, that s all you need to know to get started What follows is a masquerade in which Tom switches places with Dickie and back again to foil the ever present policia A novel of plot and lots of fun A real knucklebiter Highly recommended


  9. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    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 o 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


  10. Anne(marie) Anne(marie) says:

    Actual rating 2.5 sOh boy, unfortunately this book was not as good as I had hoped it to be It wasn t the worst book I have ever read or anything like that, but there were times when I disliked it quite a bit.The writing style just was not for me There was a lot of telling instead of showing, something I dislike severely Because of this, I often felt disconnected and like I missed some vital information of character development It seemed like the story was constantly two steps ahead of me Actual rating 2.5 sOh boy, unfortunately this book was not as good as I had hoped it to be It wasn t the worst book I have ever read or anything like that, but there were times when I disliked it quite a bit.The writing style just was not for me There was a lot of telling instead of showing, something I dislike severely Because of this, I often felt disconnected and like I missed some vital information of character development It seemed like the story was constantly two steps ahead of me and I just couldn t follow Thus, I felt kind of bored and disappointed Even though the plot points were actually really interesting The execution just wasn t for me Which is a shame, because I quite liked the characters and cared for them, but all in all, it justwasn t enough for me


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The Talented Mr. Ripley [Reading] ➾ The Talented Mr. Ripley Author Patricia Highsmith – Thomashillier.co.uk hrs Min minutes Since his debut in , Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath, influencing countless novelists and filmmakersIn this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsom hrs Minminutes Since his debut in , Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath, influencing countless novelists and filmmakersIn 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, The Talented PDF/EPUB ² 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 dilettanteA dark reworking of Henry James s The Ambassadors, The Talented Mr Ripley immortalized in thefilm 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.