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The Talented Mr. Ripley

by Patricia Highsmith

Knopf Publishing Group | September 1, 1992 | Trade Paperback

The Talented Mr. Ripley is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 9.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.97 × 5.23 × 0.65 in

Published: September 1, 1992

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679742298

ISBN - 13: 9780679742296

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you liked the movie this is even better The best bad guy ever!
Date published: 2009-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the movie I read the book because of the movie, as I'm sure many others have, and was surprised to find how different it was... and in a good way. I liked the movie but I was puzzled as to why Anthony Minghella found it necessary to change so many character elements (Marge is no Gwynneth Paltrow and Dickie was made into too much a cad on screen). It's hardly a profound read but a very enjoyable one nonetheless. Sometimes the prose is wooden but not enough to lessen the enjoyment.
Date published: 2001-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked on Ripley I haven't seen the movie and wasn't really interested until a friend at work recommended the book. I steamrolled through the first book and have since read Ripley under ground and Ripley's Game and am looking forward to the other 2 books in the series. Tom is just too irrestible -- A physco or just slightly cracked one can't tell .... either way a great read.
Date published: 2001-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hooray for the bad guy This is one of those few rare cases when the movie is actually better than the book, taking the landmark novel and adding 18 more layers of intrigue and suspense. Still, where would the screenplay be without the original book? Ripley is a classic of the genre, however with a twist whereby the reader finds him/herself trying to think like a criminal by cheering for a murderer.
Date published: 2001-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remarkable! Excellent! Wonderful! Magnificent! Patricia Highsmith does an excellent job with this one. The story line is great. Many twists and turns. You'll love this one.
Date published: 2000-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating The Talented Mr. Ripley exemplifies what everyone must have thought of at one point or other of their lives: what if I was someone else? With a full blown case of mistaken identity, this story shows just how much havoc one person who overstepped their boundaries can create.
Date published: 2000-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This book caught my eye as I didn't go out looking for it. I like to read books that are made into movies, because, for the most part and probably because of my great imagination, I find the book to be better. This book was terrific! I enjoyed every page - from the first to the last! It has encouraged me to seek out more of Ms. Highsmith's works.
Date published: 2000-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Took too long I was disappointed in this book. I like to be hooked by the 3rd chapter but nothing interesting happened untill the 10th chapter, and it still dragged on. I found this book slow and boring. On the otherhand, the plot is good - stealing one's identity for oneself no matter what it takes. The ending surprised me, but still..I'm giving this a 2 star because I found myself counting down the pages and chapters. I wouldn't highly recommend it, maybe I'll go watch the movie.
Date published: 2000-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Talented Ms. Highsmith I read this book about a month after seeing the movie. Having thought the movie was great, I had high expectations of the novel. Patricia Highsmith exceeded those expectations and more. This was a captivating story and I found that it contained so many aspects that were barely touched by the movie. So well written, the shy and lonely Tom Ripley, so wanting to fit into the high-class world of the wealthy, draws you easily into his world of fantasy and mistrust.
Date published: 2000-02-25

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

by Patricia Highsmith

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.97 × 5.23 × 0.65 in

Published: September 1, 1992

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679742298

ISBN - 13: 9780679742296

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Tom glanced behind him and saw the man coming out of the Green Cage, heading his way. Tom walked faster. There was no doubt the man was after him. Tom had noticed him five minutes ago, eyeing him carefully from a table, as if he weren''t quite sure, but almost. He had looked sure enough for Tom to down his drink in a hurry, pay and get out. At the corner Tom leaned forward and trotted across Fifth Avenue. There was Raoul''s. Should he take a chance and go in for another drink? Tempt fate and all that? Or should he beat it over to Park Avenue and try losing him in a few dark doorways? He went into Raoul''s. Automatically, as he strolled to an empty space at the bar, he looked around to see if there was anyone he knew. There was the big man with red hair, whose name he always forgot, sitting at a table with a blonde girl. The red-haired man waved a hand, and Tom''s hand went up limply in response. He slid one leg over a stool and faced the door challengingly, yet with a flagrant casualness. ''Gin and tonic, please,'' he said to the barman. Was this the kind of man they would send after him? Was he, wasn''t he, was he? He didn''t look like a policeman or a detective at all. He looked like a businessman, somebody''s father, well-dressed, well-fed, greying at the temples an air of uncertainty about him. Was that the kind they sent on a job like this, maybe to start chatting with you in a bar, and then bang! -- the hand on the shoulder, the other hand displaying a policeman''s badg
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From the Publisher

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.

From the Jacket

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.

About the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921 – 1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in New York. She was educated at the Julia Richmond High School in Manhattan and then at Columbia University, where she earned her B.A. in 1942. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train (1950), tells the story of a tennis player and a psychotic who meet on a train and agree to swap murders. The terrifying tale caught the attention of director Alfred Hitchcock, who, with Raymond Chandler, filmed it in 1951. Both the book and the resulting movie are considered to be classics of the crime genre. Highsmith’s subsequent novels, particularly five featuring the dashing forger/murderer Tom Ripley, have been vastly popular and critically acclaimed. In 1957 Highsmith won the coveted French Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere and in 1964 was awarded the Silver Dagger by the British Crime Writers Association. A reclusive person, Highsmith spent much of her life alone. She moved permanently to Europe in 1963 and spent her final years in an isolated house near Locarno on the Swiss-Italian border. Upon her death, Highsmith left three million dollars of her estate to Yaddo, the artist community in upstate New York.

From Our Editors

Like a hero in a latter-day Henry James novel, Tom Ripley travels 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. Turning the mystery form inside out, Patricia Highsmith shows the terrifying abilities afforded to a man unhindered by the concept of evil. The Talented Mr. Ripley is a study in neurosis and dynamics wherein roles, goals and needs seem to be passed about indiscriminately, leaving the least susceptible outcome destined to come about in some form or another.

Editorial Reviews

"[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

"Patricia Highsmith''s novels are peerlessly disturing . . . bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night, with the sense that an awful possibility has been articulated only to be left unresolved." --The New Yorker

"One of our greatest modernist writers." --Gore Vidal
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