The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game (Everyman's Library Classics) Hardcover – 1 March 2000
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- Publisher : Everyman (1 March 2000)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 904 pages
- ISBN-10 : 185715262X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1857152623
- Item Weight : 900 g
- Dimensions : 4.6 x 13.5 x 21 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #323,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, the edition I purchased (Vintage 1999) contains a surprising amount of typos for such a highly-acclaimed book/author. I have no idea how this would be allowed to happen. It's a shame because the typos became distracting enough throughout the novel to hamper the experience of reading it.
It would be interesting to see if the typos are present in other editions!
First published in 1955 and written in limited third person, Patricia Highsmith allows us into the thoughts, actions, and motivations of Tom Ripley, a totally insidious personality who is at once charming and frighteningly devious. We are privy to his feelings of guilt and repelled by how he justifies his murderous actions, amazed at his daring, and impressed by how skillfully he manipulates and deceives others, including the police, Richard's father, Marge, and anyone else who gets in his way.
What I love about this book is not only the tortuous plot that you really do have to keep up with to fully appreciate Patricia Highsmith's writing skill, (it can't be that difficult as I managed it!) and the skill of Tom Ripley but that there is no strong language, no excessively graphic scenes of violence or sex, none of the cheap thrills that you get in a lot of modern murder/thrillers. The clever plot is simply outstanding. It's no wonder that Alfred Hitchcock chose to make a movie out of Highsmith's first book, Strangers on a Train, in 1951.
This is a list of Highsmith's 'Ripley' books:
The Talented Mr Ripley - 1955
Ripley Under Ground - 1970
Ripley's Game - 1974
The Boy Who Followed Ripley - 1980
Ripley Under Water - 1991
I bought all mine as 'Very Good Condition' used paperbacks. The Talented Mr Ripley came via World of Books, Amazon. It arrived in excellent condition, just as described.
Patricia Highsmith (1921-95) was born in Texas and later lived in New York. The Talented Mr Ripley movie (1999) starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow was based on the first in a series of Tom Ripley books. The movie follows the book quite closely in part but the book's plot is far too complex for all the detail to be included in a 139 minute movie. Ripley's Game (2002), another excellent movie, was based on the third book of the series, and starred John Malkovich.
Mr Ripley is not talented, in either the literary sense nor literal sense.