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The novel begins with a play on James's The Ambassadors. Tom Ripley is chosen by the wealthy Herbert Greenleaf to retrieve Greenleaf's son, Dickie, from his overlong sojourn in Italy. Dickie, it seems, is held captive both by the Mediterranean climate and the attractions of his female companion, but Mr. Greenleaf needs him back in New York to help with the family business. With an allowance and a new purpose, Tom leaves behind his dismal city apartment to begin his career as a return escort. But Tom, too, is captivated by Italy. He is also taken with the life and looks of Dickie Greenleaf. He insinuates himself into Dickie's world and soon finds that his passion for a lifestyle of wealth and sophistication transcends moral compunction. Tom will become Dickie Greenleaf--at all costs.
Unlike many modernist experiments, The Talented Mr. Ripley is eminently readable and is driven by a gripping chase narrative that chronicles each of Tom's calculated maneuvers of self-preservation. Highsmith was in peak form with this novel, and her ability to enter the mind of a sociopath and view the world through his disturbingly amoral eyes is a model that has spawned such latter-day serial killers as Hannibal Lecter. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a review of the Audible audio book version. The narrator was absolutely perfect. His tone and inflection set the mood at every turn exactly. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Dogs & Horses
I decided to read this book after watching the movie. This book is one example where the movie is better. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Brown
I had seen the movie, The Talented Mr. Ripley, many years ago but was unaware that it was only part of a long and sordid story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda Watt Doyle
The movie's plot line and character development were both richer and better defined. I enjoyed the book. I loved the movie.Published 1 month ago by Karen Brown
i loved the movie and the book was as enjoyable. I'm hoping all her books are near this good. I'm looking forward to the new TV show.Published 1 month ago by Mike
I shot through this book. Even though it is totally clear that Tom Ripley is crazy, Dicky Greenleaf kinda sucks, so go Tom!Published 2 months ago by JazFraz
Fictional but clinical accurate insight into the mind of a sociopathy. As a pleasant plus Patricia Highsmith is a skilled writer.Published 2 months ago by Lloyd F. Mercer