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The Ripley Omnibus: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Underground, Ripley's Game [Hardcover]

Patricia Highsmith
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1 Mar 2000 Everyman's Library classics
Traditional Chinese edition of The Talented Mr. Ripley. This thriller chronicles the sociopathic scheme of Tom Ripley to enter into a life of wealth and class by stealing another person's identity.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Everyman; New edition edition (1 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185715262X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857152623
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the great crime novels of the 20th century, Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley is a blend of the narrative subtlety of Henry James and the self- reflexive irony of Vladimir Nabokov. Like the best modernist fiction, Ripley works on two levels. First, it is the story of a young man, Tom Ripley, whose nihilistic tendencies lead him through a deadly passage across Europe. On another level, the novel is a commentary on fiction making and techniques of narrative persuasion. Like Humbert Humbert, Tom Ripley seduces readers to empathise with him even as his actions defy all moral standards.

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 all 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 manoeuvres 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 Lechter.-- Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"Ripley, amoral, hedonistic and charming, is a genuinely original creation" (Daily Telegraph)

"As haunting and harrowing a study of a schizophrenic murder as paper will bear. A glittering addition to the meagre ranks of people who make books that you really can't put down" (Sunday Times)

"Precisely plotted, stylishly written and kept alert by an icy wit. Streets ahead of the conventional thriller: a cool little classic of its kind" (Evening Standard)

"An outstanding thriller which has deservedly become a classic" (Spectator) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Empathic Antihero! 13 Nov 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The character development of Tom Ripley is what makes The Talented Mr. Ripley one of the great crime novels of the 20th century. Ms. Highsmith is an acute observer and is able to translate her sensitivity into a multidimensional portrait of a successful criminal in a way that is virtually unmatched. One of the most astonishing qualities of this book is that you will find yourself pulling for Ripley, even though he is as amoral a character as you will read about.
We meet Tom Ripley almost as casually as new friends do. It's only by following him around, hearing his thoughts and observing what he does that we realize who he is. Ripley is an immensely capable man who floats like a newly cut wood chip on the surging tides of life, always buoyant regardless of the circumstances. He is extremely impulsive. If there's candy there, he cannot resist it. At the same time, he has so little invested in who he is that he can even be happier pretending to be someone else. He's a man without a core. He is also unattached to the world's judgments. He looks for neither approval nor acclaim. Solitude suits him well.
The story opens as the father of a casual acquaintance tracks Ripley down in a bar. The father wants to persuade his son to return from Italy to take up a career in the family business. Through this contact, Ripley finds himself sent off to Europe as a paid-for emissary with an expense account. Once there, Ripley makes no headway but does develop a friendship with his casual acquaintance before strains start to develop. What follows is one of the most interesting and intricate plot lines that it will ever be your pleasure to read.
The book's largest theme is about identity. Who are we really? Can we be someone different from whom we seem to be? How do we misjudge one another?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest psychological thrillers. 25 Nov 2003
By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read the book before seeing the film, and as such the film didn't impress me much on first viewing, (though it has grown on me since), and I think that's largely because the book's greatness is down to its detailed understanding of Ripley's character. The film was a big glossy Hollywood number which went instead more for being a straightforward thriller, and you shouldn't really despise it for that reason, as it's a good movie. To make a film that stuck more religiously to the book though you would have to make it a much more offbeat, perhaps low-budget, affair.
The characterisation of Tom Ripley in this book is faultless. You do get much more idea of him as a person, particularly in the short but effective flashbacks to his troubled childhood (which is also where you gain your sympathy for him). His journey to Europe and the tangled web that is weaved there is extremely absorbing. In the Venice scenes too you get disturbing glimpses of Ripley's horror of close physical contact with the female sex, even to the extent where he is revolted by seeing a lady guest's underwear draped over her bedroom chair. It is hardly surprising that Patricia Highsmith has drawn such a complex character study, she was infatuated with her creation, to the point that she would sign letters from both herself and Tom!
The other books in the Ripley series are well worth reading but, to my mind, don't quite match the first. A lot of Ripley's mystique disappears when he's leading his comfortable artsy-fartsy life in France, (and in "The Boy Who Followed Ripley", a very late book in the series, I felt Highsmith was a tad TOO delicate about his sexuality, although the Berlin scenes have a sort of 1970s fascination), but in this, the first, where he's a loner travelling across Europe, this is a must-read.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Everyman Ripley Compendium 16 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Brilliant - I had wanted to read this for some time and took the opportunity to do so whilst in Nice. The writing reminded me of Albert Camus with its detached air. The introduction by Grey Gowrie should not be read before the books themselves but is illuminating when you have arrived at the end. I had not read Highsmith before. She creates timeless characters who evoke a world we can all relate to but is actually not with us anymore. The pacing of the novels is wonderful. To read these in a hardback compendium was also a pleasure in that handling a well constructed book itself further enhanced the reading experience. The best 10 you will spend on a book this year.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to commit murder....and get away with it 17 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
My curiosity was pricked in publicity for the Anthony Minghella movie so I decided to give the book a go. Having now read the book, I can't believe Mrs Highsmith has been such a well kept secret - a rivetting narrative that keeps you hooked from the first page to the last. Highsmith must have known what a fantastic hero she had created as she continued with several sequels but this is still the best of the Ripley series. I was drawn to Tom more than any other literary character and while the movie version doesn't flesh out Ripley given it's constraints, I still think Matt Damon pulls off a pretty good Ripley. Read this book and see what the fuss is about - it's well worth it's five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Empathic Antihero! 23 Oct 2004
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The character development of Tom Ripley is what makes The Talented Mr. Ripley one of the great crime novels of the 20th century. Ms. Highsmith is an acute observer and is able to translate her sensitivity into a multidimensional portrait of a successful criminal in a way that is virtually unmatched. One of the most astonishing qualities of this book is that you will find yourself pulling for Ripley, even though he is as amoral a character as you will read about.
We meet Tom Ripley almost as casually as new friends do. It's only by following him around, hearing his thoughts and observing what he does that we realize who he is. Ripley is an immensely capable man who floats like a newly cut wood chip on the surging tides of life, always buoyant regardless of the circumstances. He is extremely impulsive. If there's candy there, he cannot resist it. At the same time, he has so little invested in who he is that he can even be happier pretending to be someone else. He's a man without a core. He is also unattached to the world's judgments. He looks for neither approval nor acclaim. Solitude suits him well.
The story opens as the father of a casual acquaintance tracks Ripley down in a bar. The father wants to persuade his son to return from Italy to take up a career in the family business. Through this contact, Ripley finds himself sent off to Europe as a paid-for emissary with an expense account. Once there, Ripley makes no headway but does develop a friendship with his casual acquaintance before strains start to develop. What follows is one of the most interesting and intricate plot lines that it will ever be your pleasure to read.
The book's largest theme is about identity. Who are we really? Can we be someone different from whom we seem to be? How do we misjudge one another?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable for Mr Ripley readers.
Published 14 days ago by Chris O
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read
this is a well-written book. I don't think that it's quite as much as a thriller than it was when it was first published - society has changed and we're much more used to reading... Read more
Published 2 months ago by B. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing story of identity fraud
Because this was made into a film the story may be quite well known, but even if so, the book is still worth reading. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Bawden jazz fan
2.0 out of 5 stars Great story; poor-quality text
Faultless character development and plot; spare suspenseful prose ... I won't go on. It's a great read. Just don't buy this version. Cheaply produced with over a dozen typos. Read more
Published 3 months ago by dilgerwords
5.0 out of 5 stars Identity Thief, Identity Murderer
New Yorker Tom Ripley is poor, intelligent and easily bored – and to keep life spiced he likes to take risks even or especially if they involve illegality. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bob Ventos
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is a great book that really makes you wonder how many more Kooky people are out there - one needs to be careful as all is not always what it seems!
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Fiona O'Regan
3.0 out of 5 stars A good idea
An enjoyable read which threatened an exciting ending but the author did not thrill this reader and left things up in the air and ready for the next adventure.
Published 8 months ago by Mr Roland H Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr Ripley
I was disappointed by this book as I remember being fascinated by the film. Mr Ripley is a larger than life character and the plot is a very dark comedy of errors where the rogue... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sam
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect a book of the film
This was a great story, however having enjoyed the film, and visited many of the locations, I was a little disappointed how the book differed so much from the film. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. L. Rendle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant novel
Bought this as gift as I just love this book. She loved it too and is recommending it to others. Brilliant thriller written from the killer's point of view . Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cas Evans
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