"Ripley's Game": Level 5 (Penguin Readers (Graded Readers)) Paperback – 12 Apr 2007
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"For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Highsmith constructs her plot with masterly finesse' - Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The premise for Ripley's Game is the most interesting of the first three books in a series: How will a dying man look at morality when he knows his days are numbered? Ripley's Game has a second advantage over The Talented Mr. Ripley and Ripley Under Ground -- there are no plot devices where Ripley fools the same person over and over again with alternate disguises. Another advantage over Ripley Under Ground is that Ms. Highsmith has a new character who can be totally developed in his many complex facets, much as Tom Ripley was so brilliantly in The Talented Mr. Ripley.
The title is particularly clever. In one meaning, it describes one aspect of the plot. Ripley has become interested in how an innocent man might be persuaded through careful psychological nudges to perform an anonymous murder. In the other meaning, Ripley becomes the hunted, the game that killers seek out -- as in famous short story, The Most Dangerous Game. Some will even see a third meaning . . . that Ripley's ready for action.
As the book opens, Tom Ripley's criminal friend Reeves has come up with an implausible idea -- encourage the Italian mafia to run itself out of Hamburg by starting a war between rival families. To do this, Reeves needs an untraceable, innocent-looking killer who will quickly disappear. Reeves spots the possible targets, but cannot think of anyone to do the killings. Although Ripley has nothing at stake, the problem intrigues Tom.Read more ›
The character of Tom Ripley is a marvellously complex one - we see Ripley at once toy with Trevanny as a puppet, and then step into help him in an act of apparent selflessness. We also get to know the character of Reeves Minot, briefly featured in Riply Under Ground, in more depth. But the real strength of this novel is the character of Jonathan Trevanny who mirrors the reader's initial disgust with Ripley, then their reluctant fascination, and finally their seduction into his psychopathic world.
The scene is France circa1950. Ms Highsmith paints a wonderful feeling for that time. An engaging story well written. Four stars because I think "The Talented" has the edge.
Enjoyable. Familiar. Comforting on a cold night.
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Love the style - very entertaining - light yet shockingly dark.Published 10 months ago by Jonathan Baker
Highsmith’s Ripley novels are more than thrillers, not least because they raise intriguing moral issues. Put baldly, Ripley’s ‘game’ is to corrupt a thoroughly honest man. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stewart Robertson
Great book. I am reading the whole series one by one, and they are all greatPublished 18 months ago by ballysax
Highsmith has always been able to write brilliantly. Fell in love with her books many years ago and still enjoy them. Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2014 by Christine Pacey
Patricia Highsmith's books are so well-written; they take you right into the plot. Great characters and a really good read.Published on 11 Jun. 2014 by Jackie Lenson
As with The Boy who followed Ripley, (see review)I am now hooked on Patricial Highsmith, and will continue reading her works from now on.Published on 16 Nov. 2013 by joanie