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The Talented Mr. Ripley

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The Talented Mr. Ripley
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"Tom Ripley is one of the most interesting characters in world literature."—Anthony Minghella, director of ?The Talented Mr. Ripley
Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath. Here, in this first Ripley novel, we are introduced to suave Tom Ripley, a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley meets a wealthy industrialist who hires him to bring his playboy son, Dickie Greenleaf, back from gallivanting in Italy. Soon Ripley's fascination with Dickie's debonair lifestyle turns obsessive as he finds himself enraged by Dickie's ambivalent affections for Marge, a charming American dilettante. A dark reworking of Henry James's ?The Ambassadors?, ?The Talented Mr. Ripley? serves as an unforgettable introduction to this smooth confidence man, whose talent for murder and self-invention is chronicled in four subsequent Ripley novels.

Baker & Taylor
In order to convince his son to come home, Herbert Greenleaf, a rich shipbuilder, sends the suave con man Tom Ripley to Italy, but is unaware of his son's friend's criminal activities. Reprint.

Norton Pub
Ripley is back. This new publication of Patricia Highsmith's classic inaugurates the complete Ripley series at Norton.
Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath, influencing countless novelists and filmmakers. In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal but grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante. A dark reworking of Henry James's The Ambassadors, The Talented Mr. Ripley—immortalized in the 1998 film starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gywneth Paltrow—is an unforgettable introduction to this debonair confidence man, whose talent for self-invention and calculated murder is chronicled in four subsequent novels.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2008
Edition: Norton ed
ISBN: 9780393332148
0393332144
Branch Call Number: FIC H
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternate Title: Talented Mister Ripley

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Tom Ripley, an ambitious young man new to Manhattan, meets a wealthy industrialist who hires him to bring his son, Dickie Greenleaf, back from flitting around Italy.


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Feb 13, 2014
  • iRead26 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was on a list of classic/must-read mysteries and I'm glad I picked it up! Very engaging writing. Tom Ripley is not a likeable character in the least yet I found myself hoping he would get away with murder...

Nov 22, 2012
  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Highsmith gets into the head of a madman like no other author. Very creepy.

Aug 06, 2012
  • Ansel1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a light and amusing novel. It requires somewhat of a suspension of the reader's logic in that the ineptitude of the various police agencies involved in the plot is sometimes a bit hard to believe.

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