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The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game (Ripley #1-3)

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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Three classic crime novels by a master of the macabre appear here together in hardcover for the first time.Suave, agreeable, and completely amoral, Patricia Highsmith's hero, the inimitable Tom Ripley, stops at nothing--not even murder-- to accomplish his goals. In achieving for himself the opulent life that he was denied as a child, Ripley sh ...more
Hardcover, 904 pages
Published October 12th 1999 by Everyman's Library (first published 1985)
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Tracey Gagne
Sep 01, 2007 Tracey Gagne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the movies and fans of murder/ intrigue novels
Okay, so my interest was piqued by the movies, as I'd seen both The Talented Mr. Ripley and Ripley's Game (with John Malkovich). I loved the first novel in the book-- The Talented Mr. Ripley lived up to my expectations.

I found that I was dragging through Ripley Underground, as it just kept going on and on and on, and I kept asking myself, "Why? Why did he decide to do that? Why am I still reading this??" I wanted to get to Ripley's Game, which I thought would be better, as I remember liking the
Read "The Talented Mr. Ripley" only. I look forward to returning to the series. P. Highsmith is unrivalled; how does she do it? The ratty mundanity, the worldly glamour, and of course, Tom Ripley, that incredibly sympathetic psychopath. Amazing.
Jason Pettus
Feb 25, 2008 Jason Pettus rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those interested in the history of crime thrillers
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being illegally reposted here.)

The CCLaP 100: In which I attempt over the next two years to read a hundred so-called "classic" novels for the first time, then write reports on whether or not I think they deserve the label

This week: "The Ripley Trilogy," by Patricia Highsmith (1955-1972)
Review #5 of this essay series

The story in a nu
Bette Hunter
You cannot but help feeling sympathy for Tom Ripley.
Ok he is psychopathic, he longs for the good things in life and does not shy away from murder to get to where he has to be. Tom has to be rich and he has to have all the beautiful things in life. A stunning wife who plays the harp and speaks with a quirky accent, they have yellow silk sofas and a cleaner who comes every day. if this life style requires a murder - or many murders, so be it. A dangerous man with his own warped values. Alain Delo
All of these books are so good and creepy. Ripley is unable to connect with society--you hear his voice as a narrator having to struggle with every moment--is it appropriate to order a drink, etc. He tries to function somewhat normally, but since his first interests are his own, has no problem with murder to get what he wants. Also, he's totally closeted (even to himself) and hates himself for it.

There is a lot going on in these well-written quirky murder mysteries told from the bad-guy's point
Sacramento Public Library
Small-time crook Tom Ripley is handed a golden opportunity to escape his life of petty cons when wealthy industrialist Herbert Greenleaf sends him, all expenses paid, to Italy to fetch his wayward son Dickie to return to New York to take up the family business. Envy of Dickie’s life of a rich young expatriate lays bare Ripley’s sociopathic streak, destroying Dickie and his relationship with another American expat, Marge. Lie compounds lie as Ripley assumes Dickie Greenleaf’s identity and takes o ...more
Suzanne Peña
just finished reading book 3, ripley's game. i enjoyed it. i can't believe there are 2 more books about him, though i expect like this third book, the rest may have others as the principal(?) character.

i have to mention that this is a library book. when i saw it in the library, i was surprised that there were other ripley books. after seeing this book, i wanted very much to read it. the cover was appealing and the book has its own bookmark sewn into the binding. kind of a cool looking book.
David Anderson
I have reviewed all three novels individually on their respective title listings, but I will say I loved all three, making this one of the best omnibus editions produced.
One and two/thirds of the way through, and I'm a fan so far. The Talented is a clever book mostly because we like the dark character, kind of hope he escapes, lament over his errors, but still think Tom Ripley is despicable. The book is somewhat more interesting than the Talented film (which is a great film, too) and has a few plot differences. Light, engaging reading, well plotted.

Underground is similarly a good pull, a walk into the world of art fraud, and again we both wonder at the mistakes
Mar 12, 2008 Warren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Warren by: Denis Malloy
I don't actually have a copy of this particular book, which seems to comprise the original trilogy of "Tom Ripley" stories by Patricia Highsmith, but I have read all three of these short novels, and I found them to be fantastic. "Ripley Underground" did drag a little towards the end, but it did so in a satisfyingly torturous way (almost as if Highsmith were maddeningly teasing the reader while dragging the story to its inevitible conclusion.) Ripley's Game, on the other hand, was taught and susp ...more
The Talented Mr. Ripley is a quick read, but there is substance there. The scenery is beautiful in every chapter. Anyone who sets their story in Italy or Greece can score some easy, cheap points with me. I wish I could go back in time to an era where people could travel to and fro and conceal their identities so easily. And see, no one got hurt! Okay, a few people got hurt, but really, isn't that kind of the spice of life? A little murder and fraud in exchange for beautiful apartments, lavish su ...more
Another omnibus of the Everyman's Library series, collecting the first three Tom Ripley novels. This affordable book gets five stars not only for the quality of books it contains (though you'll notice that I gave 5 stars only to The Talented Mr. Ripley), but also because of its presentation. Here, then, are the reviews for the books collected therein:

The Talented Mr. Ripley - - 5 stars - -

After reading Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train, a few weeks ago, and having found it a bit slow and
Today I finished Ripley’s Game, the third book in Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley series. It all started a few summers ago when I found The Talented Mr Ripley in a thrift store. It was engrossing, one of the most suspenseful novels I had ever read. Then I read a great book called Nom De Plume, which had a chapter about Highsmith writing “The Price Of Salt” under a pseudonym. It also piqued my interest in Highsmith’s life outside of her writing. I’ve talked about the snails thing right?

She once w
George Ilsley
It's strange that I've never bothered to add a "crime" shelf. Don't read many of the traditional murder mysteries. Here there is no mystery. The suspense comes from wondering what Ripley will do next and will be be caught.

Did you ever wonder how people can not possibly see that Clark Kent is Superman with glasses? Why can't people see through the disguise. Ripley too somehow has the ability to almost always thwart observers, even police detectives.

This volume is three Ripley novels. I've finishe
Laura Thompson
The Talented Mr. Ripley came up on Entertainment Weekly's list of the Top 100 books of all time, so I decided to give it a read. This book is actually three in one, and I'm quite glad they put them together like this as they do flow very well, one right after the other.

These three books were great. TTMR is definitely the best, but all three share an immediately interesting plot, complex characters, and beautiful settings. As an avid reader of mysteries and thrillers, I found myself poking holes
I'm putting this book under "suspense" although it could easily be considered a mystery in reverse (the suspect trying to avoid solid proof of murder). The first book "The Talented Mr. Ripley" seem rather weak - in fact, any second it seems that Ripley's plan will fall through and he will get caught and in fact, Ripley is a rather incompetent criminal and perhaps Highsmith's point is that most criminals are incompetent and don't have foolproof plans which is why they get caught. But then there a ...more
This trio of novels kept me going at bedtime for months. I adored jumping into the 'safe European home' of Tom Ripley and his cast of characters. He's an evil little protagonist, and one I thoroughly enjoyed rooting for. The reason I latched onto these books so much (in addition to the murders and fun!) was the oddly simplistic yet luxurious way the characters are able to jump on an airplane from Paris to Zurich, then to Rome, then London, then Venice, and on and on (of course disposing of bodie ...more
Very good. Each book runs into the next, so I am glad I picked up this particular edition. I would not say the writing is stylized or extra special, but Highsmith keeps your attention with every thought, move and action of Tom Ripley. I did not really like the movie "The Talented Mr. Ripley" with Matt Damon in the title role when it first came out in the early 1990s. After reading the book, though, I watched the movie again and appreciated it more. The second book in the series, "Ripley Under Gr ...more
Jan 07, 2010 Tamara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ingrid Noll fans
The Talented Mr. Ripley is the best of the three, Ripley Under Ground is the most brutal, and Ripley's Game is the most disturbing. These books are not the most well-written of the genre, and I'm not even a particular fan of the genre, but for some reason I was hell-bent on reading all three in a row. I don't know if it is because I enjoyed exploring a bygone and unobtainable Europe, or because I was intrigued to examine the inner monologue of a sociopath, or if I was just curious to see how Tom ...more
I read this book in four obsessive days. Now finished, I miss Ripley.

His psychological portrait in the gripping Talented Mr. Ripley is very finely made. This story is worth to be read even by those who don't like crime novels. Ripley Underground dragged on for too long, and often Ripley's actions made little sense to me. I believe Highsmith had said that she wrote Ripley's books very fast, as if he had written them, and this shows here. Ripley's Game is rewarding though, equipped with an unders
Victory Wong
I am particularly fond of Patricia's Ripley books I suppose because I loved the beautiful movie. I'm biased by the fact that I visited italy a little after that movie came out, if I recall.

Having said that, what makes the main character, Tom, so interesting is his torment. He's very honest, he'll steal, kill or maim both in the name of his own benefit and later because of a boy that reminds him of himself. He's a remarkably moral charcter-- not meaing that he has what we think of as high morals
Aaaaaand I'm done! I've just finished 'The Talented Mr.Ripley' & I'm a little frustrated. When I started this book I was looking for a light read I guess. But this turned out to be too mediocre even for that. There's nothing wrong with the book. There really isn't. The prose is ok, the story is good, the logic flows nicely. But it doesn't explore enough into any of the characters, No one jumps off the paper to make an impression. I'm especially disappointed with 'Reeply', he's not as talente ...more
The Talented Mr. Ripley Tho I haven't seen the movie, I was vaguely familiar with the story; but it was still absorbing. Tom Ripley is a charming sociopath, apparently asexual as well as amoral (AFAIK, unusual for the time in which the novel was written).

Ripley Under Ground: Tom is involved in an art scam with deadly (to others, of course) results. He's apparently married at this point, but his wife is conveniently out of town. This novel isn't quite measuring up to the previous story.

I liked
I worked on the set for a stage version of The Talented Mr. Ripley in 2007, and I liked the play, so I had to watch the movie and read the book. Tom Ripley is a young man who is psychopathic and can pretend he’s anyone. He pretends he’s a friend of rich young man Dickey Greenleaf, and is sent to Italy by Dickey’s parents to bring their son back to America. It’s mostly suspenseful, but very creepy in a realistic way, because readers are meant to sympathize with Tom. But it’s possibly the only boo ...more
I gave the first book in the trilogy a 5, second a 3 and the third, a 4, hence an average rating of 4. It was so much easier to like and sympathize with Ripley in the first book, however, the attraction started to fade with the second book. Bernard's character and Ripley's obsession with him did not make much sense to me. I struggled with this one, and even thought of giving it up because I felt like I was ruining the experience of Talented!
But I am glad that I stuck with it, because Ripley's ga
Feb 17, 2008 brass rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of 'smart suspense'
i discovered PH a few years ago when a writer friend of mine gave me a review copy of her collected short stories. i read it cover to cover, falling deeply in love.

i had already read The Price of Salt, not realizing Clare Morgan and PH were one in the same.

here's one of my favorite reviewer quotes:

Patricia Highsmith is often called a mystery or crime writer, which is a bit like calling Picasso a draftsman.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
I've read the first book in this series (The Talented...) before, years ago. Decided to read it again. Most unsettling but interesting to see how the author handles writing from the POV of such a creepy character. Now I am reading novel 2, Ripley Under Ground. I do like her writing, very much, but am not sure how long I can keep company with Mr. Ripley!

And after 800-odd pages, I still like Highsmith's writing very much. It was I think an achievement to write from the POV of a sociopath so convin
Elise Shedd
I was inspired to read the books after enjoying the movie version of Talented Mr.Ripley.This is when the amoral protagonist Mr.Ripley enjoys his newfound riches by illgotten means and the good life that he will continually and literally kill for to maintain.I actually didnt want him to get caught in the next book series and was just fascinated by how he would get away with lying, cheating and stealing without ever getting caught.In Ripleys Game, you actually began to see he does have a conscienc ...more
Rowenna Hughes
Unlike most of my literature, I read The Talented Mr Ripley having watched and enjoyed the film. The novel is also hugely enjoyable, but very different to the film. In the text version, Ripley is a real anti-hero: both pathetic and unlikeable, yet strangely endearing.

The novels skill is in character development, and Ripley is developed thoroughly. Towards the end of the book, Highsmith's pace becomes a tad frantic and character development is lost here, which is the key motivation behind giving
I enjoyed the first book in this trilogy - The Talented Mr. Ripley, but am not really into the 2nd one, so I'll stop for now.
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Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist who is known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers which have led to more than two dozen film adaptations over the years.

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Ripley (5 books)
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (Ripley, #1)
  • Ripley Under Ground (Ripley, #2)
  • Ripley's Game (Ripley, #3)
  • The Boy Who Followed Ripley (Ripley, #4)
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