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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 liked it
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
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Mark
May 20, 2015 Mark rated it it was amazing
I feel so ignorant. I was watching Wenders’ “The American Friend” back in January – I had seen it before once in the 70s, when it first came out (back then I was not familiar with the films of Samuel Fuller nor did I know the name Nicholas Ray -- both who appear in the film) – and when I saw somewhere in the credits “based on the book ‘Ripley’s Game’ by Patricia Highsmith” I remembered the movie with John Malkovich and I did not connect these two films as partaking of the same story or same prot ...more
Iris
Jan 02, 2015 Iris rated it really liked it
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.
Karlee
Jun 05, 2016 Karlee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned
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
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Jason Pettus
Feb 25, 2008 Jason Pettus rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in the history of crime thrillers
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. 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
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Bette Hunter
Aug 06, 2013 Bette Hunter rated it really liked it
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
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Karen
Dec 20, 2007 Karen rated it really liked it
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
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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
Sep 17, 2014 Suzanne Peña rated it liked it
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
Jul 21, 2014 David Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Peter
Apr 27, 2015 Peter rated it liked it
Tom Ripley has quickly become my favorite sociopath. Although he blithely murders, cheats and steals his way through life, I found it very hard not to be at least a little sympathetic. I know I shouldn’t like a scheming, twisted protagonist like Tom Ripley, but I can’t help it.

The story begins with Tom, doing so low-level grift work, conniving people into sending him checks for alleged tax underpayments, and running into the father of an old acquaintance, Dickie Greenleaf. Desperate to get his
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Robin
May 04, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it
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
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Warren
Mar 12, 2008 Warren rated it it was amazing
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
Christy
Jul 08, 2008 Christy rated it really liked it
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
Martin
Jul 15, 2013 Martin rated it it was amazing
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
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George Ilsley
Dec 17, 2013 George Ilsley rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
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Laura Thompson
Jul 09, 2013 Laura Thompson rated it really liked it
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
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Korynn
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
Laura
Apr 07, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
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
Danielle Ruse
Nov 21, 2015 Danielle Ruse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Highsmith: master of mystery, suspense and total creepiness. Reading the Ripley novels made me feel a little evil and more than a little paranoid. Actually, Highsmith's narrative about the sociopathic Tom Ripley even changed my dreams - I found myself running and running, trying to escape something really terrible I'd done, hiding in market places and boats.
I don't usually go in for the sort of writing that makes me feel unsafe or guilty, but I couldn't stop reading them. Why?
Well, these books a
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Sara
Oct 31, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
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
Katie Ackrill
Jun 02, 2015 Katie Ackrill rated it really liked it
I read the first three of the Ripley novels one after the other and greatly enjoyed them all! Ripley is an interesting character who so badly wants to live a rich, comfortable life that he will do anything to get it. Highsmith allows us to observe the way he rationalises his behaviour and calculates his every move, and I found that she had a great talent for creating a character that you can simultaneously feel disgusted by yet, at times, root for. Overall, the books are addictive due to their c ...more
Alice Neilson
Jun 06, 2016 Alice Neilson rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Sort of gave you the chills! Entertaining story, but with a definite dark side. I sure would not want to know this man. I read only the first book as it was for a book group, and although I peeked at the next one, I had to get it back to the library as I had already renewed it 3 times (while reading other books.) This is one good writer.
Tamara
Jan 07, 2010 Tamara rated it liked it
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
The_blue
Mar 16, 2010 The_blue rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Ginny
May 28, 2015 Ginny added it
Somehow I just couldn't ever get into these books. I finished all three, but more out of my inability to leave a book unfinished than because I enjoyed them. I know Highsmith basically invented and defined the genre, but I found Tom Ripley not even remotely sympathetic; in fact, I kept hoping the police would finally see through his pathetic schemes and finally slap his ass in jail, even though I knew they never would. Maybe I'm just not a murder-mystery enthusiast, or maybe I prefer a protagoni ...more
Seba
Jan 22, 2013 Seba rated it it was ok
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
Tracey
Nov 21, 2007 Tracey rated it liked it
Shelves: libraryread
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
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Caitlin
Aug 17, 2008 Caitlin rated it really liked it
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
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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.

She lived with her grandmother, mother and later step-father (her mother divorced her natural father six months before 'Patsy' was born and married Stanley Highsmith) in Fort Worth before moving with her parents to New York in
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Other Books in the Series

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)
  • Ripley Under Water (Ripley, #5)

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