Ripley Under Water (Ripley #5)
But some new neighbors have moved to Villeperce: the Pritchards, just arrived from America. they are a ghastly pair, with vulgar manners and even more vulgar...more
This is the final chapter of Tom Ripley's tale of manipulation, mayhem and murder. The words seem a little worn, the reveal somewhat repetitive, and the pathology predictably burning out in an aging mind, but the unpredictabilty of a sociopath focuses the reader on what could happen outside the boundary of acceptable norms. And that is frightening!
Patricia Highsmith died at age 74 in 1995...more
As a standalone novel I don't think this would work but as an extension of the previous four books it's fabulous. By book five we know Ripley, we share his love for his home and his life, we've even seen the softer side of him develop in his affection for Bernard Tufts (books 2...more
The novel, rather ironically, centers around a man who is trying to harass snobbish, upper middle-class Tom Ripley. It's difficult for readers to sympathize with Ripley because of his character and his past, yet we can't really cheer the new guy on because we know so little abo...more
When Tom Ripley was first introduced in The Talented Mr. Ripley, he was young, unbalanced and quick to anger. He also had a big ego and no scruples when it came to getting ahead in life.
By Ripley Under Water, he's older and happy with the life...more
Here monsters of the past come haunt Tom Ripley, in the form of a mysterious and bizarre americ...more
Don't waste your time with this one.
I read it for completeness, but it was a waste of time.
Also the North African location did not add anything to the plot...Belle Hombre would have been so much better.
Tom's acquaintance with the "Odd Pair" as he christens the over-watchful neighbours in Fontaineblue, is masterfully unravelled to pinpoint his mounting fear of being detected in his trail of wrongdoings.
Rather like her Tom in The Talented Mr Ripley, the author laces the tale with brilliantly interwoven local detail, both of scene and setting, and I ag...more
It sounds like it would be an exciting read, but what follows is one of the most ungripping thrillers I've come across. The story just plods along with little sense of urgency or even danger, with an ending which is annoyingly - but fittingly, given what's gone before - anti-climactic.
There are better Ripley books than this.
A fitting final chapter in a most delightful game.
Hasta cierto punto es interesante ver cómo Ripley se encuentra cara a cara con un psicópata que lo quiere ver destruido y que sospecha de todos los crímenes que ha cometido. Lo sorprendente de la novela es ver a Ripley convertido en una víctima y alguien que redime sus pecados ante el lector. Un lector que simpatiza con su existencia y que finalmente espera verlo bien librado de la última aventura.
En general el...more
I have now finished the last book in the Ripley series and again am very satisfied. In this book Tom Ripley's past crimes are threatened to be unleashed by his new neighbour, David Pritchard. Without giving away too much of the storyline Pritchard appears to have enough evidence to get him punished for his crimes. The aspect that I enjoyed most about this book was the descriptions of Ripley's homelife. Chapters are laced with daily events in the Ripley household. I...more
Five stars not because this is a five-star book (more like four) but because this is the last Ripley book in the series and I had to tack on an extra star for Highsmith's achievement across the entire Ripliad.
I wish Thomas Ripley were my friend and he would call me up every now and then and tell me about his endless shenanigans and invite me over to Belle Ombre to look at his Derwatt paintings and to slide across the wine and blood stains in the cellar and...more
The book jacket does say something like “Tom Ripley has mellowed with age” and I do agree that is true. He and Heloise still live in their precious Belle Ombre and he still toodles in the garden, plays the harpsichord, and enjoys good food and drink. He learns that two odd-ball Ame...more
The series began in 1955 with the well-known The Talented Mr. Ripley, which has been turned in to two popular movies: The American...more
Has there ever been a creepier protagonist in literature than Tom Ripley? Hamlet, maybe. His combination of epicene sensibilities and cold blooded ruthlessness have always made my skin crawl. In film, John Malkovich best captured Ripley's essential creepiness; Alain...more
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...more