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The Talented Mr Ripley (Ripley #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  38,060 Ratings  ·  2,188 Reviews
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Tom Ripley is struggling to stay one step ahead of his creditors, and the law, when an unexpected acquaintance offers him a free trip to Europe and a chance to start over. Ripley wants money, success and the good life and he's willing to kill for it. When his new-found happiness is threatened, his response is as swift as
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published 2010 by Vintage (first published 1955)
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Milo i would definitely read them in order. The Talented Mr. Ripley establishes the basis for his character and subsequent behaviour.
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Paul Bryant
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Two reviews in one. First, the supercilious parody :

Tom : Oh Dickie, that shirt is so gorgeous. It’s so you. Where did you get it?

Dick : You’re not a fairy are you?

Tom: No! The very idea!

Dick: Well then, I got it from a divine little boutique near La Fontana della Barcaccia in Piazza di Spagna. We should go there tomorrow.

Tom : Oh Dickie, let’s.

Marge (soliloquy) :
Dick is just the handsomest American 25 year old trust fund baby in all of Italy. Or this part of it, anyway. Sigh. I love him so mu
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Dan Schwent
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Tom Ripley is offered a handsome reward to go to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, he accepts and soon finds himself living the good life in Naples with Dickie. An obsession blooms and Tom finds himself wanting to be Dickie Greenleaf. But does he want to be Dickie Greenleaf enough to kill his new friend?

I was somewhat familiar with The Talented Mr. Ripley because I nearly took a girl to see the Matt Damon version in the theater back in the day. We opted to see Dogma instead. Anyway, I kne
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Darwin8u
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Anticipation! It occurred to him that his anticipation was more pleasant to him than the experiencing.”
― Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley

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Highsmith is amazing. She alludes to Henry James, plays with Nabokovian style, James Cain's dialogue, and blends it all with a Camus-like modern existentialism. Plus, the goddess walked around with snails in her purse. Face it, pretenders, 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' is an amazing psychological crime novel. This is one of those books which should be u
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Aubrey
First off, Mr. Tom Ripley is no sociopath. While he is skilled at social manipulation, this is not out of the need to hide the fact that he has no capacity for emotion. Judging by his frequent mood swings, he most likely has some flavor of manic-depressive disorder. Now, with that out of the way, we can begin.

Identity is a tricky business. If it was anything but, I wouldn't have found this book nearly as fascinating as I did. Murder mysteries are not my cup of tea, and while the setting was deli
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

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I came upon a little list recently called “17 Books for People Who Hate People” and I immediately thought, “hey, that’s me!” Mitchell concurred. I ended up with a super stinker as my first selection, but luckily I fared better with The Talented Mr. Ripley.

I knew the premise of this book to be Tom Ripley, an acquaintance of Dickie Greenleaf, is asked by Dickie’s father to go to Italy and attempt to convince Dickie to return to
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Richard Derus
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5* of five

The Publisher Says: 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 o
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Brad
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016-shelf
Honestly, I'm of two minds on this one.

The first is just how much fun I had running around with a trust fund buddy and the scam, enjoying 50's Italy, and especially the really delicious riffs from so many of the great authors doing their thing in the day, the subversion and the dark twist. I mean, we're all super-familiar with the heroic(anti-heroic) murderer protagonist, and some of us might be extremely familiar with it if they've read practically any mystery novels or watched ANY tv at all..
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William1
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, us, 20-ce
I've been dabbling in some of the classic thriller writers. Simenon and Sciascia, too. It is summer (in the northern hemisphere) after all.

The Talented Mr. Ripley will have you squirming in your seat. Tom Ripley is a man with champagne tastes and a beer pocket book. He possesses very low self-esteem, very little money and he is undoubtedly a closeted queer. He likes queers, likes to be among them, but doesn't like admitting to himself that this is so. Mr. Ripley's talent is an extraordinary gift
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Diane
This classic novel of suspense lives up to the hype. I was familiar with the story of Tom Ripley because I had seen the Matt Damon movie, and the book was just as good as other readers had promised.

Ripley is skilled at manipulating people, lying, impersonations, con jobs and feigning interest in others. What terrifies him is 1) getting caught and 2) being himself. It's a classic case of someone who feels arrogant and snide toward others but who also hates himself and feels like he doesn't fit i
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❀Julie
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book got under my skin.  The narrator, Tom Ripley, is a sociopath who is one troubled and sinister character.   The father of a “friend” makes him an offer to go to Italy to bring the father’s son back to America.  Upon accepting his proposal, the tale of obsession and deception begins as Tom Ripley weaves his life into a tangled web, and what he manages to pull off is appalling.  This story requires a tolerance for unlikable characters, as Tom is a violent, manipulating, pathological liar ...more
Algernon
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
[7/10]

I can do a number of things – valeting, baby-sitting, accounting – I’ve got an unfortunate talent for figures. No matter how drunk I get, I can always tell when a waiter’s cheating me on a bill. I can forge a signature, fly a helicopter, handle dice, impersonate practically anybody, cook – and do a one-man show in a nightclub in case the regular entertainer’s sick. Shall I go on?

What Mr. Ripley leaves out from his resume is his readiness to murder anybody he sees as an obstacle in his pa
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Candi
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"His stories were good because he imagined them intensely, so intensely that he came to believe them."

Tom Ripley has to be one of the most intriguing characters I've come across in a while – "talented", perhaps some would say so, but mostly conniving, obsessive, self-loathing, and quite lucky. Viewing everything from his perspective was fascinating and disturbing. I'm not sure if I was supposed to identify with him or not! I certainly never felt any empathy towards him, but at times, while not e
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MishyJo
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nick-books
Nick: Shall I look for some gifs?

Mish: No. No gifs.

Nick: Why not?

Mish: You'll just look for something shocking and bloody. I don't want to be grossed out by our review.

Nick: Okay... you start, though. I need another drink.

Mish: Isn't that your third?

Nick: Are you counting my drinks, woman? Just start.

Mish: So I understand you and Giulio had a little wager going that I couldn't handle this. I admit is was a bit rough for me but I made it through.

Nick: Giulio doubted you. Me? Never. Maybe you shou
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Megan Baxter
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a creepy little book. Highsmith takes us into the head of Tom Ripley, and it is an unsettling ride. Tom is a sociopath (or is he?), but an anxious one. And inside his head, we are carried along as his crimes mount, one upon the other, and feel the tension as he skirts the edge of disaster and discovery. Are we tense because we want him to be captured? Or because we want him to get away with it?

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforc
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Nora Dillonovich
Oh Tom Ripley... what to say that hasn't been said dozens of times already? I clipped through the last pages at work tonite, hungry to know! desperate to hold hands with Tom Reeepley as he navigated his way through layer after layer of lie upon lie upon psychopathology! I found myself irked at customers who disturbed my reading, mid-paragraph (inconsiderate indecisive patronizing people! pick out your own damn flowers! take a chance for Christ's sake! No, I don't know what white roses "means"- p ...more
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
One of the most chilling characters in literature I have ever encountered. Tom Ripley is all the more horrifying because of his total lack of empathy; someone who has looked into the abyss and thinks nothing of pushing others into it while laughing.
BrokenTune
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
He loved possessions, not masses of them, but a select few that he did not part with. They gave a man self-respect. Not ostentation but quality, and the love that cherished the quality. Possessions reminded him that he existed, and made him enjoy his existence. It was as simple as that. And wasn't that worth something? He existed. Not many people in the world knew how to, even if they had the money. It really didn't take money, masses of money, it took a certain security.

The Talented Mr Ripley w
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batsaki
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Κι ενώ το τέλος είναι αναμενόμενο -ο τίτλος το κάνει ξεκάθαρο- υπήρχε μια περιέργεια/αγωνία για το πως θα εξελιχθούν κάποιες σκηνές/συναντήσεις.
Η πλοκή κυλάει άνετα, οι περιγραφές πολλές χωρίς να κουράζουν και οι χαρακτήρες στο σύνολο τους αρκετά ενδιαφέροντες.
Ο πρωταγωνιστής οξυδερκής χωρίς ηθικούς ενδοιασμούς αλλά τρομερά ανασφαλής, δεν δέθηκα μαζί του, ούτε τον συμπάθησα όμως προκάλεσε το ενδιαφέρον και μαζί την λύπηση μου.
4 αστεράκια για την γραφή την οποία πραγματικά απόλαυσα.
Char
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Edward Lorn
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who haven't read Dexter
Recommended to Edward by: Buzzfeed
This one didn't work for me at all. For one, I think this is the first time I will ever say the following words. The movie adaptation is far more powerful than the book. Matt Damon was likable as Ripley. The Ripley in this book was fucking boring. Also, there's a character in the movie that is not in the book, and I think he made all the difference, even if he wasn't the center of attention. His character made for a much more interesting and emotional ending. Luckily, I read this after having se ...more
Nancy Oakes
if you're interested in the longer post I've made, you can read it at my online reading journal. Spoilers are noted where needed.

Tom Ripley is an extremely disturbed man. Knowing what we know about him, we probably wouldn't want him to come to dinner, live in our neighborhood, date our daughters or our sons, handle our investments -- in short, after we've gotten to know him, we discover he is someone we would avoid like the plague. But all of the above are judgments made from our outside, read
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Alex
This probably isn't going to sound good, but I feel for Tom Ripley. He embodies all my weakest, most petulant, lowest self-esteem moments - when I find myself asking, "Why don't you like me more? Why can't I have what you have? Why can't I take the easy way?" Just...my stuff sucks, give me your stuff.

Nobody likes Tom. No one's ever really even tolerated him. He can't tolerate himself. You root for him not because you like him - you probably don't - but because...there but for the grace. What wou
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Eddie Watkins
May 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-fiction
"Man, damn good book," I mumbled to myself as I turned the last page early this morning, far too early to express more substance or insight through the strange mental fog that renders me zombie-like yet still allows me to read with clarity, as what I read seeps down into my body & soul where nerves are racing and my palms are clammy while person after person files by examining me with suspicion for every indiscretion or deception I've ever committed. Deep in the fog I remember the lies I've ...more
Thomas
3.5 stars

A creepy thriller with themes of identity and sexuality at its core. Tom Ripley, an observant yet dull man, befriends Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and charismatic aspiring artist. Tom's relationship with Dickie turns into an obsession that spirals into bouts of anger and jealousy. When Tom makes a life-altering decision, he finds himself changed as well - a new identity forged from his own dark desire.

I love Patricia Highsmith's characterization of Tom. Her portrayal of him raises so many q
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Nick Pageant
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nick by: Giulio
Shelves: classic
Big thanks to Mishy for another great buddy read and to Giulio for scholarly guidance.


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Richard
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime, classics
7.5/10

When an acquaintances father hunts down Ripley to dispatch him on a mission to Italy and persuade his estranged son to come home to then work in his shipyard what could possibly go wrong? The fact that you're sending a sociopath to a foreign land with quite a wedge of money to persuade someone who really doesn't want to be persuaded might dent the chances of success but let's give it a shot!

The first third of this novel didn't sit well with me, I don't think I took to the plausibility of t
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aya
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I've ever been so stressed out reading a book. I thought I was going to lose it about 15 times--I just couldn't see how he was going to get through the entire novel without ending up dead or in jail somewhere. Highsmith is absolutely impeccable at creating intelligent nuanced characters.
Carla
Apesar de ter gostado bastante da escrita de Patricia Highsmith, este “O Talentoso Sr. Ripley” ficou bem aquém das minhas exigências literárias.

Não sinto em Tom Ripley aquela força demoníaca que impele os assassinos mais cruéis, não vejo em Tom Ripley a inocência de alguém levado pela inevitabilidade das circunstâncias e não pressinto em Tom Ripley o calculismo frio de quem esquematiza um propósito com um fim específico. Tudo sucede por mero acaso apesar de haver uma força interior não especific
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AC
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book surpassed my expectations. It is an excellent book, sharp, smart. But more than that.... having had the misfortune of having had to deal with the sociopathic type, I felt that she captures that smarmy, flat affect tone of the 'almost' sincerely self-delusional narcissistic charmer -- almost pitch-perfectly.
Nigeyb
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time I have read this book. The first was in 2000, and was inspired by the 1999 film adaptation directed by Anthony Minghella. Sufficient time had elapsed for me to have forgotten most of the detail of both the book and the film. I think this resulted in me enjoying it even more this time round. It's a compelling tale of how the opportunistic and amoral Tom Ripley takes advantage of situations. Tom Ripley is a deeply flawed individual, who - whilst clever and cunning - takes f ...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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