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Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith
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it was amazing
bookshelves: literature, mysteries
Recommended for: all crime fiction readers & psychologists

It's almost inexcusable of me to give this a 5 star rating, thereby associating it w/ such truly great bks as "Finnegans Wake" or "Gargantua & Pantagruel".. but, there it is, I enjoyed it that much.. & my appreciation for Highsmith grows & grows.. I've read 2 other Ripley novels so far & they just get better & better. Once again, Highsmith spins a yarn of murder significantly different from the previous 2 Ripley tales. As always, it's labyrinthian. As Ripley's character ages, his motives for committing murder have transformed from immature greed & envy to twisted ways of 'helping other people out'. I reckon Highsmith makes herself a primary figure in the "anti-hero" genre w/ Ripley. Unlike the more common tact of crime fiction writers like P.D.James (& most of the rest), the 'protaganist' isn't a detective, he's a criminal. But he's a criminal who loves 'his' wife, appreciates the talents & dedication of 'his' servant, enjoys art, & will kill people on the spur of the moment or premeditatively. This was even a sentimental tale.
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Started Reading
October 24, 2009 – Finished Reading
October 25, 2009 – Shelved
October 25, 2009 – Shelved as: literature
October 25, 2009 – Shelved as: mysteries

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Bettie☯ I am with you completely in feeling justified in awarding this masterpiece the full blown 5*


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