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While this is probably my favorite Highsmith/Ripley novel so far, it is also the most unsettling. She manages - by introducing a new counter-Narrator (Jonathan) - to make Ripley's amorality seem even more fragile and desolate. Jonathan's wife Simone also stands as an interesting counter-spouse to Heloise. Throughout the novel the twisting and sometimes converging tales of Ripley and Jonathan seem like spinning endless images mirrors. Each narrator reflecting the existential, blood-splattered flatness of the other. It was brilliant and disconcerting at the same time.
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What could Patricia Highsmith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I love these books but there are times that the plot is so unbelievable that I get very uncomfortable. I know that Ripley is a sociopath but he takes risks, particularly in this book, that make no sense at all. Killing for reasons that have nothing to do with him and which have no chance for profit or preservation. And yet he is loveable and you identify with him and don't want him to get caught.
What about Kevin Kenerly’s performance did you like?
Kenerly is my favorite narrator to date. He speaks french, does different accents. His voice is soothing. When he is speaking for women he doesn't do a drag queen voice like some books I've listened to. His performance is invisible with no irritations to remind you that you are listening to a book instead of reading it. I believe he is the reason I have purchased this entire series.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Yes. The first book made a wonderful movie so why not film all of them?
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