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Living on his posh French estate with his elegant heiress wife, Tom Ripley, on the cusp of middle age, is no longer the striving comer of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Having accrued considerable wealth through a long career of crime—forgery, extortion, serial murder—Ripley still finds his appetite unquenched and longs to get back in the game.
In Ripley's Game, first published in 1974, Patricia Highsmith's classic chameleon relishes the opportunity to simultaneously repay an insult and help a friend commit a crime—and escape the doldrums of his idyllic retirement. This third novel in Highsmith's series is one of her most psychologically nuanced—particularly memorable for its dark, absurd humor—and was hailed by critics for its ability to manipulate the tropes of the genre. With the creation of Ripley, one of literature's most seductive sociopaths, Highsmith anticipated the likes of Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter years before their appearance.
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By Darwin8u on 12-20-12
Brilliant and disconcerting at the same time
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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By Marcus on 09-21-12
Another standard Ripley tale
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Only if they're into the series. This isn't a bad book, but it's not terribly compelling either.
What did you like best about this story?
The telling of the tale from 2 sides was interesting.
Which scene was your favorite?
Isn't this a spoilery question? Well, if I had to answer, it would probably be the scene on the train platform (outside the bathroom)
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Any additional comments?
It's Ripley... same ole' bumbling through murders mostly clueless and somehow getting away.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful