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This was a slippery Highsmith. Ripley coldly floats between two steep cliffs. He isn't necessarily a likable or even sympathetic narrator, but still manages to be someone it is natural to root for.
With the first three books in the Riplad, I bought into the idea that Tom Ripley was absolutely amoral. But that expecation, that setup, makes this novel seem even more crafty. Highsmith bends genders, flips expecations, dodges emotions, transforms motives, etc., and almost clones Ripley with Frank.
Probably the most disturbing character in the whole series is Tom's wife Heloise. I can sympathize Tom's amorality easy enough, but I just can't UNDERSTAND Heloise. While nothing about her is directly creepy, it is like Highsmith is using Heloise to point a finger at the West or perhaps at the reader.
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What did you love best about The Boy Who Followed Ripley?
I like how Ripley has evolved and the various situations he is placed in.
What did you like best about this story?
the author has cleverly placed you inside the mind of Ripley. and a fascinating mind it is
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I thought it was great how Ripley wore a ' costume ' and took on the kidnappers. Absolute genius of the imagination
Any additional comments?
this is not the most thrilling of the Ripley series, but you should give it your time.
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