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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton; Reprint edition (May 27 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780393332124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393332124
  • ASIN: 0393332128
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 16.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 15 2004
Format: Paperback
I like this book very much. It's a very good written novel by Particia Highsmith. The story is about some murder that a Jonathan Travanny, a man with a blood disease, has to do. A man called Reeves gave the order. First Trevanny does the job alone, but by the following murders Ripley helps him. Ripley and Trevanny almost become friends, but Trevanny's wife doesn't like Ripley and she doesn't know that her husband is a murderer. But in fact Jonathan Trevanny did the job only to earn some money for his wife and his son Georges because he is fatally ill and does not expect to live much longer. At the end Trevanny dies because he is hit by a bullet from a Mafioso.
The sentences are very easy, and there aren't a lot of difficult words. I liked to read this book, because there was always a certain tension.
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By A Customer on June 15 2004
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I think that book is a great thing to spend your leisure time for. The content and the structure of the detective story is well done. Now and then your have to reflect what the action is for but on the whole it is a very interesting and exciting book. Even the text is comprehensible for people using English as a second language.
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I have to admit, I liked the original "The Talented Mr. Ripley" more, but this was still a fascinating book at what motivates people to commit murder. We have a dying man, who slighted Tom Ripley, and is now fingered by Ripley and a friend to go kill some Mafia figures. Money that might not be tempting in ordinary circumstances becomes reason enough at the prospect of dying and leaving his family destitute. What I liked was that Jonathan didn't jump up to do the murder, nor have a sudden change of heart. He was sort of swept up in the whole thing. And what is interesting is that Tom comes as close to forgiving as a psychopath is capable--he did come to Jonathan's rescue more than once. A complex game, indeed, with an ending that will keep you guessing right to the end. It does leave me wondering, though, how does Tom keep getting away with murder?
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Tom Ripley is always motivated by something. In The Talented Mr. Ripley it was greed, jealousy, and the realization that his European vacation might have to end. In this novel, the more obvious reason is, as stated on the cover, that he has been slighted at a posh gala event by the other protagonist, Jonathan. But does this warrant the subsequent murders, bombings, burnings that follow in his game? I don't think so. I think that Tom Ripley is, no matter what he might say to us, bored. This makes the title oh so illuminating. Since the first novel, he has married--though we learn very little important information about Heloise--and is living in France. The plot of this novel seems like an attempt to spice up what has become his provincial life.
Ripley is cold-blooded, refined, exacting, the opposite of scrupulous. He is no psychopath, he merely commits horrid crimes, guiltlessly and thoroughly. He is easy to hate and hard not to like--one of those amicable vilians. What I like most about Highsmith's novels, and the first of this series in particular, is her ability to create a very dark, forboding, scenes that are so tense, they seem to squeeze you in between the lines. That is what was missing most in this novel. It is indeed a page-tuner, and worth an afternoon's read. But in the end, it does feels like a game. There are few moments where the reader is completely aghast that he is actually going to get away with it. By now, we expect at least that of Tom Ripley.
But what happened to Jonathan, the novice assasin? I don't want to give anything away here, since this book is just as much about him as about Ripley himself; but, there comes a point in the novel where he seems to turn 180 and seems to forget exactly what made him get involved in Ripley's game in the first place.
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By A Customer on Dec 12 2001
Format: Paperback
Patricia Highsmith's character Tom Ripley is one of the most interesting to follow. His growth from one novel to the next is fascinating and every time you think he's going one way, he goes another.
In this novel, Ripley tackles the Mafia, with intersting results. He crosses the Mafia through Jonathan, a man who had spited him, and Tom pays back as only Tom (psychopath that he is) can.
The novel is intersting, full of detail and exquisitely crafted. It is also a novel for the patient, as the pace, and the setting, is completely European.
Reccommended.
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By A Customer on Sept. 7 2001
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I had no idea when I saw the German film "The American Friend" dir. by Wim Wenders (with Dennis Hopper), that it was based on this book by Highsmith. I subsequently came across this novel, and enjoyed it all over again. Wender's film version is a very faithful adaptation, and Hopper's Ripley is perfect. This is a great story of a friendship between two men.
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Those who only saw the movie "The Talented Mr. Ripley" will be quite surprised by the fact that Ripley is now married, living in a very nice mansion in France, working as an amateur artist and an active participant of the underground markets for stolen and forged paintings. Therefore, there must be other previous books that explain his change of sexual preferences and activities. (I do not know their titles)
That situation, will not preclude you from enjoying this book since it have a good suspense and have characteristic not easily found in most "bestseller" type of novels. Here the good guys are not really that good, and the people from the mafia simple criminals, but the author does not give you specific reasons to feel aversion against them. As a result, you might find yourself wandering why you care at all if Tom Ripley and company can succeed in their endeavors. But you do!!! This made the novel particularly interesting for me.
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