Ripley Under Ground Paperback – Aug 26 2008
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"In Ripley Under Ground Patricia Highsmith is in her most brilliant form" Daily Telegraph "The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer" The Times "Ripley Under Ground is Highsmith back on top of her most enjoyable humour-and-horrors form" Sunday Telegraph "By her hypnotic art Highsmith puts the suspense story into a toweringly high place in the hierachy of fiction" The Times "The Ripley books are marvellously, insanely readable" The Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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In this harrowing illumination of the psychotic mind, the enviable Tom Ripley has a lovely house in the French countryside, a beautiful and very rich wife, and an art collection worthy of a connoisseur. But such a gracious life has not come easily. One inopportune inquiry, one inconvenient friend, and Ripley's world will come tumbling down--unless he takes decisive steps. In a mesmerizing novel that coolly subverts all traditional notions of literary justice, Ripley enthralls us even as we watch him perform acts of pure and unspeakable evil.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I am so sorry that there is no more to the series after "Under Water." Patricia Highsmith is unparalleled in her straight forward depictions of murder and the mind of a sociopath.
The story is poorly written with many unbelievable scenes. Bernard Tufts, the artist who has actually painted the forgeries, tries to kill Ripley after finding out about it and helping to dispose of the body. Tufts knocks Ripley unconscious and buries him face down in a shallow grave in the woods behind his home. He awakes buried alive and manages to dig himself out. Ripley goes about his business for the rest of the day as if nothing has happened, taking care to put the sweater he was buried in into the laundry hamper for washing. Ripley pointlessly travels all over Greece looking for Bernard. He returns to his house and then travels to Austria where he finds Bernard. Bernard sees Ripley and thinks he is a ghost. He flees from him and throws himself off a cliff in fear. Ripley burns Bernard's body at the foot of the cliff and takes an assortment of bones and charred flesh back home with him in his suitcase. He shows these bones to the detective investigating the disappearance of the rich man and seemingly convinces him that Bernard was the killer.
It's all very contrived and unconvincing. The travel book feel of some of the scenes is distracting and annoying. In The Talented Mr. Ripley the lovingly detailed descriptions of Rome and Naples and the French Riviera seemed appropriate.Read more ›
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Excellent book. Patricia Highsmith has yet to disappoint me. Already started the 3rd book which is necessary for wrapping up Under Ground.Published on Jan. 26 2014 by Ms. Gail Coulthard
Nigel Lambert reading Patricia Highsmith's "Ripley Under Ground" is a masterpiece. All the humour and suspense is rendered splendidly by Mr Lambert's beautiful reading.Published on Jan. 27 2004 by HORAK
Another adventure with Patricia Highsmith's lovely character Thomas Ripley. This book follows the author's "The Talented Mr Ripley" so that the reader is already acquainted with... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004 by HORAK
This is the worst Ripley book.The plot lacks narrative drive and goes nowhere. Ok, Bernard Tuft is a very good caracther and there are some flashes of Higsmight's talents but in... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2002
This sequel to the TALENTED MR. RIPPLEY is just as exciting and suspencful as the the first book. Actually, I read it to find out what happend next after the movie ended, but the... Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2001 by M. Jackson
It's a very interesting novel about a picture forging company which is peppered with a murder case, a suicide and the living funeral of the main character. Read morePublished on June 19 2001
Hello? Where is the nervous, insecure, most probably insane pathological liar we met in the excellent "Talented... Read morePublished on May 10 2001 by dogsncoffee
All the problems with the mystery genre are typified by this novel: pedestrian writing, plot holes big enough to fly a plane through, flat characterization, totally implausible... Read morePublished on April 30 2001
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