Ripleys Game Paperback – May 27 2008
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"For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith."
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Connoisseur of art, harpsichord aficionado, gardener extraordinaire, and genius of improvisational murder, the inimitable Tom Ripley finds his complacency shaken when he is scorned at a posh gala. While an ordinary psychopath might repay the insult with some mild act of retribution, what Ripley has in mind is far more subtle, and infinitely more sinister. A social slight doesn't warrant murder of course-- just a chain of events that may lead to it.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
In Ripley's Game our favorite psychopath, Tom Ripley, is a bit bored. When his spy/crook buddy in Germany asks for suggestions for an assassin (for hire) Tom, most cruelly, chooses a fellow American in Paris who is terminally ill. The reader is then taken on a wild ride where both Tom and his reluctant killer inductee are chased by Mafia hit men.
Ripley's Game is certainly the most violent of the first three Ripley books, and Tom Ripley has really transformed himself into a monster. The real power of this novel is Highsmith's analysis of a dying man choosing to kill for money to help his wife (soon to be widow) and child. It's a very strange and macabre situation, but totally plausible.
Bottom line: a violent and depressing Ripley novel. Yet Highsmith's trademark deconstruction of (usually reluctant) killers is in excellent display. Don't let Ripley Under Ground dissuade you from continuing on the Ripley series. Ripley's Game is a very worthy read.
I didn't like #2, "Ripley Under Ground"; it seemed amateurish and at times even improvised. "Game," on the other hand, is a masterpiece. Here Ripley takes a backseat to the alluring and amazing character of Jonathan Trevanny, who gets caught up in a plot to assassinate mafiosi in Eastern Europe. There's enough food for thought in this book to fuel about a dozen other novels, and the interrelations between the characters -- esp. Trevanny and his wife -- are fascinating and utterly convincing. Right now a film is planned, with Malkovich as Ripley and Dougray Scott as Trevanny; I hope they don't screw it up!
Incidentally, this "sequel" stands firmly on its own and doesn't require knowledge of the first two books; I can't wait to get on the Ripleys 4 and 5.
As the Washington Post said, this isn't for the weak-minded or impressionable -- but absolutely mesmerizing. There's no one like Patricia Highsmith.
I suspect that this book finds Tom Ripley in mid career. He's married and living on a French estate thanks to the generosity of a father-in-law who despises him. A series of chance events provide Ripley with the opportunity to simultaneously repay an insult and to help a friend commit a crime. The ensuing action comprises one of Patricia Highsmith's most interesting stories.
Ripley engineers events so that the man who insulted him ends up committing the crime for his friend. But a sense of guilt and an adventurous spirit compel Ripley to come to the man's assistance. Since crimes never succeed in the exact manner intended, Ripley and company soon find themselves in a desperate situation that requires a lot of maneuvering.
By the end of the story, at least two people with conventional mores wind up behaving in a manner that contradicts their ethics. While Ripley's point of view is a little more subdued than usual, he still displays a few humorous touches. In the scene where he decides that he must garrote a Mafia leader, for example, he becomes excited at the thought of "his first Mafia effort". Later when he must explain the presence of two dead Mafia hitmen to a frightened housewife, he becomes the country gentlemen informing her that these people are vermin whose death is regrettable but who deserved their fate.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished on June 15 2004
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. Read morePublished on June 15 2004
For some reason Tom Ripley is back. One of the most famous anti-hero in the policial literature is back to kill and play his game one more time. Read morePublished on April 2 2004 by Alysson Oliveira
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. Read morePublished on April 8 2003 by Tanja L. Walker
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... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2001
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2001
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... Read morePublished on July 7 2001 by Amazon Customer
Patricia Highsmith shows very well the ability and influence of human's inner man. It is an excellent entertainment where you will find a lot of aspects of humans being and... Read morePublished on June 15 2001
This third crime novel using the character of Tom Ripley has mysterious intrigue written all over it. It's got a mix of Italian Mafia blended with Alfred Hitchcock-like suspense. Read morePublished on May 19 2001 by Michael J. Armijo