The Talented Mr Ripley ePUB ¹ The Talented ePUB

Since his debut in 1955 Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath influencing countless novelists and filmmakers In this first novel we are introduced to suave handsome Tom Ripley a young striver newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s A product of a broken home branded a sissy by his dismissive Aunt Dottie Ripley becomes enad of the moneyed world of his new friend Dickie Greenleaf This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal but grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge a charming American dilettante A dark reworking of Henry James's The Ambassadors The Talented Mr Ripley—is up to his tricks in a 90s film and also Rene Clement's 60s film Purple Noon

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  1. says:

    Two reviews in one First the supercilious parody Tom Oh Dickie that shirt is so gorgeous It’s so you Where did you get it?Dick You’re not a fairy are you?Tom No The very ideaDick Well then I got it from a divine little boutique near La Fontana della Barcaccia in Piazza di Spagna We should go there tomorrowTom Oh Dickie let’s Marge soliloquy Dick is just the handsomest American 25 year old trust fund baby in all of Italy Or this part of it anyway Sigh I love him so much it makes my eyes slightly bulge But however much I press my cleavage upon his upper parts and hang my dripping undergarments within his vicinity I just can’t seem to get anywhere Tom soliloquy Dick is just the handsomest American 25 year old trust fund baby ever Sigh Why he wants to hang around with this gourd shaped bitch I can’t say I really would like to wear all his clothes and pretend to be him for a day No make that my entire lifeDick Tom for a creepy sociopath you're quite good company Let’s go boatingTom I don't know anything about small dangerously unstable motorboats in stretches of water with no other boat in sight perfectly situated for a murder How do you make it go? Dick You just pull on this here until you can feel it throbbing then you grab that long thing there and steer it wherever you want If it doesn't start you give it a good whack with an oarTom Well if you say so review number 2This interesting novel is from a modern persepective a bit iffy Conforming to the 1950s stereotype it elides homosexuality with deviant psychology and gives us a closet gay man who is so much in love with this unavailable dreamboat and the dreamboat's lifestyle that he wants to be him He creepily manipulates everyone around him and he despises every single human being he encounters except the dreamboat The 1950s was awash with sinister gay figures George Sanders in All About Eve and let us not forget Norman Mailer's 1954 essay The Homosexual Villain he said about that time that he believed there was an intrinsic relation between homosexuality and 'evil' The character of Tom Ripley is also self loathing another closeted gay cliche He loathes himself to the extent of wanting to shed his own personality like a snake's skin and become someone much better I think that Tom Ripley therefore was part of the problem which led to take one example from millions to Lou Reed's parents making him have ECT to get rid of his homosexual tendencies Leaving the iffiness of this novel aside it then suffers from the same thing as all other thrillers and crime novels we are expecting murders there's no suspense involved one's only surprise is that Tom Ripley brains so few people And also draining the interest away is that we know this was the first of a series of Ripley novels so we know he won't die and probably therefore won't be caught murder being a capital crime back then This novel is in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before Next Week Or Else and I note it appears between Lolita and Lord of the Rings Once again poor little Lolita finds herself in some very dubious companyin the second Ripley book he gets married might be worth reading that one to see what Patricia Highsmith thinks is going on with her character