The Talented Mr. Ripley
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This is going off in a box of books that have been made into movies. Hope the next person enjoys it as much as me!
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The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
My rating on Goodreads: 5 of 5 stars
Tom Ripley is an outsider who never quite feels he belongs nor that he will ever be able to achieve what he wants, or more to the point, deserves in life. Because Tom Ripley is the prototype of what is known as 'entitled' in today's parlance in the USA. If only life were fair, if only he'd been born into the right family, if only he could move in the right circles then he could get where he feels he deserves to belong. If he can't do it by hard work and friendship, then he'll do whatever it takes to get there, by fair means or foul.
The trouble with Tom Ripley is that he's a charmer when he wants to be and he makes a study of other people's weaknesses so that he can make himself indispensable, then take advantage of them to the full. Then one day it all becomes too much and he realises that there is one thing he could do to get what he wants and he doesn't hesitate. From that point there's no turning back. Once he realises how easy it is to do it once, he can do it again.
In real life, Tom Ripley would be a monster. In the book, he is often appealing, vulnerable, pathetic; you can't help feeling sympathy. But then the book is told from his point of view. It would have been interesting to know what Dickie Greenleaf really thought of him; we know about Marge's opinion of him.
As I saw the film first, I can't help seeing Matt Damon as Tom. I have just googled and am amused to see that Gwyneth Paltrow was cast as Dickie's "beautiful expatriate girlfriend" Marge. Not at all the image portrayed in the book!
As an expatriate myself, I noted this quotation:
"He felt as he imagined immigrants felt when they left everything behind them in some foreign country, left their friends and relations and their past mistakes, and sailed for America. A clean slate!" (p.31)
N.B. My slate did not need wiping clean!
I was very surprised to read the mentions of the G-string in a book written 1955. Turns out the word has been around far longer than that; in fact it was used in 1877!
Another thing that made me think twice was when Tom sees mouse holes in the hall by the elevator and it made me realise I've never seen one! Though we have certainly had mice in our house in the past; they made a nest underneath the plinth of the kitchen cupboards and squeezed through the tiny gap, not bothering with doors.
I didn't realise there were other books about Tom Ripley. I really enjoyed this so I'll be looking out for the other books in the series as well as other books by Patricia Highsmith.
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This book has been released as part of the following BookCrossing challenges:
- The Ultimate Challenge - read and release books, with extra points for a monthly theme
- Reduce Mount TBR (To Be Read) - read and release books on the TBR list since before the end of the previous year. My reading goal is 36 books per year.
- 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Challenge. 2015 goal: 15. This is a 1001 list book.
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