The Talented Mr. Ripley

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 17, 2008 - Fiction - 288 pages
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"Tom Ripley is one of the most interesting characters in world literature." —Anthony Minghella, director of the 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley

Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath. Here, in this first Ripley novel, we are introduced to suave Tom Ripley, a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley meets a wealthy industrialist who hires him to bring his playboy son, Dickie Greenleaf, back from gallivanting in Italy. Soon Ripley's fascination with Dickie's debonair lifestyle turns obsessive as he finds himself enraged by Dickie's ambivalent affections for Marge, a charming American dilettante. A dark reworking of Henry James's ?The Ambassadors?, ?The Talented Mr. Ripley? serves as an unforgettable introduction to this smooth confidence man, whose talent for murder and self-invention is chronicled in four subsequent Ripley novels.
 

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
16
Section 3
22
Section 4
29
Section 5
37
Section 6
39
Section 7
70
Section 8
126
Section 12
186
Section 13
188
Section 14
199
Section 15
200
Section 16
201
Section 17
217
Section 18
222
Section 19
255

Section 9
141
Section 10
169
Section 11
180
Section 20
270
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About the author (2008)

Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt, The Blunderer and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

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