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Tom Ripley is struggling to stay one step ahead of his creditors, and the law, when an unexpected acquaintance offers him a free trip to Europe and a chance to start over. Ripley wants money, success and the good life and he's willing to kill for it. When his new-found happiness is threatened, his response is as swift as it is shocking.
The psychopathic Ripley has been portrayed on screen by actors as diverse as John Malkovich, Alain Delon and Dennis Hopper. But in the recent stylish film adaptation of The Talented Mr Ripley Matt Damon took the title role, alongside Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow.
I saw the movie and was intrigued by the character of Tom Ripley. I am sad it took me this long to actually read the book. I have to admit I was shocked at how thorough Patricia Highsmith was able to develop Tom as a tortured and self-loathing person capable of rationalizing any behavior as a means to create the life to which he feels entitled. I was more shocked to find out this was written in 1955. Tom's qualities are ones I mostly associate with a modern sense of entitlement and ability justify the most horrific behavior. It was a quick and easy read and her descriptions of European travel and dependency on letter writing make me long for a simpler time when it was possible to disappear by simply moving....Continua
Sembra quasi che io questo libro lo abbia già... vissuto. Capita, a volte, a distanza anche di anni tra una e l'altra, che si ripresenti un incubo il cui racconto rispecchia, in parte, tratti di questo libro. Sogno di aver ucciso un uomo e di averne nascosto il cadavere, e di vivere in uno stato di angoscia e paura che il cadavere venga scoperto. Sogno o non sogno la Highsmith ha una capacità fenomenale nel descrivere le sensazioni di disagio che dovrebbe vivere chi ha ucciso. Dopo Sconosciuti in treno anche in questo romanzo l'angoscia la fa da padrone....Continua