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If blood can produce money through rituals or the so called human sacrifice, then it is the basis on which we live, so it is very essential to save and protect it from the fiendish eyes of blood sucking predatorsMichael Bassey Johnson While this is probably my favorite Highsmith Ripley novel so far, it is also the most unsettling She manages by introducing a new counter Narrator Jonathan to make Ripley s amorality seem evenfragile and desolate Jonathan s wife Simone also stanIf blood can produce money through rituals or the so called human sacrifice, then it is the basis on which we live, so it is very essential to save and protect it from the fiendish eyes of blood sucking predatorsMichael Bassey Johnson While this is probably my favorite Highsmith Ripley novel so far, it is also the most unsettling She manages by introducing a new counter Narrator Jonathan to make Ripley s amorality seem evenfragile and desolate Jonathan s wife Simone also stands as an interesting counter spouse to Heloise Throughout the novel the twisting and sometimes converging tales of Ripley and Jonathan seem like spinning endless mirrors Each narrator reflecting the existential, blood splattered flatness of the other It was brilliant and disconcerting at the same time [[ Free E-pub ]] ↝ Ripley's Game ☔ O terceiro romance da s rie um dos mais matizados em termos psicol gicos particularmente memor vel pelo seu humor negro , tendo sido aclamado pela cr tica pela sua capacidade de manipular as regras do g nero Paul Graham tendo sido aclamado pela cr tica pela sua capacidade de manipular as regras do g nero Great Closet Cases in Literature Claggart from Billy Budd Nick Carraway from Great Gatsby David from Giovanni s Room Javert thanks Wendy Ripley Patricia Highsmith insisted that Ripley wasn t gay, but he certainly was in Talented Mr Ripley, and his interest in Bernard Tufts in Ripley Under Ground and Jonathan Trevanny in this book is difficult to explain otherwise He s settling into a pattern where, in each book, he becomes obsessed with a different guy view spoiler It doesn t work ou Great Closet Cases in Literature Claggart from Billy Budd Nick Carraway from Great Gatsby David from Giovanni s Room Javert thanks Wendy Ripley Patricia Highsmith insisted that Ripley wasn t gay, but he certainly was in Talented Mr Ripley, and his interest in Bernard Tufts in Ripley Under Ground and Jonathan Trevanny in this book is difficult to explain otherwise He s settling into a pattern where, in each book, he becomes obsessed with a different guy view spoiler It doesn t work out for the guy hide spoiler What Ripley s Game doesn t share with its two predecessors is Ripley s shadowy games with identity, the maneuvering and confusion about who he is, who he s killed, who s dead I miss it Instead, he spends much of the book insisting that he s not even a bad guy the victims this time around are Mafia, bad guys themselves, so he s pulling a Dexter He seems incapable of settling down he keeps finding excuses to murder people But now he s coming up with a heroic self image in his head to justify it Of course, you re aware that the Mafia guys were all casualties on his way to his real target, view spoiler who was always Trevanny, even if he didn t know it himself hide spoiler That s still interesting It s still a fun and entertaining book He always makes me want to bring up hypotheticals to my wife If I suddenly came into 200,000, how could I explain it believably We couldn t think of a way If I murdered a guy but then bought you a harpsichord, would that be cool She said that sounds nice She s probably kidding I don t think she wants me to murder anyone Maybe she does But I don t love the whitewashing In Talented Mr Ripley he was a void, a great screaming abyss of amoral loneliness as he gains confidence he loses some of his interest I m getting diminishing returns as I read through the Ripley series Only the first was what I d call a great book the next two are just fun reads Nothing wrong with a fun read though.PS If you have any other good examples of closet cases in literature, I d like to hear em My list is shorter than I feel like it ought to be See below for a list from some dude named Seth, it s an excellent list Having read The Talented Mr Ripley , I had high hopes for the sequels Unfortunately, I didn t enjoy this as much as the original I found the characters rather flat with the exception of Tom Ripley, who s always full of surprises I don t think I ll bother with the other sequel as a result. Whoever said lightning never strikes the same place twice clearly hadn t read Ripley s Game, which is every bit as astonishing as the original.The novel opens with Tom discussing the perfect murder i.e., a crime committed by an innocent bystander with no known connection to the victim And Tom, of course, has the perfect bystander in mind Jonathan Trevanny, a local picture framer who s dying of a blood disease and is desperate to leave some money to his wife and young son.The first murder is Whoever said lightning never strikes the same place twice clearly hadn t read Ripley s Game, which is every bit as astonishing as the original.The novel opens with Tom discussing the perfect murder i.e., a crime committed by an innocent bystander with no known connection to the victim And Tom, of course, has the perfect bystander in mind Jonathan Trevanny, a local picture framer who s dying of a blood disease and is desperate to leave some money to his wife and young son.The first murder is a straightforward affair, set to take place on a crowded streetcar platform But the second set to take place on a train gives Jonathan pause Must it be on a train , making Tom wonder whether he ll actually pull it offIf you ve read the previous Ripley novels, you know that Highsmith is among other things engaging with earlier texts The Talented Mr Ripley is a satirical rewrite of The Great Gatsby, while Ripley Under Ground pays homage to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the original satire of the homosexual double life In Ripley s Game, however, she has the audacity to rewrite her own most famous novel but with a twist Consider Like Bruno s approach to Guy in Strangers on a Train, Tom s approach to Jonathan is described as a sort of seduction although Jonathan is the picture of decency and innocence, Tom s certain he s really one of us, that he will succumb to temptation, just as Tom had once succumbed And Jonathan, though shocked by the proposal at first, can t stop thinking about it, and soon finds it curiously exciting and disturbing, a shaft of color in his uneventful existence, and he wants to enjoy it At this point, the two novels part ways while Bruno hounds Guy mercilessly, like a one night stand who refuses to go away, Tom and Jonathan share some genuinely tender moments as events unfold, such as when Tom takes Jonathan s hand to lead him away from a burning car, or when they have dinner together, sitting at Tom s kitchen table and eating from the same plate Like a pair of lovers, they also call each other constantly I d like to see you I d like to see you today Could I see you for a few minutes Can we meet If there s one thing I d like to do, it s protect you, etc The point of the Ripley series is, of course, to question our understanding of guilt and innocence we typically think someone is guilty because he s committed a crime, but Highsmith shows us that Tom orphaned, unloved, queer is branded as guilty from the very beginning, so he figures he has nothing to lose by committing a few crimes But in this book Highsmith shows us amature Tom, whose decision to involve Jonathan in murder is merely a game at first but then becomes something muchsomething that might even be love Few novels or writers make you want to read them even after you realize partway through the story that you ve read the book before, years ago Patricia Highsmith does it for me every time It s all about Tom Ripley s twisted and yet oddly endearing point of view Maybe it s because when, as the mafia are bearing down on him hard for gruesome deeds he himself set in motion, Tom relieves his stress by heading to Paris to pick out just the right antique harpsichord for his always loyal and charming Few novels or writers make you want to read them even after you realize partway through the story that you ve read the book before, years ago Patricia Highsmith does it for me every time It s all about Tom Ripley s twisted and yet oddly endearing point of view Maybe it s because when, as the mafia are bearing down on him hard for gruesome deeds he himself set in motion, Tom relieves his stress by heading to Paris to pick out just the right antique harpsichord for his always loyal and charming wife Heloise Here Monsieur Ripley has the same drive that made him act out so horribly in the first novel in the series, The Talented Mr Ripley, but he s mellowed He wishes to help others as he strives to preserve his comfy expat way, even though he senses they will always hate him for it He does his best to aid the ailing English art framer Jonathan, even though Jon despises him, and Jon s French wife Simone, and sometimes the whole village of Fountainbleau, it seems But this will not stop Tom Ripley and as a reader you hope it never does no matter what or who makes Tom have to kill them, usually brutally and always neatly Let s call it a 4.5, though I m not a big fan of star ratings in general My dad was a huge Highsmith fan I read this before I watched Wim Wender s superb The American Friend and thought it brilliant Ripley is without doubt one of the greatest 20th century characters I write this a couple months after the death of Bruno Ganz RIP He and Dennis Hopper were astounding.Probably tying with for the trophy as the best homoromantic book of the 20th century.So that s huge, superb, brilliant, greatest, astounding and best in one review It don t get better than that My dad was a huge Highsmith fan I read this before I watched Wim Wender s superb The American Friend and thought it brilliant Ripley is without doubt one of the greatest 20th century characters I write this a couple months after the death of Bruno Ganz RIP He and Dennis Hopper were astounding.Probably tying with for the trophy as the best homoromantic book of the 20th century.So that s huge, superb, brilliant, greatest, astounding and best in one review It don t get better than that Not from me anyway From 1974An interesting novel, about Tom Ripley manipulating another man, who has Leukaemia, into murdering Mafioso in Germany like, you re dying anyway, do these killings and get money for your family Overlong and sometimes depressing, but well written The scene with Tom and Jonathan killing the men on the train then pushing them off was so good. Tom Ripley is perhaps my favorite psychopath Even though he is frighteningly amoral, I still find myself somehow rooting for him as he murders his best friend , engages in art forgery and commits murder to cover it up , plays with the lives of others and murders some of them of course simply because he feels he was snubbed, indulges in a lot of sexually ambiguous behavior, and generally plays a game of cat and mouse with anyone who crosses his path. 3.5 starsTom Ripley strikes up yet another of his shadily ambiguous relationships with handsome men in this book but this time it s Jonathan who is seduced into murder It feels deeply significant that Ripley helps him kill, a stand in for quite a different kind of intimacy There saction in this mafia inflected story as well as a Strangers on a Train vibe But with Ripley off stage for much of the first section and Jonathan just not being as fascinating a character, this takes a bit too 3.5 starsTom Ripley strikes up yet another of his shadily ambiguous relationships with handsome men in this book but this time it s Jonathan who is seduced into murder It feels deeply significant that Ripley helps him kill, a stand in for quite a different kind of intimacy There saction in this mafia inflected story as well as a Strangers on a Train vibe But with Ripley off stage for much of the first section and Jonathan just not being as fascinating a character, this takes a bit too long to really get going Once it does, and if we read between the lines, it tells us perhapsthan we ve so far about Ripley s inner emotional life