Ripley Under Ground

Ripley Under Ground

Book - 1970
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Now part of American film and literary lore, Tom Ripley, "a bisexual psychopath and art forger who murders without remorse when his comforts are threatened" (New York Times Book Review), was Patricia Highsmith's favorite creation. In these volumes, we find Ripley ensconced on a French estate with a wealthy wife, a world-class art collection, and a past to hide. In Ripley Under Ground (1970), an art forgery goes awry and Ripley is threatened with exposure; in The Boy Who Followed Ripley (1980), Highsmith explores Ripley's bizarrely paternal relationship with a troubled young runaway, whose abduction draws them into Berlin's seamy underworld; and in Ripley Under Water (1991), Ripley is confronted by a snooping American couple obsessed with the disappearance of an art collector who visited Ripley years before. More than any other American literary character, Ripley provides "a lens to peer into the sinister machinations of human behavior" (John Freeman, Pittsburgh Gazette).
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1970
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393332131
0393332136
Call Number: M Highsmit
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 22 cm

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Unclose Jul 16, 2012

I liked this more than the original because it was funny and kept me engrossed. As Tom Ripley's confidence, power, and wealth grow, he is forced to kill again. He will do anything to avoid getting caught and to hide his past crimes. He doesn't even seem daunted by other sociopaths who try to kill him. The exotic locations and bizzare people in the art scene worked well for the story. Major characters for the "Ripliad" are introduced here for the first time --the ending is very cool.

roadshowrigoletto Nov 02, 2011

Oddly this is Ripley in a world that might have been imagined by Joe Orton. That's an impression that I cannot shake. Corpses in the basement; corpses in the ground. There's a way about this one, as Ripley dashes about from the Continent to England and back again, all in the service of a fraud. They seek him here; they seek him there. Those policemen seek him everywhere. Will he trip up on his own badly disposed of bodies? Or end up like one himself?

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