Set in the 1950s, Tom Ripley is a con-man busy with small time scams; while living in New York City, he runs into the Herbert Greenleaf, a wealthy father of an old acquaintance, who asks him to perform an unusual task: to travel to Italy and persuade his son, Dickie, to come back to America and join the family business. Tom jumps at the chance. He becomes infatuated with Dickie and his European lifestyle. Tom, as a master of manipulation, imitation, and with Dickie’s father’s money, begins a new life in Italy. When Dickie begins to tire of his company, Tom takes matters into his own hands.
Highsmith’s writing style is easy to read and the book is not bogged down with too many details. She is the master of a complex sentence. Some sentences would be lines upon lines long; I didn’t care though! The story kept my attention and with Tom’s creepy thoughts I just couldn’t stop reading.
I don’t want to say anymore – if you realize you’ll never read the book, then at least see the movie; it’s on Netflix! Starring Matt Damon as Tom and Jude Law as Dickie, is there a better reason to undertake this challenge?!
“Anticipation! It occurred to him that his anticipation as more pleasant to him than his experiencing.”
“He look as if he were trying to convey the emotions of fear and shock by his posture and his expression, and because the way he looked was involuntary and real, he became suddenly twice as frightened.”
“He liked the fact Venice had no cars. It made the city human. The streets were like veins, he thought, and the people were the blood, circulating everywhere.”
While Lindsay catches up with this one, I think I’ll end up reading another John Green I’ve got in holding on my iPad, An Abundance of Katherines.