The Big Read 2011 presents to you the unsettling world of Mr Ripley. The Talented Mr Ripley, by American crime writer Patricia Highsmith, was first published in 1955.
And so the tale begins…
Tom Ripley wants out. He 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.
Here’s what others have said about the book…
‘Ripley, amoral, hedonistic and charming, is a genuinely original creation’
– Daily Telegraph
‘As haunting and harrowing a study of a schizophrenic murderer as paper will bear. A glittering addition to the meagre ranks of people who make books that you really can’t put down’ – Sunday Times
‘Precisely plotted, stylishly written and kept alert by an icy wit. Streets ahead of the conventional thriller: a cool little classic of its kind’ – Evening Standard
Follow the trail of Mr Ripley
Murderous Mr Ripley is first introduced in The Talented Mr Ripley. The powerfully attractive character returns in the gripping novels Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley and Ripley Under Water. The final novel Ripley Under Water was published in 1991. These five novels are known collectively as the Ripliad.
After more than 55 years, The Talented Mr Ripley is still being read across the world. But what do YOU think of the book? Does it deserve its iconic status? What is it about the book that makes it so eerie yet at the same time fascinating? Do we see Ripley suffer from any remorse, or does he slip down the bloody trail with a worrying sense of ease? Are those around Ripley’s crimes affected by them, or is the world Ripley inhabits strangely immune from guilt? How does the novel question individual power and choice?
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