The Talented Mr. Ripley – P. Highsmith

TTMRIt read a bit like a theatrical farce – where one character exits stage left just as another enters stage right, just missing each other. Tom Ripley gets away, time and time again with avoiding the people most likely to suss him or by a quick change of clothes.

He is a likeable character, a rogue but, in fact, a murderer with whom one feels some sympathy but shouldn’t.

There’s a touch of the ‘homosexual as villain’ – that is if one assumes that he is homosexual, which he denies throughout.

Ripley shows no remorse for his actions – just regret that he could have lived with Dickie for the rest of his life if he had waited for the relationship with Marge to fizzle out.

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