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I'd love to find the Urtext on forgery; the first fictional exploration. Where did the spring of this all come from? When the gods of fiction made Highsmith, they broke and buried the plates. Dec 23, Alex rated it really liked it Shelves: rth-lifetime , The startling thing about The Talented Mr. Ripley was finding out what Ripley was capable of, because you found out along with him. He wants so much, and over the course of the book he discovers what he can do to get it. The problem with Ripley Under Ground is that both of you already know. So there are no surprises here.

You read it because you liked the first one and you want to see Ripley up to his old game. You'll get it, but this sequel is less deadly than the first book. It's just an excit The startling thing about The Talented Mr. It's just an exciting crime story. Highsmith checks the Ripley boxes: he impersonates someone, he murders someone, there's confusion not only over who murdered but who's even been murdered the Ripley books are like the Mission: Impossible movies for murder , Ripley is audacious and pretentious, as always.

There's an art forging plot lifted liberally from Dawn Powell's Wicked Pavilion. Bizarrely, Ripley seems to have gotten less gay.

But it's fun and a total page-turner. If you liked the first book you should certainly go ahead and read this; if you didn't you certainly shouldn't. I knew going into this that the later Ripley novels don't live up to the first one, but I was still curious anyway. And it was certainly true that a lot of those elements that made the first novel so enjoyable - Tom's very believable rationalizations of his actions, the atmosphere and the tightrope-like intensity of the action - were largely missing from this book. The events in this book take place some 6 or 7 years after the first book.

Tom has settled down in France with a French wife and lea I knew going into this that the later Ripley novels don't live up to the first one, but I was still curious anyway. Tom has settled down in France with a French wife and leads a life largely of leisure with a few illegal enterprises on the side. When one of those enterprises is threatened Tom steps in to save it which inevitably leads to more suspicious deaths and more coverups required on his part. It just felt like such a watered down version of the previously vibrant and exciting Tom and the sense of tension was largely missing for me.

From any other author this would have been a fine thriller, but as a sequel to Ripley it just didn't live up. View 1 comment. Oct 15, Calzean rated it liked it Shelves: culture-france , culture-england , author-usa , crime-thriller-mystery , woman-author. I enjoyed this more than the first book - until the ending.

The story moves along rapidly with Ripley dodges various and increasing number challenges to protect an art scam. What I did not get was the acceptance of the characters when Ripley admits to being a murderer. View 2 comments. He has a housekeeper and a beautiful wife who little by little comes to suspect that her husband has been living on the dark side. But does she care? Amorality has never been this much fun. Patricia Highsmith is an entertaining storyteller and a clever one. As the author introduces more and more characters into the fray, the suspense builds and builds--almost unbearably at times--and I found myself wanting to jump ahead to see how it would end.

This is a worthy follow-up to The Talented Mr. Feb 07, AC rated it it was ok Shelves: crime-mystery , sociopaths. This book lacks the intensive character-driven analysis of the first Ripley from which the plot derives , and is far more plot-driven and somewhat formulaic. It seems that after 15 years, she decided to revive her career by doing another Ripley, and then had to fish around for a plotline.

There is nothing terribly wrong with the book - she's an expert craftswoman -- but it's a bit trivial as a result. Still, the events of 2 are prelude, in part, to 3. Mar 17, Seth rated it really liked it. According to legend, some editor once told Patricia Highsmith she'd sell more books if she wrote about more likeable characters.

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Her response: "But I don't like anyone. We have Tom Ripley, now living a life of leisure in the French countryside; his wife, Heloise, who's "interested in money, but not particularly in where it comes from;" Thomas Murchison, a loud American businessman who's determined to According to legend, some editor once told Patricia Highsmith she'd sell more books if she wrote about more likeable characters.

We have Tom Ripley, now living a life of leisure in the French countryside; his wife, Heloise, who's "interested in money, but not particularly in where it comes from;" Thomas Murchison, a loud American businessman who's determined to expose the forgery ring Tom's involved in; and Bernard Tufts, a depressed painter whose forgeries finance Tom's comfortable lifestyle. The plot centers on Tom's attempts to get rid of Murchison - at first figuratively and then literally.

As in the first Ripley novel, Highsmith satirizes the myth of the self-made man, with Tom going to any length necessary to protect what he has. As in the first novel, Tom's crimes don't really make sense unless you're in on the joke: if you approach Ripley Under Ground as a straightforward thriller about art forgery, you'll probably find the whole thing a little flat. But if you see the crime story which involves fakes, feints, secrets, guilt, lies, and traps about to spring as a satirical take on the life gay people were and still are forced to lead, I think you'll marvel at what Highsmith accomplishes here.

I know I do. View all 4 comments. Jan 26, M. Johnson rated it liked it. Ripley Under Ground is set in the village of Villeperce a short distance from Paris, where Tom Ripley, some three years on from his murderous and larcenous activities in Italy, enjoys a leisurely existence of rural bliss at Belle Ombre, the pleasant residence he shares with his beautiful, rich, French wife Heloise and their devoted housekeeper Madame Annette.

Those deeply insecure character traits that made Tom Ripley such a fascinating character in The Talented Mr Ripley have almost comp Ripley Under Ground is set in the village of Villeperce a short distance from Paris, where Tom Ripley, some three years on from his murderous and larcenous activities in Italy, enjoys a leisurely existence of rural bliss at Belle Ombre, the pleasant residence he shares with his beautiful, rich, French wife Heloise and their devoted housekeeper Madame Annette. Those deeply insecure character traits that made Tom Ripley such a fascinating character in The Talented Mr Ripley have almost completely been ironed-out and we are now presented with an urbane, nearly benign man who is fully in command of himself - no hint of sexual ambiguity about his personality at all, although he is prepared to commit murder for the sake of a peaceful life.

I must admit, it all seemed like a bit too much of a credibility leap for me - as did the story of art forgery and physical impersonation, that Ripley, still dabbling in dodgy activities thank goodness! Oct 09, Stuart rated it it was ok Shelves: Loved the first one. This was incredibly disappointing unfortunately. If I had to read the word Derwatt one more time I would've thrown the book across the room.

Mar 25, Carla Remy rated it really liked it. This is from though Tom sees a poster - in London or Paris, I forget which - for Romeo and Juliet which I assume is Zefferelli's, which came out in So probably the book takes place more like then. Tom is now in his early 30s This is terrific, picking up Tom's story where he is married to a lovely French woman, Heloise, and living in a house known as Belle Ombre which means Beautiful Shadow.

Ripley is involved in an art forging ring of a dead painter, Derwatt. He does a murder, This is from though Tom sees a poster - in London or Paris, I forget which - for Romeo and Juliet which I assume is Zefferelli's, which came out in He does a murder, related to this.

And later lives through being buried alive Ripley Under Ground. This book is great at first, with the art stuff, but then goes on too long. But, like the first book, it is really about Tom Ripley trying to get away with his crimes. And succeeding. I did read this once, probably in The book takes us on a hilarious yet thrilling journey from France to London and around Europe as Riple resorts to all means to justify his ends. Ripley is a rogue, street-smart made rich, amoral and free from the trials of guilt or conscience, yet very likeable, to the extent that one keeps wishing — secretly perhaps — for him to succeed.

Ideally this book can be better enjoyed were one to read the series in order, but even otherwise its fun.

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This was my first Ripley book and not having read the first one made no difference. Wow, I loved this book. It felt like a whirlwind read for me as I read it in a couple of days while I was off work. The plot suited this as it was fast and unrelenting. Ripley is now found living in complete luxury in a French villa with his chic French wife, the gorgeous, vacuous Heloise ooh la-la , and spends his time collecting and creating art. He is also involved in a few underhand schemes to make additional income for himself, one of which is a business venture concerned with forged works Wow, I loved this book.

He is also involved in a few underhand schemes to make additional income for himself, one of which is a business venture concerned with forged works of a popular artist whose death was covered up to continue the revenue for him and a couple of others in London, also in on the scam.


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He gains total self-gratification from his ability to indulge himself in beauty:art, architecture, fine food, clothes, wine, continental travel, hotels, shopping, his beautiful wife and yet he is above all else a man who will kill at the drop of a hat to preserve the lifestyle he feels he has 'earned'. I found the style of writing easy to dive into and the pace of the plot along with the way it developed was both direct and swift. God, is there nothing he WON'T do to keep his lush life afloat and unblemished?

His veneer was only just beginning to crack at the end of this book so I will definitely be proceeding with the series into the third Ripley novel. And there are another 3 to read in the Ripley series, and loads more Patricia Highsmith novels! Glad I picked up on these, thanks to Waterstones who had a nice display in their Canary Wharf shop.

I think what I'm enjoying most about Tom Ripley's adventures is the style that Highsmith uses. These are gruesome tales but not too much gory description, yet I've laughed out loud several times throughout I'm excited, book 2 lived up to the high expectation I had after finishing The Talented Mr Ripley. These are gruesome tales but not too much gory description, yet I've laughed out loud several times throughout both books. At the sheer absurdity of the situations Ripley finds himself in and just the fact that he keeps getting away with it.

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Despite the fact he's murdered a number of people now, I can't help liking him. Great stuff!

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Apr 16, Krista rated it it was ok Shelves: mystery , crime. I'm disappointed at how this book turned out. I enjoyed book 1, not going to continue this series.


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But I still love author Highsmith. Hopefully my next book from her won't disappoint.

Dec 06, Shay Dawn rated it liked it Shelves: pg , mystery. Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist who is known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers which have led to more than two dozen film adaptations over the years. Her first suspense novel 'Strangers on a Train' published in was an immediate success with public and critics alike.

The novel has been adapted for the screen three times, most notably by Alfred Hitchcock in In her anti-hero Tom Ripley appeared in the splendid 'The Talented Mr Ripley', a book that was awarded the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere as the best foreign mystery novel translated into French in This book, too, has been the subject of a number of film versions. Along with her acclaimed series about Ripley, she wrote 22 novels and eight short story collections plus many other short stories, often macabre, satirical or tinged with black humour.

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She also wrote one novel, non-mystery, under the name Claire Morgan, plus a work of non-fiction 'Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction' and a co-written book of children's verse, 'Miranda the Panda Is on the Veranda'. She latterly lived in England and France and was more popular in England than in her native United States. She died of leukemia in Locarno, Switzerland on 4 February First, Heloise comes from a very wealthy family.

Ripley Under Ground Patricia Highsmith. Tom Ripley Ian Hart Heloise Helen Longworth Bernard Tufts Benedict Sandiford Jeff Constant Stephen Hogan Madame Annette Caroline Guthrie Murchison Malcolm Tierney Webster Stephen Critchlow. See all episodes from The Complete Ripley. Home Episodes. Main content.