Bookshelf | The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955) | How not to go about transforming yourself

Book Recommendation: The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1955)

When self-hating Tom Ripley meets handsome, carefree Dickie Greenleaf in Italy, Tom begins to obsess over Dickie and his enviable lifestyle–to the point of madness.

My favorite thing about this novel is Highsmith’s characterization of Tom Ripley. She masterfully creates a layered character the reader both despises and sympathizes for. While Tom Ripley is a despicable person, he represents some of humankind’s deepest longings and darkest urges, and he struggles with one of the most difficult emotions one can experience in life: unrequited love.

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