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After having read the screenplay and
viewed the DVD of the Talented Mr.
Ripley, I was much impressed.
Decided recently to go back to the
source and read the original novel.
I thought the characterization of Riply in
the novel were every bit as powerful as
in the film. But, I believe the plotting
after the murder is superior in the
Found two anomalies or continuity
problems in the novel (the American
One: Ripley hides Dickie's passport in
his suitcase lining. But at the end, it is
discovered in the suitcases full of
Dickie's belonging's that Ripley had
checked at the Venice American
Express under a false name
(Farnsworth, I think) for possible later
Two: Late in the novel, when Ripley
fears exposure because of the
American Express discovery, he is
afraid that "all three murders" would be
revealed. did I miss something. Who
was the third murder victim?
Are these anomalies famous to
Highsmith fans, or am I missing
Today's New York Times book review
section ( Sunday 31 August 2003)
features a review of two new
biographies of Patricia Highsmith. URL
BELOW ARE FIRST COUPLE OF
August 31, 2003
Patricia Highsmith's Well of Loneliness
By ELISE HARRIS
A Life of Patricia Highsmith.
By Andrew Wilson.
Illustrated. 534 pp. New York:
A Romance of the 1950s.
By Marijane Meaker.
207 pp. San Francisco: Cleis Press.
SINCE the 1999 film adaptation of her
novel ''The Talented Mr. Ripley,'' Patricia
Highsmith has been gaining
posthumous celebrity. American fame
evaded her during her lifetime. Her
uncomfortable, slightly repellent novels
of passivity, humiliation, delusion and
futility skitter in a border zone between
serious literature, pulp fiction, comic
book and psychiatric case study.
Charting Highsmith's inner life is a
difficult job for a biographer; it seemed
to baffle Highsmith herself. She often
felt blank, unmoored and frightened. In
her diary in 1951, she wrote: ''O who am
I? Reflections only in the eyes of those
who love me.'' The prospect of a
biographer prompted anxiety and dread.
She asked two friends to steer off the
wrong ones. In ''Beautiful Shadow,''
Andrew Wilson achieves the
detachment required to document
Highsmith's bizarre personal habits
(carrying a purse full of snails,
obsessing over human waste disposal)
while still appreciating the intellectual
and emotional insights she had to give.
Both her intimate life and literary career
followed an arc of rapid early rise and
slow painful decline. Highsmith, born in
Fort Worth in 1921 and raised in New
York, was a beauty in her youth; she
preferred women sexually, although
she preferred men in all other ways. For
six months in 1949 she made a futile
effort to analyze and ''cure'' herself for
her fiance, the novelist Marc Brandel. As
it turned out, her private life would be a
sexual picaresque. Among her
American lovers Wilson names Virginia,
Helen, Mary, Allela, Chloe, Natica,
another Virginia, Ann, Kathryn, Lynn,
Ellen, Mary, Marijane and Daisy.
Hi, I'm a young Patricia Highsmith fan and
I'm glad to have finally found some place
to talk about her work. Do you realize how
many people pretend to be Patricia
Highsmith fans and have only seen the Matt
Damon movie and not even read a single book
of hers? It is so frustrating, it's like
dealing with her own characters, such phony
people. I was introduced to her through
the Matt Damon movie although i came to
hate it when i realized how far it deviated
from Highsmith's own ideas of Ripley, I
really think they undermined the character
by making him feel guilt at the end and by
making him so genuinely vulnerable when his
vulnerability should have only been
affected. In the past two years I've read
about everything she wrote and i'm down to
This Sweet Sickness and The Glass Cell so
don't tell me about those, I'm holding off
for a while so I still have something new
to look forward to. If you have read any
of her books besides these and feel like
discussing anything, any point, any scene
just feel free to right me. I don't want
to go on too long so I'll just end by
saying that I just finished "Found In The
Street" and it comes after about twenty
previous Highsmith novels and I never
thought I could pick a particular one as
her best or my personal favorite but I have
to say this is one of the best books I have
ever read. I don't get all of it which is
partly why I like it so much and Ralph
Linderman starts out so hateful and in the
end all you can feel is compassion for him
which is a testament to Highsmith's genius.
I've read critics who try to portray her as
some sort of failed Kafka aspirant but I
think they are completely wrong, In my
opinion Patricia Higmsmith takes Kafka's
themes to such a level that you may as well
Hi, no more Highsmith left for me to read... Does anyone have recommendations for similar stuff? I recently read "The Lying Tongue" by Andrew Wilson, who also wrote a biography on her. Looking forward to suggestions!