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Tom Ripley, coleccionador de arte, simpático mas facinoroso, compromete-se, perante O Amigo Americano a arranjar-lhe o indivíduo ideal para fazer um "pequeno serviço". O escolhido é um pacato emoldurador, condenado à morte a prazo por uma doença sanguínea, o qual se verá envolvido num turbilhão de perigosas aventuras que incluem assassínios, mafiosos em busca de vingança eTom Ripley, coleccionador de arte, simpático mas facinoroso, compromete-se, perante O Amigo Americano a arranjar-lhe o indivíduo ideal para fazer um "pequeno serviço". O escolhido é um pacato emoldurador, condenado à morte a prazo por uma doença sanguínea, o qual se verá envolvido num turbilhão de perigosas aventuras que incluem assassínios, mafiosos em busca de vingança e muita acção....

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O amigo Americano Reviews

  • Darwin8u
    2019-04-17 04:07

    “If blood can produce money through rituals or the so-called human sacrifice, then it is the basis on which we live, so it is very essential to save and protect it from the fiendish eyes of blood sucking predators.” ― Michael Bassey JohnsonWhile this is probably my favorite Highsmith/Ripley novel so far, it is also the most unsettling. She manages - by introducing a new counter-Narrator (Jonathan) - to make Ripley's amorality seem even more fragile and desolate. Jonathan's wife Simone also stands as an interesting counter-spouse to Heloise. Throughout the novel the twisting and sometimes converging tales of Ripley and Jonathan seem like spinning endless mirrors. Each narrator reflecting the existential, blood-splattered flatness of the other. It was brilliant and disconcerting at the same time.

  • Alex
    2019-03-28 04:47

    Great Closet Cases in Literature- Claggart from Billy Budd- Nick Carraway from Great Gatsby- David from Giovanni's Room- Javert (thanks Wendy)- Ripley Patricia Highsmith insisted that Ripley wasn't gay, but he certainly was in Talented Mr. Ripley, and his interest in Bernard Tufts in Ripley Under Ground and Jonathan Trevanny in this book is difficult to explain otherwise. He's settling into a pattern where, in each book, he becomes obsessed with a different guy. (view spoiler)[It doesn't work out for the guy. (hide spoiler)]What Ripley's Game doesn't share with its two predecessors is Ripley's shadowy games with identity, the maneuvering and confusion about who he is, who he's killed, who's dead. I miss it. Instead, he spends much of the book insisting that he's not even a bad guy: the victims this time around are Mafia, bad guys themselves, so he's pulling a Dexter. He seems incapable of settling down: he keeps finding excuses to murder people. But now he's coming up with a heroic self-image in his head to justify it. (Of course, you're aware that the Mafia guys were all casualties on his way to his real target, (view spoiler)[who was always Trevanny, even if he didn't know it himself. (hide spoiler)] That's still interesting.)It's still a fun and entertaining book. He always makes me want to bring up hypotheticals to my wife: "If I suddenly came into $200,000, how could I explain it believably?" We couldn't think of a way. "If I murdered a guy but then bought you a harpsichord, would that be cool?" She said that sounds nice. She's probably kidding. I don't think she wants me to murder anyone. Maybe she does. But I don't love the whitewashing. In Talented Mr. Ripley he was a void, a great screaming abyss of amoral loneliness; as he gains confidence he loses some of his interest. I'm getting diminishing returns as I read through the Ripley series. Only the first was what I'd call a great book; the next two are just fun reads. Nothing wrong with a fun read though.PS If you have any other good examples of closet cases in literature, I'd like to hear 'em. My list is shorter than I feel like it ought to be.

  • Steve Anderson
    2019-03-21 04:03

    Few novels or writers make you want to read them even after you realize partway through the story that you've read the book before, years ago. Patricia Highsmith does it for me every time. It's all about Tom Ripley's twisted and yet oddly endearing point of view. Maybe it's because when, as the mafia are bearing down on him hard for gruesome deeds he himself set in motion, Tom relieves his stress by heading to Paris to pick out just the right antique harpsichord for his always loyal and charming wife Heloise. Here Monsieur Ripley has the same drive that made him act out so horribly in the first novel in the series, The Talented Mr. Ripley, but he's mellowed. He wishes to help others as he strives to preserve his comfy expat way, even though he senses they will always hate him for it. He does his best to aid the ailing English art framer Jonathan, even though Jon despises him, and Jon's French wife Simone, and ... sometimes the whole village of Fountainbleau, it seems. But this will not stop Tom Ripley and as a reader you hope it never does no matter what or who makes Tom have to kill them, usually brutally and always neatly. Let's call it a 4.5, though I'm not a big fan of star ratings in general.

  • Bob
    2019-04-15 09:57

    Tom Ripley is perhaps my favorite psychopath. Even though he is frighteningly amoral, I still find myself somehow rooting for him as he murders his “best friend”, engages in art forgery (and commits murder to cover it up), plays with the lives of others (and murders some of them of course) simply because he feels he was snubbed, indulges in a lot of sexually ambiguous behavior, and generally plays a game of cat-and-mouse with anyone who crosses his path.

  • Melissa McShane
    2019-03-22 11:56

    In this third book in the series, Tom Ripley, feeling insulted by a local Englishman, decides to play a prank on him--but since this is Tom Ripley, the prank goes too far, and Tom ends up entangled in the aftermath. About half the book is told from the point of view of the victim, Jonathan Trevenny, who has incurable leukemia and a wife and small child and is thoroughly likeable, so for a long time I was angry with Tom for mixing this guy up in trouble with the unlikeable and apparently (and unjustly) bulletproof Reeves. In the previous books, Tom's victims at least have it coming to some degree. However, Jonathan chooses to go along with the "opportunity" Reeves sets him up for, and that was entirely his choice, so Tom isn't totally to blame. And Tom shows up to save Jonathan at the perfect time, redeeming him in my eyes.I was seriously annoyed with Jonathan's wife Simone, who is unnaturally insightful (she always picks up on exactly the most damning details) and completely irrational in her belief that Ripley is to blame for Jonathan's immediate troubles (he's not, Reeves is). She adds to the tension, but in an irritating way. Aside from that, the book was entertaining. I like the more mature Tom Ripley than the one from the first book.But the ending is dissatisfying: (view spoiler)[Jonathan, who's already saved Tom's life once by snatching him back from falling off a train, takes a bullet for him and is killed. Granted that Jonathan is a walking dead man, but I hated seeing him die like that when I liked him so much. There's a feeling that Tom, who is a serial murderer and thief, doesn't deserve saving. Later, when Tom encounters Simone (who thinks Tom is evil) and she spits at him, the book concludes with Tom musing that the woman feels ashamed of having taken the money Jonathan earned from himself carrying out a murder. It's kind of a limp ending, and sad. (hide spoiler)]I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series, as my library doesn't have the next book; I'm enjoying it, but maybe not enough to go out of my way to get it.

  • Paul ataua
    2019-04-15 05:03

    ‘Ripley’s Game’ refers to the plan that Tom Ripley concocts to get the most unlikely person to commit murder and so realize the perfect crime. As always with Highsmith, things don’t always go to plan and we are suddenly in the middle of an exciting thriller. Highsmith has an incredible talent for laying the characters before us and letting us, the readers, make judgements about their actions. A great Sunday afternoon read.

  • Bryn Lerud
    2019-04-21 10:39

    Patricia Highsmith is one of my favorite writers; she really gets under my skin. Ripley is such a great psychopath and he needs to make mischief just because and then mostly gets his friends and family out of danger with his amazing brain.

  • Isaac Cooper
    2019-03-23 09:42

    This … this is a return to form for the Ripley series. Coming out of a fairly weak sequel, the third book in this series – Ripley’s Game - is utterly outstanding. I don’t know whether my expectations were just a little bit low from Ripley Under Ground when compared to the first one, but this … Ripley’s Game reminds me how very much I love this character and how damn tense and enjoyable the first novel was. Having just finished Ripley’s Game I feel my mind is everywhere, wanting to say everything. I feel almost like a schoolgirl talking to another schoolgirl about their schoolyard crushes. The fact that I can feel like this about a novel is oh so lovely. Highsmith, Highsmith, Highsmith you beautiful woman, help me write a competent review, here. So we start off about six months after the Derwatt fiasco of the second book. Ripley is kind of out of the game (the blurb makes me think of Ripley as like a middle-aged man, grey hair, tweed jackets etc.) for a while, lying low. The problem is, with lying low, our loveable sociopath gets pretty damn bored. It’s almost as if all the killing and mayhem gives Tom’s life worth. So Tom Reeply is bored, and a shady fence named Reeves wants him to offer up some kind of hitman to plug two Mafia guys interfering with his operations in Hamburg. Cut to Jonathan Trevanny. And speaking of cut, that’s an integral part of this book. Highsmith evidently wanted to switch things up and so quite lucidly switches between Jonathan and Ripley every other chapter or … whenever the hell she feels like it. Now you might think this won’t really work, or it will be too messy like I did initially, but this technique works rather remarkably. Highsmith knows what she’s doing here and you can really see this with the way she executes and seamlessly blends and makes us care for both Ripley (who we already do) and Jonathan. In fact, this novel – Ripley’s Game – could very well pass off as an original property, focusing on the exploits of Jonathan. That could work, honestly, that’s how much I cared about this character, and how much Highsmith makes us care. I’d say we spend more time with Jonathan than we do Ripley. Both are main protagonists, really, but I feel Jonathan is the spiritual protagonist. As I said, we already care for Ripley, so Jonathan gets a lot of time to shine. And it’s not like Ripley has nothing to do with the story. He is quite central here, as well. In short, Ripley meets Jonathan Trevanny at a party and Trevanny gives him a sneer, having heard the various seedy exploits with Dickie Greenleaf and so on. And, because Ripley is bored and because he also doesn’t like sneers, Ripley offers Trevanny’s name up as hitman to Reeves. Now, this is really my only problem in the whole book. Tom informs Reeves that Trevanny is terminal and so might make a good candidate for the job. He’ll make some hard cash and – moral gripes be damned – he dies anyway, his family gets the cash. Thing is, I don’t understand how Tom initially knows this. Tom tells a friend of Jonathan’s (Gauthier) so the friend will spread it around and start Trevanny’s mortality clock, so Reeves can jump in and offer the deal. But how does Tom know? Maybe I missed something, but that’s my only main gripe with the novel. After this set up, the ball rolls and doesn’t ever stop until the end. It takes a little bit of trickery and incentive (getting Jonathan to go to Germany to see doctors at the expense of Reeves) but Jonathan eventually succumbs to the dark side. This is Ripley’s Game. I won’t spoil everything that happens but I can safely say it’s as thrilling if not more so than the first Talented Mr Ripley. There’s a moment on the train which just blew my mind, and I had a grin ear to ear. I was not expecting it at all and it made me simply light up. Once again, Highsmith takes her characters to the sheer depths and heights of human emotion and doesn’t stop the cavalcade of intensity until the last page. There’s never a moment where you feel the steam start pulling off. That’s not to say there’s always action, just that Highsmith holds your interest in this really visceral way where you can almost feel the characters and their pain. Pacing wise Ripley’s Game is nothing short of spot on and a remarkable step up from the sometimes-drudgery of Ripley Under Ground. Because Jonathan is terminal, there’s a lot in this novel about death and the meaninglessness of life and so on and so on. And all this is handled not just excellently for the story, but realistically, handled in a way that’s applicable to real life. Sure, this is just fiction, but the thing about Ripley’s Game and a large amount of this specific type of fiction and almost all of Highsmith’s novels is that they transcend fiction, they kind of rise above the well-done prose and intense storytelling, there’s almost something more to it. I’m rambling. Am I rambling? But, a truly great read. If you haven’t touched this series yet, firstly why are you reading this and, secondly, why haven’t you? I like how despite Tom just trying to lie low he is physically incapable of doing so, and because he can’t really get any deeper in the mud is now dragging innocent people along with him. Objectively, this novel is wrong and the main character a vile man. And while the latter is true, and at the very end I can’t help but laugh as Tom continues to delude himself into thinking he’s not that bad a person, I continue to love this guy. I’d say Tom Ripley is one of the greatest anti-heroes I’ve ever read. He’s so vile and horrible and he has everything, this should make you want to loathe him and despise him, but you just can’t the way Highsmith writes and depicts him, it’s just too much fun watching him succeed. Props also to Ripley’s Game for breaking up the formula of the last two novels in a unique way. It almost felt like Jonathan was Ripley’s protégée in a way, and that was really strange considering Ripley always works alone. This is even brought up as Tom talks to himself and mentally has trouble thinking of his next course of action with Trevanny in the room. I can’t help but wonder when Tom will get caught, though. Because he is so damn lucky in each novel and the tension is so high in this and the other two. Tom is almost just avoiding certain death or imprisonment by a mere molecule. So, terrific prose, a very well paced – um – pace, realistic characters that I cared for and a looming philosophic doom. What more can I ask for in a novel?And now, because why not, I leave this review with one of my favourite bits in Ripley’s Game and in my mind the greatest depiction of dying I probably will ever read. Enjoy:Jonathan heard voices, but he couldn’t speak. He couldn’t move, not even a finger. He had a grey vision of a sea running out – somewhere on an English coast – sinking, collapsing. He was already far away from Simone, whose breast he leaned against – or so he thought. But Tom was alive. Tom was driving the car, Jonathan thought, like God himself. Somewhere there had been a bullet, which somehow no longer mattered. This was death now, which he had tried to face before and yet had not faced, tried to prepare and yet hadn’t been able to. There was no preparation possible, it was merely a surrender, after all. And what he had done, misdone, accomplished, striven for – all seemed absurdity.

  • M.J. Johnson
    2019-03-28 09:47

    In Ripley’s Game (1974) we are once again transported back to the rural idyll of Belle Ombre, Ripley’s house in Villeperce, France. The game of the title refers to a rather nasty little rumour Ripley has spread about Jonathan Trevanny, who lives nearby and who Ripley feels has slighted him in some (unexplained) way. The story also involves another character from the previous book, Ripley Under Ground, Reeves Minot, who is a fence living in Hamburg who Ripley assists in various ways from time to time. In Ripley’s Game, Reeves Minot asks Ripley to suggest someone with a clean and untraceable CV who might be prepared to assassinate some members of the Mafia for a large sum of money. Ripley suggests that he approach Trevanny, who he knows is terminally ill, not believing for a moment that the man (who is in reality desperate to leave his wife and son with some financial legacy), will actually consider going along with it. Ripley becomes involved himself and by the end of the book there is a sizeable body-count. This is a well crafted, hugely enjoyable crime thriller, although not quite as fine a book as The Talented Mr Ripley. Very good.

  • tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
    2019-04-05 06:39

    It's almost inexcusable of me to give this a 5 star rating, thereby associating it w/ such truly great bks as "Finnegans Wake" or "Gargantua & Pantagruel".. but, there it is, I enjoyed it that much.. & my appreciation for Highsmith grows & grows.. I've read 2 other Ripley novels so far & they just get better & better. Once again, Highsmith spins a yarn of murder significantly different from the previous 2 Ripley tales. As always, it's labyrinthian. As Ripley's character ages, his motives for committing murder have transformed from immature greed & envy to twisted ways of 'helping other people out'. I reckon Highsmith makes herself a primary figure in the "anti-hero" genre w/ Ripley. Unlike the more common tact of crime fiction writers like P.D.James (& most of the rest), the 'protaganist' isn't a detective, he's a criminal. But he's a criminal who loves 'his' wife, appreciates the talents & dedication of 'his' servant, enjoys art, & will kill people on the spur of the moment or premeditatively. This was even a sentimental tale.

  • the gift
    2019-04-09 10:47

    what will an ordinary man do to ensure a legacy for his family, when he is mortally ill? murder? this is my favorite of the ripliad: probably because the protagonist, the moral centre, concerns this ordinary man, not the exceptional, charming, murderous psychopath tom ripley. compelling, involving, this also reminds me of wim wender’s film of it 'the american friend'. this is even better, cruel, exact, in following the corruption of this ordinary man and the moral wasteland tom ripley brings trailing along like a favorite old coat…

  • Quinn da Matta
    2019-03-26 07:57

    A strong recovery from the weak second book.Once again, Patricia Highsmith - through Tom Ripley - continues to explore Europe; this time focussing mainly on France. She is deftly skilled at creating a word that slowly closes-in on her characters; it is thrilling and suffocating.I also loved the dual protagonists in this book - the story unfolds through Tom and Jonathan. Both very different people leading very different lives, but connected through one man and one incident.

  • Thomas Strömquist
    2019-04-14 11:46

    The third Ripley novel follows in style. Ripley's motivations and actions in this book develops the character and gives new insights to his mind. Just as hard to put down as the first two of the series. Beautiful late 70's paperback edition with a very good translation by Mårten Edlund, who manages to keep the feel of narrative very well.

  • AC
    2019-04-04 04:04

    This is ok. 3-stars is harsh, so let's call it 3.667 or something. It lacks the originality of the first Ripley and, in the end, doesn't mean very much. Highsmith is a good writer, but these are not really superb or important books, imo.

  • Ilana C. Myer
    2019-04-16 06:04

    I fell a little bit in love with Ripley with this book. Which is utterly, utterly twisted and wrong. I'm so delighted to have discovered Patricia Highsmith for comfort reading. Yes, dark and twisted is my comfort reading.

  • Lesley
    2019-04-17 11:55

    It wasn't til saw the other books by this author that I realized this is actually 3rd in the series, so I need to read book two-Ripley under ground. I have read a few other books by this author and have really enjoyed this author's sinister thinking!Ripley is a great psychopath! Satisfying read!

  • gaby
    2019-04-05 11:51

    Another awesome Ripley installment. Highsmith is the master!

  • S7
    2019-04-04 09:57

    Great psychological thriller, perfect holiday read - 3.5 stars really

  • Helen (Helena/Nell)
    2019-03-27 11:56

    I may have read this novel once before. It was first published in 1974 when I would have been in my early twenties. I certainly read The Amazing Mr Ripley and of course I remembered him, as anyone would. That is to say anyone like me who grew up on the green-jacketed Penguin murder mysteries—Agatha Christie, Edmund Crispin, Ngaio Marsh, Josephine Tey, Dorothy Sayers, Marjory Allingham—and more. Ripley was the first I can recall who was an anti-hero: not the detective but the killer. You were inside the ‘wrong’ head, identifying with someone you wanted to ‘get away with it’. Of course it’s been done lots of times since, but I think Patricia Highsmith started it.I recall Tom Ripley’s charm. I remember feeling you couldn’t help liking him, that he was witty, that there was a clever way of distancing you from the grisly bits so that you somehow didn’t hold the violence against him. Last year I taught a student called Luke Ripley and I made some joke about ‘the amazing Mr Ripley’ which he didn’t get . . .So on holiday this year, I thought I’d go back. I picked up Ripley’s Game in a second hand bookshop and dived into it on the first evening away. ‘There’s no such thing as a perfect murder,’ Tom said to Reeves.That’s the opening sentence—and then you’re off and away. That opener actually sounds a little ‘period’ to me, a little too obvious a ‘hook’, but that’s the only bit. After that, habitually careful understatement sets a tone which has a most curious effect: “… Reeves wanted Tom to provide someone, suggest someone to do one or perhaps two ‘simple murders’ and perhaps one theft, also safe and simple”. It’s the language of business management. It would be boring if it wasn’t murder. The central viewpoint is Ripley’s own, though Highsmith avoids first person. She tailors the narrative method so we can also see things from the point of view of another ‘bad guy’. Because—thanks to a hint from Ripley—Reeves recruits Jonathan Trevanny as a contract killer. Poor old Jonathan Trevanny. All because he made a nasty comment to Ripley at a party – or one Ripley took amiss -- Ripley decides to get his own back. He knows Trevanny has leukaemia. He decides such a man would be vulnerable to an offer of money, since his life expectation is already limited and he’s bound to want to leave his wife and son with some form of future income. So he recommends to Reeves a way of manipulating the man’s mind state. A suggestion that someone had heard he hadn’t long to live might upset him enough to . . . .It is “nothing more than a practical joke”. When Ripley thinks about it, in bed with his French wife Heloise, he has to move away from her “so that if he shook with repressed laughter for an instant, he wouldn’t awaken her”. There is nothing likable about Ripley. The odd thing is that there is nothing dislikable either. You just get involved with his ordinary life, which seems not to have a moral dimension in the usual sense. You want him to win because somehow you become him as the novel progresses. He does defend (or explain) his behaviour a bit (he has to talk to Trevanney’s wife when things get tough). It’s reasonable to take the law into your own hands, he argues, if you’re just polishing off Mafia criminals who do the same sort of thing on a daily basis. Mme Trevanney is not convinced. Neither is the reader, not really. A more powerful moral defence is the fact that it isn’t Ripley, in this novel, who stands to gain financially; it is Trevanney (who is somewhat strapped for cash and besides he does have leukaemia). One murder leads, as might be expected, to another.Ripley takes a personal risk to help with a murder he reckons Trevanney won’t be able to manage. After all, the chap is not much cop with a garotte, whereas Ripley has no problems. So Ripley does one of Trevanney’s murders and Trevanney saves his life when the going gets tough. By the end of the novel, the two men have formed a most unlikely collaboration and the moral framework has drifted. There seems, however, to be some form of conventionally moral retribution on the cards, because Trevanney’s wife is not keen on a husband who is a contract killer. No, sir. However, even that takes an unexpected twist in the last two pages.This is a book with lots of violence in it, but it’s not at all violent. The narrative method distances you from blood and sweat and even undue exertion. There’s cold description of murder, but it isn’t chilling. It is emotionally neutral—which reflects just how Ripley feels about the various acts and—and this is more worrying—it seems to reflect how Trevanney (who was a perfectly normal man with leukaemia at the start of the novel) feels too. You do get fascinated by the gradual build-up, by the way there are no seriously bad guys in the book—not even the Mafia. There are just reasonable people trying to carry out reasonable arrangements. What is Tom Ripley’s attraction? I had remembered charm, but he didn’t seem charming to me this time. I think his attraction is in his intelligence. He is cleverer than the rest, and that’s perhaps a legacy Highsmith has passed on. We admire intelligence in our villains, don’t we? We can almost forgive anything if the perpetrator is really really clever.Did I mention the fact that she writes extremely well? She never over-states (quite the reverse); she plays the psychological card beautifully; she builds the suspense to a very good climax; she wreaks her final twist. It is a satisfying read.And it is different. Ripley has a bit of a dodgy reputation, even among his friends. He has killed twice, before this novel begins, and though officially he’s in the clear – he has even successfully inherited substantial wealth from one of his victims –Tom is “aware of his reputation, that many people mistrusted him, avoided him. Tom had often thought that his ego would have been shattered long ago – the ego of the average person would have been shattered – except for the fact that people, once they go to know him, once they came to Belle Ombre and spent an evening, liked him and Heloise well enough, and the Ripleys were invited back.” It’s oddly true. Get to know him. You’ll be back.

  • LibraryCin
    2019-04-15 07:59

    3.5 starsThis is the third book in the Tom Ripley series. At least at the start of the book, there is not much focus on Tom, himself. He manages to get involved in the life of a man, Jonathan, who has a disease and isn’t sure how long he is going to live. Jonathan is convinced to help murder someone… then is asked to do it again. I think I liked this one better than the 2nd book (or what I remember of it!). To be honest, at least in the first half, I was bored when the focus was more on Tom’s life at home with his wife, Heloise, whom I find very boring. I have no interest in their lives. I found following Jonathan and his story much more interesting, and when Tom got more involved with Jonathan, that ramped up my interest. Part of the book was a little more edge-of-your-seat (or my seat, anyway!), I thought. But, I didn’t think the end was realistic… or, realism aside, it wasn’t in character (not Tom’s or Jonathan’s character, but Simone’s charater, Jonathan’s wife). So, overall, it was a “good” read for me.

  • John Morris
    2019-04-04 10:37

    Trying to avoid comparisons with "The Talented Mr Ripley" which is one of my all time favourites is difficult. Although this doesn't come close its still a very cleverly plotted and intriguing read.

  • Christian, Kelanth, Scala
    2019-04-03 06:55

    Tom Ripley si è perso. Si è spento. Ne danno triste annuncio i lettori attoniti. Non nel senso che sia morto come personaggio creato dalla Highsmith (questo è il terzo volume incentrato sulla sua figura, dei cinque scritti), è morto parte del suo fascino.Il Ripley di questo libro è diventato all'improvviso piatto e quasi insignificante, quasi una comparsa di sfondo che agisce per benevolenza verso il prossimo. Lui, che era l'egocentrismo fatto personaggio. Lontanissimo, radicalmente all'opposto dal personaggio del primo e del secondo. La complessità del suo personaggio è diventata una pianura sconfinata. Soprattutto nel primo libro si sentiva il delitto posto sulla bilancia della colpa, qui l'omicidio è quasi banale, privo di significato, addirittura giustificato dal fatto che si uccidono dei mafiosi e dunque dei buoni che uccidono dei cattivi. Quale misero piattume.Si faticherà a riconoscere, in questo Ripley, lo stesso uomo del primo libro; nella prima storia uccideva per la ricchezza, nel secondo perchè d'improvviso poteva perderla e qui perchè aiuta il vero protagonista di questa storia, come un buon samaritano (misericordia e pure sigh): Jonathan Trevanny, malato di una grave forma di leucemia, che accetta di diventare un assassino per poter guadagnare dei soldi con i quali garantire una qualche stabilità economica alla moglie e al figlio prima che avvenga la sua dipartita.No, non ci siamo. Non si può creare un personaggio come Ripley e poi ridurlo a questo, a tratti sembra lui stesso voler manifestare il suo disappunto dalle pagine di questo libro, tornando in brevissimi sprazzi a essere quello di un tempo, una cosa come: "ehi Patricia, ma non è che qui si sta sbagliando qualcosa?!"Da questo libro sono stati tratti due film, il più famoso "L'amico americano" è del 1977 diretto da Wim Wenders, che non ho visto, ma di cui leggo buone recensioni. Probabilmente migliori di questo libro.Delusione.

  • Tony
    2019-04-07 05:51

    Highsmith, Patricia. RIPLEY’S GAME. (1974). ***. This is the third in the author’s Ripley series. As is usual a with a Highsmith novel, you are dropped down into the middle of a plot and only manage to figure out what’s going on by treading water for fifty pages or so. Riply is offered $96,000 to kill two mafia men by a member of the casino owners in Marseilles. He turns down the offer, but recommends the possibility of another who could take his place. At a social gathering a few weeks earlier, Ripley bumped into a man, Jonathan Trevanny, who had insulted him. Though the insult was trivial, Ripley plots his revenge this way. Trevanny was a picture framer in Fontainbleu with a wife and young son. He had been diagnosed as having leukemia and was afraid of dying before he could provide for his family. When approached through an intermediary, Trevanny finally agrees to do the job. That’s not the end of the story. He is seen in the act and other Mafia button men are sent against him to arrange the deaths of his family members. Ripley finally steps in to help Trevanny out and more killings occur – as you might expect. The story goes on, introducing more and more implausable scenes until it – mercifully – ends on a deed that has been anticipated for about 100 pages. I got the feeling that Highsmith’s editor abandoned her on this book, and she ultimately tired of it herself. There was a film made based on the novel, starring John Malkovich – which I’ve ordered through Netflix. Maybe the script writer plugged up a lot of the holes.

  • David Anderson
    2019-04-18 11:56

    Highsmith takes the Ripley series in a totally different direction with this one. Surprisingly enough, Ripley himself appears only occasionally throughout the first half of the novel, as much of the action focuses on leukemia sufferer, John Trevanny. Ripley's German acquaintance Reeves Minot needs help dealing with some Mafia types trying to horn-in on the illegal gambling market in Hamburg. Tom won't commit the murders himself but manages to maneuver terminal case Trevanny into being the hit man to earn a sizable nest-egg to leave for his family when he dies. The plan is to murder members from two different Mafia families in the hopes that they will blame each other and the resulting internecine Mafia war will distract them from their Hamburg plans. Trevanny pulls-off the first murder easily enough but is on the verge of botching the second job on a train when who should arrive on the scene to assist but Tom Ripley himself. Unfortunately, the Mafia families manage to piece together the truth of the situation and come after them, forcing Tom and Trevanny to fight for their lives. Wonderfully plotted and exciting, with intriguing ruminations upon mortality and the forces that motivate a normally law abiding citizen to commit a crime, this third novel is as good (maybe better) than the rest and it seems Highsmith could do no wrong when it came to writing crime fiction. Highly recommended!

  • Gláucia Renata
    2019-03-29 06:47

    Publicado em 1974, é o terceiro livro da série, e a coisa só vai piorando. Não é desagradável de ler mas o nível de absurdos é tão alto que é impossível levar esse livro a sério. Isso já aconteceu no segundo e aqui a autora não conseguiu retomar a qualidade do primeiro. Nem as características psicológicas de Tom Ripley se mantém, parece se tratar de outro personagem.A trama é totalmente sem pé nem cabeça, nada parece ter muita explicação e a gente vai tendo que engolir tudo ou abandonar a leitura. Tom Ripley acaba se envolvendo e a uma segunda pessoa, um pacato comerciante de molduras portador de uma doença terminal (Jonathan Trevanny) com nada mais nada menos que a máfia italiana. Uma máfia meio tapada e de desenho animado, por ser tão facilmente engambelada. Nada faz sentido, nem mesmo os personagens. Só rindo. Histórico de leitura16/01/20172% (7 de 312)""O crime perfeito não existe", disse Tom a Reeves. "Tentar imaginar um crime assim é apenas uma brincadeira de salão"."

  • Carol
    2019-03-28 09:58

    Patricia Highsmith usually writes from the point of view of Tom, and since all speech and action is conveyed through him, we see things from his point of view. In this novel, however, the action is disseminated through two points of view - Ripley's and that of his accomplice. The result is both interesting and unsettling. On the one hand, we really get a sense of what other people think of Tom Ripley, and how much of his criminal life is apparent to them. On the other hand, it's a strange change to observe Ripley from the outside instead of seeing the action from only his point of view."Ripley's Game" examines the forces that motivate a normally law abiding citizen to commit a crime. In the process it causes us to question how circumstantial our own morality and legal obedience may actually be.Once again the charming sociopath starts a chain of events that keeps the reader glued to the page, turning them faster and faster to the explosive ending.

  • Alyssa
    2019-04-01 06:43

    Honestly, the first Ripley book is the only one worth reading. All the originality and artistry is missing from both the second and third books, though the second was still entertaining. I just found this one rather dull.

  • Molly Zeigler
    2019-04-04 12:02

    Gotta love Ripley. Moving right along through the series.Feeling very comfortable in the slightly skewed world of Highsmith's sociopath....Wonder what that means...

  • Lou Robinson
    2019-04-11 05:49

    Book 3 in the Ripley series and I am still absolutely loving the serial murderer. So evil, yet so likeable at the same time.

  • Erik Hanberg
    2019-04-02 08:38

    Always sinister, as you expect from a Ripley book.