RARA-AVIS: Highsmith and Packer

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 10 Mar 2006

Robert Elkin wrote:

Miker-- For what it's worth re Highsmith, I'd recommend Ripley's Game, supplemented by The American Friend, its film version starring Dennis Hopper. The Berlin
(not Bratislava!) atmosphere is fantastic.

*************** Ah! Thank you, Robert! I've got The Talented Mr. Ripley, but to be honest, I rarely enjoy a book as much if I've already seen the movie, and I've seen that movie. Come to think of it, I've seen another Highsmith movie, I think. John Malkovich?

Aside from Hemingway, I'm not a big reader of writer biographies, but I read and enjoyed Marijane Meeker's
(Vin Packer) biography of Highsmith. Meeker managed to pack as much tension into the Highsmith biography as she did in her novels. I've read about a half-dozen of her Vin Packer novels, and liked them all.


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