Re: RARA-AVIS: The Talented Mr. Ripley

From: Tim Wohlforth (
Date: 30 Mar 2007

What makes Ripley work is precisely that he isn't crazy. He is just missing a part in his emotions called "empathy." And he is not alone in lacking this emotion. Some Ripleys run countries, other corporations, still others are con artists like Ripley. And I believe this was Highsmith's dark point. On Mar 30, 2007, at 5:59 PM, Michael Robison wrote:

> Dave Zeltserman wrote:
> I guess you could argue Lou Ford and Nick Corey are
> complex--although describing them as deeply psychotic
> would be more accurate.
> *************
> I haven't read Pop. 1280, but I've been feeling
> another Jim Thompson coming on. Lou is certainly a
> wild and crazy guy, isn't he?
> I just finished Highsmith's Talented Mr. Ripley. In
> the layman-judging-sanity category, I didn't see
> Ripley as crazy. The closest I saw to crazy was a
> couple minor bouts of panic.
> miker
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