Re: RARA-AVIS: The Talented Mr. Ripley

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 30 Mar 2007

I agree about Corey--but since Lou does compare himself & his writing process to novelists & processes undergone by novelists (in chapter 18 [Vintage ed. pp. 179-80]), the "craziness" he supposedly demonstrates is logically more accurately traced to the character named "Lou Ford" that he, Lou Ford, creates as a character in his novel, who then [of course] writes a novel himself--and on, and on...

But no one seems to like this interpretation.

Oh well.

> 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.

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