Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: The Talented Mr. Ripley

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 03 Apr 2007

Terrill Lankford wrote:

The four books that follow THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY get more and more sympathetic to Ripley's cause. If you were to read the last book by itself, having never read any of the others, you might draw the conclusion that Ripley was the "good guy" and that his snooping neighbor was the villian of the piece.

************* Does the author fall under the enchantment of the character? The same thing occurred with Hannibal Lecter. If I recall correctly, Hannibal's past involved killing several nurses, but later in the series it's noted that he only eats the rude. I guess the nurses could have been rude, of course.


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