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Boy Who Followed Ripley (original 1980; edição 1980)

por Patricia Highsmith

Séries: Tom Ripley (4)

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In this quietly terrifying exploration of trust and friendship, a troubled young runaway arrives in Villeperce. And when, on the boy's behalf, Tom Ripley is drawn from his lovely estate in the French countryside to Berlin's seamy underworld and into a kidnapping plot that requires the most bizarre methods--and sinister acumen--for intervention, the icily amoral Ripley is transformed into a generous and compassionate projector.… (mais)
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Título:Boy Who Followed Ripley
Autores:Patricia Highsmith
Informação:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (1980), Hardcover
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This is the fourth book in Patricia Highsmith's Ripliad and it's a bit of a turn from the first ones. This time the story mostly follows arch-criminal Tom has he assists a young man who flatters him and is in a whole lot of trouble himself.

The book felt a little rough -- and it doesn't entirely fit in with the other books -- I could never figure out quite why Tom became so absorbed in Billy's blight -- it seemed quite un-Tom-like. The novel moved along easily enough and and was interesting overall, but I'm not sure how it really fit into Tom's progression as a character. ( )
  amerynth | Jun 12, 2021 |
En este Patricia Highsmith da una vuelta de tuerca total al personaje. El amoral y ausente de sentimientos de Ripley, al llegar a una edad ya más madura y con su vida estabilizada, se cruza con un adolescente, (casi niño) atormentado, conflictuado y podemos decir que siente afecto por él. La trama tiene algunos tropiezos pero es bueno por los aspectos psicológicos de la trama. ( )
  gneoflavio | Mar 7, 2021 |
I'm pretty sure that Highsmith was really tired of people asking her if Tom Ripley was gay. So she wrote this book.

Her answer? No, not in practice. She's a wonderful author and took an entire book to say it.

I loved this book. It's quite different than the other Ripley books. It shows a different side of Tom. It's his mid-life crisis and his longing for passion in his life. He's reflective and a marvelously unreliable narrator. ( )
  authenticjoy | Nov 15, 2020 |
Flattered by the kid
hero worship has its perks
an excuse for heels. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
The Boy Who Followed Ripley, published in 1980, is the 4th book in the Tom Ripley series, and seems to be quite different to the other installments.

In this one, Tom is sought out in his home in France by an American teenage runaway who asks him for a job. Tom agrees to hire him as a help in the garden. As they get to know each other, Tom learns more about the reasons why Billy/Frank ran away from home and sees some similarities between himself and the boy.

Then the story takes a turn that leads us to follow the two to Berlin where Billy/Frank is kidnapped.......

This book seriously had me scratching my head - I don't even know where to start taking this apart: Should I start with the obvious flaw? Yes? OK - plot holes. So, so, many of them and they start right at the beginning. Why did Billy/Frank seek out Tom? Why does he tell him his motivations? Why do they need to go to Berlin? How do they end up in the gay bar scene? (I mean, I get why, so the question is really how?) Why the kidnapping? And here I'm really puzzled as to how this would even be practicable....... I have so, so many questions. Very little of this book made sense. Least of all the Frank's letter.

Did Highsmith write this one purely for the money? I mean, there are a lot of details about the French tax authorities in this book that sound similar to what Highsmith was dealing with. Her relations with the French tax authorities were, erm, "strained", so maybe that was one of the motivations for the book.

However, there was also something rather mellow in the way that Tom looked after Frank and in that Tom seemed to have a lot more patience for other people than in the first book. (I have not yet read books 2 and 3.) And something about this more personable side seemed to reflect something of the author. At least, it seemed to reflect some of what my impression is about the author after reading a few of her books, and this made The Boy Who Followed Ripley still somewhat intriguing.

Andrew Wilson (in Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith) notes that Highsmith conceived the idea of this book after she had to deal with inheritance issues, and that she wrote to her editor that she wanted to explore the theme of legacy. I do believe this does indeed come across in the book - on one hand we have Frank and his father and brother, who are one line of legacy and on the other we have the similar personae of Tom and Frank. The central point of issue being that The Boy Who Followed Ripley actually rejects Tom's motivations as strongly as he rejects the motivations of his own family - both of them being financial gain.

I honestly don't know what to make of the book. On one hand, there are certainly some interesting themes - Ripley's morals, questions about gender/sexuality, the topic of legacy - but on the other hand, the lack of flow of the book and the rocky plot make it bit of a chore to read. ( )
  BrokenTune | Jun 6, 2020 |
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In this quietly terrifying exploration of trust and friendship, a troubled young runaway arrives in Villeperce. And when, on the boy's behalf, Tom Ripley is drawn from his lovely estate in the French countryside to Berlin's seamy underworld and into a kidnapping plot that requires the most bizarre methods--and sinister acumen--for intervention, the icily amoral Ripley is transformed into a generous and compassionate projector.

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