I’m going through severe Ripley withdrawal today. Last night I reached the last page of The Talented Mr. Ripley, the first one in the series. I’ve done it kind of backwards, having read all the others first. Maybe it’s a way to make it possible to go back and read the rest of the books again, then work my way back to the first, and on and on, so the ride never has to end.

I always feel like I need some kind of counseling when I’ve finished a Patricia Highsmith book, but particularly anything from the Ripley series.

With Tom Ripley, anything is possible! If someone pisses him off, or stands between him and what is rightfully his, or just acts like an oaf, there’s always a very good reason to kill them. In the softest leather gloves.

Like I said, counseling…

I tried to get into this Alan Bennett book, The Uncommon Reader, this morning, and I know it’s a good one, but it’s too whimsical for me right now. I need some kind of chaser.

I found these books at a vide grenier the other day. Lord knows what any of them are about but I love those early 70’s fabric covers. I think Ripley would approve.

70's books

10 thoughts on “Withdrawal

  1. Ed Ward

    Highsmith was a weird old bird, though. I remember reading what must have been her last novel, People Who Knock On Doors, which is about a cult that preys on young people and is set in the U.S., where she hadn't been in years and years. The picture of society in there is utterly unrecognizable; if it hadn't been Highsmith, it'd never have gotten published. As for a chaser, I don't know what to recommend. I use Terry Pratchett as light relief for the heavies, but that doesn't seem to be the problem here. How about Ruth Rendell, who's as crazy as Highsmith?

  2. amy

    It's a period of mourning, Cynthia. Hard to say goodbye…Somehow I knew you'd be a Ripley fan Rosie!Ed, I'm sorry to say I had to look up Terry Pratchett (at first I thought you said Ann Patchett), and I feel foolish not having heard of him. I must find read something.People Who Knock etc – really disturbing! She was a sad case, but maybe her sense of humor was so dark as to be too subtle by that point? I think Eric has a few Ruth Rendell's lying around, maybe I'd better try one of those. thanks for the recommendations.

  3. softinthehead

    Snap I had exactly the same experience this morning, couldn't get going before I had finished "The Hour I First Believed" another fabulous book by Wally Lamb – an absolute must read, but like you said I was like a wet dishrag both physically and emotionally once it was over….oh not it's over, but I still want to know what happens to everyone…don't you hate that when a great book comes to an end. I'll read yours if you read mine 🙂

  4. amy

    hi Limousin neighbor, when are you coming this way?! I've seen those Wally Lamb books, I'll have to try it.thanks for the tip Janine.

  5. softinthehead

    Amy they are a great read. I am very excited to say we will be in France for a week from 5-12 July and cannot wait. Are you playing anywhere locally during that week? If you have ever visited my blog you will see we are way behind you in the renovating stakes, so wish us luck 🙂

  6. amy

    Aww, we'll be in the US when you're here! I'm glad you're going to make it over to France though – good luck with all the work and I hope you enjoy yourselves.

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