Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Talented Mr. Ripley

We just finished listening to The Talented Mr. Ripley at work today.  I remember, a few years back (okay, I guess it was twelve years ago, that's not really a few), hearing about the movie and thinking it didn't sound very good.  Wow, I am a terrible judge of goodness.

This book was amazing!  I guess you'd call it a psychological thriller, which is probably why I would have written it off without giving it a chance.  Usually, when I think of thrillers, I think of books by Tom Clancy or John Grisham, and those aren't really my kind of books.  So I tend to stay away from the genre as a whole.  But then I read books like this and I start to re-evaluate my stance on thrillers.  Much like mysteries, I think I may branch out and try some other thrillers.

But yeah, I really enjoyed this book.  It kind of reminded me of Catch Me If You Can, another book which spawned a movie that I thought looked boring and was totally wrong about.  I guess it is similar in that they are both con men, but different in that Frank is very crafty and calculating when as Tom is just straight up crazy.

I would recommend this book if you like con men, psychopaths, and rooting for the bad guy.

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