Since I was a little girl, I heard a lot talking about this Mr Ripley.
That’s possibly because of the film starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow (The Talented Mr Ripley, 1999).
I had watched five minutes of it, then I left the room, possibly to read a book. I knew the story was set somewhere in Italy, I knew that he was visiting someone and I knew he was good at imitating people.
As strange result, for years I was convinced that Mr Ripley’s talent was that of imitating people and that his task in the story was to find his way to success.
In a very twisted way, I wasn’t far from the point.
Except my hypothesis of plot didn’t include murder, nor forgery. But let’s go with order.
Thomas Ripley is a fraud. For months – maybe for years – he’s been trying to trick people into sending him money, pretending to be someone he was not – sometimes a government agent, sometimes some tax officer.
In most cases, he ended up with checks he couldn’t even cash in.
Then Mr Greeleaf appears and with him the opportunity of his life: Would he agree to travel to Italy and bring back Mr Greeleaf beloved son Richard?
Tom has only a vague idea of who Richard is, but how could he say no to a paid trip to Europe?
Weeks later, he arrives in Mongibello, where he meets Dickie and his friend Marge.
From that moment on, his life will never be the same again. More literally than you would expect.
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