Book reviews - Howard Stern "Private Parts" and Patricia Highsmith "Ripley Under Ground"
Book reviews March 1999
I read this one some while ago after seen the movie with the same name (although not necessarily the same stories).
I'd gotten some free tickets to the movie and didn't have a clue who Howard Stern was, but the movie was hilarious. After seen the movie I was curious about how the book was. It is really funny to read, it's on some 600 pages but it doesn't take long time digging through it. You don't have to know who he is nor have been listening to his radioshow to appreciate the book. I really recommend this book, it's not "good" literature but who cares when you sometimes find yourself laughing out loud on the bus.
Howard Stern has got a radioshow in the US where he talks very freely about anything, just about anything, mainly sex.
I read this book just after the first one in the series. Perhaps there was where I went wrong. It was written some 15-20 years after the first one I believe, I don't know what Patricia Highsmith had been doing does years, perhaps writing other books, but it feels a bit like this book tries to find the heights the first book had by having the same charcter.
Ripley is know married but is still partly criminal. He is involved in art forgery and "the firm" is in trouble when an american collector are on to them.
I don't dislike this book, nor can I say that I really liked it. I read it but can't say that I really cared that much about what happend to the characters. It will take some time before I start on the next one in the series.
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