Monday, September 10, 2018

Olivia Laing's six favorite books

Olivia Laing is an acclaimed British editor and critic. Her new novel is Crudo. One of her six favorite books, as shared at The Week magazine:
The Boy Who Followed Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

I often return to the five perfect Ripley novels, fascinated by the coolness of their construction, their strangely flat sentences, and their obsessive interest in forgeries and fakes. Ripley's queerness flickers in and out of focus and is particularly visible here. Corpses are disgustingly hard to dispose of, but the true horror is the vision of a world absolutely void of meaning or justice. Exquisitely chilling.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue