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Calyre
Calyre rated it 2 years ago
- Ecoutez-moi bien, Vadassy : vous allez retourner à la Réserve et annoncer à Köche que votre valise a été forcée et qu'on vous a volé différents objets - un porte-cigarettes en argent et une boîte contenant un diamant monté en épingle, une chaîne en or et deux bobines de films. Gémissez, faites en ...
sandin954
sandin954 rated it 6 years ago
While this is considered a classic of the spy genre and I have enjoyed the author's work before (especially Epitaph for a Spy) I had a hard time finishing this book. The writing style, which was pretty much flashbacks and info dumping, just did not engage me. I did think the overall plot was interes...
JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it 6 years ago
”A man’s features, the bone structure and the tissue which covers it, are the product of a biological process; but his face he creates for himself. It is a statement of his habitual emotional attitude; the attitude which his desires need for their fulfilment and which his fears demand for their prot...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 6 years ago
Ambler has an elegant, quote-worthy prose style and a gift for characterization, not just in inventing distinct, memorable characters, but a real ear for the telling detail in expression or feature that brings a place or person vividly to mind. Speaking of which, this was one of my favorite bits: A...
AC
AC rated it 7 years ago
This one has lost my interest. Either I've burned out on Ambler for the week (3 books in 5-6 days) or it's simply not as good as the others. I think it's probably the latter.
AC
AC rated it 7 years ago
This book is not quite as ambitious as either Passage or Deltchev - but no less masterful for that. Despite a slower beginning (for me), the book picks up and is flawless, once again, in its construction. Clearly Ambler is a man who does not write until he knows what it is he wants to say. How refre...
AC
AC rated it 7 years ago
Wickely smart..., flawlessly and intricately contructed..., and a truly profound analysis and anatomy of the psychology of tyranny and power. Utterly believable.A masterpiece of the genre.
AC
AC rated it 7 years ago
All ratings relative to the genre, of course.3.5 stars.Ambler wrote a series of novels from 1936-1940, then stopped for 12 years, returning to fiction in 1952. This is the last of the early works. Though these early works are considered "Classics", I found this book a shade immature in its techniqu...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 7 years ago
A Frenchman named Chamfort, who should have known better, once said that chance was a nickname for Providence.Well ... what can I say apart from that this didn't gel for me. -----------------------------17/5/2013 - Re-visit via radio: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01shstw
AC
AC rated it 7 years ago
Wonderfully intelligent, flawlessly constructed, deft (and believable) characterization.... A bit like reading Le Carré in the careful insightfulness... very British, to be sure... though not as cragged as Le Carré.This book stands well with writers like Graham Greene (who's Quiet American is actual...
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