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The Pledge - Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Joel Agee
The Pledge
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Set in a small town in Switzerland, The Pledge centers around the murder of a young girl and the detective who promises the victim’s mother he will find the perpetrator. After deciding the wrong man has been arrested for the crime, the detective lays a trap for the real killer—with all the... show more
Set in a small town in Switzerland, The Pledge centers around the murder of a young girl and the detective who promises the victim’s mother he will find the perpetrator. After deciding the wrong man has been arrested for the crime, the detective lays a trap for the real killer—with all the patience of a master fisherman. But cruel turns of plot conspire to make him pay dearly for his pledge. Here Friedrich Dürrenmatt conveys his brilliant ear for dialogue and a devastating sense of timing and suspense. Joel Agee’s skilled translation effectively captures the various voices in the original, as well as its chilling conclusion.One of Dürrenmatt’s most diabolically imagined and constructed novels, The Pledge was adapted for the screen in 2000 in a film directed by Sean Penn and starring Jack Nicholson. (20070204)
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780226174372 (0226174379)
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
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BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it
4.0 Das Versprechen / The Pledge
Friedrich Dürrenmatt wrote Das Versprechen (published in English as The Pledge) after he was asked to write a film script for a project that would end up being one of the seminal moments of German/Swiss film making: Es geschah am hellichten Tag (It Happened in Broad Daylight). The 1958 version...
BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it
4.0 Das Versprechen / The Pledge
Friedrich Dürrenmatt wrote Das Versprechen (published in English as The Pledge) after he was asked to write a film script for a project that would end up being one of the seminal moments of German/Swiss film making: Es geschah am hellichten Tag (It Happened in Broad Daylight). The 1958 version...
travelin
travelin rated it
4.0 The Pledge
I think it seemed unrealistic because it was a Hollywood-style morality tale, except reversed, from a Swiss-German perspective, so that getting inefficiently, emotionally involved beyond the bare details of the case is considered excessive and even blinding.
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
Film only winter 2012/2013 translation pub 1958 switzerland mystery short story Adapted for the screen in 2000 in a film directed by Sean Penn and starring Jack Nicholson. Okay - I was well fed up that the film was set in US as most of the initial attraction lay in anticipation of the Swiss coun...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
3.0
I can see why this would have been popular when it was written in the 1950s, but nowadays it mostly just seems quaint. This is especially so because DNA testing would render the entire story pointless in today's world of mysteries. Still, it's a worthwhile and fast read, good if you have anything li...
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