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Arlequin (Los Jet de Plaza & Janés)

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  293 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Head of a prestigious European bank, George Harlequin belongs to a vanishing class of gentlemen whose handshake is their bond. But when an envious corporate raider frames Harlequin for murder, no deed is too dirty if it will save Harlequin's reputation, his bank and his life.

"In a tiny group of best-selling novelists, Morris West qualifies as the brains of the organization

288 pages
Published September 1981 by Plaza & Janes (first published January 1st 1978)
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Jan 20, 2011 Rhys rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a re-read. I am a big fan of Morris West, but had forgotten the story in this work. After 25 or 30 years I am reading this masterful word-crafter and story weaver, and I find myself amazed at the prophetic framing of our world today. The descriptions of the world financial realm, the government deceptions and double-dealings, the enrichment of the few, the collateral suffering so acceptable by all... Morris West is one of the greats at using the English language as it should be used; to ...more
Feb 07, 2010 Nezzo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Отваряш книгата и очакваш тя да е като всяка друга. Четеш 3837 началните страници, издание, заглавие, посвещения, няколко празни страници и после се започва. Каквото и да си очаквал обаче от тази книга то не е там, просто не се появява. Четеш до последната 300 и някоя страница с надеждата този път да се случи каквото на теб ти се иска, но не и в тази книга.

“Арлекин” е история за нещата, които се случват в реалността, грозни, отвратителни, омразни. Всичко започва с кражба, една голяма сума е от
Jul 07, 2011 Emmie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Don't be fooled by the obvious detective-story-atmosphere of this book. It's so much more. Sure it's a quest to expose a killer, but it's also about morale and life-changing choices. It's about a man wrestling with his conscience. It's about life in a world of today. A person's life is fragile and our own is so very dear to us. How far would you go to save your good image? How far would you go to fulfill your dream? And most importantly, how far would you go to save your life? Lies, deceptions, ...more
Simon Mcleish
May 15, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on my blog here in September 1999.

Harlequin et Cie is a family owned bank in early seventies Geneva. They are suddenly hit, simultaneously, by a security audit from computer consultant Creative Systems pointing to embezzlement by chairman George Harlequin, and a hostile take-over bid by Creative Systems' owner, Boris Yanko.

The novel is told from the point of view of Paul Desmond, close friend of George and one of the directors of the bank. He suspects that Yanko has taken ad
Adismara Putri
Jul 09, 2014 Adismara Putri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agak susah dimengerti karena memuat dan berkaitan dengan banyak istilah sistem ekonomi dan tatanan bisnis. Penuturan cerita sangat bagus. Ekspresi penokohan tokoh utama dan gejolak batin yang ditujukan untuk Harlequin, temannya, terpancar jelas dan justru menjadi tokoh paling aktif dalam penentuan nasib Harlequin et Cie. Tanpa flashback, tetapi sukses menyuguhkan hubungan baik ketiga tokoh utama.
Dec 22, 2014 Aurora rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst book I've read in a long time. While he's clever enough with pretty words, there's no soul to the the book, no depth to the "protagonist" and if I hadn't been entirely out of books and desperate, I never would have finished it.
Bruno Teixeira
Indicaram que eu lesse esse livro como sendo um dos melhores livros que o indicador á havia lido. Foi uma leitura interessante. Não é um dos melhores livros que já li, não pretendo ler Morris West de novo, mas cumpri a promessa de ler a indicação.
Guillermo Ramón Gil
Veronica Harris
Jan 23, 2016 Veronica Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating = 8.5
Apr 24, 2008 Logan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised I actually finished this book. It was incredibly dull. But every 20 pages or so, the author would use a completely random metaphor or simile that really amused me. He threw in just enough odd similes to keep me interested until the characters went to Mexico City, which was then enough to keep me interested (because I lived there for a couple years) until I was too far into the book to just quit reading. But I repeat, this book is boring.
Jul 27, 2010 Jeanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book by Morris West, whose "Devil's Advocate" received raves, this book reads more like the popular writer I expected him to be. Dealing with technology espionage and rather whimsical main characters, it has the feel of a "spy novel". Yet, in addition to being a "good read", it does contain some characterizations comparable to what West achieved in Devil's Advocate and again mingles questions of religion, class and politics amidst the action.
Nice Read. The brilliant construct of this book is the fact that there are no surprises on who the villain is from the start of the book. Yet Morris West manages to keep you guessing through a series of incidents that are unexpected. It is about the triumph of morality and friendship in a twisted world.
Sep 30, 2012 Pravin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A pretty entertaining book,it's probably like another Le Carré or Graham Greene(never read anything about these two authors,only watched the films) novel i guess but i enjoyed it anyway.
Anne Hawn Smith
This is another Morris West that I'd like to read again. West poses some difficult moral dilemmas and doesn't let the reader opt for an easy answer.
Taha rabbani
Jan 23, 2013 Taha rabbani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
این رو هم خوندهام. به فارسی ترجمه شده. انتشارات و مترجم و اینهاش رو یادم نیست ...more
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Apr 02, 2014 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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Morris Langlo West was an Australian novelist and playwright, best known for his novels The Devil's Advocate (1959), The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963), and The Clowns of God (1981).
His works often were focused on international politics and the role of the Roman Catholic Church in international affairs. One of his most famous works, The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963), envisioned the election and ca
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