The Manchurian Candidate
Everyone knows the controversial 1962 film of The Manchurian Candidate starring Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury, even though it was taken out of circulation for 25 years after JFK's assassination. Equally controversial on publication, and just as timely today, is Richard Condon's original novel. First published in 1959, The Manchurian Candidate is Condon's riveting take...more
Simply put, this is one of the most disturbing and creepy books I have ever read! I had watched bits of the movie years ago, but really didn't remember much about it -- so reading the book was a fresh experience for me.
It is a novel of dysfunction, manipulation, fear and control. It was written in the late 1950s when Communists appeared to be coming out of the woodwork and Joe McCarthy was, for many folks, the most hated man in...more
Everyone and his cousin has seen at least one a the movies made outta this book. Except me. Never seen either of 'em. But a course I've heard of the book ever since I was in high school, and wanted to read it forever, so I finally picked it up a couple years ago and read it.
Let me t...more
Even though I know the sort of brainwashing discussed in this book isn't currently possible (as fa...more
Soldiers are captured in Korea and brainwashed, convinced that Shaw saved them from an ambush. He is awarded the Medal of Honor and comes home a hero, only to have been programmed to be an unthinking, uncaring assa...more
Berdasarkan tanggal yang kutulis di halaman pertama novel ini, aku membelinya pada 3 Juli 2009, dan belum pernah membacanya sampai saat ini. Bab-bab awal memang kurang menarik, tapi makin ke belakang semakin mencekam. Bagaimana caranya kita bisa mengetahui apabila kita telah dicuciotak dan menjadi boneka musuh dan sanggup membunuh orang-orang yang kita cintai tanpa mengingatnya?
Novel ini sudah dua kali difilmkan, tahun 1962 dan 2004, and luckily aku belum menonton keduanya. Dan dari si...more
Sergeant Raymond Shaw and his fellow G.I.'s have been captured in Korea, where they have been brainwashed by the mysterious chinese doctor Yen Lo. Chinese and Russian scientists select Raymond to be a "sleeper" agent,...more
The Manchurian Candidate is famous now for two reasons. First, it has inspired two films, one directed by John Frankenheimer in 1962, the other by Jonathon Demme in 2004. Second, it has proven as gloomily prophetic a political satire as has George Orwell's also-classic 1984. Let's talk about that second point.
Consider this passage:
"Nonetheless her Johnny had become the only American in the country's history of p...more
I have to say, the first half of the book, to me, was kinda boring, slow, and painfully dated. I didn't expect to start liking it.
But - the second half picked up, as the plot, and its unravelling, came to fruition. So it gets an extra star that I didn't really expect to give.
I think I'd recommend it to John l...more
but really, I'm not sure how much Condon was trying to make a commentary on the cold war and McCarthyism as much as he just wanted to use them as a platform to tell a really good story. It was a really good story. It moved fast,...more
The first movie made from this novel was pretty good, although it did not deliver the whollop of the book. The second movie was updated and seemed to rely more on the enemy's methods to deliver the shock.
Mr. Condon's novel delivers a powerful punch, setting the reader up for the shocking revelation and the even more shocking aftermath of it. Even with a credential like that, the prose is surprisingly compact, direct and sharp. A most enviable piece of...more
Condon’s highly politicized book smacks of hyperbolic M...more
Above is my new favorite paragraph. Loved this book. Never seen the movie although now I really want to.
But could the two latter mentioned stories have even existed if this story had not paved a...more
Come back with me, won't you, to an era where all the men drink martinis all day, all the dames are broads, and anyone who has any recognizable ethnicity is reduced to an easily classified stereotype. Actually, don't come with me, it's kind of a drag. The pulpy prose is occasionally fun, but the book really can't hold a candle to the (original) movie.
After service in the United States Merchant Marine, Condon achieved moderate success as a Hollywood publicist, ad writer and Hollywood agent. Condon turned to writing in 1957. Employed by United Artists as an ad writer, he complained that he was wasting time in Hollywood...more