The Ghost Writer
Adam Lang, the controversial former prime minister of Britain, is writing his memoirs. But his first ghostwriter does under shocking circumstances, and his replacement-- whose exp...more
"The Ghost" is a good thriller. A recently retired-from-office British Prime Minister hires a ghost-writer (duh- because the story is written in the first person, I never noticed that the name of the narrator/protagonist is never supplied) to help him write his memoirs. Our hero is the...more
The Ghost by Robert Harris.
A roller-coaster of a book - and not in a good way.
I like Robert Harris books and I loved his last one - Imperium. I loved it so much that I was really looking forward to the next in the series (neil h. informed me that it was part of a trilogy). Therefore I was a little meh about the fact he had taken time out to write The Ghost. Damn writers and their need to write a story instead of the one I wanted to read! However, there was branch of Borders shutting down t'other...more
Let's start with the characters.
Namely, the main character.
He's exactly that. A ghost. An un-knowable character who 'tells' the story yet is no...more
It is true that the people in out lives who are quietly behind the scenes supporting and working toward others success do not get the recognition or acknowledgement they dese...more
Our ghost-writer notices a few strange things, but bumbles along notwithstanding, unti...more
It's tough to write a novel about a writer. Most of writing is, unfortunately, solitary and tedious. Write a line, hate it, delete it, rewrite it. A lot of bad literary fiction treats the writerly life, as stumped writers write about what they know: writing badly. This novel is about a ghostwriter who specializes in doing fast mem...more
This book started off interestingly enough, with a great first line and a premise with potential: ghost writer called in to finish writing an ex-Prime Minister's memoirs after the first writer dies suddenly.
That's where the "interesting" ends, unfortunately. Instead of a taut thriller, Harris gives us 400-odd pages of "Martha's Vineyard is cold and wet in February, and I'm gonna have all the characters call the narrator 'man' and 'you' bec...more
Otro punto desfavorable, desde mi muy personal punto de vista, es que yo vi el final de la adaptación cinematográfica, es decir, ya conocía el desenlace del nudo central del libro lo cual lo hizo más anodino a mis ojos.
En general diría que es un libro muy soso, salvo para los amantes de los...more
Now he wants to tell his side of the story, not the least because he is to be charged at The Hague with war crimes over being complicit with the US in the ill...more
Known for Fatherland (1992), Pompeii (**** Selection Mar/Apr 2004), and Imperium (*** Jan/Feb 2007), novelist Robert Harris opens his latest work with a derisive account of the publishing business. From there, it quickly gains momentum, merging a shrewd indictment of the war in Iraq with a literate, page-turning thriller. Harris, who was once a friend of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, offers a withering, barely disguised attack on Blair's policies and his collusion with the United Sta...more
Sejak SD saya sudah terbiasa membaca novel pembunuhan dan politik dan anehnya saya selalu bisa menebak si pelaku, atau setidaknya memiliki insting yang tepat hanya setelah membaca beberapa bab awal. Tapi Robert Harris membangun plot-nya dengan sangat luar biasa, menuntun tanpa pernah memberi sinyal, membuka sedikit demi sedikit rahasia yang terselubung tapi dengan pintar menahan yang terpenting hingga akhir. Ini satu-satunya novel yang membuat saya terperangah di bagian e...more
Harris was an early and enthusiastic backer of British Prime Minister Tony Blair (a personal ac...more
I can't quite say what about this book gripped me so, but I took it to bed after a movie (so we're talking fairly late anyway) and still read it in a single sitting.
"Everybody voted for him. He wasn't a politician; he was a craze."
The former PM is a very charismatic character indeed, which makes the revelations throughout the book st...more
The book is written in first person from the ghostwriter's POV, and it's as a writer that this ghos...more
● "Let you go," he said bitterly. "Yes, that's the modern euphemism, isn't it? As if it's a favor. You're clinging to the edge of a cliff and someone says, 'Oh, I'm terribly sorry, we're going to have to let you go.'"
● "It's amazing how cold and darkness conspire to alter everything."
● "And what they all have in common, these bad books, be they novels or memoirs, is this: they don't ring true. I'm not saying that a good book is necessarily, just that it feels true for the time yo...more
1.) it had kept me turning pages. i wasn't bored.
2.) the first half was interesting in the way it imagined a.) a ghostwriter's job and b.) the experience of former world leaders adjusting to life out of power.
3.) the second half was more of a conventional conspiracy/thriller/spy/detective story.
4.) as a roman-a-clef, it was easier to suspend your disbelief in the first half than in the second half. so in the first half you could easily imagine that the...more
Ten eerste wordt de ex-premier beschuldigd van oorlogsmisdaden, hij zou hebben bevolen dat vier verdachte terroristen gemarteld werden.
Ten tweede denkt onze held, de tweede ghostwriter dus, dat er iets vreemds is aan het concept van de eerste ghostw...more
The narrator is a professional ghostwriter, so it's not that extraordinary that he's called in for the job, but the circumstances are unusual. The man who originally had the gig, Michael McAra, died on the job, and the publisher...more
Harris did not disappoint. This is a great espionage-like political thriller. Premise is that the ex-prime minister of Britain (modeled on Blair) is writing his memoirs on Martha's Vineyard, where the b...more
Robert Dennis Harris (born 7 March 1957 in Nottingham) is a best-selling English novelist. He is a former journalist and BBC TV reporter. He specialises in historical thrillers noted for their literary accomplishment. His books have been translated into some thirty languages...more