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The World at Night by Alan Furst
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May 02, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, historical, spy
Read in May, 2010

In The World at Night, Alan Furst (who pays modest homage to Eric Ambler) reminds us that he is the most consistently excellent author of espionage novels, ever.

The book is a fond and realistic portrayal of France under the occupation. The protagonist, Jeane-Claude, is a film producer who embodies the national weaknesses of love and honor and is thereby drawn unwittingly into espionage. Like all Furst novels, the story is much less about the (satisfying) plot than it is a study of character and atmosphere.

The last book that I read (Pattern Recognition) was also set in a world of movies and espionage. But for all his stylistic skill, William Gibson settled for a flat and unconvincing world. In stark constrast, Furst's World at Night breathes life in every scene.

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