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Journey Into Fear by Eric Ambler
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Jul 18, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, political, crime-british
Read in June, 2010

As a Fan of Eric Ambler I was delighted to see this re-issue in the Penguin Modern Classics series. I must have last read it about 15 years ago, but it was immediately familiar, and I soon realised that it was filmed in 1942 and is a staple of afternoon TV viewing.

Everything about it is right. Graham, a mild middle class engineer in sent to Turkey to help update their navy. He becomes embroiled in a situation of attempted murder, suspicion and espionage. He is no hero, remaining out of his depth throughout the novel. Published in 1940, it is set during the phoney war. The characters display the typical attitudes of the period. This is particularly noticeable in the French couple who are so confident about the outcome of the war and the capabilities of the French army.

It is well written in clean prose, although some episodes have a cinematic feel. But then Ambler was a screenwriter.


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