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The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst
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Oct 16, 10

Read from October 09 to 16, 2010

Alan Furst is widely praised as being a master of the WW II espionage thriller. I was really less than thrilled. This book was about 250 pages with tons of white space and filler -- more like a novella. Although the tone of pre WW II Poland was conveyed well and in a brooding way such that you knew something bad was coming and the descriptions of Warsaw and the shenanigans of the intelligence and diplomatic community were interesting, neither saved this book from being a slow go. It took me nearly 100 pages to get into it and then when I finally did, he stops and leaves us hanging. We really have no resolution. I have actually tried with this author to give him a go, and I guess I am in a minority because I also found his The Polish Officer a yawn as well, whereas the NY Times and others review him consistently well.
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message 1: by Alice (new)

Alice Read this one some time ago. Seem to remember I quite enjoyed it. Alice


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