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The Ghost by Robert   Harris
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Jan 07, 2011

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Read in January, 2011

i don't know what to think about this book.

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 former PM and wife in question were tony and cherie blair. this was much harder to imagine in the second half, which was more conspiracy-oriented. this held the story in, like, a limbo between a barely fictionalized roman-a-clef used to criticize the a real prime minister and a standard thriller about a purely fictional prime minister.

so i ended up wishing that the story would just pick one side. i'd prefer to have read either a.) a factual (or very lightly fictionalized) account of the blair administration based on real, documented events (which could easily provide enough conspiracy and provoke enough outrage on their own) or b.) a thriller with characters less intended to BE specific, real, famous people.

in retrospect, this hybridization, or whatever, is interesting, i guess. i can't really fault the author for the fact he didn't write the book i wish i could have read. but now i do want to read all the real dirt on the blair administration.

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Erick Oh man, I just saw this movie over the weekend. Fantastic. Polanski is a creep, but that was one damn fine thriller.

Tubs that's what i hear! which is why i finally got around to picking up this book. i'm excited to watch a movie that's actually better than the book it's based off of. :)

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