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The World at Night by Alan Furst
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May 30, 2012

Read in May, 2012

The historian in me loves the World War II mysteries by Alan Furst. He is a master of the dark and brooding atmosphere pervading Europe as the Nazis advance. The main character of this mystery is a French film producer named Jean Casson. Casson is a divorced member of the creative class in Paris, living a hedonistic life without much direction. When the Occupation happens, everything changes and everyone must make adjustments and choices. Casson is recruited by British intelligence on a mission because he is obsessed by a former lover and wants to see her again. The tone and atmosphere of Furst's novels are as important as his characters. The author depicts the shift of Paris from its atmosphere of romantic confection to evolution of the resistance by some, and acquiescence and collaboration by others. Jean Casson becomes increasingly detached from his former identity but begins to grow into a new one.
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