- Publisher: Delacorte Pr (Oct. 1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440053277
- ISBN-13: 978-0440053279
- Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 785,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Marathon Man Hardcover – Oct 1974
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'Superb ... one hell of a read' Washington Post 'Well-plotted, expertly characterised and fast-paced' Los Angeles Times 'A tautly written thriller, an entity in itself ... sets my teeth to aching' Irish Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
William Goldman has been writing books and movies for over forty-five years. He has won two Academy Awards (for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men) and three Lifetime Achievement awards in screenwriting. His novels The Princess Bride and Marathon Man, are also published by Bloomsbury. He lives in New York City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a book that I have been meaning to read for some time, but I was surprised to discover it was out of print in the UK. I had heard it was a good thriller, and it certainly was. I have seen the film, and now I know that it deviates very little from the book. There is a fairly famous scene in a dentist's chair, which felt just as powerful (if not more so, I last saw the film several years ago) as in the film.
The book is a page-turner and quick to read. It feels almost as though it was originally written to be a screenplay. I enjoyed it.
I haven't seen the film, but suspect that it had difficulty catching the essence of the torture sequences in the way the book does. Brilliant writing. I particularly liked the scene where the hero, Babe, uses the local no-gooders to face down the heavily-armed professionals- irony AND humour.
I would have liked to have known how it worked out for Babe, a briliant academic who shows he has the family talent for extracting an eye for an eye.
As a result if his brother's secret agent activities, the titular hero gets wrapped up in the machinations of some very ruthless people, with dealings and double dealings aplenty. Assassins, nazi war criminals and murder, the usual really (!).
To say anymore would reveal too much.
The novel is much darker than the screen version, with a far less conciliatory and more satisfactory ending. And given it is written by the master himself, a most enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favourite book, written by my favourite American author!
The prologue is a masterclass in how to grab a reader's attention. Read more
Readable-film better-good dental scene-without the dental scene,quite boring.
The 3 star is generous.i don't know how anyone could give this anymore than three stars.
Class. Sheer class! I first read this book in the Seventies. Pity anyone who saw the movie before reading this cleverly constructed thriller. Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2010 by Nick W
This is an excellent spy thriller filled with international intrigue and double-dealing characters. It leaves one wondering just who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2007 by lawyeraau