- Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc; Reprint edition (31 May 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881848379
- ISBN-13: 978-0881848373
- Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,762,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Passage of Arms Paperback – 31 May 1992
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'A taut and extraordinary piece of writing' - Sunday Times; 'Ambler may well be the best writer of suspense stories... He is the master craftsman' - Life --Life --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
ERIC AMBLER (1909-1998) is widely regarded as the greatest writer of suspense stories in the English language, and as the inventor of the modern political thriller. His first novel was published in 1936 and he rapidly established a reputation as a thriller writer of extraordinary depth and originality. Ambler was described by John Le Carre as 'the source on which we all draw'. He was also an Oscar-nominated Hollywood scriptwriter. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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In many respects, Eric Ambler was to the modern British suspense novel what Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett were to the American detective novel. Ambler transformed the suspense novel from a simplistic black and white world of perfect good guys versus nefarious bad guys into a far more realistic world where sometimes the difference between good and evil is not all that great. In a series of books written before World War II Ambler would typically take an unassuming, unsuspecting civilian and immerse him in a world of mystery and intrigue in pre-war Europe. In those books the `hero' would find himself facing danger at the hands of the German or Italian villains.
Once the war ended Ambler's plots reflected a change in the world's political situation. The typical Ambler protagonist now found themselves at odd with other totalitarian forces such as the Soviet bloc such as in his "Judgment at Deltchev". In addition, Ambler broadened his geographic horizons and set some of his books in post-war Asia. In these instances the plot usually found itself centered on the intrigue that settled around the newly emerging nations of Asia as the old Europe ended its lingering colonial presence. "Passage at Arms" takes the reader on a "mystery tour" of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Written in 1959, "Passage at Arms" is a fine example of Ambler's work.
The unassuming naif in this case is Greg Nilsen. Greg is a quintessential American tourist circa 1960. He is a solidly middle class businessman, the owner of a small manufacturing concern, who has managed to save up enough time and money to go on a lengthy cruise (on a cargo ship) with his wife Dorothy.Read more ›
always stated that "thrillers" did not interest me. I didn't
care who did it or why it was done. I ate my hat!
I felt the story was compelling and it was so well written that
it was worth reading sentences again.
Since passing it to a friend. Where is it now? I have often thought about the
book over the years.
One is transported to a different Continent and into the
feelings of an interesting person.
Eric Ambler is tops, Have others read this unforgetable book?
The author: Eric Ambler (1909-1998) was n English writer of books and screenplays (he got an Academy Award nomination for 'the Cruel Sea'). He wrote eighteen thrillers and 'spy novels' between 1936 (the Dark Frontier) and 1981 (the Care of Time).
My opinion: I like all of Ambler's books (well, except those "co-written with Charles Rodda") as they are intelligent, realistic, with a streak of irony and a knowledge of the underbelly of the World; plus a healthy respect for people from all walks of life (and races, for that matter). This one is particularly close to my heart because of the (almost sub-)story of the Indian clerk, a man with a dream; coupled to a very atmospheric and all too possible story, set in a great location of Malaysia and Indonesia in the mid-50s. Also, maybe, because the 'Captain Lukey' character is later reprised in Ambler's next book, The Light of Day, as that rogue Arthur Abdel Simpson - a kind of Flashman of the real world!