- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Orion (15 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409147800
- ISBN-13: 978-1409147800
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.4 x 17.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Manchurian Candidate Paperback – 15 Aug 2013
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Condon's imagination show in every page.
This is not your typical spy best-seller, written to kill a rainy afternoon.
Condon makes us think.
His plotting is superb.
He shows the flag-waving and crude Johnny Iselin.
Iselin works the media and ignorance to try for the US Presidency.
He relies on innuendo and laziness to get there.
His step-son, Raymond Shaw, is a cold and aloof anti-hero in this unusual book.
But most readers will see the genteel horror of Shaw's childhood.
We root for Shaw.
We want him to warm to others in his life.
But he cannot.
His childhood blocks him.
When Condon wrote this book, in 1959, the world knew little about child psychology,
compared to now.
Condon shows us much of the pain.
At the same time, he lightens the book by showing Ben Marco.
Marco, on leave in New York City's summer, enjoys life
after the horror of the Korean War.
Witty and well-read, he meets bright and attractive women every day.
He explains that he is an Army officer and a gentleman by an Act of Congress.
Then he invites them back to the apartment that he shares with Shaw.
Shaw returns home every day to find two or three women playing jazz records, drinking and dancing
and talking with Marco.
These new friends help Shaw out of his shell.
This amazes Shaw.
Marco shrugs it off.
The daily round bores most people, Marco says.
Marco offers these women something new and exciting, a chance friendship that may grow into love.
Marco is no idealist. He has seen war and been captured by the enemy.
So, now, he wants all the happiness that life has to offer.
This is the happiest part of this book.
Condon makes us believe that it could happen.
New York and the world were more innocent in 1959.
We wonder if the daily round bores us.
Maybe we should take a chance somewhere tomorrow.
The plot to use Shaw as a Cold War weapon wraps around this same story.
It weaves in and out skillfully, In Condon's hands.
Condon makes his characters real.
They have flaws and virtues.
Nobody escapes Condon's clear eye.
The book pulls this reader along and leaves him wanting much more at the end.
----- Frank Hickey, writer of the Max Royster crime novels of Pigtown Books.
Maybe you saw the more recent movie with Meryl Streep. Don't let that turn you off to the book. The movie butchers the book and the experience reading is 100 times better than the film.