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The World at Night Paperback – 16 Feb 1998

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (16 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006510973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006510970
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,844,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Furst has lived for long periods in France, especially in Paris, and has travelled as a journalist in Eastern Europe and Russia. He has written extensively for Esquire and the International Herald Tribune.

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‘There’s unlikely to be a more engrossing read this year. Just wonderful’
Time Out

‘The World at Night is a brilliant piece of atmospheric writing’
Daily Telegraph

‘A TENSE THRILLER OF ESPIONAGE AND BLACK INTRIGUE… SUPERB’
Sunday Express

‘A wonderfully evocative picture of wartime Paris… brilliant’
Mail on Sunday

‘Furst has an eye and an ear for the feel of the 1940s in occupied Europe. The sights, sounds and colours are all authentic. A minor masterpiece’
The Times

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'A wonderfully evocative picture of wartime Paris and the moral maze of resistance' Mail on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
Alan Furst has done another excellent job of portraying the world of espionage in the 30s and 40s. Like a latterday Eric Ambler, he has made this his own territory - and all of his books are worth reading.
The progress of Jean Casson, a cynical, apolitical man of the world into a spy for the British in Paris in 1940 is done very well indeed. One begins observing him, as he goes about his deal-making, meets his mistresses, joins his wife for her birthday party, making money and enjoying life. His change to committed anti-Nazi is both believable and enjoyable. Particularly well done is Furst's portrayal of the German invaders as not always efficient, certainly no supermen.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest HALL OF FAME on 18 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
"The World At Night", is actually the first of a pair of books that tell the story of Jean Casson, a former movie producer who is faced with finding a way to survive the onset and extended occupation of Paris in World War II. France was not only divided into parts by the Germans, it was further sub-divided by a variety of groups that had their own agenda. Jean tries to maintain his life, and protects those he cares about, all the while coping with what it means to be a patriot.

Alan Furst writes about a narrow by eventful time from 1933 to 1945. His books are meticulously accurate to the point they would pass inspection by many readers of history. The author takes an unusual step at the end of his books by sharing with readers his sources for the novels he creates. This is not done in an academic bibliography or a blizzard of footnotes, rather he writes conversationally about what he reads, and what he suggests as reading for those who are interested.

In this first book Jean Casson will take part as a photographer during the short-lived French defense. He eventually finds himself taking on a task he believes will help France through his aiding the British. This is not a character that has a desire to be heroic; he seems to just want to find his place. Questions of what is honorable, and what constitutes loyalty constantly shadow him. In many ways he is the personification of the nation he lives in. He is conflicted to the point of pondering whether a barber who continues to cut hair during the war, including that of the German occupiers is a collaborator. At this level the question may appear simpler than the so-called larger issues, but the philosophical issue is the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trilby on 3 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
The atmosphere and description of this (as all the other Furst novels I have read so far) is very strong and authentic, so that the reader is catapulted right into the heart of the scene. Having said that, in my view the plot is weak, and there seems to be very little rhyme or reason behind what takes place. Even Casson's relationship with Citrine, which seems to provide his main motivation, is not clearly explained: it did not work in the past, yet now it somehow springs into life. Similarly, his decision to aid the resistance is not satisfactorily explained, and I was left confused as the story unfolded. The last scene gave me the distinct impression that the author had run out of things to say and wanted to pull the plug: so that the reader is left wondering. A disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DocSteveM on 10 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
As with his other excellent spy novels, Alan Furst succeeds in "The World at Night" in drawing credible characters in credible, though unnerving, situations, into which they fall rather than stride. To betray, or not to betray; to tough it out or run away; to be faithful to friends and lovers, or not; to try to live one's own life regardless of circumstances, or to bow to the inevitable and "collaborate"; to drum up the courage to deceive, or cynically to give in to your fear. Such are the dilemmas facing Jean Casson, the principal character - not so much the "hero" - of this novel.

It is a surprise to find that Alan Furst is an American. His use of language and his prose style, the drawing of the character and culture of Europeans, feels native. Furst's grip of the minutiae and quotidian details of life and politics in different parts of Europe in the late 1930's and early 1940's, in the preparation for war and in time of war and occupation, are what create the palpable atmosphere that pervades these novels. It is difficult to believe that he was not actually there at the time so convincingly is the picture drawn.

As with atmosphere, so with events. In real life, one rarely plans a goal and goes straight to it. Events happen. A deception is discovered. A friend suddenly needs help that involves risk, involves changing your plans. Against type, you fall in love. Your lover is suddenly on the other side of a border over which you cannot pass without hazard to life and limb. You are subject to all too credible threats of violence unless you comply with others' plans.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
Furst's fourth WWII espionage novel is heavy on atmosphere but virtually plotless, and is disappointingly left to be finished in his next book, Red Gold. All his books feature loner male protagonists, and here the subject is Jean Casson, a midrange French film producer. In his early 40s, Casson is a somewhat hedonistic bon vivant, and as life comes to a momentary standstill during the initial weeks of occupation, he struggles to keep himself fed and clothed. One gets the distinct sense that Casson is supposed to be somewhat emblematic of a certain type or even France, rather than a distinctive character unto himself. A somewhat empty womanizing type, without the courage of any convictions, but with expensive tastes, Casson is recruited to help the resistance. It's a third of the way into the book, by the time this happens though, and-unlike in other of Furst's books-the intelligence aspect never picks up any momentum.
As amateur intelligence operation, Casson is mediocre at best, and it's never really clear why he agrees to help. The perhaps reflects a certain aspect of France at the time, the desire to retain honor, but without having to do too much hard work, or put oneself into too dangerous a situation. At the same time his espionage work starts, he rekindles an old relationship that is perhaps his one true love. This never transcends the generic potboiler romance level, and fails to add any depth to what little story there is. As in all of Furst's writing, the book is rich in detail when in comes to occupied Europe, one really gets the vibe of the cafés, restaurants, and street life in Paris. However, the espionage angle develops rather confusingly and almost randomly, resulting in a rather convoluted anticlimactic finale, which includes a ridiculous escape scene.
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