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1.0 out of 5 stars And the point is...?, 2 Feb. 2008
This review is from: The Foreign Correspondent (Paperback)
I was expecting an awful lot more from this novel. I saw a brief review of it in a magazine and thought it sounded right up my alley. In reality, I was bored stiff by it.

I really failed to see the point of the plot. In a era fraught with tension, true fear and mounting panic Furst has come up with a narrative that drags its heels further hampered by some of the most constipated dialogue I've read in many a long year.

He falls into the fatal trap of affecting a bizarre tone when writing charaters whose first language isn't English in a bid to make them seem foreign; it just ends up making them see chronically unrealistic. The characers here lack depth anyway, their speech doesn't help their cause. It's the literary equivalent of actors adpoting a one-size-fits-all foreign accent - a bit French, a bit German, lots of eye rolling, everyone's confused.

And the plot? Twenty pages from the end I was still waiting to see what the point of it was. Was it to get Christa out of Berlin? Was it to re-start the paper? Was it to stop OVRA operating in Paris? I don't know. Only the former was resolved and I wasn't remotely bothered by that.

278 pages and I don't think I cared about a single thing that happened on a single one of them. This could have been an exciting novel, instead it could put a glass eye to sleep. I'm off to read some John Le Carre to mitigate its effects...
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Initial post: 22 Jun 2012 16:37:42 BDT
peebee says:
Spot on review. I just cent care less what happened
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