The Forger Paperback – 4 Jun 2001
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently bought together
This shopping feature will continue to load items. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Page 1 of 1 Start overPage 1 of 1
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
An unscrupulous Parisian art dealer tries to pass off some of Halifax's paintings as Old Masters. When the ruse is uncovered, Halifax is arrested. As the Nazis converge on Paris, he is press-ganged by the Resistance to forge a number of great artworks so that the originals are safe. He faces a terrible dilemma, there seems no way out.
About the Author
Paul Watkins was born in 1964. He is the son of Welsh parents and was educated at the Dragon School, at Eton and at Yale. His novels include Night Over Day Over Night, Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn, In the Blue Light of African Dreams, The Promise of Night, Archangel, The Story of My Disappearance and The Forger. He has also written about his experiences at public school, in Stand Before Your God. He was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1992 and 1996, and won the Winifred Holtby Prize for Best Regional Novel of the Year in 1996. He lives in the USA.
Showing 1-8 of 13 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
14 June 2001
Watkins sets his thriller among the artistic community in Nazi-occupied Paris. The young artist narrator arrives from America having been granted a scholarship which he didnt apply for by an mysterious committee of whom he has never heard. Commencing his studies at the artelier of Pankratov, a russian emigreé with a unique approach to teaching, life appears to be everything he always dreamed of until a friendship with an unscrupulous art dealer and Nazi occupation forces the young artist to make a choice that carries with it the risk of death for himself and all those he holds dear. Watkins draws a vivid portrait of the Paris of the period. The book is highly original, and an atmosphere of mystery and tension is built up throughout. All the characters are vividly drawn and it is perhaps a measure of the effectiveness of the writing that the reader becomes progressively more interested in them and by the end relly cares about what will become of them all. A rewarding read and a story that will stay with he reader for some time afterwards.
8 people found this helpfulComment
16 November 2000
This is a very interesting book, for the most part well-researched--yes, it can be disconcerting to come across errors, but they were not at all intrinsic to the plot of what's a novel and not a thesis. That said, I was disappointed at how the book just sort of trickled off to a flat end, losing steam in the final 30 or 40 pages. Still, it's entertaining and educating, throws light on the art world in Europe during the Nazi era, and handles ambitious themes nicely.
2 people found this helpfulComment
7 July 2000
The story plot is wonderful, and keeps building throughout the book, so that once one starts reading it, it's hard to put it down. I finished the book in one long sitting, and have re-read some of the more important parts since then. I am in love with this book, with the author, and with many of his keen observations of the human condition. I have read all of the author's books, and have found this to be the best one yet. Most definitely a MUST READ.
2 people found this helpfulComment
28 June 2001
A great, dark brooding book with a location that you can almost breathe in. A fascinating look at one of the bye ways of history. I think the people quibbling about the name of a museum are missing the point, it doesn't matter whether the museum existed or not, the story still stands - that is the nature of fiction. I am sure many of the other things did not happen and the locations did not exist and the people, shock horror, are not real - it is still a glorious period thriller in the traditional dark and literary Greene and Ambler mould (and recently Alan Furst and Robert Wilson).
23 May 2001
A great story, with characters who are real. Other reviewers remark on poor research - this is a novel (and an exciting one at that) not a history lesson. I loved the topic, and the references to the works of art brought them to life. I'd thoroughly recommend it. I'm looking for other Paul Watkins books now.
20 June 2001
i really enjoyed this book. its concept was imaginative, the characters were vivd and our protagonist had an interesting tale to tell. even if some of the historic details aren't all that accurate, the novel still worked, and very well, may i add. a must for artists and readers alike.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?