Marathon Man (Bloomsbury Film Classics) Paperback – 5 Sep 2005
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'Superb ... one hell of a read' Washington Post 'Well-plotted, expertly characterised and fast-paced' Los Angeles Times 'A tautly written thriller, an entity in itself ... sets my teeth to aching' Irish Times
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William Goldman's remarkable career spans more than five decades, and his credentials run the gamut from bestselling novelist to Oscar-winning screenwriter to Hollywood raconteur. He's beloved by millions of readers as the author of the classic comic-romantic fantasy The Princess Bride. And he's notorious for creating the most harrowing visit to the dentist in literary and cinematic history--in one of the seminal thrillers of the twentieth century. . . .
Tom "Babe" Levy is a runner in every sense: racing tirelessly toward his goals of athletic and academic excellence--and endlessly away from the specter of his famous father's scandal-driven suicide. But an unexpected visit from his beloved older brother will set in motion a chain of events that plunge Babe into a vortex of terror, treachery, and murder--and force him into a race for his life . . . and for the answer to the fateful question, "Is it safe?" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I haven't seen the film, but suspect that it had difficulty catching the essence of the torture sequences in the way the book does. Brilliant writing. I particularly liked the scene where the hero, Babe, uses the local no-gooders to face down the heavily-armed professionals- irony AND humour.
I would have liked to have known how it worked out for Babe, a briliant academic who shows he has the family talent for extracting an eye for an eye.
As a result if his brother's secret agent activities, the titular hero gets wrapped up in the machinations of some very ruthless people, with dealings and double dealings aplenty. Assassins, nazi war criminals and murder, the usual really (!).
To say anymore would reveal too much.
The novel is much darker than the screen version, with a far less conciliatory and more satisfactory ending. And given it is written by the master himself, a most enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.
This is a book that I have been meaning to read for some time, but I was surprised to discover it was out of print in the UK. I had heard it was a good thriller, and it certainly was. I have seen the film, and now I know that it deviates very little from the book. There is a fairly famous scene in a dentist's chair, which felt just as powerful (if not more so, I last saw the film several years ago) as in the film.
The book is a page-turner and quick to read. It feels almost as though it was originally written to be a screenplay. I enjoyed it.
The prologue is a masterclass in how to grab a reader's attention.
The Edinburgh tourist board should seek permission to quote the description of Scotland's capital city.
This is (in my humle opinion) his best, but check out his other titles, particularly CONTROL and MAGIC.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Readable-film better-good dental scene-without the dental scene,quite boring.
The 3 star is generous.i don't know how anyone could give this anymore than three stars.
I know it is cliché but with this book the pages literally do turn themselves (thus the rather confusing review title). Read morePublished on 4 July 2013 by orsharp
Class. Sheer class! I first read this book in the Seventies. Pity anyone who saw the movie before reading this cleverly constructed thriller. Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2010 by Nick W
This is an excellent spy thriller filled with international intrigue and double-dealing characters. It leaves one wondering just who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2007 by lawyeraau