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Marathon Man (Bloomsbury Film Classics) Paperback – 5 Sep 2005

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (5 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747578664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747578666
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. . . .
MARATHON MAN
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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By A Customer on 29 May 1999
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I've been a crime fiction reader for 10 years and this is the best book I've ever read. The characters are so endearing that I can't believe they're not real and the plot is terrifying and funny at the same time. Be very careful not to have a bath alone in the house once you've read it!
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This is a plausible, gripping crime story. The characters are realistic and believable and this is a rare animal these days- a book that is difficult to put down.
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.
Strongly recommended.
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I bought this based on some complementary reviews, particularly on the denoument. I wasn't disappointed.

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.
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I have never ordered a second-hand book online before, so I'm pleased to say that it arrived in good condition.
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.
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I have not seen the movie so I had the pleasure of discovering the plot reading the novel. I will not deprive you of any of the suspense so let's just say the story will keep you on your toes until the end. The plausibility of the main character, the economy of the writing and of the dialogues and the pacing of the action are all amazing. I tend to find many thrillers overly long, suffering from too many twists and turns and heavy handed descriptions. Nothing of the sort here. Marathon Man is concise and to the point. Take anything out and the story will lose some intensity. Add anything else and you'll get an overweight boxer instead of a lean and mean killing machine. William Goldman did not win two Oscars for his scripts for nothing.
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My favourite book, written by my favourite American author!

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.
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