Red Gold Hardcover – 7 Jul 2005
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Nothing can be like watching Casablanca for the first time, but Furst comes closer than anyone has in years.
What the espionage novels of John le Carre were for the Cold War, those of Alan Furst have become for the period that might be called the Sable Decade. ...Furst may have no peer in his ability to re-create the atmosphere of the nether world of continental Europe during the war years.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Red Gold transports a reader back to a cowed Paris, darkened by the menacing ambience of World War II.
William Nicholson, USA Today"
"Nothing can be like watching Casablanca for the first time, but Furst comes closer than anyone has in years."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Red Gold transports a reader back to a cowed Paris, darkened by the menacing ambience of World War II."
--William Nicholson, USA Today --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Maybe we Brits were just brought up on series;for me it would have been Biggles and the Ian and Sovra novels of Elinor Lyon. Whatever the reason, Casson is a great hero and I cant wait for him to reappear though I do fear for his wife's lover come the Liberation !Yes I know these are fictional characters but,curse him, the writer makes us care!
So what if the plot is complicated- if Russian intelligence is involved then chess is the strategic method.Atmosphere as always perfect.Just how do Americans manage this;Cruz Smith with Russia , Elizabeth George (mostly with success, though not with the UK aristocracy) with England and Furst with France and all middle Europe.
There's a quotation from the Times on the cover: "As good as le Carre." I think he's better. His books lack the air of sophisticated cynicism that le Carre's books have. His characters get on with life in the most difficult of circumstances, and I salute him for that.
This is the strength of this book. It is complicated all the resistance groups have one eye on the future aware that todays allies may well be tomorrows enemies. There is a great sense of history and the way in which various sections of the community deal with the privations of occupation.
Jean Casson is a fascinating character he is not ideally suited to a world of violent action but is able to react when he has to. I enjoyed this book and i want to know what happens next.... Please Mr Furst i am running out of your books.
Because of the simplistic 'espionage' tag Furst gets compared to John Le Carre. It's misleading. Furst writes about the thirties and forties and not the cold war. I much prefer Furst. He's an excellent writer.
It continues the story of Jean Casson who we last saw swimming back to the Normandy coast having been spirited onto a boat to England to escape the Nazis.
As ever with Furst, wartime Paris is carefully evoked and the historic accuracy of the story gives an interesting insight on how the different parts of the French resistance competed.
However, the plot of the novel is thin even by Furst's standards and we never really understand what drives Casson to do what he does. The action set pieces are tautly written and there is a palpable atmosphere to be enjoyed. But not one of Furst's best. Of those I have read, The Polish Officer would win that award.
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