- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Orion (21 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409128245
- ISBN-13: 978-1409128243
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rogue Male Paperback – 21 Mar 2013
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Nail-biting, boldly plotted... A mesmeric climax anticipates post-war existential fiction. By any standards: a masterpiece (INDEPENDENT)
We are in classic British adventure thriller territory - think Buchan - with an upper-class Englishman showing his stiff upper lip to best effect... A page-turner if ever there was one! (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)
The book... has lost none of its appeal as a tale of survival against the heaviest of odds (DAILY MAIL)
Rogue Male is probably the most famous chase thriller ever, influencing an entire generation from Frederick Forsyth to Lee Child (CATHOLIC HERALD)
This is a completely terrific read, a perfect example of its kind and one we'd recommend to lovers of classic thrillers (EASTERN DAILY PRESS)
Nail-biting, boldly plotted... A mesmeric climax anticipates post-war existential fiction. By any standards: a masterpiece. (THE INDEPENDENT)
The book... has lost none of its appeal as a tale of survival against the heaviest of odds. (Barry Turner DAILY MAIL)
Just reprinted, this is a completely terrific read, a perfect example of its kind and one we'd recommend to lovers of classic thrillers (EASTERN DAILY PRESS)
One of the classic thrillers of the 20th century - 'Simply the best escape and pursuit story yet written' [THE TIMES] - with a brand new Introduction by Robert MacfarlaneSee all Product Description
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Rogue Male tells the story of an anonymous English Aristocrat who is accused of trying to assasinate an European Dictator - he is captured, tortured - but incredibly survives. There then emerges a classic story of escape with hunter becoming the hunted. From Europe to the south of England the hero is literally forced to go to ground as his nemesis Major Quive-Smith gets closer and closer...
I love it! Just writing this review makes me want to read it again. This is a must try book which in my opinion, surpasses The 39 Steps.
Trying to be balanced,I have read reviews where critics find the plotting sometimes stretches the imagination a bit too much and some people are annoyed by the central character's aristocratic tendencies - but personally I disagree /don't care respectfully.
This book is a forgotten classic and a must read for anyone who enjoys Escape and Survival Stories. Give it a try!
Household continued the tradition of great thriller writers like Erskine Childers and John Buchan, but he had a fluency and lightness of style that set him apart, and in this sense he forms a bridge to a new generation of writers like Graham Greene who were able to write readable thrillers that also pass muster as serious literature.
This is an exciting and very enjoyable book.
Rogue Male tells the story of a British Sportsman/Hunter who dares to attempt the perfect stalk - the assassination of a European dictator. Though never named (neither suspected hero assassin or potential victim)the European dictator is most likely to be Adolf Hitler. Captured,tortured and left for dead, the unamed hero must escape almost certain death and make his way back to England. Barely able to walk, his face disfigured and hands barely usable, this will be an almost impossible task - the odds overwhelming. Our hero's basic survival instincts come into play and in so many ways civilised man has to give way to the beast lurking within in order to survive.
For a relativlely short book. Rogue Male is epic in scope - covering escape across Europe and search and evasion in London and the English countryside. The hero is resourceful,intelligent and shrewd. He is moral and speaks with integrity. He is pushed to the limits but though he can only survive by trusting his inate animal instincts he nonetheless retains his humanity and re-discovers his true sense of purpose.
When I read this book as a teenager I initially found it slow and had to read the first 5-10 pages a few times to get into it.Read more ›
Household really takes us inside the characters' mind and the complexities that exist within the troubled hero.
This is a great chase thriller, better in my opinion than the more well known 'The Thirty Nine Steps'It captures time and character perfectly and is quintescentially 'English'. I love the way the un-named hero reveals his emotions and depth of feeling. I like the fact that there is very little dialogue.
The landscape is incredibly vivid. The pace superb, especially from the underground station section onwards.
This novel is always a pleasure to read and reveals more layers to the story on each occasion.
The 'template' for many great thrillers that followed, but still the most original and best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book should be better known. Its a brilliant story which is not typical of when it was written, I think it is a head of its time. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Brian
First class thriller. Would read anything this author wrote. Highly recommendedPublished 6 days ago by James Lavery
Yes, this is a “Boys Own” story with all its strengths and weaknesses. Much strains credulity, but the writing is amazingly taut and the plot takes an ever stronger grip as it... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bluecashmere.
I have noticed that there are a lot of books being published set around 1940's, etc spy thrillers and crime books. Old fashioned writing and English - thank goodness.Published 3 months ago by jacqueline ann swannell
ROGUE MALE (1939) by Geoffrey Household (British, 1900-1988) is a very enjoyable man-on-the-run mystery-adventure in which the "rogue male" is a Briton who was captured and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David R. Eastwood
A great story told through the eyes of one man and his struggle to get back to England and away from an enemy that wants him deadPublished 4 months ago by ross cain
Rip-roaring stuff. The language and attitudes of a bygone world but that's definitely part of its charm.Published 4 months ago by Jim