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3.0 out of 5 stars A Minor Work In The Furst Canon, 10 Feb. 2007
This review is from: The Foreign Correspondent (Hardcover)
I look forward to new novels by Alan Furst more than those by any other author. However, I've just re-read The Foreign Correspondent and I still feel it's the least satisfying of Furst's works. Furst seems to be fallng ever more in love with his descriptions of the ambience of pre-war Paris, to the point where passages of this novel read like self-parody. For example, there's a slightly cringeworthy scene set at the restaurant which features in all his novels but which this time has cameos from the heroes of several of his previous works. What is missing from The Foreign Correspondent is any sense of urgency. I'm reminded of The World at Night, which had a similar slight air of aimlessness but to Furst's credit he came back suberbly after that with Red Gold. Those two novels are extremely satisfying if read as one two halves of one complete work so perhaps Furst will return to the protagonist of The Foreign Correspondent and develop a plot around him which is the equal of his excellent characterisation
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