The World at Night

The World at Night

A Novel

Book - 2002
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"First-rate research collaborates with first-rate imagination. . . . Superb."-- The Boston Globe

Paris, 1940. The civilized, upper-class life of film producer Jean Casson is derailed by the German occupation of Paris, but Casson learns that with enough money, compromise, and connections, one need not deny oneself the pleasures of Parisian life. Somewhere inside Casson, though, is a stubborn romantic streak. When he's offered the chance to take part in an operation of the British secret service, this idealism gives him the courage to say yes. A simple mission, but it goes wrong, and Casson realizes he must gamble everything--his career, the woman he loves, life itself. Here is a brilliant re-creation of France--its spirit in the moment of defeat, its valor in the moment of rebirth.

Praise for The World at Night

"[ The World at Night ] earns a comparison with the serious entertainments of Graham Greene and John le Carré. . . . Gripping, beautifully detailed . . . an absorbing glimpse into the moral maze of espionage." --Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

"[ The World at Night ] is the world of Eric Ambler, the pioneering British author of classic World War II espionage fiction. . . . The novel is full of keen dialogue and witty commentary . . . . Thrilling." --Herbert Mitgang, Chicago Tribune

"With the authority of solid research and a true fascination for his material, Mr. Furst makes idealism, heroism, and sacrifice believable and real." --David Walton, The Dallas Morning News
Publisher: New York :, Random House Trade Paperbacks,, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780375758584
Branch Call Number: FIC FURS
Characteristics: 268 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 19, 2012

Deep, dark, disturbing. Wonderfully written

Feb 20, 2011

Wonderful read. Solid characters, good action.

Norman C. Smith
Dec 12, 2009

This is an interesting view of life in France immediately after the Nazi occupation in 1940. The protagonist, Jean Casson, a film producer, is drawn into some espionage and counter-espionage activities. The appealing thing about Casson is that he is definitely not heroic; he's just trying to get by, but he also feels tht he can't just roll over and collaborate with the Nazis.

Furst is described as a spy novelist, but I think that label doesn't really apply in this case.

The book is good enough to make me want to read more. I've checked out the sequel to this novel, "Red Gold", to see what happens next.


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