The World at Night

The World at Night

Book - 1996 | First edition
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Baker & Taylor
In 1940 Paris, film producer and bon vivant Jean Casson undertakes a dangerous mission against Germany in the world of espionage, an assignment that could cost him everything--even his life

Blackwell North Amer
Reminiscent of the films noir of the 1940s, Alan Furst's World War II spy novels are classics of the form, widely praised as the most authentic and best-written espionage fiction today. In The World at Night Furst brings his extraordinary touch to a story of honor and lost love set against one of the twentieth century's great battlegrounds of intrigues - the German-occupied Paris of 1940.
On the surface, film producer Jean Casson is a typical Parisian male: dark eyed, more attractive than handsome, well dressed, well bred. With his wife he has an "arrangement" - shared circle of friends, separate apartments - while he meets actors' agents and screenwriters in the best cafes' and bistros, spends evenings at dinner parties and nights in the beds of his women friends. Stunned at first by the German victory of 1940, Casson and others of his class are to learn, in the first months of occupation, that with enough money, compromise, and connections, one need not deny oneself the pleasures of Parisian life.
But somewhere inside Casson is a stubborn romantic streak. It's what rekindles his passion for Citrine, the beautiful streetwise actress who was perhaps his only real love. And when he's offered the chance to take part in an operation of the British secret intelligence service, it's what gives him the courage to say yes.
A simple mission, but it goes wrong, and Casson suddenly realizes he must gamble everything - his career, the woman he loves, his life itself.

Baker
& Taylor

In 1940 Paris, film producer and bon vivant Jean Casson undertakes a dangerous mission against Germany in the world of espionage, an assignment that could cost him everything--even his life. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, [1996]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780679413134
0679413138
Branch Call Number: Fiction FURST A
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 25 cm

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rgally
Mar 19, 2012

Deep, dark, disturbing. Wonderfully written

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nagten
Feb 20, 2011

Wonderful read. Solid characters, good action.

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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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