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View all 13 comments. I enjoy the unknown and the mystery of the unravelling. When doing a Book Pal read, I decided to pick up a book that is in my Top 10 and to break my rule about never reading a book twice. What an excellent decision. Even the second time around, I was amazed by the excellent story and the author's ability to created suspense even when you know the eventual outco Still Amazing the Second Time Around - 5 Stars In the past 16 years, with the exception of the Bible, I have never read a book twice.
Even the second time around, I was amazed by the excellent story and the author's ability to created suspense even when you know the eventual outcome. The author makes it clear from the outset that the book is about a failed assassination attempt.
While this would generally spoil the story for me, this story was about the preparation, the chase and the excitement of the near miss. This is likely the reason it was still an amazing read the second time around. Whether it is your first time, second or fifteenth, fans of Thrillers, spy novels and political thrillers should pick up this classic volume. Plot I will not belabour the storyline. The uses up a significant number of pages to outline the history leading to the attempt and the tension and power struggle between the President and the OAS who were determined to oust De Gaulle and keep Algeria French.
Admittedly, the opening is slow as it reads as a history. While the first chapter or two is dry, it provide the read with an excellent synopsis of the Algerian war, De Gaulle's rise, fall and second ascent to the presidency. After 6 failed attempts at assassination, the OAS hatches its best plan to date. Enter the Jackal.
The top OAS leaders hire a foreign assassin to plan his own attack and assassination of the president.
The story follows two major storylines. Firstly, the OAS leaders which eventually combines with that of the Jackal and his precise planning and attempt.
Secondly, the story follows the French Detective who is tasked with the unenviable job of finding a killer with no evidence and clues. Without a doubt, the author amazing eye for detail is a major reason for this. The reader does not miss a single step in the Jackal's planning. When he visits a forger to obtain fake papers, we get to see him return. We don't miss any steps. Additionally, we follow an equally detailed investigation into the identity and plan of the killer.
It is truly an immersive experience. While the actual details of the Jackal's true identity and his planning are not well known, the author does an amazing job of taking the facts and filling in the blanks with some educated guesses.
The result is a completely believable and engaging story. The Jackal is one of my favourite characters in literature. There is little back story for the character but this results in an incredibly mysterious and dangerous character. Even when you think you know him, you quickly realize you don't. Beyond the Jackal himself, the story of the investigation is equally amazing. The character of the French Detective is a small, unassuming and henpecked man but his looks belie his sharp intellect and tenacity.
He is made to report daily to approximately 10 of the top men in the French government and to steer the largest manhunt in French history.
The kicker is that there are quite literally no clues to go on. With a small bit of good fortune and some excellent instincts, he is able to track down an illusion.
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This is truly one of the most brilliant investigations I have read. Coupling this with the Jackal's story vaults this book into my top Any fan of Thrillers need to read this excellent novel. While this was written decades ago, the writing, content and story does not feel dated.
This story remains exciting and entertaining, even in time of instant gratification. Even though you know the end at the beginning, it is the journey that is exciting. A highly recommended book! Jan 28, Luffy rated it it was ok Shelves: The day of the jackal was over, and I was glad of that.
Just because this old thriller was related to a favored genre of mine - the historical fiction - didn't mean I would like outdated thrillers with no idea that hasn't been milked by movies of various characteristics.
But I learned one thing after reading this book, and that was that archaic books like this died intestate. There were defining aspects in this hefty - not too much though - novel. There were new characters that kept making entr The day of the jackal was over, and I was glad of that. There were new characters that kept making entry until the last pages. Also there was the fact that we know that The Jackal wasn't going to succeed.
At the other end of the spectrum, there was another type of sitting duck of the species known as Dead Meat. Those who you knew were going to die did die. But as the novel progressed, it was more difficult to care for the victims. The only brilliant idea in the story was that the info that set the ball rolling was an error of identification. That threw this reader completely. In the end, though, it wasn't enough to justify reading the book in the first place.
View all 10 comments. Fans of classic suspense novels. One of the things that I like about Goodreads is that it's more than just a bunch of book reviews.
It's a location where book-lovers can exchange stories, discuss books, download and sell books and simply go on and on about their favorite and not so favorite books. So please indulge me as I provide a longish backstory before actually getting into my review because that is part of the fun.
To begin with please look at my bookshelves. You'll notice that one of them is labeled "seventies-classics".
I One of the things that I like about Goodreads is that it's more than just a bunch of book reviews. I was a child in the seventies born in and both of my parents were are for they are both still alive readers. Mom liked classic dense novels, works about human behavior Carl Jung et al and the occasional "serious" work about the supernatural Edgar Cayce,Dorothy Jane Roberts and so on. She encouraged my love of history and started my modest collection of historical works - many of which I still own.
Thanks mom. Now dad provided the "men's action novel" section of my parent's library. My parents compliment each other. Mom is the intellectual with a couple different university diplomas. Dad is the Vietnam veteran and career police officer. As a boy I was drawn to dad's reading selections and one of my clearest memories are the hardback copies of Frederick Forsyth's first three novels on the shelves: Dad was a huge fan and even got mom to read the first two.
My mother, the intellectual, found them to be "better than average genre novels" mom sometimes slips. I read The Odessa File when I was ten years old. At the time it took some effort, but I finished it and enjoyed it tremendously. The Dogs of War followed a few years later. Forsyth's later novels are competent, but they lack the Cinema Verite no I don't care if I'm using that term loosely of his first three novels which was the very thing that I liked.
As a result I moved on to Tom Clancy's more muscular works and the twentieth century rolled into the twenty-first. A couple weeks ago my wife brought home a Franklin Library leather-bound edition of The Day of the Jackal which she found at the local Deseret Industries store if you live where there are large numbers of Mormons you are familiar with "DI". Terrific secondhand store chain offering a great selection of used books among other things.
The best part is that my wife picked it up for only two dollars United States! On site the leather bound editions sell for at least thirty dollars a piece so way to go honey. As I admired the high quality book I realized that I had never read Forsyth's debut novel. I had seen Fred Zinnemann's movie of course , but never read the novel. An oversight that I knew I would have to correct. I dare anyone who is a book lover to toss a high-end printing to the side without reading it - for the sheer sensual pleasure if nothing else.
It's the equivalent of a classic car lover leaving a Jaguar XK-E Roadster in the garage and not driving it around the neighborhood on summer weekends So now that I have gone on and on without providing an actual review you're probably wondering what did I think about Mr.
Forsyth's classic? Well I think it's a cracking good suspense novel. It is a forty-five year old novel so the technology and some of the techniques are dated. The plot itself is not a complicated one.
The French learn of the plot and the race is on to stop the killer before he stops President de Gaulle. In the French government,and all of it's military and police branches, did not have computers, cell phones, satellite surveillance, DNA, thermal scanners, unmanned aerial drones or any of the other tools that are now used in the never-ending struggle against terrorists. The French authorities are also hampered by the President refusing to go into hiding as well as refusing to allow the news to be made public - which was so typical of that obstinate man.
What they do have in their favor is manpower, organization and the French bureaucracy yes you heard that right - red tape and endless paperwork makes a valuable contribution on their side. The Jackal ,however, is a very smart man who is careful ,meticulous, motivated and lucky. The result is a race to the finish and I found it to be a very effective race even though we all know that de Gaulle died seven years later in This means that one starts the novel knowing that the plot is a failure, but it still pulls one into the story.
That's an impressive piece of writing if you ask me. Day of the Jackal is an archetype of the modern "techno-thriller". Meticulously researched in which the characters function in our reality with all the drawbacks. Mistakes are made, people stumble and sometimes things move with an agonizing slowness. A former journalist Forsyth brought his skills to a novel, but he treated it like it was a research piece for a monthly news journal or a series in the London Times.
The result is that documentary "Cinema Verite " that I mentioned earlier. Younger readers will probably find Day of the Jackal to be dull with not enough action. The story is the action as it moves inexorably closer to the assassination attempt, but for the younger readers there is a definite lack of car chases, gunfights, thrilling escapes and an explosive climax. If one is curious as to how the story could be amped up see the movie version "The Jackal" with Bruce Willis and Sidney Poitier.
Actually I like that version as well, but in terms of what it is and not what it isn't. I try not to get excited about movies straying from the source material. There are weaknesses, but that is true of everything in this world. Forsyth is an excellent researcher and excels at establishing a very realistic and detailed setting in which his characters move through.
However he isn't as strong when it comes the characters themselves. Forsyth will describe his characters with a few sentences and then moves on.
Essentially his characters are cardboard cutouts with out the psychological depth that readers have come to expect in Actually ,in fairness to the older generation, many novelists were doing that back in as well, but remember that Forsyth was a journalist.
Journalists don't spend much time writing about the psychology of a politician usually. A few sentences about a president's background and then it's onto the meat of the story. Personally I didn't find the story hurt by the rather sparse character development. It's a suspense novel about a manhunt and not an in-depth character study. Well here I am with my concluding paragraph. What to write that hasn't already been written? I'm going to opt with the simple approach.
It's a good novel. Give it a try. View all 25 comments. Checkman Malvika wrote: Most of our best reading experiences have great stories to them which simply makes them all the more ric Malvika wrote: Most of our best reading experiences have great stories to them which simply makes them all the more richer!
I enjoyed writing the review. Nick I like that review, Checkman. Love the backstory, our reading experiences as children can be so important. Sounds like you had some good shelves to lo I like that review, Checkman. Sounds like you had some good shelves to look through when you were growing up.
This book is one of the best books in its genre. Haven't found a book which can be at par with The Day of the Jackal.
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View all 3 comments. Re-reading The Day of the Jackal , Frederick Forsyth's Edgar winner for Best Novel, was perhaps even more satisfying than reading it for the first time can it really have been 36 years ago? I would never quibble with the committee's choice on this one. As most people probably know, the book deals with a plot to assassinate Charles de Gaulle, President of France, by a group opposed to his policies on Algeria.
Not only does the reasonably well-informed reader know that, historically, de Gaull Re-reading The Day of the Jackal , Frederick Forsyth's Edgar winner for Best Novel, was perhaps even more satisfying than reading it for the first time can it really have been 36 years ago?
Not only does the reasonably well-informed reader know that, historically, de Gaulle was not assassinated, but Forsyth actually makes a point of telling us this early in the book. So, in a most important sense, we know from the outset how the book ends.
And yet, it is one of the best examples I've read of page-turning, heart-stopping, breath-holding suspense writing. Using the third-person omniscient form, Forsyth takes us into the minds and actions of the plotters, the police, and the Jackal himself.
As the Jackal's preparations are being made, the French policeman, Lebel, is making his own preparations to foil the hired assassin. The police including a number of quasi-police agencies with few qualms about methods are well aware of the plot to assassinate de Gaulle -- several unsuccessful attempts have been made -- and they quickly surmise that the plotters have a hired killer.
But finding the Jackal is not so easy, and he always seems to be one step ahead of them until the last shattering moment. One thing that struck me in this reading of The Day of the Jackal was that, while one part of my brain was firmly on the side of Lebel and his need to stop the assassin, another part of me was admiring the Jackal's ingenuity and cool head, and almost wanted him to "win.
Forsyth puts the reader in the very unusual position of watching two consummate professionals doing their jobs in opposition to each other; even though we know which is the "good" or "right" side, our inwards groans at a setback for the Jackal are as heartfelt as those for Lebel, at least until the last few chapters. If you are too young to have read this book when it first came out, or even if you did read it then, do yourself a favor and read or re-read it. This swept through our lives like a simulacrum of the fire of London.
Everyone was reading and loving this story that took just over a week to write. It was the first time there was a generic book buzz in my life and I became hooked on that buzz: Wasn't so long after that Forsyth did it all again to our utter, utter amazement. A moment in time and book-love was created. Frederick Forsyth reveals MI6 spying past.
Nov 09, Miranda Reads rated it it was ok Shelves: The beginning was a sheer cliff of a learning curve. So, so many details, dates and people. I reread it 3 times before giving up and hoping that I'd catch on eventually. I did catch on, I think This was entirely too much page space given to one day.
Yes there are flashbacks but still As is, I had to slog through so much background and jargon and irrelevant bits that when I finally got to something interesting, I was ecstatic. Hopefully other espionage novels aren't like this one, otherwise I'm out of a genera Audiobook Comments Simon Prebble read this one and Dull, dry and monotone.
Blog Instagram Twitter View 2 comments. Oct 22, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: The Day of the Jackal was published in and takes place in Frederick Forsyth 's story picks up from there.
The French secret service has been very successful in infiltrating the OAS. They have managed to seize and interrogate the terrorists' operations commander, Antoine Argoud. The leader of the failed ass The Day of the Jackal was published in and takes place in The leader of the failed assassination attempt in has been executed by firing squad.
Argoud's deputy, Lieutenant Colonel Marc Rodin, decides that the only way to succeed in killing de Gaulle is to hire a professional assassin from outside the organisation, someone completely unknown to both the French authorities and the OAS itself. Rodin and two of his deputies meet with, and hire, an Englishman whose name is never disclosed.
Instead they agree to use a code name. The remainder of Part One describes the Jackal's preparations for his forthcoming assignment. His acquiring several passports and identities, hiring a gunsmith to build him a special sniper rifle, etc.
Enter the Jackal Edward Fox, Gandhi : charismatic, calculating, cold as ice.
As the Jackal closes in on his target, a race against the clock ensues to identify and put a stop to a killer whose identity, whereabouts and modus operandi are completely unknown.
Co-starring a plethora of talent from both sides of the Channel, including Michael Lonsdale Munich , Derek Jacobi The Odessa File and Cyril Cusack and featuring striking cinematography by Jean Tournier Moonraker , The Day of the Jackal remains one of the greatest political thrillers of all time.
The Film: The movie was based on the bestseller novel by Frederick Forsythe, British journalist who made reputation by mixing real life events and fiction in his books.
In August , after giving the independence to Algeria, French President Charles De Gaulle played by Adrien Cayla-Legrand became the target of extreme right-wingers and disgruntled war veterans united in the terrorist organisation known as OAS.
The spectacular attempt on his life fails, the conspirators are caught and their leader, Colonel Bastien-Thirry Jean Sorel is executed for treason. At this point, real life is replaced with fiction - a year later, surviving OAS members, led by Colonel Rodin Eric Porter had decided to strike again. Their problem is De Gaulle's security service being the best in the world and their own organisation being infiltrated by moles and informants.
So, the idea is to have an outsider, contract killer. The mysterious Englishman, known by his code name Jackal Edward Fox accepts the offer and begins his methodical work to prepare the assassination. Yet the novel was still a risk, not least because the ending was already known — De Gaulle had died in his bed in The first four publishers Forsyth sent the manuscript turned it down. A thriller set in France with an unnamed anti-hero who fails in his mission?
Forget it. Eventually, one man took a chance. Harold Harris, of Hutchinson, agreed to a modest initial print run of 8, copies. Well, it worked. The Day of the Jackal became a word-of-mouth sensation. Hutchinson has lost count of how many millions of copies the book has sold. Alas, he has also influenced some of society's less attractive elements.That The Day of the Jackal has become a handbook for maniacs should not be the book's lasting legacy.
When asked to name the best detective in France, he volunteers his own deputy commissioner, Claude Lebel. Everyone was reading and loving this story that took just over a week to write.
I was maybe most impressed at how well rounded his characters are. The character of the French Detective is a small, unassuming and henpecked man but his looks belie his sharp intellect and tenacity.