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The Manchurian Candidate

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2004


    I have now read the book, and watched both movies, so I can truly say that this is one of the best stories ever written. Some parts are a little slow, but the story is as chilling and realistic as it was in the 50's and 60's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2004

    A Classic Political Thriller

    Condon¿s 1959 novel is a shocking political thriller, as disturbing today as it was then. The very concept of the Far Right being manipulated as a tool of the Far Left may seem outdated in this post-Cold War world, but the reality is, the scenery never really changes, only the labels do. During the Korean War, a Chinese-Russian military intelligence operation captures a patrol of American soldiers and brainwashes the squad leader, Sergeant Raymond Shaw, to act as an assassin who forgets his orders and his bloody deeds once they are done. Neither Raymond nor his fellow soldiers have any idea what¿s happened to them, or to Raymond in particular -- none have any memory of the fact that Raymond murdered two of the men under his command, on the orders of the Chinese, during the period they were held captive. Raymond returns home a hero and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is briefly reunited with his mother, for whom he nurses a vigorous hatred, and her husband, Johnny Iselin, a U.S. Senator patterned loosely after Joe McCarthy. Iselin is buffoonish, conservative, and politically savvy -- a comical character but for the fact that he has serious political ambitions, and the means to carry them out with the help of Raymond¿s supremely controlling mother. With steely determination, she advances Iselin¿s career, destroys Raymond¿s romance with the daughter of a political enemy, then rebuilds it when it suits her purposes. The book is a delightful read, disarmingly entertaining as Condon takes you deeper into the plot that has Raymond as its focal point. On the surface, Condon¿s writing is light, funny and anecdotal, but he employs casual satire to expose the reader to truly disturbing themes. A must read for anyone interested in government, spy stories, and the possibility that things are not what they appear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2004

    A Twisty Political Satire in the Guise of a Thriller

    This is a twisty political satire in the guise of a thriller. If you haven't read the book or seen the movie (the first one; the remake is a waste of time and money.) You're in for a treat with twists and turns you won't see coming up until the end.

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