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The World at Night (Jean Casson Series #1)
     

The World at Night (Jean Casson Series #1)

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by Alan Furst
 

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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

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The World at Night (Jean Casson Series #1) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Preserved-Killick More than 1 year ago
This is the forth of Furst's novels that I've read, and the best of them. Has a little bit of everything. I was stuck on the couch nursing a sore back, and I couldn' t have asked for a better companion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful characters, spare prose, great settings... do not miss this one.
prenoun More than 1 year ago
Alan Furst's World War II espionage novels can sometimes read nothing like novels about spies. Instead they'll tell of a postcard from a lost friend, signed with an impersonal, intimate X. They'll contemplate the slow rolling of cigarettes at a Paris café, an untapped telephone under the bar, and former lovers pretending a kiss in order to escape unwanted attention. Jean-Claude Casson, hero of "The World at Night," is no James Bond, so when he is unlucky, we feel it sharply; when he loses, we lose at his side; and should Jean-Claude happen to find an occasional, small success, we understand how one can survive a war, and escape with dignity. Furst writes of passion and sacrifice and moments decided upon or missed with such sincerity that you might think all the world depended on the actions of a few unimportant men. As if that were possible. As if it didn't already occur. (Also posted at Gooreads.)
Bookworm1FG More than 1 year ago
Alan Furst gets first prize from me for his writing in this genre. Another page turner. Bookworm1FG
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I like Spies in the Balkans this was not so good Poor character development the story was not there I did like the Paris backdrop and the desriptions of the food and libations
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst book I ever read not worth the money I paid for it would not recommend it