The Day of the Jackal (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Day of the Jackal (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Frederick Forsyth


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ISBN-13: 9780808514091
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 10/28/1982
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x (h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Frederick Forsyth (1938) is an English author and former journalist and spy. He is best known for his thrillers many of which have been adapted into films. He wrote his first novel The Day of the Jackal in 1971, winning an Edgar Award for Best Novel. His next two novels The Odessa File and The Dogs of War were also adapted into films of the same names. In 1997 Forsyth was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 2015 it was revealed he had been an MI6 agent for twenty years.

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The Day of the Jackal 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Janus More than 1 year ago
If you have seen and enjoyed the old movie "The Day of the Jackal" then this book is essential to your library. While it is true that you will know basically what happens, the book flushes out the characters and procedures so much more than the movie had time to. There is a growing demographic of readers whom devour assassin-themed books, this book is kind of like the granddaddy for that genre. Pros: Fascinating, well-written, exciting and plain old fun. Cons: Assumes the reader knows some rather obscure information, slow starting and very long chapters. Overall: A must for fans of thrillers and assassin fiction alike. Rates up there with works by Trevanian and Ludlum.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll agree with the other opinions here that it's a good story. But I almost didn't get to the good parts because it took sooo long to get going. If you're not familiar with French history, and don't know much about French in general (like how to pronounce it), all of the tedious backstory and names and places and events you get hit with in the beginning can really get in the way. For a lot of the first section 'Anatomy of a Plot' I was wondering if we would EVER get to the part that actually invovled the Jackal. Once it finally does get rolling though, it rolls along very well. And the twist at the end is definitely worth a good chuckle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you know this book is not true charles de gaulle never was assassinated; it even says in the book that the plot is going to fail de gaulle died in 1968 or 1970, forsyth wrote the book in 73, he expects you to know that this book is not true in real life, over 30 assassination attempts were made on degaulle, so this makes it possible to be one of the thirty even though you know it's the jackal is going ot fail, it's how close the jackal gets to de gaulle and the time and effort the jackal puts into the plot that nakes it good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File are two of the greats of the 20th century. I reread these two every few years, thats how great they are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A long time ago, in high school, I read Forsyth's novel The Odessa File, and I remember enjoying it thoroughly. I don't know why it took me almost 20 years to read his first novel, The Day of the Jackal, but I'm glad I finally got around to it. Set more than 40 years ago, The Day of the Jackal involves an assassination attempt by a professional contract killer on the French Premier Charles de Gaulle by renegade members of the French army who are furious at his decision to pull out of Algeria. I admit I am not fully familiar with European post-war history, but the plot hooked me just the same. The characters are especially well-crafted for a book of this sort, and the suspense builds throughout, even though we know that de Gaulle died from natural causes. I especially enjoyed the little twist at the end. I thought the plot took a little too long to get rolling, and obivously the material is somewhat dated now, but this remains a classic of the genre. Read this to see why Tom Clancy will never measure up.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read it a couple of times in the past 30 years. It's a 'must read once' although I found it paled the second time. Definitely a thriller, so if you know the ending, it ruins a lot of the story for me. I think it was a better read back in the 70's when it came out, because the idea was pretty new. Now it's been reused by so many others that it doesn't have the same impact.
zzamboni on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my all-time favorite novel. I re-read it every 1-2 years, and it is always enjoyable and thrilling. The story of an intelligent, unstoppable assassin out to kill Charles de Gaulle, and the immense manhunt orchestrated by an equally brilliant detective. The story has me rooting for both sides alternatively, and every time I read it, I secretly wish that one of these times, the ending will have been rewritten to the other possible outcome.Two movies have been made based on this book: Fred Zinnemann's 1973 movie, which is very good and close to the book, and the 1997 version with Bruce Willis, which is not worth watching.
bookswamp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
CR 1971, this was one of the authors we read in my younger years - so when I found it at a flea market, I bought it - and found it kind of antique... so it will land on a flea market again, I guess.1995 edition.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the way this book kept its secrets until it absolutely had to reveal them. We don't know who the jackal is...we don't know what the weapon made me want to keep reading, and I didn't guess any of it right. Perhaps relied on some far fetched/coincidental happenings in places, but all in all I'd recommend it.
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This classic thriller still has the power to enthrall readers today--at least it enthralled me. The first chapter had me wondering, because there is some background on the French political situation of the time. But then I was all of a sudden immersed into the actions of a group of revolutionaries who are attempting to assassinate De Gaulle. From that point on the cat and mouse game between a police detective and the hired assassin out to get De Gaulle had me hooked. Forsyth lays out the meticulous planning of the assassin on one hand, counterbalanced by the efforts of the detective on the other. I highly recommend this book for fans of thrillers, especially if they books of espionage or that deal with political matters.
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the great classics in the suspense novel genre, and with good reason. I was stunned by it. This book made me want to go to the library right away and check out every Forsyth novel they had.You know at the beginning that the assassination plot failed -- it says so -- but that doesn't stop you from clinging to the edge of your seat as your follow The Jackal and those who are chasing him. He's the consummate killer, using money, sex, drugs and whatever other tools are at his disposal to get the job done. He was enthralling and I was rooting for him as well as for Lebel, the policeman chasing him. And the ending was as satisfying as I could have wished.
BooksForDinner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very good. I'm a LeCarre nut, so it's tough to give out 4s and 5s to other espionage writers, but this was a lot of fun. The detail of his preparing everything is of course what makes the book different and interesting.
shenoychandrika on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
GodAwesome Book!!! Saw the movie too but liked the book better!!
ACannon92 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amazing! So fast-paced and unpredictable. Plot twists and turns like a roller coaster. I feel like it started off kind of slow and it took a bit for me to get into it, but it accelerates to the end and the ending left me breathless.
mtrumbo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Went on a bit too long for my taste but I really enjoyed the scenes where the Jackal prepped and planned for the assasination.
fothpaul on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first thing I mention say about this book, is the extraordinary tension and excitement which kicks in about a third of the way through the book, as they begin to discover the plot and search out the Jackal. This keeps on going right until the very final pages of the novel, this is the only one I can remember where the suspense is so expertly maintained.The initial few chapters did not seem to be too promising and were bogged down somewhat by details of the French police system and the formation of the OAS terrorist organisation. Although it was good background information to the rest of the novel, I¿m not sure that it was strictly necessary. This is the only part of the book which I found a bit tedious and the part which kept me from giving it a full 5 stars.I found the character of the Jackal to be fascinating, and it reminded me somewhat of the main character from the film Drive, a man who seems quite pleasant and maybe a little shy, but then you realise that he¿s actually a cold blooded killer and not quite all he appears on the outside. I found myself quite liking his character and enjoying his quest, not wanting him to get caught. Then he started killing people because they would ruin his chances of success, and you remember that he is an assassin.The hunt for the Jackal, with the French and British police always one step behind the man they are searching for. The dual narrative style allows the story to flow quickly and the tension to remain at a high. Overall a really enjoyable and well constructed book. Without the initial tedium it would be 5 stars, but would it be the same book without this? Probably not, as it is the authors obsession with detail that makes this such a well constructed book.
nesum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Forsyth's famous manhunt is a wonderful example of what an espionage novel could be. It has a smart and well-thought out plot where Forsyth meticulously creates a plot to assassinate Charles de Gaul and then steps back and unravels it from the point of view of a French detective.It's only flaw is its pace and characters. Forsyth hurries through several scenes too quickly, and many of his characters have very little depth, including the Jackal, unfortunately.Still it is a masterful novel and a fun read.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of, if not the, best of Forsyth's work. Now dated, but still a gripping read. Terrorists (see its still relevant all these years later) plan to assassinate Charles de Gaule, and decide to hire in an unknown marksman "the jackel". The story is told mostly from the Jackel's point of view and details every step of his way to Paris, with exerts to the various policeman who become aware of the plot, but can they identify and catch the killer before he strikes?Still an amazing read.
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Forsyth excels when it comes to the incidental, the minor details that make a story worthwhile. What he sometimes lacks is the good sense to make all of his characters, if not fully-realised, at least not so one-dimensional as some of them can be. I'm talking about you, mister French secretary for the state (or something), running off to pillow-talk all your secrets to some nymphette in the pay of the other side.The story itself is the popular tale of an anonymous English assassin hired to kill General de Gaulle. As I mentioned, the incidental details show a master craftsman at work, with Forsyth laying out in the assassin's plans in all their intricacy. Brilliant on the one hand, stubbornly annoying on the other, then.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me why I love to read. I get to go anywhere my imagination can see
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cooknbooks More than 1 year ago
I came across this book when I was in middle school and I attributed the development of my interest in reading to it. I was in my dentist's waiting room and this book happened to be on the end table. Out of boredom (by that time there's no such thing as iphone), I started to read it and I couldn't put it down. Then I realized that reading could be so much fun. It was a well written book with a brilliant and yet, believable plot; the story was meticulously presented. The result is a fantastic thriller. Highly recommended.
drkrec More than 1 year ago
Great Classic. Enjoyed the classic that I learned about from a recommendation of a famous author
Consciously-Sedated More than 1 year ago
Haven't read this book for it still Love it...!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago