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The Mysteries of Algiers (King Penguin) Paperback – December 1, 1989

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Product Details

  • Series: King Penguin
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (December 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140127674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140127676
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,446,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
This vastly interesting thriller takes place over several months in 1959-60 in Algeria, at the height of the struggle for liberation from France (1954-62). It would certainly be useful to familiarize oneself with the history of Algeria's colonization by France, and especially the fight for independence (at the very least, rent "The Battle of Algiers" which will get you in the right mood). The story centers on a French army officer who turns out to be an agent for the FLN, his exposure by his neo-fascist lover, and his attempt to go underground. The book is highly effective at showing both the underbelly of the fight for liberation and its flip side on the French side. It's also a believable portrait of a committed Marxist and his adversaries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Group on May 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Anyone looking for a James Bond thrill-ride should look elsewhere. True, there are bursts of intense violence and daring, but this is novel is closer in spirit to Albert Camus or Graham Green in that it is an intense psychological study of a fanatical Marxist out to do real damage in French Algiers circa 1959-1960. Some of the situations stretch credulity, but the atmosphere is vivid and convincing and the characters realistically disturbing. There are even some debates about Marxism that are quite interesting and thought-provoking. The ending, however, is a bit puzzling.
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