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The Ipcress File,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Ipcress File (Paperback)
The Ipcress File is an uneven, although occasionally fascinating adventure concerning nuclear weapons and thought reform. The book's strong points-- its humorous style and interesting subject matter-- are sometimes lost in a meandering plot. The story's conclusion is anti-climactic and reminiscent of American adaptations of foreign films, in which everything is explained to the viewer down to the last little detail. Unfortunately, what's unnecessary in American movies is all too necessary in Deighton's book. His decision to leave numerous threads untied until late in the book make it a somewhat confusing read. The discussion of thought reform near the end is interesting and for me, indicates a direction the book could have taken which would have made it more interesting and less like a film treatment.