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As Time Goes By: A Novel of Casablanca Hardcover – October 7, 1998
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Filled with real history and deductions from the flick, Walsh's book is much smarter than Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, but purists will prefer to revisit the 50th-anniversary video edition of the film, or read the excellent making-of book Round Up the Usual Suspects. If you crave more heresy, check out As Time Goes By, a novel by Humphrey Bogart's son. --Tim Appelo
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Top Customer Reviews
Walsh was no fool when he undertook this project. Indeed, in his afterword, he says. "Everyone knows Casablanca. Everyone loves Casablanca. Therein lies both the challenge and the danger of writing a novel of Casablanca."
Walsh's approach is to treat the movie as a centerpiece sandwiched between the two timelines depicted in the 38 chapters of his novel. His prose is crisp and fast moving, echoing the tone of the Epstein Twins' screenplay while expanding the story both backward to Rick Blaine's past in New York's seedy underworld and to a perilous mission in Victor Laszlo's Nazi-occupied homeland, Czechoslovakia.
Purists -- and I know there are always going to be Casablanca fans who feel this way -- will probably say the movie was fine without a sequel (forgetting or ignoring the two failed TV series based on Casablanca), but this book is a pleasure to read. Particularly worth noting is how Walsh blends Casablanca's fictional characters and historical reality. At the heart of As Time Goes By is Victor Laszlo's involvement in Operation Hangman, the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi "Protector of Moravia and Bohemia" and architect of Hitler's "final solution.Read more ›
That's pretty obvious. I am going to be completely honest here: this is a fun novel that is clearly a labour of love by the author. However, it's more to do with action than the bitter romance of the original movie.
This is not a sacreligious text in any way to the movie: it's a fun continuation that is worthy of a read. So long as you don't go into it expecting a perfect novelisation of "Casablanca" you'll enjoy reading this - it's well written, lively and the sly winks to Bogart's character in the movie and Bogart's career are used well to flesh out the story and develop the characters.
Walsh has taken a brave step - he was bound to get into trouble for writing a sequel to "Casablanca". I would agree that a few too many loose ends are tied up in this novel, but on the whole Walsh's grasp of the ambigious past (and future) work well without making Rick an open-book character.
Sadly, often the result is a poorly written or directed sequel that is nothing but a pale copy of the original. Many people know, for instance, about Robert Mulligan's elegaic coming of age story, Summer of '42. It's an indelibly beautiful and memorable film. But does anyone recall the sequel, Class of '44?
The Golden Age of Hollywood of the 1930s, '40s and '50s has its share of classics that sparked off some demand for sequels. Gone With the Wind (one of my personal favorite books and movies of the time period) was often cited by those who wanted to know more about Rhett and Scarlett after the indomitable Mrs. O'Hara-Butler utters her famous "Tomorrow is another day" line. However, GWTW author Margaret Mitchell reputedly never wanted to write a literary sequel, and her premature death certainly precluded a change of mind. It was not until much later that the Mitchell estate approved Alexandra Ripley's Scarlett that a sequel was written.
Another favorite from the Golden Era that fans wanted to see more of was Hal B. Wallis' production of Casablanca. This wonderful film, directed by Michael Curtiz and winner of the 1942 Academy Award for Best Picture, surely had many loose plot strands to tie up in a sequel...not all of them centering on the Rick-and-Ilsa love affair, of course, but clearly most fans wanted to see this star-crossed couple reunite on-screen.Read more ›
Thanks Michael, Edward, Lynn, and the producers of this fantastic book on tape. A job well done!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read this book as an audio book. Whether by ear or eye, I keep hearing the voices from the movie "Casablanca. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lost Texan
I didn't agree with how the author envisioned how "the story turned out"...but it was an excellent interpretation! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Peggy A Berg
If you liked Casablanca (and who doesn't????), Walsh does a credible job bookending the movie earlier and later than the movie's time period. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Geekus
I thoroughly enjoyed the rather "unique twist" re: Rick Blaines heritage.
Being a fan of the movie, the persona of Bogart, Bergman, Raines and of course Sam was... Read more
I enjoyed reading as time goes by. I learned a lot about how the movie was made and found that this follow on was well thought out and well written. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by M. Berman
I love the story and I would love to see a movie made with the reanimation of Bergman and Bogart !Published on March 20, 2013 by Ralph Foerster
Excellent condition. Prompt delivery. Great sequel to the movie "Casablanca." Story line continues from the end of the movie. Characters vividly represented. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Shell Ghillie