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MESRINE - The Life and Death of a Supercrook Paperback – Import, January 1, 1980
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 19, 2019
According to the author Mesrine's megalomania, his boasting of invincibility were his undoing, and in his last years his image of himself changed from the criminal charismatic superstar to an almost messianic role towards the end of his life, giving interviews to push his antigoverment agenda, teasing the police for failing to catch him, he did not want to keep a low profile and quitely disappear and retire since revenge for the government and hate for the political system was always in his mind and he could not put that to rest, so eventually as a very outspoken public enemy #1 all his publicity stunts came back to haunt him for inadvertently giving the police so many clues of his whereabouts and sooner than later he was not match for the whole law enforcement of France
Fabulous background AND DETAILS on one the few Gaulic heros of France to emerge in the past 100 years.Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 10, 2013
FAB! Small print is hard to read though. Does anyone know of Mesrine's bios in English translations ? Fabulous background AND DETAILS on one the few Gaulic heros of France to emerge in the past 100 years.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 26, 2013
This has been out for some time. 1980. I read it when it came out which was not long after Mesrine (2 November 1979) was executed in Paris. At the time of his death I was still performing live poetry in Battersea and other venues around London. I wrote a long winded polemic about Mesrine as I was appalled anyone no matter how bad could be publicly executed by a police force and on the streets of Paris on a Friday when people were driving out of the city. Having just watched the sometimes excruciating two part French film by Jean-Francois Richet Mesrine Killer Instinct and Public Enemy Number 1, I decided to re-read this book to see why I found the two films unsettling. It is well written and easy to read. The unsettling thing is that Mesrine was not a monster but the epitaph gangster is a fitting one. He had his own code and I guess he could not have had too many grievances about the fashion of his own demise. What Carey Schofield achieves that the film does not, is that she is not persuaded by the adrenalin pace of Mesrine's personality. It is not an exciting read. It is a painful read. It is like books on the Kray twins, you wonder what makes them tick, you are glad you are not in their orbit but as much as they loved their mum (in Mesrine's case his dad, his daughter and a shifting cast of girlfriends/lovers). But he was a bit of an arse. Reminds me of the Geordie hard man. Talks a good talk but basically gets off on the violence fuelled lifestyle and being Mr Big. On reflection this book informed me of what puzzled me all those years ago. How a just society can admire a gangster, see him as a Robin Hood when the actions show a self obsessed criminal who was selfish and fed fat on his own image and importance. We all like a good action packed story as long as directly we are not the victim of it running over the top of our lives.
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Mesrine the masterReviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on November 8, 2019
I thought the book was fantastic, it was so exciting, what a man mesrine was, absolutely unique, a one off, you have to admire him for his bravery and his nerve, there will never be anyone like him, funny enough I don't normally read about criminals, they don't interest me, I only found out about him when I watched the film about him, the two part one,and that's brilliant as well.