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Restless: A Novel Paperback – May 29, 2007
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I like both genres but find it important to orient my expectations going in.
For the spy novel genre, Restless would have to rank among my favorites. In addition to the terrific writing, the likeable-but-far-from-perfect heroines and the World War II intrigue, the novel offers some additional pleasures.
First, it is quintissentially British. The book involves, among other things, a single mother raising her son, the world of Oxford academia, and all sorts of emotionally powerful events. These all come across with the British stoicism, stiff-upper-lipism and "no winging (whining)" ethic that make the book very different from an American treatment of the identical plot. Not better, or worse, just different and thus very interesting to the American reader. The cultural difference (accurately renedered I should say) is a fascinating sidelight for the American reader.
Second, the author employed heroines rather than heroes.Read more ›
The novel which ensues from the additional folders Eva gives to Ruth alternates between Ruth's life in the 1970s and the life of Eva Delectorskaya from 1939 through 1942. A Russian émigré to Paris, Eva is recruited by British intelligence, and once she has been trained (and has removed all traces of a foreign accent from her voice), she is sent to Belgium, where she works for Agence d'Information Nadal, a front organization which plants disinformation which the allies hope the Germans will accept as truth. Later she goes to Holland with Lucas Romer, her boss, and eventually to Manhattan.
Ruth's life, far more plebeian than Eve's, revolves around her teaching of foreign students, her care for her son, her friendship with Hamid Kazemi, an Iranian student and engineer, and her involvement in activist politics. When Ruth succeeds in locating Lucas Romer, the two story lines come together in a grand climax.
Always a master of narrative pacing, Boyd keeps the story moving smartly, though Eve's story is far more interesting and more involving than Ruth's. His ability to recreate the atmosphere of Europe and the US in 1942 makes for lively reading as he explores some of the lesser known intrigues by British intelligence.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A gripping read about the Second World War and disinformation from Machiavellian spymasters from the perspective of two strong femalesPublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
An engrossing read. Who really knows what goes on behind closed doors and who can one trust in the world of espionage? All is not what it seems.Published 14 days ago by Frances Taylor
Great writing and wonderfully engaging, but the plot feels a bit contrived at the end and lacks the credibility of the rest of the book.Published 1 month ago by Bronwen Nicholson
Worth every minute. Compelling read...lots going on...but not too contrived. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more Boyd soon.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
The format (two stories by mother and daughter, separated by 30 years) I found very interesting. Wonderful insights into their personalities. An education into the spying business.Published 1 month ago by G. Sharman
Fascinating storyline about the mother and secondarily about the relationship with the daughter ..Almost doesnt require the daughters pursuit of the mothers history... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Edward Rabinowitz
Being a huge boyd fan I loved this book and its terrific story of intrigue. Must find the dramatization on Netflix but suspect it won't be quite up to the bookPublished 2 months ago by Richard
Just finished this. I never like "spy books" but this is a very human one, with little glitz, glamor, or shoot-em-outs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kat