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From Publishers Weekly

Though the publisher touts this latest from Graham, author of the Poldark series, as a disaster thriller "in the tradition of Grand Hotel, The Poseidon Adventure, and Towering Inferno," it offers more subtle pleasures than those potboilers. In re-creating the real-life destruction, in February 1960, of the Moroccan seaside resort of Agadir by an earthquake that took 12,000 lives, Graham has produced a compelling drama of sacrifice, loss and redemption. Agadir's majestic Hotel Saada is ground zero for this story and its collection of intriguingly oddball characters. These include a trio of boisterous French prostitutes celebrating a windfall; a young English writer fleeing his embittered wife; a pompous French banker fumbling to hide an indelicate secret; a beautiful French actress disillusioned by her career; an American lawyer recovering from his greatest personal trial; and an English bank robber hiding from the police and his own gang. The mingling of their lives and secrets begins casually enough as relationships develop, some with fresh promise, others with brittle coolness. Then the earthquake strikes. Out of the rubble emerge several new lives full of change, hope and love. Emotionally resonant narration, snappy dialogue and clever plotting make this a captivating tale not only of natural havoc and human tragedy, but of the uncertainty and misdirection of life.
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What awaits six disparate people on holiday in Agadir, Morocco? Graham (author of the Poldark series) skillfully unfolds the story of each: the bank robber on the lam, having double-crossed his cohorts; the ne'er-do-well English writer, escaping a failed marriage; three French prostitutes celebrating recent good fortune; and an aging American lawyer getting a new start on his life after his wife's desertion. Their paths barely cross in Agadir when an earthquake levels the resort city and changes their lives in ways they never imagined. Graham builds each character in deftly painted scenes and conversations. Minor players?the Moroccan doctor, the bickering French banker and his wife, and the two thugs sent to ferret out the traitorous thief?are also brought to life. Recommended for public libraries.?M. J. Simmons, Duluth P.L., Minn.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 291 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st U.S. ed edition (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312140568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312140564
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,792,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
It’s a familiar formula: a bunch of strangers happen to be in the same place when disaster strikes, be it on board a crippled airplane, inside a plunging elevator, or at a beach resort when the tsunami hits. The strangers act, react, and interact in unexpected and revealing ways. Their lives are changed. The formula works, almost without regard to the quality of writing, plotting, or character development involved.

In this case the formula finds our characters in a poorly-built Moroccan hotel when an earthquake strikes. The characters include a rising French movie actress, an aspiring young playboy/novelist, a robber who has double-crossed his accomplices and is carrying a suitcase-full of ill-gotten wealth, the accomplices who are tracking him down, a trio of French prostitutes on vacation, an American lawyer tentatively trying out a new alliance after his wife has abandoned him, and assorted others in the background.

This novel was published in 1995 just between the last two novels of Winston Graham's wildly successful “Poldark” series. Perhaps Graham yearned for a hot and sunny setting as a break from the damp and cold of Cornwall. And perhaps he relished the challenge of creating characters and setting quickly, rather than developing them over a twelve-book series. In his hands the formula loses its triteness. The characters are deftly painted, the disaster is appropriately fore-shadowed, the focus moves from character to character without allowing the reader to lose track, the action is believable and the consequences follow naturally one on the other. Furthermore, Graham allows his dry sense of humor full play in describing the antics of the French femmes and the British hoodlums, and gives us more than one romance to cheer for.

If you are undergoing withdrawal symptoms until the next round of “Poldark” appears on PBS, this crackling dose of Graham might help!
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By A Customer on January 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Extremely confusing, the story flies all over the place with no obvious connection, and there are way to many characters to completely understand the book, even though I have an incredible, almost photographic memory, I could not keep all the characters straight!
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Format: Hardcover
The first thing that struck me about the book was the writing style. I kept looking at the copyright date, because the language was so arcane. It made it seem like a bad nineteenth century gothic novel. The flowery, Victorian references to sexual situations were especially laughable for a book written in the mid-1990's. (One character, wondering if a woman was a lesbian, referred to it as "non-platonic love for another woman".)
Assuming you get past the way it is written you will find the characters one dimensional and stereotypical. There isn't any depth to any of them and because of that you won't care if they survive the earthquake or not.
That's also my final complaint about the book. The earthquake is really not the central event in the book. If you are looking for a disaster/adventure book, you will be very disappointed. The earthquake happens near the end and then it is over. In the case of one character, there is an earthquake, they are trapped for 24-hours and then rescued. All in the space of a single page. How did they react to being trapped? What went through their mind while being trapped? I don't know. Apparently the author didn't think that was important.
My recommendation is to skip the book and just go rent Earthquake the movie.
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