Title: The World at Night
Author: Alan Furst
Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: January 2002
Source: Borrowed from a friend
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Paris, 1940. The
civilized, upper-class life of film producer Jean Casson is derailed by
the German occupation of Paris, but Casson learns that with enough
money, compromise, and connections, one need not deny oneself the
pleasures of Parisian life. Somewhere inside Casson, though, is a
stubborn romantic streak. When he’s offered the chance to take part in
an operation of the British secret service, this idealism gives him the
courage to say yes. A simple mission, but it goes wrong, and Casson
realizes he must gamble everything—his career, the woman he loves, life
itself. Here is a brilliant re-creation of France—its spirit in the
moment of defeat, its valor in the moment of rebirth."
My Two Cents:
In "The World at Night,"
we are introduced to Jean Casson, a man whose life as a filmmaker in
Europe during World War II is upended by how much the world is changing.
Casson knows that he must adapt or get left behind so adapt he does.
While I like historical fiction, I usually do not read a lot of
historical noir or historical mystery like this book is but after having
Furst's books highly recommended to me by a friend, I knew that I
wanted to give these books a try and I am very happy that I did!
Casson is a normal, everyday man who gets himself into some
extraordinary circumstances in this book. He is asked to join a covert
operation with the British, which he knows may put his life in grave
danger. He is intrigued though and driven to help the cause. I really
liked Casson as a character. Furst adds a lot of character detail and
back story to make Casson feel really real, which I liked.
thing that I also really liked about this book and the other two books
that I have read by Furst so far is that Furst knows how to create
atmosphere, which is a real treat for historical fiction lovers who
really want to be swept away by world building and armchair traveling.
What is most impressive to me is that Furst is able to put a lot of
detail into this book without running up the page number tally. Every
small thing adds to the overall feeling of the book and makes for an