In The World at Night, Alan Furst introduced film producer Jean Casson, who is forced by the German occupation of Paris to abandon his civilised lifestyle and falls into the world of espionage and double agents - until he is forced to flee the country.
In Red Gold, Jean Casson returns to Paris under a new identity. As a fugitive from the Gestapo, he must somehow struggle to survive in the shadows and back streets. He is determined to stay clear of trouble, yet as the war drags on, Casson begins, inevitably, to drift back into the dangerous world of resistance and sabotage.
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By Darwin8u on 21-07-13
Continues the saga of Jean Casson
A decent follow-up to 'The World At Night', 'Red Gold' continues the saga of Jean Casson's struggle to survive both morally and physically in Nazi occupied and collaborating France.
I prefer Furst's novels that center on Eastern European characters ('the Polish Officer', 'Dark Star', 'Night Soldiers') instead of French, but it is hard to deny that even though it isn't a major Furst novel, it is still a highly readable one. Using Jean Casson allows Furst to explore the world of those French collaborators, profiteers, and elites of Pétain's France who refused to see the German occupiers for what they were. Furst clearly demarks the fragmented France that was left after Germany's invasion and the Vichy collaboration.
This novel should be read closely with 'A World at Night'. Like I wrote about that novel, even though I find this to be a minor Furst novel, it is context that matters. Most spy novelists don't approach the art or the skill of a minor Furst novel. So enjoy.
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By Old Squid on 25-06-10
Another Furst masterpiece
This latest Furst is another great, atmospheric story of Europe during World War II -- the ordinary and not-so-ordinary human beings who lived every day through terrible times, doing what they thought they had to do just to survive but also to make the world better. Furst takes the reader back into a world we can only imagine now, and brings it completely to life. The grubby details of daily life under totalitarian regimes (in this case, Paris during the Occupation)are very real in Furst's telling, as is the nature of heroism -- ordinary people impelled, for their own reasons, to brave acts of resistance, sabotage, and espionage. George Guidall's reading heightens the atmosphere and brings the characters to life -- his dry, wry, world-weary tone is just perfect for Furst's works, and his adept characterizations help us visualize these people.
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