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The Ghost (The Ghost Writer), by Robert Harris

Posted by the editors on Friday, 18 November 2011

The Ghost (2007)(Novel) by Robert Harris     One could call The Ghost, Robert Harris‘s sixth novel, a publishing/political thriller, and, at least in the first part, an entertainingly cynical one at that, with sharply amusing comments on the state of contemporary publishing.  Once we enter into the more political part of The Ghost, however, with the introduction of some rather predictable stock characters, not to mention the CIA, torture in the form of water-boarding, the war in Afghanistan, the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and more, Harris’s novel becomes slightly less entertaining, and most critics took square aim, attempting to drop it in its tracks.  Nevertheless, The Ghost, went on to become an international best seller.  The Ghost will not be confused as “literature”, let’s be clear on that point; it is, however, an entertaining, and yes, a rather thrilling read. (PR)

Nota: Roman Polanski‘s, well-received and quite effective 2010 thriller film, The Ghost Writer (The Ghost, in the UK), starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan, with screenplay written by Polanski and Robert Harris, is, of course, based on Harris’s novel.

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