Misison to Paris (2012) by Alan Furst is truly a work of beauty. I’ve never read an Alan Furst novel before, but I must admit I’m hooked.
Furst captures Paris in 1938 with such ease and charm that the story of Stahl, an actor from Hollywood shooting a movie in Paris, glides along as if on ice and at times he is enchanting and at times mysteriously dangerous.
Stahl gets attention from some Nazi Germans and is taken to Berlin for a film festival, but they are not done with him yet.
Mission to Paris is what literature is supposed to be about: a beautiful story told intelligently.
A Strong Recommend.
- IN THE MAIL: Alan Furst’s “Mission to Paris” (jpundit.typepad.com)
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- Reader recommendation: The Paris Wife (csmonitor.com)
CG FEWSTON was born in Texas in 1979 and now lives in Hong Kong. He’s been a Visiting Fellow at Hong Kong’s CityU, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome (Italy).
He’s the author of several short stories and novels. His works include A Father‘s Son, The New America: A Collection, Vanity of Vanities, A Time to Love in Tehran, and forthcoming: Conquergood & the Center of the Intelligible Mystery of Being; Little Hometown, America: A Look Back; and, The Endless Endeavor of Excellence.
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