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)
- One man’s mission to squat all over Paris makes hilarious viewing (itsnicethat.com)
- Reader recommendation: The Paris Wife (csmonitor.com)
The American novelist CG FEWSTON has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome (Italy), a Visiting Fellow at Hong Kong’s CityU, & he’s a member of the Hemingway Society, Club Med, and the Royal Society of Literature. He’s also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) based in London.
He’s the author of several short stories and novels. His works include A Father’s Son (2005), The New America: A Collection (2007), The Mystic’s Smile ~ A Play in 3 Acts (2007), Vanity of Vanities (2011), A Time to Love in Tehran (2015), Little Hometown, America: A Look Back (2020); and forthcoming: Conquergood & the Center of the Intelligible Mystery of Being; A Time to Forget in East Berlin; and, The Endless Endeavor of Excellence.
He has a B.A. in English, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership (honors), an M.A. in Literature (honors), and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Fiction. He was born in Texas in 1979.
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“The American novelist CG FEWSTON tells a satisfying tale, bolstered by psychology and far-ranging philosophy, calling upon Joseph Campbell, J. D. Salinger, the King James Bible, and Othello.”
“In this way, the author lends intellectual heft to a family story, exploring the ‘purity’ of art, the ‘corrupting’ influences of publishing, the solitary artist, and the messy interconnectedness of human relationships.”
GOLD Winner in the 2020 Human Relations Indie Book Awards for Contemporary Realistic Fiction