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The Light of Day (1962)

de Eric Ambler

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Sèrie: Arthur Abdel Simpson (1)

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Alfred Hitchcock said, "Mr. Ambler is a phenomenon," and Graham Greene referred to him as "our greatest thriller writer." This is an ideal title for introducing listeners to this master. Ambler brilliantly paints realistic portraits of his characters and the foreign landscape, mixing suspense with a subtle twist for added color. When Arthur Abdel Simpson first spots Harper in the Athens airport, he recognizes him as a tourist unfamiliar with the city and in need of a private driver-in other words, the perfect mark for Simpson's brand of entrepreneurship. But Harper proves to be more the spider than the fly when he catches Simpson searching his wallet for traveler's checks. Soon Simpson finds himself blackmailed into driving a suspicious car across the Turkish border. When he is caught again, this time by the police, he faces a choice: cooperate with the Turks and spy on his erstwhile colleagues or end up in one of Turkey's notorious prisons. The authorities suspect an attempted coup, but Harper and his gang of international jewel thieves have planned something less sinister but much, much more audacious.… (més)
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Fun and clever book, this. Arthur Simpson is simply one of the most endearing anti-heroic rogues in mid century thrillers. His sardonic and ironic sense of humor makes the read a page turner. And the idea of putting an Englishman with a bit of a proper background in Athens, holding an Egyptian passport, and finding himself involved in a plot to engage in a high profile crime in Istanbul, all couldn't help but produce a combination of exotic intrigue and high comedic possibilities.

The Light of Day is also published as Topkapi in order to take advantage of the 1964 movie based on the book, with Melina Mecouri, Maximilian Schell, Robert Morley, and Peter Ustinov as Arthur. The film lacks the flashbacks and witty humor of the book. Ustinov's Arthur is too much of a bumbler and without the instinctual cleverness to survive Ambler's original Arthur displays. Yet both film and book are of a similar era, the early 1960s. And time with the film is not a waste either.

This is my second Ambler novel, and I see there is at least one more Arthur Simpson novel out there. Well worth chasing down, I think. ( )
  PaulCornelius | Apr 12, 2020 |
Bel romanzo, scritto bene e svolto benissimo: tutti hanno uno spazio, tutti hanno una propria dignità letteraria, tutto ha un perchè. Forse scivola sul finale, troppo veloce: oggi avrebbe almeno cinquanta pagine in più, una conclusione più lenta e con qualche colpo di scena in più. ( )
  sbaldi59 | May 1, 2018 |
Sono di parte ma Ambler è proprio uno dei miei preferiti:riesce perfino a farmi amare quel meschino, alitoso, petulante, flaccido e pasticcione di Artur Simpson (detto anche "la pecora indignata")
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  icaro. | Aug 31, 2017 |
Slick. Delightful. Our hero is short, fat , not too smart, dishonest, does poorly with women, unscrupulous, cowardly, you-name-it. ( )
  pnorman4345 | Apr 12, 2016 |
A cleverly written, suspenseful thriller. A quick fun read. Exciting twists in the story make this fun to read. ( )
  dottieph | Apr 11, 2016 |
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Oddera, BrunoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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Alfred Hitchcock said, "Mr. Ambler is a phenomenon," and Graham Greene referred to him as "our greatest thriller writer." This is an ideal title for introducing listeners to this master. Ambler brilliantly paints realistic portraits of his characters and the foreign landscape, mixing suspense with a subtle twist for added color. When Arthur Abdel Simpson first spots Harper in the Athens airport, he recognizes him as a tourist unfamiliar with the city and in need of a private driver-in other words, the perfect mark for Simpson's brand of entrepreneurship. But Harper proves to be more the spider than the fly when he catches Simpson searching his wallet for traveler's checks. Soon Simpson finds himself blackmailed into driving a suspicious car across the Turkish border. When he is caught again, this time by the police, he faces a choice: cooperate with the Turks and spy on his erstwhile colleagues or end up in one of Turkey's notorious prisons. The authorities suspect an attempted coup, but Harper and his gang of international jewel thieves have planned something less sinister but much, much more audacious.

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