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Rogue Male (1939)

par Geoffrey Household

Séries: Rogue Male (book 1)

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Rogue Male is one of the classic thrillers of the 20th century. An Englishman plans to assassinate the dictator of a European country. But he is foiled at the last moment and falls into the hands of ruthless and inventive torturers. They devise for him an ingenious and diplomatic death but, for once, they bungle the job and he escapes. But England provides no safety from his pursuers - and the Rogue Male must strip away all the trappings of status and civilization as the hunter becomes a hunted animal.… (plus d'informations)
Récemment ajouté parbibliothèque privée, tim917, addeter, Linda63-, pclark22, SarahKDunsbee, SheReadsNovels, Brian., maura853
Bibliothèques historiquesSterling E. Lanier
  1. 10
    Chacal par Frederick Forsyth (ivan.frade)
    ivan.frade: About a man plenty of resources to dodge a powerful organization that tries to track him down.
  2. 00
    Holloway par Robert Macfarlane (schmindie_kid)
    schmindie_kid: Those who enjoy Household's depiction of the Dorset countryside will enjoy this little slice of nature writing, inspired by a search for the holloway in the novel.
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    Blind Corner par Dornford Yates (Lirmac)
  4. 00
    Les 39 marches par John Buchan (chrisharpe, Lirmac)
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    Délivrance par James Dickey (BOB81)
  6. 01
    Le Masque de Dimitrios par Eric Ambler (chrisharpe)
  7. 02
    Rogue Justice par Geoffrey Household (agmlll)
    agmlll: The sequel
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Where do I put this, how do I rate this. While I really enjoyed the story and the writing, I utterly detested the main protagonist. I detested his point of view, his action, his "nose up in the air" "I am so much better" bullshit.

So, there it is, 3 stars, no more, no less. And I am not sure if I would recommend this or not. ( )
  gullevek | Dec 15, 2020 |
In 1939, British writer Geoffrey Household imagined how a lone sniper might attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler at his Bavarian vacation home near Berchtesgaden. Two years later, anti-Nazi German director Fritz Lang -- now exiled to Hollywood -- filmed the story as 'Man Hunt'. And three years after that, officers in the Special Operations Executive (SOE) drafted a plan to kill Hitler, seemingly based on this story. Life does indeed imitate art.

Household's book is a great story, far superior to John Buchan's thrillers like The 39 Steps. It follows what happens to the assassin, who is a big game hunter, after he is captured by the dictator's guards, tortured and then escapes back to England. One is reminded of Frederick Forsyth's 'Day of the Jackal' as this book too goes into minute detail about how one might kill a world leader and get away with it. Unlike the later films (and Operation Foxley, the secret SOE plan) in the book the assassin is not named, nor is his target. Household later confirmed in an interview that he intended it to be Hitler all along, but left open the possibility that it could have been Stalin too.

A great read. ( )
  ericlee | Nov 1, 2020 |
A good thriller, which rather like John Buchan’s novels (John Macnab as well as Hannay stories) I also enjoyed as it provides an insight into attitudes in England (not Britain, as Buchan) in 1939. Published in May 1939 before the outbreak of WWII, the object of the initial assassination attempt is not named, but is obvious.
The novel now conjours up that period of time in England when another European war seemed likely, and conflict in the Spanish Civil War is referenced, but war was not yet certain.

Some of the writing is very much of its time, with which some may be uncomfortable, such as:
She was a sturdy wench in corduroy shorts no longer than bum-bags, and with legs so red that the golden hairs showed as continuous fur. Not my taste at all. But my taste is far from eugenic. ( )
1 voter CarltonC | Apr 15, 2020 |
The story begins with our unnamed narrator seemingly ready to assassinate the leader of an unnamed European country, but he's discovered, beaten and expected to die. He doesn't. Severely injured, he manages to escape the country even with every government agent on his tail. Once back in England, he's suspicious that he's still a wanted man, which proves to be true.
Action-packed and suspenseful, and even though it was published in 1939 it retains a modern, and at times, frantic pace. ( )
  mstrust | Dec 10, 2019 |
A 145 page chase? That's what I thought I'd gotten myself into, part-way through the book. Essentially true but with enough interest, including the tricks played on the mind of a 'hunted' man, to have me racing to the end. ( )
  heggiep | Feb 26, 2019 |
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"The behavior of a rogue may fairly be described as individual, separation from its fellows appearing to increase both in cunning and ferocity. These solitary beasts, exasperated by chronic pain or widowerhood, are occasionally found among all the larger carnivores and graminivores, and are generally males, though, in the case of hippopotami, the wanton viciousness of the cows is not to be disregarded."
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This confession - shall I call it? - is written to keep myself from brooding, to set down what happened in the order in which it happened. I am not content with myself. With this pencil and exercise-book I hope to find some clarity. I create a second self, a man of the past by whom the man of the present may be measured. Lest what I write should ever, by accident or intention, become public property, I will not mention who I am. My name is widely known. I have been frequently and unavoidably dishonoured by the banners and praises of the penny press.
Their tiresome conception of the State has one comforting effect; it creates so many moral lepers that no one of them, if he has a little patience, can long be lonely.
Though we were both potential murderers, we felt, I suppose, mutual embarrassment. Mutual. I wish to God he had sat opposite me, or shown himself in some way less human than I.
I have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food - which they take for granted - but his or her entertainment value.
I tortured myself (for even torture may be a diversion) by thinking of the flask of whiskey in my inner-breast pocket and refusing to allow myself to touch it.
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Rogue Male is one of the classic thrillers of the 20th century. An Englishman plans to assassinate the dictator of a European country. But he is foiled at the last moment and falls into the hands of ruthless and inventive torturers. They devise for him an ingenious and diplomatic death but, for once, they bungle the job and he escapes. But England provides no safety from his pursuers - and the Rogue Male must strip away all the trappings of status and civilization as the hunter becomes a hunted animal.

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