Trailer Ä A Very Private Gentleman PDF by ê Martin Booth This is an exquisite book.
It is a finely crafted story about a craftsman who very finely crafts his wares.
There are so many different levels to the book that it s impossible to begin to capture them all indeed, I suspect that just one reading is nowhere near enough to even begin realizing them all.
It won t appeal to everyone certainly not on a fairly cursory examination of the dust jacket which suggests that it s the story of a hitman who hides behind a series of different disguises.
It does indeed deal with death but it a very interesting way, where the main protagonist mulls on how death effects us all how it comes to some of us slowly, and to others quickly but very seldom is it surgically, to the exact place and time and modus operandi dictated by one other individual This is a recurring theme throughout the book and Wow What a book This was written with a clear sense of skill imagination.
Mr Farfalla is a man past his prime and approaching retirement His work has permitted him travel throughout the world, and his earnings have been handsome enough for him to live his life in comfort However, Mr Faralla Mr Butterfly in translation requires privacy, and to acquire this he must live a rather quiet life This means expensive hotels, dinners, cars, and fancy clothes are out, but that is okay with him At his age, he appreciates the quiet life, and if he wishes to remain alive and enjoy his retirement, he must be sure not to attract attention You see, his line of work is of the sort which could bring harm, even death to himself.
For Mr Farfalla is in the assassination business.
He is unlike your typical assassin He does not partake in the actual killing Instead, he provides a means for assa SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, THE AMERICAN, STARRING GEORGE CLOONEY AND DIRECTED BY ANTON CORBIJNThe Locals In The Italian Village Where He Lives Call Him Signor Farfalla Mr Butterfly For He Appears To Be A Discreet Gentleman Who Paints Rare Butterflies But As Inconspicuous As Farfalla Tries To Make Himself, His Real Profession Is Deadly, Unbeknownst To The Sometime Brothel Worker, Clara, With Whom He SleepsOf A Certain Age, And As His Feelings For Clara Intensify, Farfalla Has Resolved To Make His Next Job His Last All The While Sensing A Treacherous Circle Closing In On Him Martin Booth s 1990 thriller, originally titled A Very Private Gentleman , is an interesting and unusual novel It s funny to me that an edition of the book titled The American so titled because it has just been adapted into a movie starring George Clooney who probably cannot do an English accent has now been released, because the first person voice of the narrator is so very English Yes, in the novel, the narrator and protagonist is an Englishman He handcrafts high quality guns with sometimes unusual specifications to be used and remain untraceable in assassinations, commissioned by various individuals who usually retain aliases His is a job that requires secrecy, constant vigilance, and an on the move lifestyle he usually picks a city o A couple years ago, I watched The American, starring George Clooney It was a disappointing movie based on a book I d never heard of, and I remember thinking the book must have had a lot of introspection that didn t transfer to film Fast forward a decade I found a copy of the book and figured I might as well see how it was turned into a movie It turns out that I was right much of the story is the protagonist s thoughts and concerns, and almost none of that was adequately portrayed in the movie, The American However, the real value with this book is in how well Booth depicts extreme paranoia This could be a case study in creating a paranoid character There were two specific parts of the story that felt completely out of sync with the main Telling the story of a man nearing the end of a successful but, let s say, morally questionable career, this novel is a beautifully written insight into his philosophy and thinking, and, indeed, his whole way of life It is poetic as well as matter of fact in its telling, not simply one man looking back on his life but also the story of a man falling in love with this part of Italy, as much as the young woman he meets there I never thought I d thank George Clooney for putting me on to a great book but he kind of did with this one if only in a very roundabout way When I heard that filming for The American the title of the adaptation , in which Clooney plays the main character, was taking place in the earthquake hit region of Abruzzo, in central Italy, it piqued my interest and I sought out a copy of the boo I was inspired to read this novel after recently seeing a trailer for the film The American, starring Mr George Clooney I was immediately irked by the title change Let me quote briefly from the book I do not claim to be either English or French, German, Swiss, American, Canadian, South African Nothing in fact So much for adhering to the source material.
That being said, the film can do nothing but improve upon the book Maybe I am being a littleharsh, because I was expecting a thriller of sorts This isof an anti thriller It readslike a travelogue by some aging ex patriot, who is enjoying the quiet life in small Italian village He savors the locals wines, and prostitutes and enjoys afternoon conversations with the wise old p
Having enjoyed the movie, The American, which is based on this book, I just had to read it to see how faithfully the movie adhered to the original This is a gem of a book It s not mystery but literary It s filled with metaphors and philosophical discussions on the nature of man The protagonist played by Clooney in the movie is the narrator He has an air of arrogance and condescending omniscience but manages to still come across as engaging with the potential to be redeemed The pace is slow but quite interesting The descriptions of the local scenery and lessons on life as an assassin or arr are descriptive and profound You keep hoping that Edmund will finally find peace and never have to look over his shoulder again For a man who kills or abets killing he rationalizes his deeds and proclaims his integrity as a man of honor But the local prie Anyone who has seen The American with George Clooney will not recognize this book The opposite is also true They are very different The book is literate the movie is entertaining unless you like car crashes and piles of bodies dripping gore in which case you will be bored I was not The man s character and occupation are revealed in bits and pieces, slowly, almost like creating a mosaic or jigsaw, although, as he repeatedly states, much of it may be untrue in order to hide his location and identity I have hidden in the crowds all my life Another face, as anonymous as a sparrow, as indistinguishable from the next man as a pebble on a beach I may be standing next to you at the airport check in, at the bus stop, in the supermarket queue I may be the old man sleeping rough under the railway bridge of any European city I may be the old buffer propping up the bar in a rural English pub