The Day Of The Jackal


Frederick Forsythe, master storyteller and suspense-novelist, retired in 1997, and that was a damn shame. Since 1971, Forsythe has fabricated some of the best intrigue and espionage novels in the world, and many of his books have become films, among them The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, and The Fourth Protocol. Perhaps best-known of his novels is his first, , a work that was so overwhelming in its craft and detail that he was immediately compared to John Le Carre, the preeminent spy novelist of the day.
I first saw Fred Zinneman's many years ago, and was so spellbound that I immediately bought the book. The book made such a further impression upon me that I have now read every one of ...

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tale of an enigmatic assassin who agrees to take one last job -- the murder of Charles De Gaulle -- is one of the best suspense novels ever written, and Fred Zinneman's 1973 film, with the screenplay by Kenneth Ross, is the most faithful adaptation of any novel that I know.
The 1997 version? Well, I'm sure you know where I'm going with this. But you can read along anyway.
In the early 1960s, Charles De Gaulle -- war hero, leader of the French Resistance, and then-president of France -- did something a little controversial. He decided to give up Algeria. While this political decision was entirely in keeping with post-colonial Europe's desire to rid themselves of their costly African colonies, some members of the French military were outraged. After all, hadn't they fought for Algeria, occupied Algeria, paid with their own lives in Algeria? Why would they sacrifice so much if De Gaulle was simply going to give it up? One faction of the Army that was particularly opposed to the ...

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hiding outside of France.
Frederick Forsythe's novel , and the 1973 film adaptation, uses this non-fictional account of recent French history as a springboard into a fictional inquiry: What would the leaders of the OAS do, knowing that they could not come out from hiding, nor mount an operation for fear of leaks, if they were still committed to seizing control of France? Forsythe came up with an interesting premise: They would hire an assassin to kill Charles De Gaulle. Not a patriot, not a man who would kill for God and Country, but a professional. They would seek out and hire the man known only as "The Jackal" and give him what he wanted -- a lot of money. 1973's stars Edward Fox ...

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