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CONTROL [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

William Goldman

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very, very good book 28. Juli 2000
Von Michael Donner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I just read the other reviews here, and I am in agreement with them - I just want to add a few words about Goldman's style. His style is absolutely captivating. He is one of the few authors I read (Trevenian also comes to mind here) not so much to see what he says, but, rather, how he says it. The book has so many stylistic gems that there is no room here to recount them all. However, I must say that the "beer identification" scene is prehaps the funniest piece of prose I have ever read. When Hagerty claims that the actor's name (Mifume, I think) is the only other Japaneese name other than "Hirohito" that he could think of, and even Eric would not have fallen for that, I swear I laughed out loud for about a week. Very, very entertaining read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Goldman Wit and Elan -- Roar with Laughter... 29. Juli 1998
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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...and weep with "true love" for some wonderful characters. A bizarre (and mysterious) blend of mind control, past-life regression, and (gasp) even a wee bit of time travel. Fascinating read. Shining characterizations: a melancholic artist (murdered, or suicide?), an old cop / young cop relationship which is hilarious and touching, an evil GIANT psychopath (although gigantic, he is a bit short) who can turn his giant arm into a giant club, an evil genius who looks unnervingly similar to Henry Kissinger -- and the eerie series of events (murders, prison breaks, rooftop duels, suicides, psychic connections, etc.) which knit these engrossing characters into one heck of an engrossing tapestry. If you loved "The Princess Bride," seek, search, or hunt down "Control." But beware, it's easy to get kinda hooked on William Goldman (the higher your IQ, the greater your danger). Don't say I didn't warn ya.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best ever. 10. September 1999
Von J. D. Santibanez - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I read this book many years ago when I was in college. I found it intriguing, mysterious, exciting and incredible. I have read it three times already and it is one that will stay in my bookshelf as long as I have a bookshelf. Read it and enjoy the ride! The only regret: there are not enough Goldman thrillers to read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Solid thriller by a terrific writer 23. Mai 2013
Von Jim Lester - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Before he became one of America's premier screenwriters, William Goldman wrote several top flight novels, including a couple of excellent thrillers. While not quite in the league with Goldman's MARATHON MAN, this book is a fun thriller that combines time travel, mind control and some pretty good action sequences.

The early sections of the book read like a collection of unrelated short stories--a tale about a painter and her lesbian friend and the story of how a young man became a cop. Then Goldman begins pulling the stories together in a complex yet compelling plot where the fate of mankind hangs in the balance. Like all of Goldman's fiction, this novel is characterized by great characters, unpredictable plot twists and wonderful writing, which makes all of his novels a real pleasure to read. I highly recommend this one to anyone who has never read any of Goldman's work or anyone who enjoys reading unusual, offbeat thrillers.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Best Stephen King Book Stephen King Didn't Write 27. September 2005
Von Kevin Killian - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Re-reading this book after twenty years or more it's hard to believe that Goldman was once the king of all media, and his novels and screenplays were snapped up fresh, hurtling to the top of the charts. He is still with us, I believe, but more or less a spent force. Here, in CONTROL, he effortlessly turns out one of the more interesting thrillers of the 1980s, a book that feels like the best Stephen King book not written by King. Parts of it are very much like King's FIRESTARTER, but ever since My Lai and Watergate many thrillers took as their underlying mise-en-scene a government corrupt on the inside with a specialty of bizarre military experiments that involved an absoulte disregard for human life.

In this one--well, it isn't fair to say. Goldman fans love his powers of invention and his grasp of all kinds of characters--an elementary grasp, but a powerful one, like Schwartzenegger's handshake. Here he goes back to BUTCH CASSIDY form to re-stir yet another buddy-comedy plot, in this case a young cop and an old cop, who hate each other, then love each other, that is perhaps the best thing about the novel. I don't think Goldman's true talents lie in trying to imagine the inner life of an ambitious female painter--no, that is beyond him. The paintings that Edith Mazursky accomplishes are, we are told, great behemoths of something entirely new; her dealer swoons over them, the critics rave, but we never believe any of this for a minute.

The savage killer, "Billy Boy," is another laughable cliche, but perhaps time has supplied the laughs and back then in 1982 he wasn't such a carbon copy of every other sociopath. I'm undecided about this and will give Goldman the benefit of the doubt.

Finally, the creation of the tutor, Theo, and the spoiled rich princess, Charlotte, is something new under the sun, and still, years and years after Goldman first wrote CONTROL, this subplot is still daring enough to take the reader's breath away. I can't say why here, for it depends on a trick of perspective--the sort of "twist" that made THE SIXTH SENSE a surprise only if you didn't know there WAS a twist going in. So forget I said anything, and I think you will get a big kick out of the mind of William Goldman and his awesome CONTROL.
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