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am 27. Dezember 1999
We were horrified at the poor reviews for this book. It is our favorite Ken Follett. It seemed to relate to his frustation as a reporter who was unable to report a fabulous story which had been clevely discovered. We, also, were a bit taken back by the ending, since we expected the bad guys to be suitably punished - but as one thought about it further, they received some punishment, and the good guys came out OK. Follett is telling us this is the way it is sometimes. And the plot really is very subtle - the reader certainly is constantly amazed as the story unfolds. Follett's introduction, which was very helpful, suggested to us that it was one of his favorite books. If you like Follett, and if you are willing to allow a relaxation of the traditional thriller format, we think you will really enjoy this book. We certainly did.
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am 17. Juli 2015
... and just when you start to think yes, this might finally begin to get a little interesting - it's the last page and you put it down, disappointed, deadpan. This one will go to the trash can, no second chance.
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am 21. August 1998
Ken Follett won my heart as one of my favorite authors in PILLARS OF THE EARTH, and EYE OF THE NEEDLE. I was so intrigued, that I wanted to read one of his earliest novels. It was praised, by Follett..and he ponders in the introduction if he was "TOO CLEVER" in writing this book. NO WAY! Clever is not an adjective which comes to mind.. Taunted as a novel of international suspense and action...it was neither. It was flat. It was dull. It was booooring. It was fragmented. The characters did not make me care about them....and I didn't "get it" when it was finished. I knew what Ken Follett wanted me to "get", but I did not. It was was so trite, that it wasn't even a summer "Take me Away" type of novel. IT was a weak start...but thankgoodness Ken Follett has risen to the occasion.and become a better author.
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am 4. Juni 2000
For all Ken Follet fans this is a must. In the foward of the first American release of his first novel, Follet admits that he tried too much in too little space and made things way too complicated. However, Paper Money allows us to se an established novelist when he was taking his first steps and see what lessons he learned.
If you like Follet, you will like this book. The same story teller is there. He just has learned to do it better and take his time. Avery short book with alot of story. Read it.
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am 24. August 1999
The novel paper money is an intriguing novel which describes a single day in the world of a bustling newspaper company. Follet's method of character description and presentation in which he introduces each character in their their own light, is an effective, yet sometimes confusing way of developing the novel's characters. The novel as a whole is a refreshing story which is sure to delight, yet the inadequate ending of the book may cause its readers to yearn for a sense of closure.
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am 14. April 1998
"Paper Money" is a Follett find. Especially for those who want to read everything Follett wrote or anyone who enjoys reading a good writer's early work. Originally published under a pseudonym in England, "Paper Money" appeared in the United States ten years later ­ after the eye-popping success of "Eye of the Needle."
This is a good enough story. Drawing on his newspaper experience, Follet tells what happens as the strands of a half dozen Londoners' lives intersect on one fateful day. Millions of dollars are gained and lost. Lives are ended and re-invented. Nobody escapes unscathed. All in less than 24 hours.
But what's most intriguing is to catch glimpses of the vintage Follet that make his books instant bestsellers today. Characters, good and bad, you can empathize with. Page-turning plots. Small details that loom large.
To be honest, "Paper Money" is not as good as what he's written more recently. He admits that himself in the forward to the American edition. But who would expect it to be? It's still a entertaining, quick read that¹ll leave you asking "what if" about nearly every character at the end of the day.
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am 17. September 2013
Ken Follett versteht es wie kaum ein anderer moderner Buchautor, Charaktere dramatisch miteinander zu verweben und parallele Stories so zu erzählen, dass sie sich im Laufe der Geschichte zusammenfügen zu einer dichten Erzählung, die den Leser fesselt.

"Paper Money" ist ein Frühwerk dieses Autors, das er angeblich unter einem Pseudonym schrieb. Es ist keineswegs ein Buch, für das sich Follett schämen müsste - ganz im Gegenteil. Begeisterte Follett-Leser - wie ich - bewundern auch in diesem frühen Werk seinen britischen Erzählstil und die dramaturgischen Wendungen der Story. "Paper Money" ist aber wahrlich keine literarische Meisterleistung. Das Buch liest sich erzählerlich noch "a little bit" entfernt von den späteren Meisterwerken dieses Autors. Die Story steht manchmal auf "etwas tönernen Füßen". Aber alles in allem hatte ich bei der Lektüre das Gefühl, dass Follett hier sein Talent aufblitzen lässt, das ihn später in jenes Top-Dutzend von zeitgenössischen Bestseller-Auujtoren katapultierte, die man noch in einigen Hundert Jahren gerne lesen wird. Four heartfelt stars from a fan, Mr. Follett!
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am 11. April 2013
Ken-Follett-Bücher kann man wohl immer blind kaufen. Sehr gut geschrieben, unterhaltsam. Ich war nur etwas überrascht, wie plötzlich das Buch am Schluss ankam.
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am 2. Dezember 2013
Enjoyed reading it, the characters were credible and the plot strong. I liked the way many totally different Events all became connected.
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