Writers: Alistair MacLean (novel), Paul Wheeler (screenplay) | 1 more credit» Caravan to Vaccares () Charlotte Rampling and David Birney in Caravan to . Feb 2, Here are encamped hundreds of gypsies in their brightly painted caravans, en route to the big annual gypsy festival south of Arles. We are. Apr 14, Unlike most Alistair MacLean novels, Caravan to Vaccares is not a novel based on the World War II. The book first came to print in and.
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But there is something different about this year’s pilgrimage. A small group of gypsies have something they are determined to hide, and Bowman soon learns that curiosity is highly dangerous.
From the ter Provence: From the terror of murder during the Provencal cours-libre in the bullring to an exciting action sequence out at sea, the pace builds up, the MacLean magic never falters. PaperbackLarge Printpages.
Published June 28th by Compass first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Caravan to Vaccaresplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Initially, I wasn’t familiar with the name Alistair MacLean until I came to know that he had penned Guns of Navarone and Where Eagles Dareboth of which were adapted into films that inspired my early love for cinema.
As it happens, we had this particular MacLean title at home and I really enjoyed perusing it as a child. Fast-paced, sexy and a logic-defying thriller, Caravan to Vaccares is set in the s and has a certain Neil Bowman investigating a number of disappearances in the Provence regi Initially, I wasn’t familiar with the name Alistair MacLean until I came to know that he had penned Guns of Navarone and Where Eagles Dareboth of which were adapted into films that inspired my early love for cinema.
Fast-paced, sexy and a logic-defying thriller, Caravan to Vaccares is set in the s and has a certain Neil Bowman investigating a number of disappearances in the Provence region of France, as gypsies gather around for their annual pilgrimage.
Going undercover accompanying Cecile Dubois, a breathtakingly beautiful woman, as he investigates these shady circles, coming across bull rings, hidden graves and bloodthirsty gypsies with a secret to kill for. Caravan to Vaccares was loosely adapted into a film starring David Birney and Charlotte Rampling The book’s writing may appear to be a bit dated in the 21st century. However, if you’re looking for a fast-paced thriller devoid of logic, you can give this a try.
Mar 15, Donna LaValley rated it it was ok. I can still recall, in colorful detail after 40 years, movies made of those first 2 titles. I was spellbound by the plot twists and heavy suspense, but then again, those were movies on a big screen. Caravans to Vaccares reads now as sadly dated.
The women are treated like dolls, liberties are taken with logic, and there are a few holes in the plot too large to accept. I found the book in a free box, and decided the pages would be fun to read. Each girl obediently goes along with it, later to be put into danger.
There is plenty of violence, a bull fight, and even rocket scientists being smuggled to China. This one, like The Black Shrike, should be left in the free box. I’ve always had a soft spot for MacLean’s Caravan to Vaccares for some reason. Admittedly, a lot of my regard and high ratings of some of his books are due to nostalgia not to mention his great responsibility in getting me reading in the first place!
If you, however, would like to check out his vast body of work, this is one of the ‘certainly recommended’ ones from me. I remember reading a bunch of MacLean’s books while I was a teen and enjoying them immensely. This was during his most popular period when some of his books were made into big budget films – “Where Eagles Dare,” “Ice Station Zebra,” etc.
So when I came across some sale paperbacks of his books I thought it would be fun to revisit my youth and rediscover him. When I first began this book I wondered what it was I could have found appealing about him. The first thing that bothered me is how he could I remember reading a bunch of MacLean’s books while I was a teen and enjoying them immensely.
The first thing that bothered me is how he could take a simple action – like looking around a corner – and turn it into a looooooong paragraph describing the character’s motivations behind his desire to see what was around the conner.
This almost caused me to put the book down then and there, and it did cause me to put it aside for longer than it would normally take to read a page thriller. Finally I picked it up again and got into the plot a bit more. As the action picked up the author tended to shorten his prose, or maybe I got more used to it. In any event I worked my way through it, which may not seem like high praise for a thriller.
Still, the author’s sense of place and his cliffhanger chapter endings recalled to me why I enjoyed his work so much way back when. At lease I will feel I should continue reading him when I’m looking for a light outing. Now, I’m wondering if any of those movies based on his books still hold up after nearly 50 years away from them Feb 02, David rated it liked it.
I read this book as part of a continuing experiment to reread books that I enjoyed back in the day. This one didn’t work out so well and highlights a major shift in writing styles over the past 40 years. So a book that I was enthralled with 35 years ago is now mostly boring even though the story is told at pace.
What it failed to do was grip the reader through lack of empathy and it felt like the obligation was for the reader to fall under the spell of the author without sufficient investment in I read this book as part of a continuing experiment to reread books that I enjoyed back in the day.
What it failed to do was grip the reader through lack of empathy and it felt like the obligation was for the reader to fall under the spell of the author without sufficient investment in character development. I shall not call a halt to the experiment just yet so will have another crack at a MacLean book later in the year. Not holding out much hope though MacLean was a favorite of my teen years.
I don’t know if I just grew up or this is one of his weaker books, but it’s far from great and far less than I remember. His thrillers tend to isolate a small group of forceful people behind the lines in WWII, at Ice Station Zebraor in this case, in a rural and somewhat desolate part of southern France.
The action’s a bit of a muddle and the ending preposterous. It’s entirely not-PC if you care Roma and feminists in particular are likely to find reason for offense. Had too much science fiction on my iPad, so I bought this from the iBook store. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy this kind of story.
Thin on character, but strong on plot and pacing, the rating remains unchanged. The scenario is simple enough: A nefarious group of gypsies are evildoers and murderers. Our hero figures out what they are up to and puts an end to it. Aug 16, Kevin Goodrich rated it really liked it. This was my first MacLean.
Great tension and wonderful descriptions. A couple of spots where things got confusing but worth it. Halfway through a very guilty pleasure Alistair MacLean re-read, Caravan and Puppet on a Chain both stand out for using foreign cultures as their villain, i.
That element, a sort of cultural anxiety, stood out to me, as so far I’ve found MacLean to be relatively absent the kind of xenophobia found in Ian Fleming South by Java Head’s portrait of the Japanese being an exception.
Also standing out in both books is the narrator using brownface as a Halfway through a very guilty pleasure Alistair MacLean re-read, Caravan and Puppet on a Chain both stand out for using foreign cultures as their villain, i. Also standing out in both books is the narrator using brownface as a disguise. Both Puppet and Caravan use similar set-ups of an investigator and a couple beautiful girls assisting, and I frankly would not have anticipated giving Caravan 3.
Its plot zooms by like a breezy early s movie of the week, but to enjoy it you need to mute any alarms about caricatured gypsies, brownface, and shallow female characters. Caravann the plus side, the usual MacLean self-deprecating narrator fits this story perfectly, and the writing is relatively taut. The book first came to print in and presumably, maclan story is also set around that time, during the Cold War era.
The story is set at the south eastern province of Provence, in France. It begins with the murder of a gypsy and it was committed by his fellow gypsies. Nobody knows, but it was clear that the gypsies had something to secret which they didn’t want to be divulged and presumably, Unlike most Alistair MacLean novels, Caravan to Vaccares is not a novel based on the World War II.
Nobody knows, but it was clear that the gypsies had something to secret which they didn’t want to be divulged and presumably, the deceased has come close to the secret. Then there is also the Le Grand Duc, at Provence, who supposedly is a gypsy folklorist.
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Bowman gets curious about what these gypsies are trying to hide. He starts following the gypsy caravans, but little does he mackean that he is inviting trouble for himself by doing so and that too, not carzvan for himself, but also for Cecile.
Alistair MacLean hardly reveals the identity of his characters and Caravan to Vaccares is no exception to that. Nobody has any idea on who Le Grand Duc or what he is up to and the case is no different when it comes to Bowman.
It is not easy to describe any kind of a fight in words and even if one manages to do so, it might not be effective as the reader might find it difficult to imagine the scenes or comprehend what is happening. So, the author has to be appreciated for describing each duel so extensively, and personally, I had no problem in imagining the fight.
That is something which I really liked about the book. A reasonable pace was maintained throughout the novel, which is an important feature of a thriller novel, I believe. Some readers may not accept the way in which the author portrayed the gypsies and their culture.
I was also not satisfied mavlean the character descriptions as there was a high degree of imbalance. Any kind of digression ruins a thriller novel and the major deviation in this book is the romantic sub-plot featuring Bowman and Cecile. The plot was average and there was nothing great about it. In most cases, the protagonist either gets extremely lucky or the antagonists were being very stupid. It did maintain a reasonable level of pace though, which made it readable.