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ISBN: 0312309090
Author: Martin Booth
Language: English
Publisher: Picador; First edition (February 1, 2005)
Pages: 288
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 498
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Martin Booth's tidy 274-page novel, "A Very Private Gentleman" is the story on which the 2010 movie, "The . To this end Booth created a fascinating and uniquely contradictory character. And one who I enjoyed spending a little time with.

Martin Booth's tidy 274-page novel, "A Very Private Gentleman" is the story on which the 2010 movie, "The American" is based. The book is light years better than the movie (especially when you consider George Clooney's narcissistic, awful portrayal of the main character, "Edmund"). The saving grace of the movie is the cinematography.

Martin Booth's tidy 274-page novel, "A Very Private Gentleman" is the story on which the 2010 movie, "The American" . Instead Martin Booth has created what reads as a very personal (fictional) memoir of a man who lives his life on the fringes of society

Martin Booth's tidy 274-page novel, "A Very Private Gentleman" is the story on which the 2010 movie, "The American" is based. Instead Martin Booth has created what reads as a very personal (fictional) memoir of a man who lives his life on the fringes of society. The narration from Signor Farfalle is focuses on the introspective both regarding his profession and his personal life.

A Very Private Gentleman is a novel written by British author Martin Booth, published in 1990. It is a tragedy following events in the life of a gunsmith who sells his services to assassins. The style is also partly in the form of classic confessional writing, as the protagonist seeks to explain the relevance of his choice of vocation. It was reissued by Bantam Books in 2010 under the title The American (. ISBN 978-0553825725), after a film of that title had been made based on it.

A Very Private Gentleman book. Part thriller, part character study, part drama of deceit and self-betrayal, A Very Private Gentleman shows Martin Booth at the very height of his powers.

Martin Booth is a critically acclaimed novelist and a documentary and feature film writer. He has written thirteen novels including Islands of Silence, Hiroshima Joe, and The Industry of Souls

Martin Booth is a critically acclaimed novelist and a documentary and feature film writer. He has written thirteen novels including Islands of Silence, Hiroshima Joe, and The Industry of Souls. His most recent non-fiction books include Opium: A History and The Doctor, the Detective and Arthur Conan Doyle - a biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Библиографические данные. A Very Private Gentleman: A Novel.

A Very Private Gentleman - Martin Booth. HIGH IN THESE MOUNTAINS, THE APENNINES, THE SPINAL CORD of Italy, with its vertebræ of infant stone to which the tendons and the flesh of the old world are attached, there is a small cave high up a precipice. It is very difficult to reach. The narrow path is littered with loose stones and, in the spring when the thaw comes, it is a running stream, an angled gutter two hundred metres long, slicing across the sheer surface of the rock face, collecting melt-water as the scar incised in the bark of a rubber tree channels the sap.

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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, THE AMERICAN, STARRING GEORGE CLOONEY AND DIRECTED BY ANTON CORBIJN

The 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 sleeps.

Of 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.

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Steelrunner
Decided to read the novel that the movie The American (a favorite of mine) was based on. Also, I'm a lover of all things Italian so a novel that takes place in Italy, well, how could I pass it up? Thoroughly enjoyed it. Booth spends a lot of time, especially in the first half of the story, setting the scene in long passages describing the Italian countryside and its history and dropping hints about who his protagonist is and why he is there and then pays you back for your patience with his very descriptive prose and deliberate pacing when the action starts. If you're looking for a world to get lost in for a few hours, I recommend A Very Private Gentleman.
Phenade
Martin Booth's tidy 274-page novel, "A Very Private Gentleman" is the story on which the 2010 movie, "The American" is based. The book is light years better than the movie (especially when you consider George Clooney's narcissistic, awful portrayal of the main character, "Edmund"). The saving grace of the movie is the cinematography. But who can go wrong in mountainous Central Italy anyway - as a setting? Neither the book nor the movie fails us there. The book's descriptive passages of the beauty of Italy are simply breathtaking, and the video-travelogue of Italy provided by the movie is also excellent. The story in the book ends very differently (and more satisfyingly) than the movie. But, now I understand the beginning of the movie better. Here, the movie's beginning appears in the middle of the book as a retrospective.

This book's topic is death. It's about killing -- assassinating people, usually bad men, and the means to do the killing. Presented to a reader is a twisted life philosophy that allows the creator of elegant assassin's weapons to rationalize his way through his lonely solitary, love-less life, making the weapons that never fail his assassin-client. While brilliant and skillful, the main character is complex but pitiful.

Page 46-47, the gun-maker speaking: "I am not afraid of death nor of dying...I just accept that it will arrive, in its own due time...It merely implies I no longer exist. It is of little concern therefore, for the living have it not and the dead, being no more in existence, similarly know nothing of it..." "...Its beauty lies in its finality. It is the last brushstroke to the canvas of life..." "Death should be tidy, as precise as a surgeon's cut. Life is a blunt instrument. Death is a scalpel, sharp as light and used but once then thrown away as dulled." Thus speaketh the maker of weapons of assassination.

It is not a page-turner, although the excitement builds somewhat during the last half of the story, during which the gun-maker is relentlessly pursued by an unknown and stealthy "shadow-dweller." The sub-plot is a love story, slightly un-convincing, but such is the nature of novels.

The book is filled with lovely prose and creative, lyrical writing. I underlined many passages, such as this one on Page 166, "Memories are a great weapon against solitude. Even the memory of love can be salvation." I also learned several new words by reading this small book. The main character remains perfectly in-character throughout the story - an impressive achievement. Booth is a truly excellent, accomplished writer, and I enjoyed reading this book. I will read more of his impressive body of work.

The best parts of the book are the descriptive passages of modern life in a small, rural, mountainous Italian town. Less interesting is the plot to kill the maker of assassin's weapons. I admired the writing more than I did the story itself.

I give it a 5 for writing and description and overall beauty of prose, but only a 3+ for the story line; thus, I must round down to a 4.
Mautaxe
Let's get this out of the way: This is not an thriller. It is not action packed. It is not a lurid tail of smoke-filled rooms with espionage and intrigue. If you are looking for a book with those characteristics, I would suggest you look elsewhere because A Very Private Gentleman is, quite simply, not that book.

Instead Martin Booth has created what reads as a very personal (fictional) memoir of a man who lives his life on the fringes of society. The narration from Signor Farfalle is focuses on the introspective both regarding his profession and his personal life. His view on the world is unique, but seemed to alternate between actual insights and self-deluding justification. The character was humble and honest about the choices he made regarding relationships, but his view of his impact of the world is arrogant, harsh, and unforgiving.

We're not intended to unconditionally approve of, or even necessarily like, Signor Farfalle. I found his internal peace of mind and confidence alluring, while many of his views to be despicable.

To this end Booth created a fascinating and uniquely contradictory character. And one who I enjoyed spending a little time with.
Trash Obsession
This book was the basis for the movie "The American" starring George Clooney. (In my opinion, the title of the movie and the book should have been "Mr. Butterfly.")

The central character's thoughts are the story. From his introspections, we learn he is / was an assassin and he makes the tools of assassinations (guns, silencers, bombs, etc.) for others in the trade. We also learn he has published poetry and paints. He has become "old" and plans on retiring after this last job.

The writing is superb. The movie echos the book, but the book is superior. I won't go any further or my comments will be labeled as a plot spoiler.

Don't look for blood and gore, fast chase scenes, or the usual ingredients of mystery stories and thrillers. This is a story about a man at the end of his career - which happens to be assassinations.

Sadly the book is not available as a Kindle, and it is out of print. Nevertheless, it is one of the best books I've read in quite some time.
Jum
I read this book because I liked the movie "The American" with George Clooney. I was delighted to discover that there was little that the book and movie shared. What they had in common was the setting and superficial resemblances but little else. I enjoyed the leisurely pace of the book, the vivid pictures drawn of the people and the setting. The gradually increasing intensity of the action and the character's need to avoid the trap of love and a more dangerous trap. I liked the book and think it well written. Good plot and vivid descriptions of place and characters marks it as the product of a good writer.

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