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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest; Reprint edition (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762188669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762188666
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,946,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Shawn O'Brien on July 9 2014
Format: Paperback
Frederick Forsyth is an amazing author and this is truly an amazing story!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bingzing on Feb. 10 2002
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This book is brilliant. I chose to read it after we got it for homework in school. I read a few thrillers and mystery. But this book is on my list of top five books.
It's about an assassin whose codename is the Jackal. He is hired to kill the French president de Gaulle. You follow him when he brilliantly plans the murder. You see how he thinks, how he choose the perfect weapon, gets false passports etc. You end up liking him and whish him good luck, while you sometimes might want him to fail. How does Forsyth do that?
We meet many other characters through the reading, about fifty. Even if they are too many in a book of over 300 pages, it is not quite hard to follow the plot. Who are then the main characters? Well, the Jackal is one of course. The villain is the Jackal, but who is the hero? Is it Lebel, Rolland or Thomas? In a strange way, you find that the plot is the real main character. All things that happen in the book is just analyze of the attempt of murder on de Gaulle. Everything that happens is important and manipulates the ending of the story. This makes the story very complex and brilliant. You won't waste your time reading 150 pages with nothing happening. Every page is important.
Read it, or you'll regret it.
I will very soon see the both versions of the movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matherson on Oct. 30 2001
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This remains Forsyth's best book, doubtless because it is the most subversive. Readers (at least Anglophone readers) end up actually willing the "Chacal" to succeed in his efforts to shoot de Gaulle, and as we follow the Englishman through Italy and France, there even seems to be a raison d'etre to the succession of ad hoc, cold-blooded murders he commits. While the work is pure fiction, the historic context (OAS right-wingers seething at de Gaulle's 1962 withdrawal from Algeria) is fact. For many years this book had the honor of being one of the few novels faithfully translated into film (the 1973 Edward Fox flick rivalled Maltese Falcon in its fidelity to the text) but all that changed with the botched 1998 Willis remake. Actually, the assassin character is so quintessentially English, and the subtext so wonderfully Europhobic, any attempt to translate the plot to a North American context was doomed.
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This is one of the author's better books. The story and the plot are great, so much so they have been used in any number of other books and movies. This is the original and the best. Sure there are a lot of people to keep track of but that does not take away from homing in on the main characters and keeping them straight. Overall the writing is good and the author spends a good deal of time on the main characters. This is worth the time to read.
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By Bozo the clown on Feb. 13 2002
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through out this book from the very beginning your sucked into the aftermath of world war II in France. After a long fought struggle for Algeria the current president of France wishes to sighn Algeria over to the Arabs. In the novel you follow an assassin code named the Jackal. Through out the book you follow the Jackal as he sets up a near fool proof hit on president De Gaulle's life. This is the first book, or story for that matter were you can be either for, or againts the protagonist. The day of the Jackal is good book.The only thing I absolutely loathed about this novel was the use of French phrases, that made no sense to me. This is most likely the only one I'll ever legitimately read.
I most definately suggest this book ;)
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By Bozo the clown on Feb. 13 2002
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through out this book from the very beginning your sucked into the aftermath of world war II in France. After a long fought struggle for Algeria the current president of France wishes to sighn Algeria over to the Arabs. In the novel you follow an assassin code named the Jackal. Through out the book you follow the Jackal as he sets up a near fool proof hit on president De Gaulle's life. This is the first book, or story for that matter were you can be either for, or againts the protagonist. The day of the Jackal is good book.The only thing I absolutely loathed about this novel was the use of French phrases, that made no sense to me. This is most likely the only one I'll ever legitimately read.
I most definately suggest this book ;)
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This book was brilliant to me. I could get into the killers head as he tried to avoid the authorities. I understood that Forsyth knew exactly what he was talking about when he wrote about the assassin. The story was breathtaking. I was tugged between wanting the assassin to kill the De Gaulle, and yet at the same time I wanted him to be caught. Now that is a story!
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By Lonely_Soul on Oct. 15 2001
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a really good read. I have started loving spy novels just because of this one book. Forsyth is really good in shaping the personality of the character. I just loved it.
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