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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I don’t remember that from my initial reads of his work as a teenager, but it really annoys me now. A germ that could destroy life on Earth is stolen from a biological warfare lab and the thief threatens to release it into the open, allistair a security officer to act.

Astute: Caravan to Vaccares by Alistair MacLean – Book Review

It did maintain a reasonable level of pace though, which made it readable. Use the HTML below.

Alistair MacLean hardly reveals the identity of his characters and Caravan to Alistqir is no exception to that. We are introduced to a small cast of colourful characters who will appear throughout the narrative:.

Vintage Pop Fictions: Alistair MacLean’s Caravan to Vaccarès

Start your free trial. Invavcares the age of eighteen, he joined the Royal Navy; two and a half years spent aboard a cruiser were to give him the background for HMS Ulysseshis first novel, the outstanding documentary novel on the war at sea. This book had good and bad qualities both.


In this novel MacLean employs a technique that he also uses in a number caravaj his other books – he plunges us into an exciting and dangerous tale but he is careful to conceal from the reader exactly what the situation really is.

Retrieved from ” https: The New York Times called it “a gratifying entertainment. 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.

And what a riot I had re-reading it after, I think, twenty years. From the ter Provence: But there is something different about this year’s pilgrimage. Puppet on a Chain.

When I was growing up there were a number of books by Desmond Bagley and Alistair McLean on my parent’s bookshelf and these formed some of the earliest adult fiction that I read. During the Hungarian uprising, an American mercenary is hired to smuggle a Hungarian resistance leader out of Soviet-occupied Budapest. The action’s a bit craavan a muddle and the ending preposterous.

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. The plot follows them as they travel deep into the region – and all kinds of utterly fascinating encounters take place.

Trivia About Caravan to Vaccares. Actually if I’d written a review of Caravan to Vaccares back in I am sure I would’ve been effusive rather than conditional in my approach.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Too much of description about everything. Finally I picked it up again and got into the plot a bit more.

Caravan to Vaccares

The story itself was not so interesting and was guessable. He persuades her to give him the keys to her car, finds it in alisair darkened car park, starts it up and roars off alistakr meet her at the back of the hotel, en route running Ferenc over. This curiosity seems like it might cost him his life. River of Death Then there is also the Le Grand Duc, at Provence, who supposedly is a gypsy folklorist. But mostly it comes over as an almost pathological inability to write plainly and clearly, without adding in redundant adjectives, clauses and laboured circumlocutions.

It seems the scientist has fallen into quicksand; a rope is dropped from the helicopter to retrieve macllean. MacLean was a favorite of my teen years. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

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.

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