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L to never trust anyoneThree decades later the secrets of Sally’s past still haunt her Someone is trying to kill her and at last she has decided to trust Ruth with her story Ruth meanwhile is struggling to make sense of her own life as a young single mother with an unfinished graduate degree and escalating dependence on alcohol She is drawn deeper and deeper into the astonishing events of her mother’s past the mysterious death of Eva’s beloved brother he. Restless by Wlliam Boyd is a very enjoyable WWII Spy Story and as you d expect from Boyd brilliantly written It s such a nice change to see the two main characters in a spy story being females mother Sally and daughter Ruth I loved both of these charactersThe story is set in the 1970s with WWII flashbacks the spy bits for me it worked really well Just as I was finishing a section of the 1970s part of the story I was ready for the 1940s part and vice versa I thought it was a really fresh way of telling this story The Spy story was believable and always interesting there were also some excellent historical fiction aspects leaving something to research after in this case the British Secret Service Isn t it great how books consistently open new doors of new worlds for us readersI really like this author and I really enjoyed this story4 Stars

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R work in New York City manipulating the press in order to shift public sentiment toward American involvement in the war and her dangerous romantic entanglement Now Sally wants to find the man who recruited her for the secret service and she needs Ruth’s help Restless is a brilliant espionage book and a vivid portrait of the life of a female spy Full of tension and drama and based on a remarkable chapter of Anglo American history this is fiction at its fines. A rare spy novel I saw recommended and recommend myself for its well drawn fascinating female protagonist Eva and her daughter Ruth the other major character Chapters move between the two women s POVs two different time periods early WWII and the 1970s and two general locations US in the 1940s and England in the 1970sCerebral yet gripping and humane Highly recommended The biggest surprise is that this book is not better known and celebrated

William Boyd â 3 summary

“I am Eva Delectorskaya” Sally Gilmartin announces and so on a warm summer afternoon in 1976 her daughter Ruth learns that everything she ever knew about her mother was a carefully constructed lie Sally Gilmartin is a respectable English widow living in picturesue Cotswold village; Eva Delectorskaya was a rigorously trained World War II spy a woman who carried fake passports and retreated to secret safe houses a woman taught to lie and deceive and above al. i just about stayed with this to the end but for a good writer like william boyd i found it underwhelmingthe characters are very thin and a lot of them pointless the plot creaks like a House of Horror film door and most of the writing is cliched most of what Boyd seems to know about spying seems to have come from the Mail on Sunday here are some gems that i noticed here is Romer supposedly a big cheese spy explaining the rules of spying don t trust anyone he saidgod i m glad i was not a spy i just could not keep up with the pace of it at that level here is Eva the herione being advised by a woman a little world weary she said there is nothing easier in this world than getting a man to kiss you how do you do that just stand close to a manblah blah blah it was always going to be a dirty war yes that really is there in black and white on page 173 and it was not said in a WW11 spoof but in this book by one of our most celebrated contemporary novelists that s what the sunday times thinks anywaythere s does the name mr x help you identify anyone that s on page 192 just in case you think i m making it up funnily the answer was negative the heroine is always looking shrewdly at people that s because she was a spy you seeA lot of the setting is Oxford and Oxfordshire based a spy thriller with a whiff of the upperclass and priviledged now where have i heard that before ah yes Burgess Blunt etc this is just lazy on Boyd s partpointless characters in no particular order some german bloke who was in porno films and walks around naked and had something to do with 70 s radicalism the son Jochen who talks like a forty year old Hamid an iranian engineer who proposes marriage to the daughter the daughter who we are led to believe is brilliant but seems to twig on pretty slowly the german father of jochen and his languid wife i must have forgotten the other ones perhaps because they were yup pointless cliches abound particularly in the description of a london gentleman s club whose members and staff look down on our plucky daughter because she is gasp a woman she inevitably is upset by this i forgot to mention that she is a single mother which seems to be a sort of short hand for being interesting different and so clever she is not working class i hasten to add perish the thought the other great cliche is the University academic who features strongly make that up yourself you know part Evelyn Waugh part Patrick Moore the plot device where the mother explains her past to the daughter in written in installments and is a totally unbelievable in method apart from being boring i think the reason that this book irritated me so much was that apart from being poor there are dozens of better thriller and spy writers around whose books get ignored because their name is not William Boyd and they are not thought of as literary it s all so unfair Robert Wilson s a small death in lisbon knocks the spots off oops i ve caught the cliche bug this novel not too mention Le Carre so i won t


10 thoughts on “Restless

  1. says:

    This is a compelling smart and literate thriller It is both a page turner and a profound meditation on identity on what we think we know about others and ourselves The flashback sections were definitely the strength of the book but all in all

  2. says:

    William Boyd goes all John John le Carré and has written a pretty good spy thriller that felt like reading a movie with it's fast paced tense narrative and moments that were utterly grippingCentral to the story is Eva Delectorskaya the daughter of a Russian family in 1930s Paris After mourning her brother's death she is approached wooed to attraction by the dapper Lucas Romer who wants her to leave her shipping company to work for his m

  3. says:

    i just about stayed with this to the end but for a good writer like william boyd i found it underwhelmingthe characters are very thin and a lot of them pointless the plot creaks like a House of Horror film door

  4. says:

    I've just posted all the William Boyd books on my bookshelf I started reading him about five years ago Armadillo set in London and over time I occasionally bought and read others Lately after I read Brazzaville Beach I realised with surprise that I had now read all nine of his novels and that's all until he writes anotherHe creat

  5. says:

    Restless by Wlliam Boyd is a very enjoyable WWII Spy Story and as you'd expect from Boyd brilliantly written It's such a nice change to see the two main characters in a spy story being females mother Sally and daughter Ruth I loved both of these charactersThe story is set in the 1970s with WWII flashbacks the spy bits for me it worked really well Just as I was finishing a section of the 1970s part of the story I was ready for the 1940s p

  6. says:

    Tag me as a Boyd fan There aren't many male writers who can genuinely pull off the voice of a woman but in his case he did that twice

  7. says:

    I read this because I enjoyed Any Human Heart so much; I don't normally read tales of wartime espionage Nevertheless I enjoyed itThe story alternates between the wartime life of Eva recruited as a spy and 30 years later when she tells her adult daughter about it There are also subplots relating to the daughter's life though I think the book would have been better without them Eva's story is exciting enough without trying to dra

  8. says:

    A rare spy novel I saw recommended and recommend myself for its well drawn fascinating female protagonist Eva and her daughter Ruth the other major character Chapters move between the two women's POVs two different time periods early WWII and

  9. says:

    William Boyd born 1952 is a Scottish novelist and screenwriter In 1983 he was one of the 20 ‘Best of Young British Novelist’ in a promotion run by Granta magazine and the Book Marketing Council Restless publ

  10. says:

    35 stars reallyFairly competent world war two spy thriller which goes along at a good pace without taxing the brain too much not a bad thing as I'm also immersed in Proust and Gass at the moment Set in 1976 with flashbacks to 19401941 The central characters are Sally and her daughter Ruth Sally decides to let Ruth knowabout her hidden past as a spy and does so in a series of written chapters which gradually reveal her story SWhe does so bec