The Day of the Jackal

Finished reading the Day of the Jackal. It was quite tightly written, but the story line was too sparse. Still quite okay to read on a lazy vacation.

Starting to read something quite different.”Enhancing Teaching” by Madeline Hunter.

4 comments for “The Day of the Jackal

  1. April 20, 2004 at 8:38 am

    Jackal vs Detective.

    > Finished reading the Day of the Jackal

    Did you watch the movie? I liked the way the two streams of the story, of an assasination attempt and that of tracking down the ‘jackal’ were handled.

    It is a little ironic though, that the detective manages to track the jackal only with a lot of good luck, but the jackal goes about his job with great planning and attention to detail and still loses out.

    • April 20, 2004 at 8:25 pm

      Re: Jackal vs Detective.

      No, I havent watched the movie yet. But I always find that once you have read the book, the movie never lives upto the expectations. I guess when you read the book, there is a lot left to your imagination, and you try to picturise the characters, places and the situations. When you watch the movie after this, there is sometimes a ‘let down’.

      Actually, I liked the character of Lebel in the book. I do agree that he got lucky a few times, but his work was also ‘pure detective work’ as they say in the book. A detective’s work in painstaking, meticulous and methodical, and you often get results by ‘slow and steady’ digging, rather by a moment’s inspiration or a brainwave. This part came well. So while the Jackal’s planning was perfect, he was felled by someone who was equally methodical and patient in his work!
      Lebel had to start from scratch, with no clue, and no crime being committed yet. So while he gets lucky, the major part was still good old detective work.

      • February 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

        I like the amount of detail that Frederick Forsyth lays out for his readers. I just love it. A movie becomes largely redundant when you read a Forsyth novel. There was another movie, ‘The Jackal’ starring Bruce Willis and Richard Gere. It was more loosely based on the novel, but was quite enjoyable too. Bruce Willis played the part of the cold-blooded Jackal very well.

      • February 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

        I like the amount of detail that Frederick Forsyth lays out for his readers. I just love it. A movie becomes largely redundant when you read a Forsyth novel. There was another movie, ‘The Jackal’ starring Bruce Willis and Richard Gere. It was more loosely based on the novel, but was quite enjoyable too. Bruce Willis played the part of the cold-blooded Jackal very well.

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