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SUMMARY Restless

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 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 Here we have a young ish single mother who works as a language tutor to professionals who ve arrived extremely capable in their professional pursuits but who can barely speak a word of the ueen s tongue She s also procrastinating on a thesis at Oxford but between hosting uninvited international house guests suddenly being courted by one of her students and worrying that her mother might be suffering from early dementia her plate is than fullHer aging mother has been acting a bit paranoid as of late but when our language tutor arrives at her mom s house to drop off her little boy for their weekly overnight visit things are really weird Her mother is in a wheelchair is in

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“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 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 this is a terrific novel and certainly one that rises above the usual genre fare

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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 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 published 2006 tells the story of a young woman who finds out that her mother used to work as a spy for British government prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor However unlike Susan Isaac s Linda Voss Melanie Griffith in the 1992 movie Shining Through this is about a Russian born spy hired by British government to work in the US Her job was to manipulate the American government to support ie draw Americans into the conflict Europe s war against Hitler Of course her job became useless after Pearl Harbor because the US had to take revenge against Japan and Hitler in Europe This book won the Novel A


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 al

  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 tens

  3. says:

    i just about stayed with this to the end but for a good writer like william boyd i found it underwhelmingthe chara

  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 t

  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 re

  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 Here we have a young ish single mother who works as a language tutor to professionals who've arrived extremely capable in their professional pursuits but who can barely speak a wo

  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

  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 the 1970s and two general locations US in the 1940s and England in the 1970sCerebral yet

  9. says:

    William Boyd born 1952 is a Scottish novelist and screenwriter In 1983 he was one of the 20 ‘Best of Young Bri

  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