Skip to comments.Frederick Forsyth: Interview
Posted on 08/21/2015 7:58:23 PM PDT by Perdogg
In Frederick Forsyths eventful Forsyth began, as many journalists retelling of his life story, the thriller writerfamous for bestsellers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, The Fourth Protocol and most recently The Kill Listreveals how penury first prompted his move into fiction writing, how he almost started the Third World War and what he really thinks of the BBC, for which he briefly worked as a reporter.
Forsyth is a private man and his memoir is indicatively titled The Outsider. He dislikes publicityeven when his books are publishedand says he had long resisted the offer of writing his life story. Ever the free spirit, he came up with another approach.
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J. Jonah Jameson's Daily Bugle.
No, wait, that was Frederick Foswell.
John Le Carre ended up a disappointment. Where does this chap stand?
Strongly recommend Forsythe’s books, his background research is astounding in depth, When he does publsh a new book, I think “well, I didn’t really need all that sleep anyway. Sigh!”
The man wrote some books eminently suited to creating movies. The list omitted “The Odessa File”, a damn fine book and film. I seem to recall the “Fist of God” being made into a movie, not sure if I saw it or not.
Best writer of my lifetime — that’s from the end of WWII to present.
As opposed to that Ludlum moron, one of the most overrated wtrites I ever tried to read. One book I started, threw down in disgust at his technical ignorance. Being ignorant is not a sin, but have the intelligence to stay away from that area lest you display it.
But people seem to revere his name as if anything he writes is scripture to be honored.
Spit. Never could watch one of the crap movies of his books either. If course, that Damon twit did not help.
Forsythe is the master of unputdownable fiction.
You won’t be disappointed this time, Oratam. Forsyth is most certainly a man of the Right.
This is what he wrote about Britain’s hard left-wing:
“In the decade prior to 1980 the Marxist hard Left had come so close to taking power.
Using a linked network of activists in the constituencies, the Militant Tendency in the unions and the old pro-Moscow veterans in unions and the parliamentary Labour Party, they almost had control of Labour and, with one election victory, the country.
They could hold us all to ransom, day after week after month. They were within a whisker of the culminating victory after six decades of struggle.
Pacifist premier Michael Foot would have crumpled. A timorous Tory leader would have done the same. And then this blasted Iron Lady came along.
And she beat them all until their Marxist-Leninist dream was dead for ever. She beat them not with cavalry charges but through the ballot box. They lost at each of the three elections.
They lost every time a working man, under her legislation, voted in secret not to strike. And for that they will never, ever forgive her. That is where the hatred comes from. So let us note and mark the haters - they are Britain’s enemies too.”
He's a conservative. It shows in his writing.
Forsyth is a Eurosceptic Conservative. He has been Patron of The People's Book Prize since 2010. He is Patron of Better Off Out, an organisation calling for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union. In 2003, he was awarded the One of Us Award from the Conservative Way Forward group for his services to the Conservative movement in Britain.I have never thrown a Forsyth novel forcibly into the trash, something I can't say about John le Carré novels.
Forsyth is definitely on my short list of favorite authors.
Somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun if I recall correctly.
And a damn good writer too.
Thank you, all. When I was a voracious reader, I was able to tell the players apart. Now, I need a program.
If you are going to read Forsyth, you should probably begin with his first novel, The Day of the Jackal, published in 1971. Don't start reading it at night if you need much sleep.
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