Restless

Restless

A Novel

Book - 2006
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A tour de force from William Boyd: a thrilling novel that captures the drama of the Second World War, with a remarkable female spy at the centre of the story.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2006.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780747586203
Characteristics: vii, 324 p. ;,25 cm.

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vancouverville
Oct 30, 2016

I'm at page 82 and have been introduced to a bunch of characters, but nothing has really happened. Both mother and daughter seem to be sleepwalking. Why would a mother who thinks she's going to be killed, tell her story one chapter at time to her daughter, as if there were all the time in the world to tell it?
Note: things did pick up at page 86 - though both mother and daughter characters remained stiff and unsympathetic (in my humble opinion). Some strange minor characters in the life of the daughter that don't seem to amount to much. Changed my rating to 3 stars.

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EmilyEm
Oct 07, 2015

Takes place in Oxfordshire, England in 1976, when Sally Gilmartin suspects someone is trying to kill her and finally tells her twenty-something daughter that she had another life: She is Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

As the story unfolds we follow Eva's—now Eve Dalton’s, then Sally Gilmartin’s story—and her daughter’s back and forth from those spy years to the story’s 1970s setting. Interesting characters, there’s romance, intrigue, manipulation—all the ingredients of a wonderful story. One of his best.

This book captured me from page one; even the passage from Proust’s 'The Guermantes Way' was incentive! It’s a great mother-daughter story, a wonderful spy story, and a story from the past but with themes we wrestle with every day. And, yes, 'Restless' is a good name for it. I, for one, could not put it down—'restless’ until finished!

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philisgreat
Jan 13, 2014

A smart, gripping adventure combining two time periods and the mystery of recollection and memory. A must-read for any William Boyd fan.

poppy2010 May 09, 2013

Very enjoyable/plausible story.
There must be many families around the world with 'ghosts in the closet' like this.
I couldn't put it down!

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santiano9
Apr 12, 2013

A great read from this superb storyteller. I thought I would have been disappointed after having enjoyed Any Human Heart so much, but I wasn't.

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dcafk
May 08, 2012

Good read. Great plot.

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uncommonreader
May 01, 2012

This is a good book told from a daughter's perspective. Her mother and her search for her mentor and lover reveals interesting secrets aboutg the past.

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gwinegarden
Oct 23, 2010

Bored to distraction by the end of the first chapter.

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gailygirl
Jan 02, 2008

A terrific one-day read. Employs what I call the "two-story" narrative with one chapter about the present, one about the past, which we are very anxious to have revealed to us. Moves along very quickly and I never lost interest. Nor does the plot let us down.

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