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Writers: Alistair MacLean (novel), Paul Wheeler (screenplay) | 1 more credit» Caravan to Vaccares () Charlotte Rampling and David Birney in Caravan to . Feb 2, Here are encamped hundreds of gypsies in their brightly painted caravans, en route to the big annual gypsy festival south of Arles. We are. Apr 14, Unlike most Alistair MacLean novels, Caravan to Vaccares is not a novel based on the World War II. The book first came to print in and.

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Eavesdropping, Bowman discovers that a man named Gaiuse Strome is financing the gypsies, and his suspicions on the real identity of Strome centre on a highly wealthy aristocrat, distinguished folklorist and gastronome, Le Grand Duc Charles de Croytor, whose girlfriend Lila Delafont is a friend of Cecile.

Astute: Caravan to Vaccares by Alistair MacLean – Book Review

He immediately starts berating them for their failure to get rid of Bowman. Email required Address never made public.

It is at this moment that the Duc de Croytor makes his appearance, booming his way into the caravan and over-awing the baddies, young Lila in tow.

Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: A reasonable pace was maintained throughout the novel, which is an important feature of a thriller novel, I believe. They were superficial, some were arrogant, some were silly, and almost all of them felt cartoonish.

The New York Times called it “a gratifying entertainment. Learn more More Like This. He accelerates ahead of them and hijacks a local fishing boat, and there is a waterborne chase scene worthy of a s Bond film.

Thoughts Review Vaccars About me Contact. I remember reading a bunch of MacLean’s books while I was a teen and enjoying them immensely.


Not holding out much hope though The story revolves around a lot of the Gypsy environs of Spain, which was interesting, but the plot moved rapidly and ignored a lot of setup. Fear Is the Key It was attended by Princess Anne and her husband Mark Phillips. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options.

Caravan to Vaccares

It feels a little out of line to be ” I read a lot of McLean’s classic novels many years ago but have decided to catch up on those I haven’t read yet.

Reasonable read that is typical of Alastair Maclean. As it happens, we had this particular MacLean title at home and Carsvan really alidtair perusing it as a child. But why is he being hunted? Then there is also the Le Grand Duc, at Provence, who supposedly is a gypsy folklorist.

Jul 01, barrieboy rated it really liked it.

Why were the same people so keen to kill the young gypsy? The trail takes them from Amsterdam Nobody has any idea on who Le Grand Duc or what he is up to and the case is no different when it comes to Bowman. He starts following the gypsy caravans, but little does he realise that he is inviting trouble for himself by doing so and that too, not only for himself, but also for Cecile.

Cut back to the caravan where a baddie is guarding the girls, along with the Duc. Part two They drive to Arles to arrive on annual festival day where Bowman checks into a hotel, ditches the car, puts on skin colouring and a fake moustache and hires fancy dress for himself and Cecile. Notify me of new posts via email. Czerda follows suit with a pack of baddies and there is a thrilling chase across the mudflats of the Camargue.


Inat the age of eighteen, he joined the Royal Navy; two and a half years spent aboard a cruiser were to give him the background for HMS Ulysseshis first novel, the outstanding documentary novel on the war at sea.

Caravan to Vaccarès by Alistair MacLean (1969)

It begins with the murder of a gypsy and it was committed by his fellow gypsies. Maclean is the author of twenty-nine world bestsellers and recognised as an outstanding writer in his own genre. Neil Bowman is not a folklorist. The action’s a bit of a muddle and the ending preposterous.

In any event I worked my way through it, which may vaxcares seem like high praise for a thriller. The truth is he had no need to resort to resort to graphic depictions of violence – he relies on maintaining a relentless pace and keeping the reader slightly off-guard and these qualities are more than sufficient to generate the necessary excitement.

If you, however, would like to check out vaccqres vast body of work, this is one of the ‘certainly recommended’ ones from me. They wander round the booths of the fair the gypsies are setting up, and Bowman humorously has his palm read by a succession of old soothsayers — they tell him he will be married soon and this forms the basis for a running flirtation with Cecile.

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