Very Private Gentleman, A

Booth, Martin

  3 Reviews

As suggested by its title, this story involves a gentleman who really values his privacy. He has good reason to; his passion for painting rare butterflies disguises his true occupation of producing designer guns for assassins. As he makes plans to retire, his past is set to catch up with him, shattering the peace of the Italian village that he has made his home. With a likeable anti-hero, clever build-up of tension and its beautiful descriptions of the countryside, this well crafted novel with challenge and delight the reader with its deceptions and moral conundrums. Also published as 'The American'.

Comments from Groups

A beautifully written book, but strangely chilling. The main character is interesting and completely unlikeable... a book worth reading if only for the excellent prose. Hamilton 029

This book generated one of our best discussions yet. A sophisticated sort of who dunnit. Beautiful writing, we all wanted to visit the village in Italy - despite the assassin visitor. Nelson 044

Fantastic author, great complex story - very vivid and descriptive. Enjoyed by all. Timaru 016

Mixed reaction, most enjoyed, but there were reservations about the main character. We are keen to see the film, even though no one could see George Clooney in the main role! Stimulated a good discussion about morality, nationality and motivations. Nelson 015

We were divided, those who finished the book enjoyed it, some found it took a while for the story to get going. New Plymouth 014



WELL 066
Group members enjoyed the great descriptions of the Italian countryside and village life. The ending was well done, but the action was a long time coming.
HAVE 011
2/11 did not love this book - the others did!! Amazingly drawn imagery - a delight to savour, page by page.
The group felt that they quite enjoyed the book, particularly the prose - but felt the character was a bit unbelievable.