Caravan to Vaccares

Caravan to Vaccares

eBook - 2012
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Provence is the setting of this Alistair MacLean thriller Provence at the time of the annual pilgrimage to Saintes-Maries of gypsies from all over Europe, even from behind the Iron Curtain. The Duc de Croytor, distinguished folklorist and gastronome, is there of course. So is Englishman Neil Bowman, for no apparent cause. But something is different about this years pilgrimage. A small group of gypsies has something they are determined to hide, and Bowman soon learns that curiosity is highly dangerous. Before long he is on the run for his life. Accompained only by dark-haired Cécile, who has become as deeply embroiled as he is, he goes through a variety of disguises and a series of ever-narrower escapes.
Publisher: New York : Sterling, 2012
Edition: First Sterling edition
ISBN: 9781402792472
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (180 pages)
Notes: Originally published: London : William Collins & Sons, 1970


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Aug 16, 2017

Alistair MacLean must not have taken this novel quite so seriously as his famous previous ones. It lacks the usual razor-edge tension, but on the contrary is very funny. Unusually, it also has interesting female characters. The sense of location is excellent: the dedication is to the owner of the Hotel Baumanière, where the first part takes place. The action, improbable as it is, carries on quickly and pleasantly. And do not even think about the treatment of Gypsies (pardon, Roma) - the novel was published in 1970, and all the better for it. Just enjoy the ride and the bullfight.


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