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A classic noir thriller about love and deception from the bestselling author of The Reader.  Georg Polger ekes out a lonely living as a freelance translator in the south of France, until he is approached by a certain Mr. Bulnakov, who has a intriguing proposition: Georg is to take over a local translation agency and finish a project left by the previous owner, who died inA classic noir thriller about love and deception from the bestselling author of The Reader.  Georg Polger ekes out a lonely living as a freelance translator in the south of France, until he is approached by a certain Mr. Bulnakov, who has a intriguing proposition: Georg is to take over a local translation agency and finish a project left by the previous owner, who died in a mysterious accident. The money is right and then there is the matter of Bulnakov’s secretary, Francoise, with whom Georg has fallen hopelessly in love. Late one night, however, Georg discovers Francoise secretly photographing a sensitive military project. He is shocked and heartbroken. Then, her eventual disappearance leaves him not only bereft, but suspicious of the motivations behind Mr. Bulnakov’s offer. To make matters worse, Georg’s every move is being watched. Determined to find out who Francoise really is, and to foil who ever is tracking him, Georg sets out on an mission that will take him to New York City, where with each step he is dragged deeper and deeper into a deadly whirlpool in which friend and foe are indistinguishable....

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ISBN : 9780375725562
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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The Gordian Knot Reviews

  • Alison Smith
    2019-04-28 18:22

    An industrial espionage crime. Not a fast-paced thriller, but a complicated plot. I found the plot a bit of a stretch, although the ending was neat, and mirrored the book title. Well-written, but I found the protagonist Georg’s actions far-fetched, and as for Francois, his lover – I hope I never meet her!

  • Anni K. Mars
    2019-04-23 18:14

    Dieser Roman war sehr spannend, aber die Figuren waren…scheußlich!Es geht in diesem Roman um Georg, der als freier Übersetzer in einer französischen Provinz lebt und ein ziemlich langweiliges Leben führt. Bis er einen sehr geheimen Auftrag über die Konstruktion von Kampfmitteln erhält und in die Machenschaften der verschiedenen Geheimdienste der Welt gerät. Georg weiß nicht mehr, wem er trauen kann und was er tun soll. Ich mochte dieses Buch nur bis zu einem gewissen Punkt. Es war sehr spannend, aber auch sehr verwirrend. Figuren erhalten Decknamen, ziehen um, verstricken sich, sind verbunden, oder eben doch nicht, es werden Fährten gelegt, Geheimnisse verkauft und es wird sehr viel miteinander geschlafen.Georg war der komischste Mann, den ich je gelesen habe (neben Leon aus Regenroman). Er hat teilweise so unglaublich irrationale Entscheidungen getroffen, in keinster Weise nachvollziehbare Handlungen durchgeführt und mich sehr verwirrt. Also nein, Georg war wirklich nicht mein Liebling. Auch nicht Francoise, die ihren Namen gerne mal ändert. Ansonsten gibt es noch viele Nebenfiguren, die aber zu einer einzigen Masse verschmolzen sind und somit nicht sonderlich kraftvoll waren.Ich mochte den Schreibstil. Der war es auch, der mich am Buch gehalten hat, ansonsten hätte ich es abgebrochen. Man würde vielleicht Beschreibungen der Landschaft erwarten, aber das gab es kaum. Die Struktur des Romans ist relativ schwach. Man merkt, dass es ein frühes Werk Schlinks ist. Es gibt Logikfehler, die Figuren verhalten sich sehr komisch und der Handlungsverlauf ist holprig. Man erkennt die Motivation der Figuren an einigen Stellen überhaupt nicht, sodass Handlungen völlig aus der Luft gegriffen erscheinen. Die zweite Hälfte des Romans spielt in den USA und ab da wurde es noch abgefahrener, die Ereignisse haben sich überschlagen. Das Ende war sehr unglaubwürdig und etwas zu zufällig.Insgesamt rate ich eher von diesem Schlink ab. Die Idee des Romans war gut und spannend. Aber es mangelte an Struktur, Logik und vor allem an nachvollziehbaren Figuren. Man sollte sich lieber ein späteres Werk dieses Autors vornehmen.

  • Bebe
    2019-04-26 20:26

    Expectations of a good read, certainly had that after reading "The Reader" I cannot fathom how this author could write this book, it does not have many redeeming factors save the locale in France, weird characters, weird plans, weird people, is it me or is this just a poorly translated work, could not get my brain around this one.

  • Victoria
    2019-04-30 19:15

    After a weak start the book got better with the developing story line. I found the language a little wooden and stilted in the beginning, but this also changed for the better! Overall a captivating book with unforeseeable twists and turns, fine psychological insights and descriptions.I liked the book. I like Bernhard Schlink's books, all highly recommended!

  • Lisy V
    2019-04-29 22:32

    Not a fast paced thriller, slow beginning, overall disappointed. Expected more from this author, since I enjoyed "The Reader."

  • Johann Guenther
    2019-04-23 02:11

    SCHLINK, Bernhard: „Die gordische Schleife“, Zürich 1988Eines der früheren Bücher von Schlink. Eine Agentengeschichte. Ein junger deutscher Anwalt, der ausgestiegen ist und im Süden Frankreichs als Übersetzer arbeitet. Er kommt in den Kreis von Spionage, weil er für Kampfhubschrauber Dokumentationen übersetzt. Sein Leben wird rundlegend verändert. Er will das nicht wahrhaben und kämpft dagegen. Seine Geliebte spioniert und kopiert seine Arbeiten. Plötzlich ist sie weg. Auch bekommt er keine Aufträge mehr. Mit dem restlichen gebliebenen Geld versucht er sie zu finden und fliegt nach Amerika. Die Geschichte wird immer skurriler und als Leser ist es schwer oft den Anschluss zu finden und mit dem Autor und seiner Phantasie Schritt zu halten. Er schreibt aber ein Happy End, bei dem der Übersetzer und seine Geliebte plötzlich als traute Familie am Ende in Portugal wohnen.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-22 20:29

    Disappointing and unrealistic. I've enjoyed other works by Schlink and so had moderate expectations but this certainly was no "The Reader". It tells the story of a transplanted German lawyer Georg who has moved to Provence, France where he is scratching out a living as a translator. Unexpectedly he gets some work for a company where he falls for the secretary with whom he begins an enjoyable romance. Things however turn sour when Georg discovers his good fortune with the newfound work for the translation company materialized out of somewhat seedy undertones. The book then attempts to be a grand crime noir but instead the suspense is quite underwhelming and definitely not realistic. Only the most ardent Schlink fans should give this a try.

  • Andrei
    2019-05-13 20:14

    3.5На моменти конфузна, на моменти едноставна, баш како едно купче јазли зврзани на една гордиева врвка. Не знам што да кажам за Шлинк после ова. На моменти ми изгледаше толку претенциозен што ме тераше да запрам со читање. Но ја доистерав до крај. Не е како „читачот“ но не е до толку катастрофална како што луѓево пишуваат на интернет. Без тие непотребни дефокуси, без таа претенциозност и со ставање повеќе акцент на полицијата и странските служби, книгата би имала многу повеќе суштина во целост. Вака, многу празни одови, чворови, повторувања одново и одово, и пак се осеќаш изгубен во некаков вител.

  • William Koon
    2019-05-20 01:10

    Under the guise of a thriller, Berhard Schlick proposes some of the themes he has used in his weightier novels: the obsession of love, the bending of boundaries, the internal conflicts we have. He does a great job in portraying his landscapes whether they are Province or San Francisco. Ironically his main character is a translator and that is what Schlick does too, he translates for us the varieties of experiences which can only be called amour fou.

  • Steffi
    2019-05-23 18:34

    Eigentlich habe ich den Roman angefangen zu lesen, weil die Geschichte in Südfrankreich beginnt, aber Marseille und die Landschaft werden kaum beschrieben. Dann wechselt die Geschichte nach New York und San Fransisco. Die Suche nach der geliebten Frauen und der Aufklärung des Rätsels in New York ist dann wesentlich interesssanter und wird stärker durhc die Atmosphäre dieser Stadt getragen. Nicht überwältigende, aber solide Spionagegeschichte.

  • SillySuzy
    2019-05-18 01:14

    Het eerste deel gaat nog wel, maar daarna draait het alleen nog maar om complottheorieën, achtervolgingen, gevechtshelikopters, de KGB, de FBI en de CIA en als ik ergens niets om geef dan zijn het wel spionagethrillers. Ik had iets meer in de trant van De Voorlezer verwacht, maar daar lijkt het in het geheel niet op.

  • Maryan
    2019-05-13 02:13

    I read this book as part of my exploration into the works of Bernhardt Schlink. I was taken by The Reader, in awe during his short stories in Flights of Love and quite disappointed by his effort here. The story felt thin and somewhat predictable. Oh well, it is reassuring that writers do not always excel.

  • Jessie
    2019-05-02 01:17

    Promising start, hard to explain without spoiling it, but generally about a translator who gets entangled in a love affair that makes him part of an unknowable conspiracy. I liked most of it, but toward the end I thought it got a little convoluted and I found myself not caring to sort it out. Still, it was entertaining and I do like Schlink.

  • Jelena
    2019-05-10 00:08

    This book spoiled my impression that Schlink is a fine literature writer. I have just one word to describe it: schund! If you liked The reader, Homecoming, Flights of love or Das Wochenende, never ever read Gordian knots.

  • Tina Siegel
    2019-05-11 21:24

    I love Schlink! This was a nice surprise - lighter, more noirish, less ponderous than his other work (which is terrific but tends to deal with pretty heavy subjects like generational guilt, the effect of the Holocaust on contemporary German society, etc.).Fantastic book - highly reccommended!

  • Angel Serrano
    2019-05-11 18:20

    Un abogado alemán abandona su carrera para convertirse en "Aussteiger" en el Sur de Francia. Malvive como traductor hasta que se ve envuelto en una trama de espionaje industrial y, a la vez, conoce a una misteriosa mujer de la que se enamorará. Pero no todo es lo que parece.

  • Steve Dennie
    2019-04-25 02:23

    This is a strange little character-driven spy novel, which starts in Germany but spends most of its pages in New York City. This is the second book I’ve read by this German mystery writer, and I didn’t really care for either of them.

  • Shahzaib Hassan
    2019-04-27 19:11

    It's quite intriguing if you're an "Espionage Junkie" that is. The novel starts out pretty simple and humble but, almost as if in a fit of rage, gets shot off to oblivion with all the KGB, CIA and the polish secret service's intrusion.

  • Andy
    2019-04-27 02:20

    meandering tale of struggling translator who becomes embroiled in defense industry espionage, pursues his duplicitous lover to new york and seeks revenge on those who have exploited him and destroyed his life... - not much charater development, but might make a good movie

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-22 22:34

    A cold war spy thriller. Interesting characters, but kind of weak overall, and the ending really didn't work for me. This was my first Schlink; I admit that he's gotten such good reviews for other works, I expected The Gordian Knot to be a lot better.

  • Victoria
    2019-05-09 20:11

    Nothing memorable...

  • Peter Jakobs
    2019-05-07 22:14

    Not the best book by Schlink but still an enjoyable story and "mirrows behind the mirrow". I'm missing a bit the typical German that can be found in most of his other books.

  • Janice
    2019-04-24 23:27

    Boooooooooo!

  • Lalit
    2019-04-27 21:13

    Good read,bit slow at times but simple story line is kind of refreshing in the ever growing shelves of twisters as thrillers in market.

  • Ann
    2019-04-28 21:16

    not what i expected from the author of the reader...not a great mystery/thriller

  • Laura Schwartz
    2019-05-11 22:25

    Disappointing. The characters are 2-D and the mystery isn't compelling at all. I stopped reading halfway through because I just didn't care what happened to the protagonist.

  • Paul
    2019-04-25 21:32

    Not too bad for a spy story. Writing / translation was a little cold.

  • Corinne
    2019-05-08 18:12

    I too expected more from the author of The Reader. But it was an amusing tale for bedtime reading

  • Carmen
    2019-05-17 23:37

    I expected something a little better. It was ok.

  • Jekaterina Dmitrijeva
    2019-05-22 21:35

    3.5* labs spiegu romāns