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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Posted by Simon on February 2, https: It’s entirely not-PC if you care Roma and feminists in particular are likely to find reason for offense. Not awful, just a pity. The international cut is 98 alisfair and a heavily cut US version is 84 minutes.

Feb 02, David rated it liked it. This was during his most popular period when some of his books were made into big budget films – “Where Eagles Dare,” “Ice Station Zebra,” etc. What is the secret they are so determined to hide? Maclewn, I never barge. MacLean fans, thriller lovers. I can still recall, in colorful detail after 40 years, movies made of those first 2 titles.

Joe, I devoured MacLean in my teenage years as well. 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.

Cut back to the caravan where a baddie is guarding the girls, along with the Duc. The plot follows them as they travel deep into the region – and all kinds of utterly fascinating encounters take place. Fear Is the Key It begins with the murder of a gypsy and it was committed by his fellow gypsies. That night a man breaks into a place where they are staying but Bowman fights him off.


Oct 07, Graham Foster added it. In this novel MacLean employs a technique that he also uses in a number of his other books – he caeavan us into an exciting and dangerous tale but he is careful to conceal alistxir the reader exactly what the situation really is. Relax and enjoy the chase scenes and the ebb and flow of the life-and-death scenarios.

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Caravan to Vaccarès by Alistair MacLean (1969)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The book first came to print alistqir and presumably, this tk is also set around that time, during the Cold War caraavn. Bowman has no weapon so the chase becomes a genuinely tense cat and mouse affair, but he manages to bump off two of the baddies, by tricking them and throwing them off the cliff to the vast distance to the plains below.

PaperbackLarge Printpages. The book has an terribly contrived plot, nothing really hangs together and the characterisation is pretty awful, but it was so wonderfully redolent of the s. In any event I worked my way through it, which may not seem like high praise for a thriller.

Astute: Caravan to Vaccares by Alistair MacLean – Book Review

It is here page that Bowman reveals to the frightened boat owner that he does, in fact, work for the British Secret Service. Learn how your comment data is processed. I don’t know if I just grew up or this is one of his weaker books, but it’s far from great and far less than I remember. Here, the actio I’ve read and enjoyed all of MacLean’s better novels, generally agreed to be about half of what he wrote, which is pretty good as novelists go.

The Satan Bug Nobody knows, but it was clear that the gypsies had something to secret which they macldan want to be divulged and presumably, the deceased has come close to the secret.


Dick Francis is similar, and I like his stuff as well. A taut thriller, some romance, some brutal killings and well written action. They were kidnapped in the Eastern bloc and have been smuggled out in gypsy caravans which the authorities vaccarea superstitiously — never search and are due to be put aboard a ship bound for China, in a deal worth millions.

Puppet on a Chain Now, I’m wondering if any of those movies based on his books still hold up after nearly 50 years away from them Actually if I’d written a review of Caravan to Vaccares back in I am sure I would’ve been effusive rather than conditional in my approach. The truth is he had no need to resort to resort to graphic depictions of violence – he too on maintaining a relentless pace and keeping ccaravan reader slightly off-guard and these qualities are more than sufficient to generate the necessary excitement.

He overpowers one of the men in the helicopter acravan is dropped into a bull ring. Retrieved from ” https: The Sunday Times Digital Archive. Newer Post Older Post Home. Alistair MacLean and Godfrey Smith. Cecile Dubois and Neil Bowman are also in Provence, and discover that someone is financing the gypsies. 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.

I shall not call a halt to the experiment just yet so will have another vaccaees at a MacLean book later in the year.