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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Surprisingly — given that the book reads like a novelisation of a movie rather than a novel in its own right — alistqir changed the plot quite a bit.

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I’ve always had a soft spot for MacLean’s Caravan to Vaccares for some reason. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. Johnny Alistaor, world champion driver and apparent cause of the latest accident, decides the time has come to sort things 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.

So a book that I was enthralled with 35 years ago is now mostly boring even though the story is told at pace. And if he refuses? Caravan to Vaccares was a fun novel, if a little predictable.

Still, the author’s sense of place and his cliffhanger chapter endings recalled to me why I enjoyed his work so much way back when.

To see what your friends thought alistsir this book, please sign up. It was attended by Princess Anne and her husband Mark Phillips. Some readers may not accept the way in which the author portrayed the gypsies and their culture.


This article about a thriller novel of the s is a stub. He allows himself to be dressed in the costume of one of the clowns who entertain the crowd between fights and then to be dragged into the ring by Czerda et al also dressed in clown costumes, to make the scene all the more grotesque.

Fast-paced, sexy and a logic-defying thriller, Caravan to Vaccares is set in the s and has a certain Neil Bowman investigating a number of disappearances in the Provence regi Initially, I wasn’t familiar with the name Alistair MacLean until I came to know that he had penned Guns of Navarone and Where Eagles Dareboth of which were adapted into films that inspired my carvan love for cinema.

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This was a different book to read as it related the story from multiple points of view. So Ti Duc was the Mr Big all along.

Style The plot is thrilling, fast-paced, visceral, written with the film adaptation in mind. MacLean was also very good at action set-pieces and this novel has several that are very good indeed – the pursuits in the limestone caves and through the castle ruins mentioned earlier plus a very clever bull-ring execution scene and a canal chase involving a power boat, a fishing boat and a Rolls-Royce limousine.

What is the secret they are so determined to hide? It begins with the murder of a gypsy and it was committed by his fellow gypsies. Inhe was awarded a D. Alistair MacLean hardly reveals the identity of his characters and Caravan to Vaccares is no exception to that. Mar 15, Donna LaValley rated it alistzir was ok.

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When they arrive in town they meet a French duke Michel Lonsdale who invites them to dinner. This was my first MacLean. Paul Wheeler Joseph Forest.

Caravan to Vaccarès by Alistair MacLean (1969)

Bad The Way to Dusty Death — World number one racing driver Johnny Harlow acts drunk and disgraced in order to foil a gang of heroin vaccarfs and kidnappers. He overpowers one of the men in the helicopter then is dropped into a bull ring. Posted by dfordoom at 1: The game-keeper, her guardian, tries to rape her but she escapes. Both Macleab and Caravan use similar set-ups of an investigator and a couple beautiful girls assisting, and I frankly would not have anticipated giving Caravan 3.

Alistair Maclean ‘s books always resonate with one dialogue in this book, when Duc is about to walk into a situation he mzclean nothing to do with, in front of his perplexed girl-friend – “But you can’t just barge in -” “Nonsense.

Caravan to Vaccares

We are introduced to a small cast of colourful characters who will appear throughout the narrative:. Jul 29, Ryan rated it it was ok. He accelerates ahead of them and hijacks a local fishing boat, and there is a waterborne chase scene worthy of a s Bond film.

Languages Suomi Edit links. Bowman defeats a bull fighter and is about to be killed by a charging bull but is rescued when the Duc shoots it dead.