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Title: Harlequin
Author: Morris L. West
Publisher: Published January 21st 1997 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1978)
ISBN: 9780061010811
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Head of a prestigious European bank, George Harlequin belongs to a vanishing class of gentlemen whose handshake is their bond. But when an envious corporate raider frames Harlequin for murder, no deed is too dirty if it will save Harlequin's reputation, his bank-- and his life."In a tiny group of best-selling novelists, Morris West qualifies as the brains of the organizati Head of a prestigious European bank, George Harlequin belongs to a vanishing class of gentlemen whose handshake is their bond. But when an envious corporate raider frames Harlequin for murder, no deed is too dirty if it will save Harlequin's reputation, his bank-- and his life."In a tiny group of best-selling novelists, Morris West qualifies as the brains of the organization." --Time

30 review for Harlequin

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ale Rivero

    Me llevó un mes leer esta historia, y no fue porque no me gustara, sino que debía ir pensando en las cosas que sucedían y además se me cruzaron otras lecturas en el camino. XD Es cierto que en algunos momentos los capítulos se me hacían pesados, porque son bastante extensos, pero la prosa del autor es la mar de interesante, y eso que yo no soy muy aficionada al tema de negocios. En sí, esta historia gira alrededor de un fraude cometido por una empresa de recopilación de datos contra un compañía ba Me llevó un mes leer esta historia, y no fue porque no me gustara, sino que debía ir pensando en las cosas que sucedían y además se me cruzaron otras lecturas en el camino. XD Es cierto que en algunos momentos los capítulos se me hacían pesados, porque son bastante extensos, pero la prosa del autor es la mar de interesante, y eso que yo no soy muy aficionada al tema de negocios. En sí, esta historia gira alrededor de un fraude cometido por una empresa de recopilación de datos contra un compañía bancaria muy importante, y a ello se suman innumerables intereses que llegan a ser globales. Desde el inicio vemos como el dueño general y el gerente del Banco Arlequín y Cía. buscan por todos los medios resolver el problema en el que se encuentra; eso los lleva a meterse en submundos a los que no están acostumbrados y que provocan severos cambios en ellos y a su alrededor, tanto de mentalidad como relacionados con hechos delictivos. Lo que más me interesó observar fue el desarrollo personal de Paul Desmond y George Arlequín, dos de nuestros protagonistas principales, porque ambos son bastante dispares en cuanto a personalidades, lo que hace que el verlos enfrentados al mismo problema nos presente situaciones muy particulares. Me he quedado con ganas de probar algo más del autor para afianzar mi opinión sobre él, por ahora puedo decir que me parece recomendable para aquellas personas a las que les resulten interesantes las tramas de sus libros.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rhys

    This was a re-read. I am a big fan of Morris West, but had forgotten the story in this work. After 25 or 30 years I am reading this masterful word-crafter and story weaver, and I find myself amazed at the prophetic framing of our world today. The descriptions of the world financial realm, the government deceptions and double-dealings, the enrichment of the few, the collateral suffering so acceptable by all... Morris West is one of the greats at using the English language as it should be used; to This was a re-read. I am a big fan of Morris West, but had forgotten the story in this work. After 25 or 30 years I am reading this masterful word-crafter and story weaver, and I find myself amazed at the prophetic framing of our world today. The descriptions of the world financial realm, the government deceptions and double-dealings, the enrichment of the few, the collateral suffering so acceptable by all... Morris West is one of the greats at using the English language as it should be used; to delve deep into our souls, to dredge up our consciences, to make us look at ourselves and our relationships with all mankind. This is an excellent, entertaining, and all the while, thought-provoking book that you will finish swiftly -- long before you are ready for it to be over...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jane Rose

    This book was written in 1974. It could have been written at the height of the latest GFC, covering as it does the skulduggery of big business in its desire to become even bigger.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Belkys

    Read this book in Spanish when I was a teenager, 1978 or 79. I remember that I found it very interesting. I read it several times. Maybe, because it was a conspiracy inside the world of international banking. One of the ideas I remember is about how the Swiss bankers receive the money of drug traffic and corruption around the world and for it is just money without taking a moment to consider the suffering and degradation behind.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Franziska Self fisken

    Very exciting, absorbing and easy to read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Loren Alix

    Journey of a quiet friendship. Beautiful trajectory of the stars in every beat of fate.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nezzo

    Отваряш книгата и очакваш тя да е като всяка друга. Четеш 3837 началните страници, издание, заглавие, посвещения, няколко празни страници и после се започва. Каквото и да си очаквал обаче от тази книга то не е там, просто не се появява. Четеш до последната 300 и някоя страница с надеждата този път да се случи каквото на теб ти се иска, но не и в тази книга. “Арлекин” е история за нещата, които се случват в реалността, грозни, отвратителни, омразни. Всичко започва с кражба, една голяма сума е от Отваряш книгата и очакваш тя да е като всяка друга. Четеш 3837 началните страници, издание, заглавие, посвещения, няколко празни страници и после се започва. Каквото и да си очаквал обаче от тази книга то не е там, просто не се появява. Четеш до последната 300 и някоя страница с надеждата този път да се случи каквото на теб ти се иска, но не и в тази книга. “Арлекин” е история за нещата, които се случват в реалността, грозни, отвратителни, омразни. Всичко започва с кражба, една голяма сума е отмъкната и замаскирана от известна и стара банка. Обвинен е не кой да е, а именно собственикът й - Джордж Арлекин. И всичко, което сте очаквали да се случи точно тук, си отива на вятъра. Шепа хора от обкръжението на Арлекин се надигат срещу най-големият компютърен магнат на онова време - Базил Янко. А той притежава преносно казано дори и дрехите на гърба им. И както пише на корицата на книгата " Понякога единственият начин да получиш справедливост е да действаш извън закона", а как в случая? - ами с терор. След като започват да умират човек след човек и играта загрубява до голяма степен, всеки се бута да влезе в този конфликт. Всичко бива замаскирано, след като са наети много души да се оправят със законната страна на проблема, а Арон Богданович (дяволът, скрит зад магазин за цветя) поема другата част от нещата. Всичко се случва и бързо, и бавно. Книгата обаче ще те накара да осъзнаеш какъв човек си. И точно когато ти ще крещиш този или онзи да бъде убит, а по-късно ще съжаляваш. Ти си варварин. И без да се усетиш започваш да се разпореждаш с животите на образите. И както има една фраза, на която много се смях... " ... време беше да се срещна с човека, който знаеше всички отговори, защото спеше в гроб." Става дума за самият Богданович, който аз харесвам най-много, защото искате не искате, ще ви хареса как играе той. А така трябва да се играе истинският живот, непредвидено и без отстъпки.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Simon Mcleish

    Originally published on my blog here in September 1999. Harlequin et Cie is a family owned bank in early seventies Geneva. They are suddenly hit, simultaneously, by a security audit from computer consultant Creative Systems pointing to embezzlement by chairman George Harlequin, and a hostile take-over bid by Creative Systems' owner, Boris Yanko. The novel is told from the point of view of Paul Desmond, close friend of George and one of the directors of the bank. He suspects that Yanko has taken ad Originally published on my blog here in September 1999. Harlequin et Cie is a family owned bank in early seventies Geneva. They are suddenly hit, simultaneously, by a security audit from computer consultant Creative Systems pointing to embezzlement by chairman George Harlequin, and a hostile take-over bid by Creative Systems' owner, Boris Yanko. The novel is told from the point of view of Paul Desmond, close friend of George and one of the directors of the bank. He suspects that Yanko has taken advantage of his control of Harlequin's computer services to frame George as an embezzler, in order to force him to sell the bank. West uses this to create a tense thriller, one which is heavily rooted in its time by its dependence on a particular way of using computers. It seems almost inconceivable today that a bank with offices in dozens of countries should not own even one computer of its own but instead rent time and operators from a firm which specialises in this. In the early seventies, this was not particularly unusual, computers being expensive and cumbersome. (1973 is after all closer to the date of IBM's famous statement that there would never be a market for more than 500 computers world-wide than it is to today.) Computer fraud has to be far more sophisticated in the 1990s than it was then. West uses this peculiarity of the period as the peg around which his thriller is constructed, but its real strength is in the characterisations he writes. Thriller characters are often ciphers, barely affected by the terrifying events they endure. In this novel, Harlequin and Desmond are horrified by the violence which follows their decision to resist Yanko's takeover attempt, and the stunned grief they feel when Harlequin's wife is killed is particularly convincing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emmie

    Don't be fooled by the obvious detective-story-atmosphere of this book. It's so much more. Sure it's a quest to expose a killer, but it's also about morale and life-changing choices. It's about a man wrestling with his conscience. It's about life in a world of today. A person's life is fragile and our own is so very dear to us. How far would you go to save your good image? How far would you go to fulfill your dream? And most importantly, how far would you go to save your life? Lies, deceptions, Don't be fooled by the obvious detective-story-atmosphere of this book. It's so much more. Sure it's a quest to expose a killer, but it's also about morale and life-changing choices. It's about a man wrestling with his conscience. It's about life in a world of today. A person's life is fragile and our own is so very dear to us. How far would you go to save your good image? How far would you go to fulfill your dream? And most importantly, how far would you go to save your life? Lies, deceptions, murders? Harlequin get thrust into a life where he has to decide this... and fast or he'll lose his wealth, love, life and even himself. When I started reading "Harlequin", by Morris West, I found it quite dull. But after really getting into it, I came to really like the suspense and the unpredictable turn of events. It's a book for everyone, no matter if you like mystery, drama, philosophy... If you don't like this book you either didn't give it a good enough chance or you didn't understand it at all.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Another book by Morris West, whose "Devil's Advocate" received raves, this book reads more like the popular writer I expected him to be. Dealing with technology espionage and rather whimsical main characters, it has the feel of a "spy novel". Yet, in addition to being a "good read", it does contain some characterizations comparable to what West achieved in Devil's Advocate and again mingles questions of religion, class and politics amidst the action.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    I'm surprised I actually finished this book. It was incredibly dull. But every 20 pages or so, the author would use a completely random metaphor or simile that really amused me. He threw in just enough odd similes to keep me interested until the characters went to Mexico City, which was then enough to keep me interested (because I lived there for a couple years) until I was too far into the book to just quit reading. But I repeat, this book is boring.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Adismara Putri

    Agak susah dimengerti karena memuat dan berkaitan dengan banyak istilah sistem ekonomi dan tatanan bisnis. Penuturan cerita sangat bagus. Ekspresi penokohan tokoh utama dan gejolak batin yang ditujukan untuk Harlequin, temannya, terpancar jelas dan justru menjadi tokoh paling aktif dalam penentuan nasib Harlequin et Cie. Tanpa flashback, tetapi sukses menyuguhkan hubungan baik ketiga tokoh utama.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sampath

    Nice Read. The brilliant construct of this book is the fact that there are no surprises on who the villain is from the start of the book. Yet Morris West manages to keep you guessing through a series of incidents that are unexpected. It is about the triumph of morality and friendship in a twisted world.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bruno Teixeira

    Indicaram que eu lesse esse livro como sendo um dos melhores livros que o indicador á havia lido. Foi uma leitura interessante. Não é um dos melhores livros que já li, não pretendo ler Morris West de novo, mas cumpri a promessa de ler a indicação.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aurora

    Worst book I've read in a long time. While he's clever enough with pretty words, there's no soul to the the book, no depth to the "protagonist" and if I hadn't been entirely out of books and desperate, I never would have finished it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christian Spließ

    Sicherlich gibts tiefergehende Weisheiten in dem Roman, als Thriller ist er allerdings nicht so toll. Kann man lesen, muss man nicht.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shefali

    Harlequin by Morris West (1975)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anne Hawn Smith

    This is another Morris West that I'd like to read again. West poses some difficult moral dilemmas and doesn't let the reader opt for an easy answer.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pravin

    A pretty entertaining book,it's probably like another Le Carré or Graham Greene(never read anything about these two authors,only watched the films) novel i guess but i enjoyed it anyway.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Excellent twist!

  21. 4 out of 5

    aldo zirsov

    3/5

  22. 5 out of 5

    Veronica Harris

    Rating = 8.5

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leonila Tellez

  24. 5 out of 5

    Armando

  25. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jos

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karl Øen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Viki

  29. 4 out of 5

    Makoto Neuer

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michael Brint

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