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View all 4 comments. In fact, I rather wish the book had been longer and more detailed. Jericho, the mathematician who was instrumental in breaking the German U-boat Enigma code originally, is resting at Cambridge following a nervous breakdown caused by stress and fatigue and relationship issues with a beautiful, mysterious girl called Claire.
Jericho is summoned back to Bletchley, he finds that Claire has gone missing under suspicious circumstances, and he teams up with her roommate Hester to figure out what she was up to. I enjoyed the book very much, although as I said, I was expecting the plot to be more complicated. There is some nice tension, and even a couple of car chases, but for the most part Jericho and Hester have little trouble gathering the bits of data they need to solve the mystery.
The secondary characters are not very well fleshed out, which surprised me. I expected that we would get more background on several of them, including the guilty party. Still, this was an engaging read. It offers a nice glimpse of wartime England: The basic idea of this story, like so many of others Harris wrote, is; 'take an interesting historical period, throw in some Noir, mix, add fascinating and beautiful femme fatales to flavour'.
It's a recipe that usually works, but, just like your basic meat-and-potatoes, it's not something you'd serve for a gourmet meal unless you're a really genuinely good chef. Harris is rather more my mother throwing together a nice but not terribly inspiring dinner than the three-star restaurant serving a ste The basic idea of this story, like so many of others Harris wrote, is; 'take an interesting historical period, throw in some Noir, mix, add fascinating and beautiful femme fatales to flavour'.
Harris is rather more my mother throwing together a nice but not terribly inspiring dinner than the three-star restaurant serving a steak, but, hey, I don't go out to restaurants every day of my life, and my literary cuisine can use an occasional homemade plain meal.
The basic story focuses on the WWII decryption of the Germans' Enigma code; a feat which both helped win the war - perhaps singlehandedly won it - and was the root of yours truly's review sitting out here today, and you being profoundly bored by it. The time and place where electronic computing first came into being, though Harris doesn't put much emphasis on that.
The protagonist is Tom Jericho, a brilliant mathematician and cryptanalyst with large amounts of hormones. He falls in love with a seemingly vapid, but admittedly gorgeous, blonde named Claire, has a nervous breakdown, breaks the Germans' code, goes away, comes back, and gets into trouble.
All in about four chapters. Then things get really tangled. Part of my problem with this book was that I'd just recently read through Collins's Woman in White, and reading Enigma rather reminded me of that mystery classic. There you had Laudanum, here you have Germans and U-Boats. Much of the rest of the plot seems like a reflection of that other book, told more succinctly, and with less appeal to diaries.
So my problems with The Woman in White, which I actually found an excellent book by and large, were neatly reflected here, as well. Of course, whereas the former was written by a well-known Victorian misogynist, Mr. Harris has no such excuse.
I hope he realizes just how tired the average female reader grows of reading about the intelligent but plain woman who busily aids in the investigation being shuffled off as a potential love interest for the sake of the beautiful and feminine damsel in distress. Honestly, I get quite bored.
One would think a mathematician, a person to whom his profession is everything, would be inclined to seek out a mate he could actually talk to, rather than one simply to look at. I mean, if he really needs perfect beauty to admire, he could download a painting, right? But no, we must follow up with the cliche. After all, if we put too much pepper in the potatoes, some bland and banal palate might not appreciate it.
And no adding any sort of odd sauce to the dish, either.
The bleak, noir world of Bletchley Park - which happened to be criticized by people who were there - is the perfect grim and grimy setting for a crime; the character is a sort of traumatized and disillusioned noir detective, maths style, dismissed and later re-evoked for his brilliance. The foolish supervisor is there, the obstructing bureaucrat is there, the loyal but uninspiring coworkers are there Mind you, the book as a concoction is not at all bad, like my mother's cooking isn't - at least, it's wonderful cooking anywhere within hearing of my mother - and it has its merits.
For one, the math and cryptoanalysis is well-researched and explained.
The fellow is no Stephenson, I suppose, but so far as I could tell, being a mathematician only by marital proxy rather than by inclination, he wasn't Dan Browning the whole affair.
Also, the book, although it drags at times, is eminently edible - I mean, readable - and digestible by pretty much anyone.
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I can't really point to a person or demographics and say 'no, don't read this'. It may not enthrall or impress you, but, really, there's very little chance that you'll throw it into the garbage bin after taking a single bite. View all 3 comments. Jul 17, Lyn Elliott rated it liked it Shelves: No mental effort required. I'd give it 3. The world at Bletchley is portrayed in a way that leaves vivid images of hectic activity, bleak cold, brilliance and tedium. The plot is a bit creakybut Harris keeps the action moving along.
The men who defeated the Nazi U boats and brought science to the art of warfare'. Dec 21, MaryG2E rated it liked it Shelves: It took me quite a long time to get into this book. I think I had two obstacles that I eventually overcame. Firstly, I expected the story to be focussed on the grand tale of the breaking of the Enigma machine, something like the fairly recent movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing. It turns out that the Enigma codes and Bletchley Park form the context for the story, which is actually a spy novel with its main focus on personal relationships.
My mistake. Second thing that curbed my ea It took me quite a long time to get into this book. Second thing that curbed my early enthusiasm was the author's rather abrupt jumping back and forward in time, particularly in the opening chapters. I found it disjointed and confusing. By Chapter 4 the story began to settle and a couple of things at that stage grabbed my attention, and kept me reading.
It is quintessentially English - socially inept single academics with odd habits and dubious hygiene; military officers whose status is more the result of their family and school ties than their intelligence and expertise; shadowy Intelligence officers from the bowels of Whitehall; brash, duplicitous Americans A quirky young mathematician, Thomas Jericho, a former colleague of Turing, returns from Kings College Cambridge to Bletchley Park, where the German Enigma cryptography system was decoded, after a nervous collapse sidelined him.
He was the key individual in the breaking of the most complex and secret of the Enigma codes, and the effort damaged his physical and mental health. His convalescence has been cut short, as his brilliant mind is needed back at Bletchley when the German signals suddenly cannot be deciphered - the codes, which took so long to break, have been changed abruptly. Three huge convoys of ships have recently left New York, carrying vital supplies and nearly 10, people, and the German U-boats are lining up in the North Atlantic, torpedoes primed One of the reasons for Jericho's mental fatigue is the fate of his budding romance with the beautiful, clever Claire Romilly, a clerk in a minor role at Bletchley.
Their relationship is at a hiatus after a lovers' tiff, but he is desperate to reunite with her after returning from Cambridge. However, she remains elusive. Her housemate, the rather dour Hester Wallace, is initially unhelpful, but in time becomes his ally in trying to discover Claire's whereabouts. These two 'odd bods' take some daring risks to trace Claire in secret, providing much of the suspense in this novel.
I found it very hard to like the wishy-washy Thomas at first, but by the time he teamed up with Hester, he became more appealing. The action of the novel takes place against a background of real events.
I'm not sure how historically accurate Harris's depictions of the war might be, but there is a strong feeling of authenticity. It is in the minor details that the reader gets a true sense of those difficult times. The shabbily-built buildings in which thousands work on the monitoring of enemy signals are cold, dark and damp. The food is positively vomitous - cold comfort for those bright intellects on whom Churchill and his generals are relying to help them win the war.
It symbolises the countless petty deprivations imposed on the citizenry when England's entire national focus lay elsewhere. Early on, I was frustrated by the seemingly slow pace of the narrative. By the end I realised the author took his time to peel away various layers of secrets. The reward for my patience was an intriguing set of disclosures, followed by more revelations, and some unexpected twists in the tale Meanwhile, the race to re-crack the Enigma codes continues as the secondary plot line, with the ominous threat of destruction of the shipping in the Atlantic.
Overall, this book is a pleasing mystery, but hardly a nail-biting thriller. Nor is it a happy, funny story. A slow burner, it rewards the patient reader with effective closure of the plot lines, and a surprising ending.
Jul 07, Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore rated it really liked it Shelves: Our hero, the fictional Thomas Jerrico, is a student of Alan Turing himself Turing makes a brief appearance in the book and trained and recruited to Bletchley Park on the naval side of things as one of those working to break the Enigma. He is sent back to Cambridge to recover but only a few weeks in, two men from Bletchley arrive to take him back for the success they achieved has been undone with a new code in operation.
He tries to find her but ends up finding what looks like evidence that she just might have been a spy, responsible for the setback they have suffered. But was she really one? Alongside, he must also try to find an answer to the new code set in a short time, something that seems even to him pretty much impossible.
However, it was overall a gripping read with some surprises right until the very end. Four and a half stars. Jun 03, Kay Rollison rated it really liked it.
But as with other genres, there is the crude and the subtle, with the best as good as many conventional novels. On of the good ones is Enigma, by Robert Harris.
Harris is an English writer, who, though not aspiring to write the sort of novel that will win a Booker prize is nevertheless an excellent craftsman who tells a clever and convincing story.
He often writes history with a twist — like what if the Nazis had won the war. Most of his heroes are ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events. Most of his stories involve intrigue and cover up, but this is the only real spy story he has written. In Enigma, Harris has interwoven fact and fiction. Harris first thought of writing about code breaking while watching a documentary on the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing who worked at Bletchley Park.
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It took Harris three years to write the book, as little had ever been made public about Bletchley Park and he had to track down former code breakers and personnel who were able to tell him about life there and how the code breakers had actually worked. The naval battle which plays an important part in the story is also real.
The fictional story is about one of the code breakers, Tom Jericho, whose girlfriend — or rather the girl who had a brief affair with him — has disappeared, and in looking for her, he finds another mystery which points to a traitor within.
Thus the story falls within the classic boundaries of the spy story genre, with Jericho, the professional intelligence collector, also acting as an amateur spy.
It is also interesting to note the link between events in the book and the recent death of the Polish President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash when visiting Katyn, the site of a massacre of 20, Polish officers by the Russians during World War II, at the time blamed by the Allies on the Germans. Harris is certainly aware of the need for a good plot. Keep things moving. But they satisfy a different need from the sensationalism of the Bond stories.
Harris relies on creating a sense of realism in which ordinary people do the best they can against real dangers, rather than relying on gadgetry and unlikely heroics against an equally unlikely fiendish enemy.
Enigma is one of those rare cases where the film is as good as the book. In his novel, Ghost, which came out in , Harris turned to much more recent history. The Prime Minister in question, named Adam Lang, is easily recognizable — Harris said he half expected a writ against him when to book was published. And of course, all is not as it seems. It premiered early in Lustrum was published in Why is ancient Rome of interest to us today?
Well you never know; its decline and fall may just have some lessons for us. View this review at www. Today everybody knows about Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, where the British tried to keep up with the cryptography of the German Reich by cracking the enigma machine that coded the German communication.
The name of Alan Turing is well known and his role in breaking the German coded messages are well documented in various other books and movies. So the book is not about about Turing but those who continued in his footsteps and their efforts to keep abreast of the German war effort and then esp Today everybody knows about Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, where the British tried to keep up with the cryptography of the German Reich by cracking the enigma machine that coded the German communication.
So the book is not about about Turing but those who continued in his footsteps and their efforts to keep abreast of the German war effort and then especially the U-boat fleet in the northern Atlantic ocean and the battle for survival in the supply lines of the Allied forces. Tom Jericho, a brilliant British mathematician , has a burnout and is send of to Cambridge to recuperate and to find his feet again in WWII that needs people like him.
His rest does not last long when the Germans change all of their codes on one day.
He gets recalled and finds himself in a storm of politics and becomes persona-non-grata in Bletchley Park. However his past catches up with him and turns into a fascination that only becomes stronger and also seems to hold the answer to why the Germans changed their codes.
Is there a spy in the Park and how can they break the codes once more in order to save lives in the Atlantic. An interesting and fascinating spy thriller situated in the world of Bletchley Park that feels often like you are part of it, as you live it. A very well documented world that comes to live due to the writing of Harris.
Well worth your time and effort in reading history that is brought in a great story.
Masterful storytelling It's , and the Allies rely on the shipping convoys from the US to keep their battered countries fed and munitioned. But now the Germans have changed the U-boat code, threatening not only individual convoys but the entire defeat of the Allied forces. But, yes you have guessed it - he is called back again. Something serious is afoot!
Upon returning he finds that his ex-girlfriend is missing and Jericho suspects that there is a spy amongst them. Thus, Jericho begins his investigation aided by a very unlikely ally.
Sit back and enjoy the show! There are no James Bond-ish actions but you have an immensely enjoyable cerebral mystery.
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Some reviewers found the details around the technical descriptions of cryptography a bit tedious.Highly recommended. Upon returning he finds that his ex-girlfriend is missing and Jericho suspects that there is a spy amongst them.
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