The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate Everyone knows the controversial film of The Manchurian Candidate starring Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury even though it was taken out of circulation for years after JFK s assassination Eq

  • Title: The Manchurian Candidate
  • Author: Richard Condon Louis Menand
  • ISBN: 9781568582702
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback
  • Everyone knows the controversial 1962 film of The Manchurian Candidate starring Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury, even though it was taken out of circulation for 25 years after JFK s assassination Equally controversial on publication, and just as timely today, is Richard Condon s original novel First published in 1959, The Manchurian Candidate is Condon s riveting takeEveryone knows the controversial 1962 film of The Manchurian Candidate starring Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury, even though it was taken out of circulation for 25 years after JFK s assassination Equally controversial on publication, and just as timely today, is Richard Condon s original novel First published in 1959, The Manchurian Candidate is Condon s riveting take on a little known corner of the cold war, the almost sci fi concept of American soldiers captured, brainwashed, and programmed by their Chinese captors to return to the states as unsuspected political assassins Condon s expert manipulation of the book s multiple themes from anticommunist hysteria to megalomaniacal motherhood makes this one of the most dazzling, and enduring, products of an unforgettable time This classic of cold war paranoia includes a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize winning author Louis Menand.

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    1. A deliciously cynical and satirical pseudo thriller black comedy about McCarthyism and 50s Americana.But wait! – you say – black comedy?? is this not a psychological thriller about an American soldier who is brainwashed and hypnotized to be a sleeper cell assassin sent in to kill the president?Well, yes it is, but like Trevanian’s Shibumi, there is the surface adventure story and then the much more interesting underlying allegory told with wit and humor. Condon, who also wrote Prizzi's Hon [...]

    2. Book has been removed from my library (real one, not GR). I'll never read it again, but I would still like to see one or both of the movies!These are the two movies I never saw uh, I guess that should be the two out of this book I ain’t seen, is that better?The one from 1962, when I was a frosh in college – and sittin’ right there in the middle of that Cuban missile thing, in Washington D. of C. Maybe that’s why I didn’t see it? I dunno.That’s the Laurence Harvey actor on the left wh [...]

    3. If Kurt Vonnegut had written a political thriller it would have read a lot like this.The Manchurian Candidate is famous now for two reasons. First, it has inspired two films, one directed by John Frankenheimer in 1962, the other by Jonathon Demme in 2004. Second, it has proven as gloomily prophetic a political satire as has George Orwell's also-classic 1984. Let's talk about that second point.Consider this passage:"Nonetheless her Johnny had become the only American in the country's history of p [...]

    4. Description: As compelling and disturbing as when it was first published in the midst of the Cold War, "The Manchurian Candidate" continues to enthrall readers with its electrifying action and shocking climax.Sgt. Raymond Shaw is a hero of the first order. He's an ex-prisoner of war who saved the life of his entire outfit, a winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the stepson of an influential senatord the perfect assassin. Brainwashed during his time as a P.O.W he is a "sleeper" -- a living [...]

    5. The Manchurian Candidate is a novel about conditioning, control and manipulation - and brilliantly explores all these topics. It's concise, well written and one of those brilliant books that you have to read with a straight face because you can't decide whether to laugh or grimace.Sergeant Raymond Shaw and his fellow G.I.'s have been captured in Korea, where they have been brainwashed by the mysterious chinese doctor Yen Lo. Chinese and Russian scientists select Raymond to be a "sleeper" agent, [...]

    6. A very interesting look at mind control - but I think the true strength of this book is how it looks at mind control this control is accepted as a means to an end by those that are aware of the control; an element of control that is much deeper and much more insidious than just political control.

    7. The Manchurian Candidate, described as a ‘political thriller,’ is much more…so much more. Had it not been for Dusty’s review (above), I wouldn’t have expected the tremendous humor to be encountered within the pages of Condon’s almost prophetic novel. Dusty suggests, “If Kurt Vonnegut had written a political thriller it would have read a lot like this. “ I’m still pondering that, but I have no problem considering MC as if it were written by LeCarre or Ludlum, then edited by a he [...]

    8. One of the best books I have ever read. The plotting & characters are strong and perfectly developed. It carries a humor that isn't brought forward in the cinema. A deeply funny and disturbing book.

    9. This is one weird book. Seriously weird. I've seen the old movie with Frank Sinatra. I've seen the new(er) one with Denzel Washington. Although one of those is very good (1st one) and one of them is so-so (2nd one), neither of them convey the (for want of a better word) weirdness of the book. There are places where you can't help but laugh, but you feel guilty as this isn't a funny book. There are places where you feel sorry for the main character, but you know you shouldn't because he's about a [...]

    10. Probably one of the worst written books I have ever read. The concept was promising, but the delivery was atrocious, at least in my humble opinion.

    11. This was really good. Not at all what I was expecting it to be, in a good way. I saw the Sinatra movie years ago, and somehow expected the book to be this dramatic political thriller. I wasn't prepared for satire and humor. It reminded me of Vonnegut. At the beginning it was downright funny, but got more serious when it started getting into the conditioning/brainwashing stuff. But it's satire, so there's always that underlying tongue-in-cheek tone. I really enjoyed this book and I'm so glad I fi [...]

    12. I've heard about The Manchurian Candidate for years but hadn't seen the movie nor read the book. It's one I wish I would have read sooner! What a great book with lots of psychological twists and turns. If you've ever been curious about the book, it's worth reading!

    13. I must say, it's interesting reading a book where the author seems to have contempt for nearly all of his characters. At least that was the impression I got when the book started. The Manchurian Candidate is populated with patently unlikable characters, beginning with the central character himself, Raymond Shaw. A sergeant in the US Army during the Korean war, Raymond is utterly unlikable. It's not because he's ugly or stupid or foolish, but rather because he just has no desire to be liked at al [...]

    14. Wouldn't you like to pass the time with a little game of solitaire?Simply put, this is one of the most disturbing and creepy books I have ever read! I had watched bits of the movie years ago, but really didn't remember much about it -- so reading the book was a fresh experience for me. It is a novel of dysfunction, manipulation, fear and control. It was written in the late 1950s when Communists appeared to be coming out of the woodwork and Joe McCarthy was, for many folks, the most hated man in [...]

    15. OK I haven't seen either of the movies made from this book. But you have heard over and over but the movies although they may have been good didn't really capture the book. I thought the book was stunningly satiric and I think it fits so well with the National politics of 2017. This book is over 50 years old and it's got us cold!OK let's admit it when you're in the middle of a national political nightmare it is wonderful to read a book that makes you laugh at yourself. I'm not much of figuring o [...]

    16. This book has been on my "to read" list for more than 30 years. But, I will admit that list has thousands of books on it. Published in 1959, the Manchurian Candidate virtually disappeared after the Kennedy assassination in 1963 for obvious reasons. Sgt. Raymnond Shaw is brainwashed in North Korea by the Chinese after his entire unit was taken captive during the Korean War. Raymond is programmed during his captivity to become a killer at the bidding of his communist controllers and he is returned [...]

    17. Grade: FI really wanted to like this novel, the movie was good but the bookholy cattle it is obnoxious! The style of writing was too much to take! Ugh! Attempted highbrow prose with the most ridiculous descriptions of people and things that I have EVER read! Sorry, couldn't be bothered to finish it therefore it automatically gets grade F!

    18. I could do nothing but love this book and give it no less than 5 stars. This book was published before I was born. The first movie made from it; directed by the great John Frankenheimer, was released before my first birthday. I had to wait until I was in my 20s to ever see it. And I instantly loved it. Yet I never thought to track down a copy of the book. I found the book just wonderful and fascinating. It made me appreciate the two films that were adapted from it even more. While the story; Ame [...]

    19. The Manchurian Candidate is a picture of national fear, family dysfunction, and truly terrible betrayals. Raymond Shaw is one of the least likable main characters I've ever met. But I still had compassion for him, as a product of so many people's desires and psychosis, his character is not his fault. Richard Condon describes him as one with his armor. Which is a sad thing, to be unable to shed that.Even though I know the sort of brainwashing discussed in this book isn't currently possible (as fa [...]

    20. I just found this book to be a fun read. I probably did not take it as seriously as the author had meant for it to be taken when he wrote it in the late 1950s. That was almost 56 years ago -- so yes the book is dated but that was part of what I enjoyed including the sometimes corny conversations and overblown descriptions the author used which would make me flinch if found today in a book written in 2015. Bottom line, it kept me reading well into the night. I will also admit I let out a solo "ye [...]

    21. "The prune pie is very good, sir," the waitress said. He told her he'd take the prune pie and he hated her in a hot, resentful flash because he did not want prune pie. He hated prune pie and he had been maneuvered into ordering prune pie by a rube waitress who would probably slobber all over his shoes for a quarter tip.Above is my new favorite paragraph. Loved this book. Never seen the movie although now I really want to.

    22. I read the original version of this when I was a teenager, after seeing the marvellous (first) film starting Laurence Harvey and Frank Sinatra. Richard Condon became one of my favourite authors, and I think I read every novel he wrote. The great thing about Condon was his range: everything from satires on the Kennedy assassination, American Presidential elections and the US intelligence services, through to complex caper books involving art thieves, the mafia and the international financial comm [...]

    23. It has good ideas but my main thought throughout the whole book was how dry the writing was. I knew it wasn't an action thriller but even so; all events were too calm and lacked.ion maybe. Still glad I read it regardless as it's one of those books I've heard about quite often over the years.

    24. I have read this book four times and seen both movie versions a few times. The first movie was far more like the novel. This is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read.

    25. LOVED IT! everything about this book is what I want in my reading.rigue, psychology, historical perspective, and crime!

    26. I always loved the movie, and finally found a copy of the book. This is one of the few instances where the movie can add details to make a version just as interesting as the book. Parts of the chapters laggged as Condon added exposition to give commentary to the contemporary situation.Soldiers are captured in Korea and brainwashed, convinced that Shaw saved them from an ambush. He is awarded the Medal of Honor and comes home a hero, only to have been programmed to be an unthinking, uncaring assa [...]

    27. It's a mystery to me why I haven't found this book on the best ever, especially given some of the crap that's listed! The Manchurian Candidate is amazing--creepy, disturbing, "makes you think" kind of amazing. A timeless look at the hypothetic underbelly of politics, as well.

    28. Awesome but uneven book, with flashes of magnificent brilliance, and a few clunker lines that sound like they came from the Bulwer-Lytton bad writing contest. Some quick sketches are dead on. Descriptions are so complete, they surpass the suspension of disbelief. The knowledge and erudition displayed are staggering. But some oblique metaphors so far removed, I’m astonished this book got released into the popular press. A wild, exciting, dangerous ride.Use this as a writing handbook of what to [...]

    29. This is a great psychological thriller book. I had seen the movie (starring Frank Sinatra) before, but never had a chance to read the book. Great characters, great plot and an even greater ending. Well worth the read.

    30. *SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD*My mother tried to warn me. Although she and I have a shared love of the 1960s film version of this story, she tried to warn me and say, "Maggie, the book is much darker than the movie." I thought by "darker" she meant there would be more descriptions of the combat in Korea, or that the medical experiments performed on the abducted patrol would be graphic and nauseating.Turns out, when Mom said "darker", she meant "child incest and rape where the child is totally down with [...]

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