EYE OF THE NEEDLE BOOK
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The worldwide phenomenon from the bestselling author of The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and A Column of Fire His code name was “The Needle . A review and retrospective of the classic spy thriller Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett. Includes full plot summary and analysis. I read a number of nonfiction books about intelligence and espionage in World War Two. One was With Eye of the Needle, I got the pace right for the first time.
This was my first experience with Follett.
My boyfriend and I listened to the audio book version together over several lazy weeks while tooling around town. At first, I was not so impressed, although the boyfriend was rather intrigued by the novel. The seemingly unequal plot threads and the manner in which time initially jumps, leaving large gaps, was a distraction for me. They are there as plot devices to cause Faber trouble, yet Faber is truly the star here and while rooting for him is out of the question his very coldness chills us, plus he is a Nazi , his ability to stay analytical and detached is somehow entrancing and we love to hate him.
Partly, this is because most of the action is during his segments of the story — his escape attempts ranging from the subtle to the absurd to the marvelous to the truly genius. The heart-pounding portion of the narrative is derived from his character — a man who proves both sociopathic and yet just human enough, just emotional enough, to have a disquietingly eerie quality that makes readers wonder when he will be the monster and when he will be the man. The oscillation and his very lack of predictability keeps the narrative tension high and it is fear of him, fear of his diabolic revelations, that invests edge-of-the-seat, breathless tension, especially in the conclusion.
While Lucy and David initiate the story, their tale soon becomes displaced and they often get in the way of the man hunt. Of course, there is a reason for this and it becomes evident in the conclusion when Faber and Storm Island cross. Lucy holds the keys to the future of both countries, the outcome of the war, and her mind is on personal problems and a dysfunctional household.
Does Lucy have the courage to do what must be done, the stamina to take on a man such as Faber, the resourcefulness to win?
Faber knows he should kill Lucy, but is too much in love with her to do so. Instead, he runs to the cliffs and starts climbing down, planning to swim to the U-boat.
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It hits him, he falls and is killed. Eye of the Needle is solidly plotted and written in a straightforward way. Charles de Gaulle was not assassinated, Churchill was not kidnapped and the D-Day landings did not fail.
All three novels use the standard thriller techniques of keeping the action and the cliffhangers coming, but Ken Follett also deploys another technique — high stakes. Hitler, Churchill, Admiral Canaris, Rommel and several other British and German generals all appear for a quick scene.
Hitler himself announces that he will listen only to Faber. Churchill urges MI5 to capture Faber or the allies will lose the war. Apart from Lucy, and to an extent Faber, the characters in Eye of the Needle are rather thin. We learn little about them and there do seem to rather too many interchangeable MI5 officers, policemen, coastguards and RAF officers.
The D-Day landings were critical to the defeat of Nazi Germany. The allies decided to mislead the Germans into holding their reserves away from the invasion area by convincing them that the main D-Day landings were to occur around Calais and that the Normandy landings were a feint.
In reality there were no German spies in Britain, as they had all been picked up by MI5. See Double Cross!
The ending is slightly different from the book, although thematically the same. One scene, where Faber and Lucy both admit their secrets, is electrifying. The rest of the film is a straightforward thriller.
Otherwise, please feel free to share it using the buttons below. It was originally published in by the Penguin Group under the title Storm Island. This novel was Follett's first successful, best-selling effort as a novelist, and it earned him the Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America.
The revised title is an allusion to the " eye of a needle " aphorism. The book was made into a motion picture of the same title in , starring Donald Sutherland , with a screenplay adapted by Stanley Mann and directed by Richard Marquand.
Its goal was to convince the German military that the planned D-Day landings were to occur at Calais and not Normandy. FUSAG used fake tanks, aircraft, buildings and radio traffic to create an illusion of an army being formed to land at Calais. So far — actual history. Follet then reminds the reader that had even a single German spy discovered the deception and reported it, this entire elaborate plan might have been derailed and the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe would have become far more difficult and risky.
The book's plot is built around this issue — however, it begins at a far earlier stage of the war. In Henry Faber is the alias used by a German spy, nicknamed 'die Nadel' 'The Needle' due to his preference for the use of a stiletto as his trademark weapon.
He is working at a London railway depot, collecting information on troop movements. Faber is halfway through radioing this information to Berlin when his widowed landlady stumbles into his room hoping for intimacy. Faber fears that Mrs. Garden will eventually realise that he was using a transmitter and that he is a spy, so he kills her with his stiletto, then resumes his transmission.
On their honeymoon David and Lucy are involved in a car crash. David loses the use of both his legs.
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Unable to fly in during the Battle of Britain , David grows embittered as he and Lucy retire to the isolated Storm Island off the east coast of Scotland. Meanwhile, British Intelligence has executed or recruited all German spies.
Faber is the only successful one still at large. A widowed history professor, Godliman, and an ex-policeman, Bloggs, are employed by MI5 to catch him. They start with the interrupted broadcast and his codename Die Nadel.Light spine wear. Faber and Lucy fall for each other almost on sight. Mar 12, Eli Easton rated it it was amazing Shelves: Seller Inventory Apr 11, Michael rated it it was ok Shelves: Faber fears that Mrs.
Storbeck's Georgetown, TX, U. I would have read this book in a day, but I had to work when I started it. I absolutely love when a strong female character is incorporated in a story.
David confronts Faber, but after a struggle Faber kills David by rolling him off a cliff, and tells Lucy it was another accident.