An Officer And A Spy by Robert Harris

An Officer And A Spy

Based on the true life “Dreyfus Affair,” An Officer and a Spy is a historical fiction account of a man falsely convicted of treason in 1895 Paris.  In the aftermath of a defeat to the German army, France finds itself outraged at the prospect that there is a spy in their midst.  At first, flimsy evidence points to one Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, and poor Dreyfus is labeled a traitor before a real investigation has even begun.  As nationalism and anti-Semitism consume France, Dreyfus is sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil’s Island.  One lone officer, Georges Picquart, uncovers evidence that another man is the actual spy, and that Dreyfus was falsely accused. Will Picquart succeed in getting Dreyfus released, or will Picquart become another victim in a vast conspiracy?

After seeing all the 4 and 5 star ratings on Goodreads, I expected to love this novel.  After all, I enjoy historical fiction and especially the retelling of a true story.  But this book was long, and tedious, and Harris’s characters desperately needed some development.  Here is a book that could have tugged on the heartstrings AND been a nail-biter all in one.  But the author unfortunately, left out that when writing this book.  It’s an interesting story and I’m glad I learned about it, but what was the point of presenting it as fiction if you’re going to leave out the drama? Sorry to say I can only give it 3 1/2 stars.

3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2014
429 pages

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One Response to An Officer And A Spy by Robert Harris

  1. techeditor says:

    I read this, too. I agree with you about Part 1. It gets tedious so is easily put down. But I thought Part 2 was unputdownable as Dreyfus is retried and Picquart strives to prove his own innocence and re-enter the army.

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