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Alan Furst

American,  Author
Total Quotes : 96
Music Me Read

For me, Anthony Powell is a religion. I read 'A Dance to the Music of Time' every few years.

- Alan Furst

Fiction Means Entertain

I am there to entertain. I call my work high escape fiction; it's high, it's good - but it's escape, and I have no delusions about that. I have no ambition to be a serious writer, whatever that means.

- Alan Furst

I Am Get Lot

I am a historian. I do a lot of research, and I try to get it right.

- Alan Furst

Work May Graham

Graham Greene's work must be included in any survey of top-rank spy novels, and 'Our Man in Havana' may be his best.

- Alan Furst

Back Britain Reader

For John le Carre, it was always who's betraying who: the hall-of-mirrors kind of thing. When you go back to the '30s, it's a case of good vs. evil, and no kidding. When I have a hero who believes France and Britain are on the right side, a reader is not going to question that.

- Alan Furst

Book Purpose Why

A book must have moral purpose to be any good. Why, I don't know.

- Alan Furst

Sabbath Very Otherwise

I don't work Sunday any more... The Sabbath is a very reasonable idea. Otherwise, you work yourself to death.

- Alan Furst

Think Conservative Been

I don't just want my books to be about the '30s and '40s. I want them to read as if they had been written then. I think of them as '40s novels, written in the conservative narrative past.

- Alan Furst

Engine Use Drives

I don't really write plots. I use history as the engine that drives everything.

- Alan Furst

Back Reader Another

I don't inflict horrors on readers. In my research, I've uncovered truly terrible documentations of cruelty and torture, but I leave that offstage. I always pull back and let the reader imagine the details. We all know to one degree or another the horrors of war.

- Alan Furst

Tell Very Could

I have a very serious censorship office inside my head; it censors things that I could tell you that you would never forget, and I don't want to be the person to stick that in your brain.

- Alan Furst

Think Want Bad

Good people don't spend their time being good. Good people want to spend their time mowing the lawn and playing with the dog. But bad people spend all their time being bad. It is all they think about.

- Alan Furst

Love Reasons Everybody

I love Paris for the million reasons that everybody loves the city. It's an incredibly romantic and beautiful place.

- Alan Furst

Book More Read

For something that's supposed to be secret, there is a lot of intelligence history. Every time I read one book, two more are published.

- Alan Furst

History Mysteries Had

I had a publishing history of murder mysteries.

- Alan Furst

Night Soldiers Wrote

I basically wrote five books with 'Night Soldiers,' called them novellas, and came in with a 600-page manuscript.

- Alan Furst

Start Fired Schoolboy

Fast-paced from start to finish, 'The Honourable Schoolboy' is fired by le Carre's conviction regarding evil done and its consequences.

- Alan Furst

Work Year Always

I figured I would always be a candidate for man of the year in the virtue-is-its-own-reward category. What that did was force me to concentrate on the work.

- Alan Furst

My Life Rest Brazil

I could not spend the rest of my life sitting in Brazil writing down who called whom uncle and aunt.

- Alan Furst

Love Spies I Love

I love the combination of the words 'spies' and 'Balkans.' It's like meat and potatoes.

- Alan Furst