Saturday, February 15, 2014

Titles - An Officer and a Spy

Spoiler alert.  This is the ending.  Paula is working at the factory and Zack shows up in his dress whites, picks her up and carries her away as everybody claps and cheers. And Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes sing "Up Where We Belong."

No, wait.  That's An Officer and a Gentleman.

An Officer and a Spy is a thriller written by one of my favorite writers, Robert Harris (Fatherland - what if Hitler had won WWII?).   An Officer and a Spy is the Dreyfus Affair told as a novel and that might sound dry and boring, but with someone like Mr. Harris telling the story, it's a book you can't put down.  Like reading All the President's Men and saying to yourself, "Wow, how far up the chain of command does the conspiracy go?"  It's that kind of excitement - what happens when an innocent man, Alfred Dreyfus, is sent away to Devil's Island for treason?  There are lies and cover-ups, an occasional unexplained death, all as one man, Col. Georges Picquart, tries to find out the truth.  

But the title.  An Officer and a Spy - help me, please.  How do I get the image of Richard Gere and Debra Winger out of my head?

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