The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity

Book - 1981
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His body riddled with bullets and his face altered by plastic surgery, Jason Bourne is dragged from the ocean, uncertain of his past or his future. Now he is running for his life, the target of assassins.
Publisher: Toronto, [Ont.] ; New York : Bantam Books, 1981.
Copyright Date: ©1980
ISBN: 9780553260113
Branch Call Number: FIC LUDLUM
Characteristics: 535 pages ; 18 cm


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Apr 29, 2019

Other than the main charaters, and title don't confuse this book with the movie. There are serious diffeences between the two. If I say any more it will spoil the book. It is much more than the movie, and has a lot more humanity and less violence. It is actually better than movie. It is a fat read with an actual bit of hope for the story, but not to much.

Oct 01, 2018

Was a slow read, not as exciting as I was hoping it would be. After two renewals I was still only on pg. 150. Maybe I'll come back and try it again at a later date.

Dec 28, 2017

First book the best.
TV movie version surprisingly good starring Richard Chamberlain & Jaclyn Smith despite some plot changes.
After that book series got bit over the top in sequels with Bourne II by unsanctioned government to conspiracy theory in high places.
Actual Carlos the Jackal got arrested made series somewhat moot.

Library_Jill Jun 01, 2017

A twisty and thrilling international search for a man's true identity, amongst fragments of memory that don't seem to fit together but are steeped in violence and tragedy. I have seen the movie based on this book half a dozen times, but had never read the book, and I was surprised to find it so very different--almost wholly so, after the first couple of chapters of setup. While I found the romance to be strangely unrealistic at times, I liked the character of Marie (so different from the movie!), and her perspective on Bourne's character made for great tension as she persisted in coming up with theories that exonerated Bourne, and kept him from too easily believing the worst.

Dec 28, 2015

Just a tad far fetched, and quite a bit absurd.
As for any remnant of reality: the real Ramirez, "Carlos" (so named by the Palestinian terrorist group he joined in 1970, because he's Venezuelan) is merely a committed Marxist and muslim terrorist, who was arrested in 1994 after being sold out by his Sudanese friends. (So much for "Carlos'" "network of loyal 'employees'", stated in this book. LOL
He is serving multiple life sentences in a French prison.
Silly book...

Levi_Hayes Oct 27, 2015

To be honest, I'm still not totally sure of the whole story and background of Bourne. And this book was very, very long. That said I don't feel I wasted my time with it and the ending was quite satisfying; surprises and little hints throughout the book making it worth while. Some of it still went over my head, particularly all that french and who was who in the Treadstone circle. When they say Ludlum stuffs more surprises into his novels than any other six-pack of thriller writers combined, they are really not joking. Despite that, it all culminated quite well, though I wonder how much of the material was necessary. Lots of the space was taken up with reminders and repetition of previous events/people, but with a book this length it was needed. Even with those reminders, I couldn't say who everyone was or what exactly transpired, but without them I might not have understood anything.

Aug 20, 2015

After watching the movie and discovering that there was a book as well, I set out to read it. It was much thicker than I expected, but still full of the action and suspense that Doug Liman managed to successfully bring to the screen (though the movie was quite different). I have to admit that I often got confused at the twists and turns of the book, and needed to reread parts, and the paragraphs sometimes seemed to run on with details that might not have been necessary. However, I still got lost in the intense, page-turning fights, the interesting plot, and overall, the great, thrilling, suspenseful action! This is one of the only books I would recommend watching the movie before going on to read the book (you might understand what's going on better). But then again, if you are better at handling intricate and detailed plots, you might be better at following the story than me. :)

May 27, 2014

I have always wanted to read the book since I saw the movie; didn't have a chance and heard it was good. I'm glad I did because this is a terrific international crime thriller. I love how you were able to get into the mind of the central character in the book and feel what he's feeling. Don't know if the book stays true to the movie because haven't seen it since that first time but the book is very well written; the spacing of the storyline is spot-on and the action is non-stop-some of the characters are downright seedy. A terrific action-packed novel. First-rate.

Mar 04, 2014

Much, much too long.Too many details; too many incoherencies. Never in real life would such a development occur. The author really used the bending technique to arrive at this outcome. I read the book because I saw the film. I must say that I much more enjoyed the film.

adeline22 Mar 28, 2011

Way more intense than the movie, a must-read if you like the Bourne series movies. Action packed, page turning suspenseful book that you will love. Nothing like movie though, both are excellent though! :)

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FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

Jason Bourne has no recollection of his past. His only clues are his plastic surgery, his gunshot wounds, and a frame of microfilm implanted under the flesh of his hip. Now for unknown reasons he must flee a murderous assassin and his only source of help is the woman who fears him most.


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Apr 03, 2010

"We should go."
-Jason Bourne


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