- The Guns of Navarone (novel)
name = The Guns of Navarone
image_caption = One cover for "The Guns of Navarone"
language = English
World War II Novel
publisher = Collins
media_type = Print (
pages = ?
isbn = NA
preceded_by = HMS Ulysses
South by Java Head:"This article is about the novel. For the film see The Guns of Navarone (film)"
The story concerns the efforts of an Allied
commandoteam to destroy a seemingly impregnable German fortressthat threatens Allied naval ships in the Aegean Sea, and prevents over 1,200 isolated British troops from being rescued. The story is based on the real events surrounding the Battle of Lerosin World War II.
"The Guns of Navarone" brought together elements that would characterise much of MacLean's subsequent works: tough, competent, worldly men as main characters; frequent but non-graphic violence; betrayal of the hero(es) by a trusted associate; and extensive use of the ocean and other dangerous environments as settings. Its three principal characters —
New Zealandmountaineer-turned-commando Keith Mallory, American demolitionsexpert "Dusty" Miller, and Greek resistance fighter Andrea Stavros — are among the most fully drawn in all of MacLean's work.
Literary significance & criticism
In 1990 the British
Crime Writer's Associationplaced "The Guns of Navarone" 89th on its The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Timelist.
The success of the book's film adaptation made Alistair MacLean write the only sequel of his writing career, "Force 10 from Navarone" (1968).
Film, TV, Radio or theatrical adaptations
BBC Radio 2produced a two-hour adaptation for radio written by Bert Coulesand directed by Patrick Rayner. The cast included:
Toby Stephensas "Mallory"
David Rintoulas "Andrea"
Michael Williamsas "Commodore Jensen"
John Guerrasioas "Miller"
Alex Nortonas "Brown"
Peter Kennyas "Stevens"
The Guns of Navarone (film)
The song The Mission (1943) by American metal band
Jag Panzeris based on the same historical events as the novel.
* [http://www.alistairmaclean.de/Navarone.htm Book review at Alistairmaclean.de (German)]
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