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Als Mrs. Pollifax op een rustige zondagochtend de krant leest, valt haar oog op de kop SPION DESERTEERT IN ISTANBOEL, SINDSDIEN SPOORLOOS. Het blijkt hier te gaan om de mysterieuze Magda Ferenci-Sabo, een vrouw die een turbulent leven achter de rug heeft, en die waarschijnlijk is ontvoerd uit het Britse consulaat, waar ze om asiel vroeg. Dan gaat de telefoon: de CIA verzoeAls Mrs. Pollifax op een rustige zondagochtend de krant leest, valt haar oog op de kop SPION DESERTEERT IN ISTANBOEL, SINDSDIEN SPOORLOOS. Het blijkt hier te gaan om de mysterieuze Magda Ferenci-Sabo, een vrouw die een turbulent leven achter de rug heeft, en die waarschijnlijk is ontvoerd uit het Britse consulaat, waar ze om asiel vroeg. Dan gaat de telefoon: de CIA verzoekt Mrs. Pollifax dringend zich direct klaar te maken voor een reis naar het Midden-Oosten. Binnen een kwartier is de onstuitbare Mrs. Pollifax op weg naar Istanboel, waar de speurtocht naar Magda Ferenci-Sabo is begonnen......

Title : De onstuitbare Mrs. Pollifax
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ISBN : 9789044915136
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Number of Pages : 219 Pages
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De onstuitbare Mrs. Pollifax Reviews

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-03-14 03:33

    I'm a bit "obsessive" and so, when I find a series, I will bend over "backwards" (as the saying goes)to get them in order...I did that here. This is another book that should strain the credulity of the reader (or listener) except that in the hands of Ms. Gilman it takes on the character of a comedy/drama/adventure (think I Spy with Robert Culp and Bill Cosby. How many remember that TV program?)that I would call a page turner...except that I listened to the audio version. :)Here Carstairs, Mrs. Pollifax's handler, the man who accidentally sent her on her first assignment has need of her again and sends her to help a defecting spy. Of course, things don't go as planned...again. But then what fun would the book have been if things had gone as planned?As I pointed out before...not a mystery fan, but these are good books. 4.5 here if I could give that.

  • Karol
    2019-03-13 04:47

    I absolutely loved this book! Both suspenseful and VERY funny -- the author makes the absurd believable. I found myself cheering on Mrs. Pollifax, and laughing out loud many times. There were many twists and turns, great adventure and suspense. And of course, an absolutely loveable main character in Mrs. Pollifax.

  • Olga Godim
    2019-03-02 01:30

    A charming little spy thriller. A retired grandmother from a small town in NJ, Emily Pollifax spends her time between her church’s Garden Club, karate lessons, and an occasional assignment for CIA. Imbued with common sense, she is a James Bond of pensioners. Her latest CIA job took her to Istanbul, Turkey, where she saved the day despite all the misfortunes the author could heap on her. The story is short (170 pages) and occasionally funny, but I think there are too many obstacles on the heroine’s way to success. They pile up ceaselessly, so eventually the reader stops worrying about them. The novel reads more like a spoof than a real thriller. Perhaps that was the writer’s intent all along. The characters are a bit cartoonish, with no real depth in them, but the storyline is entertaining, and the scenery of Turkish landscapes is vivid. Occasionally, the author throws around little dollops of wisdom and humor that are as relevant today as they were 40 years ago, at the time of publication. Here is one example: “You could write to your brother then,” suggested Mrs. Pollifax comfortingly.The girl turned her head and stared wonderingly at Mrs. Pollifax. “Write?” she repeated blankly, and Mrs. Pollifax understood that she had stumbled upon a word utterly foreign to this girl and her generation.Keep in mind that the novel was published in 1970, before cell phones, Internet, and emails. Aren’t some generational issues ageless?Overall impression: read it when you have nothing better on your bedside table or while commuting. Nothing fancy, but you’ll like it.

  • Sara
    2019-03-12 06:26

    I adore Emily Pollifax. In fact I think she's my soulmate.I've read this whole series before but am now re-reading them.I can never think of how to review the books I love the most.So I will just quote:"As she stood transfixed the last notes of a muezzin's chant reached her ears from below, sounding phantom in the high clear air, and Mrs. Pollifax thought, "I must remember this moment," and then, "I shall have to come back and really see this country." Yet she knew that if she did come back it would be entirely different. It was the unexpected that brought to these moments this tender, unnameable rush of understanding, this joy in being alive. It was safety following danger, it was food after hours of hunger, rest following exhaustion, it was the astonishing strangers who had become her friends. It was this and more, until the richness of living caught at her throat, and all the well-meant security with which people surrounded themselves was exposed for what it truly was: a wall to keep out life, a conceit, a mad delusion."YES.Thank you, Dorothy Gilman - who was an amazing woman in her own right.

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2019-03-12 00:50

    A tongue in cheek James Bond, Mission Impossible spoof. I remember when these books first came out, they were often in my parents' Reader's Digest Condensed Book collection. Reading it today I wonder what they could cut out, or needed to, with such a short novel!Gilman's Turkey could be anywhere, really, but then it's just a fish out of water tale of an elderly widow turned courier. A quick, light bowl of mental popcorn with no "message" beyond "sit back and relax." The ending seemed rather abrupt, the helicopter scene more than a little contrived, but it's not meant to be rrrrealism. If you enjoyed "The Persuaders" and "Department S", you'll enjoy these books.

  • Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    2019-03-06 03:34

    Excerpted from a review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.NOTE: This is a review of the audiobook.I've been a Mrs. Pollifax fan for a long time, so when I saw that our public library had some of Dorothy Gilman's delightful mystery series in audio format, I wanted to give them a try. I enjoy audiobooks when I'm doing housework, knitting, or running errands. Listening to a book with which I'm already familiar means I don't have to worry if my attention wanders for a few moments... for instance, while counting stitches. The Mrs. Pollifax novels are entertaining, exciting, and often quite funny. Although Mrs. Pollifax has been compared to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, the two have little in common beyond their age (well over 50) and a certain aptitude for seeing past surface appearances. Mrs. Pollifax is far more adventurous, and her exploits involve much more travel than Miss Marple usually undertakes. Miss Marple has a vague, fluttery exterior which belies her razor-sharp mind.* Mrs. Pollifax is more definite (dare I say, more American?) in appearance and behavior, though her ability to, as her superior Carstairs puts it, sustain the role of innocent (and sometimes aggrieved) tourist is invaluable in her work for the CIA.In The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax, Carstairs once again calls on Mrs. Pollifax. This time, she will be traveling to Turkey to aid a defecting Communist agent -- who is really a Western double agent. When everything goes wrong, it's up to Mrs. Pollifax and her young friend Colin Ramsey to save the day.This reading of The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax is quite good. The narrator, Barbara Rosenblat, is adept with accents and voices; each major character has an individual voice. I'm not enough of an expert to know whether the Turkish and gypsy accents were accurate, but the educated English accent used for several characters was reasonably good for an American audience (though it probably wouldn't convince a British audience.) The characterization was equally solid; many of the characters' inflections sounded just the way I "hear" them in my head. I enjoyed this reading enough to want to seek out the rest of the series in audiobook format, provided they are performed by the same voice actor. I'd recommend this series to those who enjoy light mystery and/or light spy novels. FCC disclosure: I borrowed this from the public library.

  • Tweedledum
    2019-02-26 06:47

    I knew nothing of Mrs Pollifax until I chanced across a reference to her and determined to learn more. Discovering she is not to be found in the bookshelves of the UK I tracked her down through bookmooch and am completely enchanted. This is not the first in the series but its the one I have acquired so I think it the best! Here are some of Mrs Pollifax' thoughts on life...." She thought that just when life appeared to have no discernible pattern there could arrive a co-incidence so startling that one could imagine Forces tugging, arranging, balancing, contriving and contracting all the arrivals and departures of life."And here's some gypsy wisdom from the story.Worldly goods that possess,Own and destroy you.Love must be lie the blowing wind.Capture the wind between wallsAnd it becomes stale.Open tents.Open hearts.Let the winds blow.....

  • Jenn
    2019-03-17 03:49

    This was even more fun than the first. Mrs. Pollifax goes on another courier mission for the C.I.A. -- and of course becomes royally embroiled in scandal, violence, and intrigue. Along the way, she meets an Englishman without courage, a Turkish thief whose signature phrase is "wotthehell," and a daring, older female spy that finally provides her someone to look up to.Along the way, Gillman is careful to paint not a touristy, typical picture of Turkey but to have her character pause and realize that she's been picturing the place all wrong for many years. It's nearly as much fun to watch Mrs. Pollifax trying to be a spy as it is watching her try to get over her years of passive Americanism.

  • Nanci
    2019-03-23 00:49

    I am a fan of that elderly widow turned CIA spy, Mrs. Pollifax. We recently took a road trip and listened to this book on CD. The reader is Barbara Rosenblat and she makes this book so much fun to listen to. This one is the 2nd book in the series so you are still getting introduced to and suprised by Mrs. Pollifax's ingenuity. The story has a good mystery and characters you enjoy. It is slightly predictable but so much fun you hardly notice. If you are OK with mysteries that are dated (this is clearly the 1970's) and before internet and cell phones, you have got to pick up a Mrs. Pollifax adventure.

  • Marlene
    2019-02-22 03:42

    Oh my gosh I adored this. I'm heading on to the third volume. Light reading but not fluff: Mrs. Pollifax gets into some serious situations. I love that these cold war era books feature authentic settings and situations that at least approximate difficulties particular to cold war intrigue. And yet, Mrs. Pollifax makes it through - but without any sappy, cheap, easy solutions. I love that about these books. There might be a deus ex machina or two, but it doesn't feel unearned and doesn't feel as if the author's taken the quickest route to the resolution. Great stuff.

  • Anna Burke
    2019-03-15 01:24

    This is a great cozy Mrs. Pollifax. She's a role model for kicking it at any age. Dorothy Gilman really was one of the first to get that 60-something is the new 40, or whatever the new math says about the graying of the western world! Her writing style is light and easy in this breezy mystery. It's full of warmth and wit. Mrs. Pollifax is amazing!

  • Marts(Thinker)
    2019-03-17 07:38

    Emily Pollifax gets a Turkish adventure...

  • itchy
    2019-02-22 08:34

    'twas a bit confusing when gilman referred to a helicopter as plane, but, wotthehell!it seems this is the volume that i missed way back when i was reading reader's digest condensed booksthe karate part was introduced here (view spoiler)[though it did not play a part in the espionage act yet;it's exciting to see who's gonna get the first dose (hide spoiler)]

  • Steve
    2019-03-16 01:45

    If Mrs. Pollifax were not a sixty-something grandmother in New Jersey who was wearing a hat with flowers in it, she still might not be James Bond. She has a knack for common sense and calm and making friends in the right moments. This is the tale of her second call to be an unobtrusive carrier for the country's spy department. Here, she is called in at a moment's notice to go to Turkey to pass documents on to a purported defecting eastern-block agent, a woman also of a certain age. Within a day, that drop has gone badly, Mrs. Pollifax has both found an ally and lost one, and the plan to help the defecting agent is seriously compromised. This leads to a long meandering path through Turkey, and includes a hobo who joins her with unclear motives, gypsies, and other unexpected assistance, as well as numerous encounters with the bad guys. She is a good sweet woman, easy to like and root for, who deals with problems with enjoyable creativity and aplomb. This is entertaining reading as it should be, fun and enjoyable and diverting. I'll be back for Mrs. Pollifax' next foray.

  • C.
    2019-03-11 08:42

    Every time I indulge in a Dorothy Gilman book, it is apparent she is a legend. Empathy with her heroine and excitement again spin furiously right from the opening scene. What's more, the creativity bursts out. A typical author would drag out the mission of finding someone. We locate our person immediately. The adventure is made out of pairing her with Emily Pollifax! I love books that follow no formula and grow from every author’s imagination. As brisk and consuming as her pace continues to be, “The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax” didn’t quite hit five stars because the primary setting and characters were disconnected from me, through obscurity.Perhaps because Emily didn’t use her hotel, I didn’t establish any roots. I never felt at home or comfortable and didn’t like the characters who accompanied Emily this time, except for Magda. She remained indisposed to talk, or cryptic throughout the book as it was. It’s a good technique to keep readers wondering whom to trust but this time, it was carried out to the detriment of me having rapport with anyone. All of her allies were collected hastily; her airplane seatmate never appearing again. On this brisk migration across Turkey, their team went to vigorous lengths to evade the villain. I loathed that he managed to appear at each of their destinations with ease.Humour throughout this bleak mission, which skewed again from CIA plans, brought much-needed relief. I laughed at the hairy plane takeover and in closing, at Mr. Carstairs’s puzzled reaction when Emily delayed her return home. Imagine him wondering which unknown personages in Turkey were throwing her a party! Dorothy’s work is worth collecting in hardcover wherever I find it. I treasure her and have new copies of most of it, which I savour and pour over with anticipation.

  • Book Concierge
    2019-03-09 03:28

    Mrs Pollifax (Emily), a widow with grandchildren, was living a safe but boring life in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Until the CIA asked her to become a courier, that is. Well, she had a wonderful adventure and is now back in New Brunswick, attending Garden Club meetings and taking karate lessons. But a phone call from her CIA contact, Mr Carstairs, quickly changes her plans. He has another assignment for her; she is to go to Istanbul, Turkey – now. This is a delightfully imaginative (and highly improbable) cozy series. Mrs Pollifax is a marvelous main character – steadfast, quick thinking, polite (unless someone needs a karate chop to the throat), and courageous. I love how “proper” she is, making her forays into dangerous situations both humorous and fraught with peril. Her ability to make friends of total strangers and gather about her a variety of allies makes for a colorful cast of characters and some unexpected turns in the plot. A fast-paced, easy read. I’ll definitely keep on with the series.

  • Tony Hisgett
    2019-03-16 06:43

    In the first book one of Mrs. Pollifax’s main weapons was her apparent innocent naivety. The problem with this, is the novelty soon wears off and you begin to want the heroine to be a bit more proactive. In this book we see a glimpse of her being more forceful, but having seen this, it then becomes annoying when for the rest of the book her only defence seems to be waiting and hoping for the best. It becomes even more irritating when the book consists of her lurching from one disaster to another and only surviving be sheer chance or unexpected help.As a character I still like Mrs. Pollifax but I wish the author would make a little more of her skills, although flying a helicopter should not have been one of them.

  • Lynn
    2019-02-27 01:50

    I usually shun spy novels, but was intrigued by this one because of the unusual protagonist: the civilian and widowed Mrs. Pollifax. Her age isn't mentioned, but I found myself thinking of her as a little old lady until it dawned on me (with some discomfort) that in reality she's probably around my age. At any rate, it was an enjoyable read in which every chapter brought the characters into some new and unanticipated peril - reminded me of the show "24" in that way, except not nearly as violent and with a much better ending. I was delighted with the "reveal" at the end, as well. I put this book in the category of "pleasant diversion" - it's not going to give me a lot of profound things to think about, but was a well-written and satisfying read. I'll check out more of this series.

  • Colleen
    2019-03-13 01:29

    Another great read- Emily Pollifax has been called in again, for her amateur-ness and willingness to risk life & limb for her country. This time she's off to Turkey to help a defecting Communist agent (really a U.S. double agent). Things quickly don't go as planned and the last resort contact she was given turns out to be a double agent himself. Suspense abounds2 problems with this one versus the first- (1) There was almosttoomuch against Mrs. Pollifax. The reader didn't really have any time to come down from the suspense to then gear up again.(2) The ending was wrapped up a bit too fast. I think another 5ish pages were in order and would have been fine as it wasn't terribly long to begin with.That said, overall another great, quick read and very enjoyable.

  • Susan
    2019-02-23 06:32

    This author was new to me. Such a delight. A little old lady joins the CIA and she is charming. Her mission got much more complicated and life threatening. Of course she preserves with help from unlikely allies along the way. The mystery was wonderful as well. Looking forward to many more by this author.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-05 05:47

    Book 2 (after an excursion through later volumes). Mrs Pollifax is certainly favoured by the gods of happenchance.

  • Susan
    2019-02-23 07:39

    I am so happy to have discovered this series. This was my second read from it (and second of the series). As with the first, I really liked Mrs. Pollifax as a protagonist, and in this episode enjoyed seeing her develop a bit as a character.The supporting cast of characters was interesting and eclectic. I am hoping to see one or two in future novels, but suspect others will be introduced instead.The setting in Turkey gave some beautiful descriptions of the country, which I appreciated.I am looking forward to reading the next book of the series.

  • Kate
    2019-03-05 01:49

    Mrs. Pollifax goes off on a real spy jaunt, with a half hour to pack and put her affairs in order, then an assignation where she must carry a book to be identified. Of course things do not go as easily as planned, and a mistake on her part makes everything more difficult. Kindness and surprises of human nature as usual.

  • Brenda
    2019-03-22 02:22

    Light, silly and a pleasure for my commute.

  • Jerry
    2019-03-21 01:42

    Okay...but no favorite of mine.

  • Melody
    2019-03-05 08:42

    Yep. Mrs. Pollifax has impressed the CIA and now her new assignment is just a little more involved. She definitely is put in positions of very real danger. But the book is short so the things that line up to tie up all the loose ends in her favor are pretty much beyond belief. But then this is fiction and there is a series to think of. I'll read more of this Pollifax stuff.

  • Connie D
    2019-03-18 03:37

    This was my first Mrs. Polifax book (the second in the series), and I found it very enjoyable. The characters were all likable in quirky ways (or treacherous, as the case may be). Fun, romping adventure through Turkey.The audio version with Barbara Rosenblat was quite good. Entertaining with good accents, but not over the top.

  • Annette
    2019-03-11 04:46

    It's nice to have friends who are voracious readers and recommend good books. With that, I'm glad my friends, Shauna, Donna and Judi, recommended the Mrs. Pollifax series. A fun premise -- a widow in her 60's becomes an unlikely CIA agent, has great international adventures and through her practical problem solving, becomes a repeat heroine.

  • Liz
    2019-03-05 05:47

    This is the second in the Mrs Pollifax series. Set in Turkey in the 60s, the action takes place in a few of the cities I've visited there, which was a nice addition. The plot follows a similar pattern to the previous book — Mrs Pollifax is sent somewhere for a supposedly safe and quick job for the CIA, finds more intrigue and danger than expected, and shenanigans ensue. Engaging and quick read.

  • Carol Bettis
    2019-03-19 03:36

    #2 in a series of 14 books, this one is filled with action and adventure and just as one became familiar with the land of Albania in the first story, one now becomes familiar with the country of Turkey! Very well written "can't put it down" affect. While this one was thrilling, I found #1 slightly more humorous.