Sunday, 24 May 2009

The Day of the Jackal

The Day of the Jackal (1971) is a thriller novel by English writer Frederick Forsyth, about a professional assassin who is contracted by the OAS French terrorist group of the early 1960s, to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. Click here
For the 1973 film adaptation of the novel, see The Day of the Jackal (film).

The Jackal is a 1997 suspense film starring Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Diane Venora and Sidney Poitier. It was directed by Michael Caton-Jones. While its title is similar to the 1973 film The Day of the Jackal, it shares only the main story point of an anonymous assassin and some general plot elements. see The Jackal (film).

Writing Question 37: Imagine that you are the real Charles Calthrop. Write a letter from your London flat to the friend that you went fishing with. Tell the friend what happened when you returned to London.

Answer 37:
Dear friend,
How are you? I hope you are all well.
Thank you for your hospitality during my stay in your hometown. I could spend a wonderful time with you, climbing mountains, fishing and so on.

By the way, can you believe that? When I have returned back my flat in London, the policemen were checking my room without prior announcement. Do you imagine why? As you may know, a terrorist group, OAS was planning to assassinate of the French president. French police seems that I must be an assassin code-named Jackal, because “jackal” in French is “chacal”. C-H-A-C-A-L, and my name is Charles Calthrop. I was investigated by them more than two hours. How do you think? Anyway the assassin was caught and the case was resolved now. I’m through with French police.

This is my story after returning the holiday. If you have a time, please visit to London. You can stay my flat. See you next holiday.

Yours Jackal,