Book Review: Enigma by Robert Harris ★★★★

There’s a lot that’s good about this book. It is set in England during the war, and focuses on the people trying to break the Enigma code used by German U-boats. You can learn something about cryptology from reading it if you’re so inclined. But unlike the whaling chapters in Moby Dick the cryptology never threatens to take away from the story.

 The main character is Tom Jericho, a brilliant mathematician/cryptologist who has folded under the stress and at the beginning of the book is dropped off at Cambridge to try to recover, we don’t know from what except that there is, as usual, a woman involved. Jericho is sent back to the code breaking center, and when he tries to find the woman who broke his heart, runs into another problem of an entirely different kind.

 I won’t tell you any more than that because it would be easy to give away much of the story. Suffice it to say that this is well-written, a good story, and covers a very interesting time and place.

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