Harris, Robert: Enigma

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ENIGMA by ROBERT HARRIS Title: The title implies that the book is about a German deciphering-machine. The book is about a young decipherer during World War II and his connections to a German spy connection. The book is about Thomas Jerico who worked as a cryptanalyst during World War II at Bletchley Park. There he got into contact with a young good-looking British undercover spy, Claire Romilly. About in the middle of the story she suddenly disappeared and during his investigations he broke into a German spy syndicate, led by Adam Pukowski, and destroyed it. Characters: Thomas R. G. Jerico: After his father s early death his mother married another man, whom he disliked, so he found into astronomy and mathematics. He matriculated in 1935, Senior Wrangler, Mathematics Tripos in 1938. At Cambridge University, a maths teacher, Frank Atwood sent him to a friend who led him into the art of deciphering. On 4th December 1939, three days after the Germans invaded Poland, he began to work at Bletchley Park. There he met Claire Romilly with whom he had a short-time-affair. In January 1943 he had a physical break-down and was sent back to Cambridge University shortly after he deciphered the German-naval code SHARK. Shortly after his break-down the German naval-forces surprisingly changed their Enigma-codebooks, so that he was again called to Bletchley Park. Back there he met Claire again. He fell in love with her but she ended their affair abruptly. p.63 :´´a mathematician, like a ...

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