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  • The occasion for this rumination is a talk given by the le Carre favourite, George Smiley, to the class taught by Ned
  • I would recommend the Secret Pilgrim to any le Carre fan

    • by booklover
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      John le Carre is perhaps the master of the spy novel. His books deal with the inner workings of British Intelligence that is completely different from the James Bond stories.

      His characters are real, with human weaknesses and behaviours.

      His stories are not simple, and often lack the


      happy ending, or indeed any sense of closure.

      The Secret Pilgrim consists of the ruminations of an old spy, Ned, who is a veteran of the cold war spy game.

      The occasion for this rumination is a talk given by the le Carre favourite, George Smiley, to the class ...


      • taught by Ned.

        The book wanders over Ned’s career, touching upon the highlights and the lowlights, the successes and the failures.

        Because of this style the Secret Pilgrim lacks some of the tension and suspense found in other le Carre novels.

        However, it is still a fascinating portrayel

        of the Service.

        I would recommend the Secret Pilgrim to any le Carre fan.

        For those who haven’t read his work, I would suggest starting with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy if you want to read the Smiley novels, or perhaps the Constant Gardener if you want something a bit more modern.




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