Re: RARA-AVIS: Graham Greene

Date: 05 May 2002

In a message dated 5/4/02 1:18:01 PM, writes:

<< Our Man in Havana, I think you mean. The Taylor of Panama is le Carr鬠>>

That slip was born of exactly the comparison you suggested, Kerry. The Tailor of Panama seems almost a tribute to Greene, IMO. Both are fine books, and though I prefer Greene's novel in this case, I'm a big fan of LeCarre over all. When he's at his best as in (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy or The Spy Who Came In From The Cold) he's as good as Greene or as our own Graham Greene, Ward Just, whose Vietnam novel "A Dangerous Friend," is outstanding and noirish enough to be on-topic.

                                    Jim Blue

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