RARA-AVIS: Re: RIP John Gardner

From: Jacques Debierue ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 17 Aug 2007

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Dave Zeltserman" <dz@...> wrote:
> John Le Carre's amazing "Spy Who Came in from the Cold" is a good
> example of an espionage novel as noir. The spy in this one, Alex
> Leamus, ends up paying a dear price for living a life of cynicism,
> deceit, betrayal, even if he did it in service of his country. One of
> my favorites.

A recent rereading of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy confirmed Le Carré's greatness to me (I hadn't reread any of his stuff for years). And yes, it is noir(ish). The build-up in the first 20 or 25 pages of the book is an amazing job of writing. It hooked me immediately. Fortunately, I barely remembered the story. A great read. This rereading was literally due to a "found in the street" occurrence: the book was neatly on top of a box of discarded stuff that somebody hat put out in the street, and when I saw it, I couldn't resist. Serendipity is nice, far better than "programmed" reading. Library sales are nice for serendipity.



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