John le carre a legacy of spies review

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A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.

Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carre has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carre and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new.
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The great spy novelist's latest book returns to 's 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' with one of George Smiley's inner circle held to account. We had the larger pity You were a loyal foot soldier. If I was heartless, I was heartless for Europe. The voice is knife-thin like the man — nasal, monotonous and irritable as a spoilt child. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?

O ld age marks a rendezvous with reality that provokes timeless questions. There are, no doubt, obscure and unreconciled regrets, obsessions and disappointments. But if you are lucky, as Cornwell has been, to retain your joie de vivre and your marbles, this final reckoning offers the resolution of an inner conflict. If he is playing for keeps, there are just three questions to which his dedicated readers will require an answer: what is A Legacy of Spies about? What is its deeper purpose?

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John le Carre Has Not Mellowed With Age

It rehashes decisions made in the coldest years of the Cold War. He is His wit is intact and rolls as if on casters. He is as profitably interested as ever in values, especially the places where loyalty, patriotism and affection rub together and fray. He wears his gravitas lightly. This button-down writer even indulges in a bit of showmanship. Never mind that Smiley must be well over by now.

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