- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (7 Jun. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340733632
- ISBN-13: 978-0340733639
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 5.3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,450,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Little Drummer Girl Hardcover – 7 Jun 2001
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It's told mainly from the Israeli point of view. Their agents literally seduce Charlie, the Little Drummer Girl, into being their goat tethered as bait to attract the tiger. But after the long training she is tethered on the tiger's territory, ie in the Palestinian camps, and she finds herself coming to empathise with their point of view. This develops to the point that she nearly drives herself mad being dragged by wild horses in two opposite directions.
The plot is developed with Le Carré's usually attention to detail which makes it live and be real; but the more Le Carré I read, the more convinced I am that he doesn't really write good endings. If you've seen the film of this book it ends in a shoot out which always strikes me as just like any private dick TV story. That was about the only way the film was true to the book. Otherwise the book is to my mind just about Le Carré's best. In achieving balance in a story about Palestine he achieves the near impossible; but he also manages to make it a powerful story about seduction in more ways than one. (And I suppose the real ending of the book is when Charlie staggers off into the sunset with....but I wouldn't want to spoil the plot!)
I found another review of this book so far from what I experienced of it myself, that I felt compelled to say what I thought of it. I have strong partisan feelings about terrorism, the Middle East, and Palestine.Read more ›
The prose is sometimes dense and the book requires great concentration- it is definately too long and probably too slow, although the passing of time is essential to the story-line.
Despite these flaws, this is arguably Le Carre's best book, as he handles a highly-contentious issue with great sensitivity.
Well done le Carre
A worthwhile investment and great company for comfort food and drink on any wintry or rainy day.
probably re-visit to read again in around twelve months.
The Little Drummer Girl, is a cracking good read...written with great pace, interesting characters, and believable dialogue. You sympathise with the main characters, follow the action, the inertia, more action, waiting on the edge of your seat for the inevitable outcome...and then the twist.
The novel is well written, a topic addressed well ahead of its time(1993)and long before 911, predicting the rise of terrorism and read by LeCarre. What more could you ask for?
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It was a bit slow to get started but a very good read once it got going.Published 6 days ago by Anne S.
You have to have your wits about you reading this multi-layered novel, but for me it was a real page-turnerPublished 1 month ago by broomwood
If you have enjoyed other Le Carré novels, you will like this.
Not as 'tight' as other of his stories, as at the end, I felt it went on forever
I'm a big Le Carre fan. This book is very good in parts. However the heroine Charlie falls a long way short of credibility (never mind likeability). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kwev
I am currently reading my way through John Le Carre's books in chronological order.
After the George Smiley trilogy ending with 'Smiley's People' comes 'The Little Drummer... Read more
A part of his cannon that I'd missed and nicely not entirely like the rest that can be a bit samey.Published 8 months ago by Steve Daniels
Le Carre is a master story teller and this book is an example of how to weave many story strands without losing the plot. Obviously very well researched. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Andrea Edan