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The Little Drummer Girl Hardcover – 7 Jun 2001

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  • 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)

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Praise for The Constant Gardener (:)

The master storyteller...has lost none of his cunning (A. N. Wilson, Daily Mail)

The book breathes life, anger and excitement (Nigel Williams, Observer)

A cracking thriller (Economist)

Nobody writing today manipulates suspense better. Nobody constructs a more tantalisingly complex plot . . . essential reading (Chris Woodhead, Sunday Telegraph)

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A classic le Carré, now reissued with a wonderful new package

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Format: Paperback
This is the dramatic, incredibly intense story of terrorist methods being used to find, trap and kill a very successful terrorist. It explores the motivation and behaviour of Arabs displaced from their country into refugee camps for decades; and of those who fight for Israel's survival - with much the same methods their Arab opponents use.

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.
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The author is in a very sensitive area here,the relationships between Arab and Jew, Palestine and Israel,all worked out on a terrorist playing field. Hardly a reader exists who does not have an emotional involvement with the dispute.... and yet, Le Carre creates sympathy and understanding for both sides. A dispassionate tour-de-force.

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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was my most favourite read ever! An actress is recruited by the Israelies to honey-trap an arab terrorist. The story line would, on the surface seem one-sided but le Carre very skilfully incorporates a very sympathetic undertone for Palestinian liberation. It is a very pertinent story that is prosey and thrilling all at once. The heroine is neither super brave or brash but somehow all the more loveable for her failings rather than her triumphs. The ending is a blockbuster that keeps you turning the pages well into the night.
Well done le Carre
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I love all the John Le Carre books I've read and this is one of my favourites. It's well written, exciting and I really engaged with the characters. The relationship between Joseph and Charlie is well drawn and compelling and I liked the subject matter. A great read.
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One of le Carre's best I think. Although a little dated perhaps now, but still a current topic and he balances the perspectives very well. It's an insightful read that successfully empathises with the two opposite sides of a tragic war.
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Lacking some of the twists and turns of classic le Carre but nevertheless a decent read with a clever storlyline.
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.
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In this age of terrorism, it's amazing how well LeCarre analysied the creation of the terrorist. LeCarre puts forth a reasoned exercise of why terrorists believe that they have to act, and how they achieve their goals. He addresses the issues from both sides, the terrorist and the authority fighting the terrorism.

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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You read it once, and it's a gripping story. Read it twice, and you understand every little detail, every little nuance. Fabulous.
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