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Anthony Blunt: His Lives by Miranda Carter
Anthony Blunt: His Lives by Miranda Carter
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Most books about the Cambridge spy ring adopt a factual tone, concentrating on the details of betrayal: which secrets were passed to whom at which point. Miranda Carter, however, approaches the subject of Anthony Blunt from what one might call a feminine perspective. Her interest is in the aspects of the English class culture that produced a man so apparently contradictory in his behaviour. I use the word 'apparently' because Carter's account of Blunt's intellectual evolution is so carefully and sensitively drawn that we come very close to understanding the forces that divided his gifted mind into quite separate compartments.
Although the author does not take sides, one senses an… Read more