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4.0 out of 5 stars 'The Secret Pilgrim' review, 5 Feb 2012
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John Le Carre is always a good read. I have always enjoyed his novels. They are full of suspense and clever plots. However, this novel is slightly disappointing insofar as comparison with his earlier novels. The Secret Pilgrim is a concoction of short stories narrated by Ned, a contemporary of George Smiley, who invites him to give a talk to future young spooks at their 'Circus' training college. Each of the stories is left unfinished in much the same way as his last novel - Our Kind of Traitor, that could have been further developed towards the end. It seems such a waste to develop the characters and then to just move on to the next story. Consequently, there are few details of mole hunting, flushing out of spies and questioning of suspects. Having said that, lovers of John Le Carre will still enjoy the book since it is still full of all the right ingredients that make his novels such an interesting read. The novel is interesting in the way the stories portray an overall picture of spooks and what it takes to become one in terms of ethics and morals that keep them on the straight and narrow. The answer coming back is that there is a fine line between the loyal spook and the traitor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Le Carré Books + DVDs, 30 Sep 2013
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I am looking forward to reading the John le Carrébooks and then watching the DVD of each having read each book. It will be interesting to see the transfer from book to screen. Joe Heffernan
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The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carré (Paperback - 24 Nov 2011)
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