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the new pepys,
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This review is from: A Spy's Life (Hardcover)
Even as I write this I suspect, nay hope, Mr Porter is writing a new novel to illuminate what is really happening in the Near East of Afghanistan. For his chosen material is not the goings on of urban socialites but the gritty dramas of contemporary international affairs from which he draws important morals, more so than the affairs of the heart of the usual novel. In his first opus it was Ireland in all its gore and here he tackles the Balkan Question, as one previous reviewer put it, and does so with great skill, aplomb and not a little humour, for he realises that humour is a rapier sharp tool, more so than earnestness. I can make no useful criticism of this excellent work. It is packed with action, romance and the whiff of intrigue of the Balkans. Mr Porter dismisses as outmoded the idea of fine writing and choses instead to push his energy into plot and character and tension. Unlike many modern novels this makes for a good read. Now I look forward to his next book and hope it will be about what we have seen on television and read about in the newspapers. I do not doubt Mr Porter will acquit himself adequately.