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So you're against the Iraq war then, Mr. Le Carre?,
This review is from: Absolute Friends (Paperback)
There are several serious flaws in this book. Firstly the characters are unbelievable: it is hardly described what makes the character of Sasha so magnetic that he lures his friend Teddy into a lifetime of subterfuge and secrecy. Indeed the two main characters are intensely dislikable: both middle-class pretend socialists who once they have taken advantage of the benefits of a free market society are keen to destroy it for everyone else. The dialogue is atrocious: Sasha's references to the neo-con-capitalist-fascist-state are monotonous and badly written and for a while I thought the book was a satire of the public-school-socialist set but unfortunately Le Carre didn't have the vision and resorts to a Pilgeresque anti-Iraq War diatribe. Indeed the bast part of the book is the last ten pages, when the CIA driven plot to discredit the anti-war liberals is enacted. If only the book had started from this point it might have ended upbeing less of a dirge. For future reference Graham Greene's "The Quiet American" covers similar ground far more sucessfully than this student-newspaper-style garbage.