- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Sceptre; New Ed edition (21 Sept. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340923695
- ISBN-13: 978-0340923696
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 138 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Absolute Friends Paperback – 21 Sep 2006
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This is le Carré with a twist, the Old Master developing new techniques for a new age (Raymond Seitz, The Times)
Thoroughly gripping (Sunday Times)
Absolute Friends is vintage John le Carré: complex, often sardonically funny, always galvanically written. (Daily Express)
[Le Carré] has found a worthy enemy, a target for his moral indignation. Moreover he has hit a contemporary tune again. This is an anti-war novel and, very fiercely, an anti-American one. It's written with passion. (Allan Massie, Scotsman)
Truly thrilling (Financial Times)
'The master has not lost his touch . . . one of his most enthralling creations.' (A.N. Wilson, Telegraph)
'A literary master for a generation' (Observer)
A wonderful, classic le Carré now reissued in a stunning new package.See all Product description
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Le Carré is demonstrating the American monopoly over the war on terror, with a blunt disregard to human rights, while he is weaving the long lasting relationship between the two individuals, which survived through the cold war, the iron curtain and the new espionage world.
an enjoyable Le Carré that will get a grip over you, until you reach the (somewhat) disappointing conclusion (that prevented me from awarding the book 5 stars)
For the next ten years or so, Ted drifts from country to country, from one unsuccessful employment to another, with memories of the Berlin commune floating in the background. Then at last fortune smiles on him: he gets a job at the British Council; gets promotion; marries; takes a troupe of actors to Eastern Europe - and then at last, about a third into the book, he meets Sasha again, and the hapless and still rather naive Mundy suddenly finds himself in le Carré country of Cold War agents and double agents. He takes to it surprisingly well and effectively.
And then it's 1989 and the end of the Cold War. End of story? By no means: there are another 130-odd pages to go. True, Mundy's services and talents are no longer needed. For about a dozen years he runs an English-language school in Heidelberg which goes bankrupt; he then sinks so low as to become a jocular tour guide in one of King Ludwig's crazy Bavarian castles. There, in 2003, he meets Sasha once again, and a new adventure starts. 1989 has not, after all, been The End of History: wars that are far from cold have been instigated by unchecked, brainwashing international corporate capitalism. Munday feels passionately about that. So does Sasha. (So, obviously, does le Carré.)
I fear what follows lacks all credibility, but is for a while as satirically and rivetingly told as the earlier parts of the book, until we come to the grim but confusing climax and to le Carré's savage indictment of how shadowy powers smother their corrupt interests and foul deeds with the black arts of disinformation.
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