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The Little Drummer Girl Paperback – 20 Jul 2000

4.3 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre; New edition edition (20 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340766492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340766491
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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'In my view, this book is at least as good as his best' (Spectator)

'A few years ago le Carré said he had not written the book he would want to be buried with. Perhaps he has done so now.' (Sunday Times )

'An exciting story, excitingly told' (Observer ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A classic le Carré, now reissued in Sceptre paperback

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By Kwev on 25 Aug. 2015
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I'm a big Le Carre fan. This book is very good in parts. However the heroine Charlie falls a long way short of credibility (never mind likeability). There is a very long section in the book dealing with her training etc - it is dreary, repetitive and unbelievable. Writing female characters in their 20's doesn't seem to be one of Le Carre's (many) talents.
Having said all of that, other aspects of the book go a long way to make up for this deep flaw. It's still worth a read. A reasonable book that could have been great.
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Took me a while to get into it and written in at very slow pace - slower than his other books. Also felt a bit confused with the plot line as to who really was who but it is classic le Carre. I gave it 4 for the quality of the writing and plot line rather than the action in the book. This is definately not the sort of book you see filling WH Smith's shelves at airports, it is far more superior and of a far better quality.
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I'm working my way consecutively through le Carre's books, and it's interesting to see his confidence develop.
The Little Drummer Girl moves away from the Cold War and into a new arena: Arab/Israeli terrorism. It's well constructed, and the writing is excellent as always - I didn't realise when I picked up my first le Carre book that there's a literary turn to his spy writing. He actually writes very well indeed.
The Little Drummer Girl doesn't disappoint - my only criticism, and this goes for all his work, is that he only able to write one lead female character. Charlie is every other woman he's written... but at least he writes her well!
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First thing to do, of course, is transfer the cassette tapes straightaway to CD!
LeCarre describes Kurtz as a "veteran of every battle since Thermopylae." LeCarre means the ancient battle, 480BC, where King Leonidas of Sparta and 700 troops held off the Persian army led by Xerxes. There was also a World War II battle at Thermopylae, where New Zealanders and Australians held off a German army. Thermopylae is the by-word of bravery.
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Le Carre is a master story teller and this book is an example of how to weave many story strands without losing the plot. Obviously very well researched. Not the first time I have read this book and not the last. One of my favourites of a favourite author.
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I thought the book was too long and at times boring. It seems to me that le Carre has some issues with Israel and some of its government services. Over and over again there was criticism of Israel. It should have been more balanced for both sides.
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If you've never read J.L.C then this is the best place to start. A book of staggering proportions. Our heroin criss crosses the globe in a heart stopping plot that leaves you breathless to the last page. The beauty of the writing and prose are coloured by the deep characterisations that he has assembled in what must be declared as is his best work to date.
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This is a brilliant, multi-layered spy story: mature le Carre at his best.
The writing is precise, playful, insinuating, the characters beautifully evoked, the plot unfurled like a strip-tease.
Anyone who enjoys delving into the complexities of le Carre's world of spying, in part based on his own experiences of the real thing, will love this.
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