- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,936,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Little Drummer Girl Paperback – 20 Jul 2000
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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.
A classic le Carré, now reissued in Sceptre paperbackSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Little Drummer Girl is the story of Charlie, an itinerant actress, who is recruited as a spy in the febrile world of middle east terrorism. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Calypso
I found the plot hard to follow, a bit boring really. I put this aside halfway through to finish later.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Whilst full of twists and intrigue this story was a little hard to follow. Mr Carre is a good storyteller but this was amongst his best.Published 1 month ago by Paul Cooper
Le Carre frequently annoys me because he espouses views that I think are beyond the pale. The Constant Gardener is one which particularly irritates! Read morePublished 4 months ago by jaronly
With "The Little Drummer Girl" I have now, I think, read all of John le Carré’s novels – I’m a fan! Read morePublished 6 months ago by DT