The Looking Glass War (Smiley) Audio CD – Audiobook, 8 Oct 2009
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"After the success of 'The Spy Who Came In from the Cold' I felt I had earned the right to experiment with the more fragile possibilities of the spy story than those I had explored till now. For the truth was, that the realities of spying as I had known them on the ground had been far removed from the fiendishly clever conspiracy that had entrapped my hero and heroine in The Spy. I was eager to find a way of illustrating the muddle and futility that were so much closer to life. Indeed, I felt I had to: for while 'The Spy Who Came In from the Cold' had been heralded as the book that ripped the mask off the spy business, my private view was that it had glamourised the spy business to Kingdom Come.
So this time, I thought, I'll tell it the hard way. This time, cost what it will, I'll describe a Secret Service that is really not very good at all; that is eking out its wartime glory; that is feeding itself on Little England fantasies; is isolated, directionless, over-protected and destined ultimately to destroy itself."
With my expectations suitably managed, and having loved the previous three Smiley novels, I conclude this is another excellent John le Carré novel. As in 'The Spy Who Came In from the Cold', George Smiley only has a bit part in this book, however his perceptiveness and awareness help the reader to understand what is happening.
In essence, 'The Looking Glass War’ is a tale of haplessness: “The Department” is a small, increasingly irrelevant legacy of WW2, populated by deluded staff, which makes the novel painful to read. Avery, the only young person, cuts a particularly tragic figure. Amateurism, tragedy and stupidity permeate the entire novel. John le Carré lays bare snobbery, vanity, a sense of denial and delusion, repressed emotions, faded dreams, and incompetence. It's palpable, and often hard to read, but remains grimly compelling throughout. It’s exactly what he set out to write: a more truthful novel that captured the internal politics, the little Englander mentality, and the complacency of the mid-60s UK intelligence service.
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