- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Sceptre; New Ed edition (21 Sept. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340937688
- ISBN-13: 978-0340937686
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.5 x 18.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (453 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A marvellously observed relentless tale' (Observer)
'Le Carré is the equal of any novelist now writing in English' (Guardian)
'A story complex and intense enough to carry both the philosophical weight and the page-turning tension that, combined, make him the supreme tale-teller he is' (San Francisco Chronicle)
'A beautifully polished, utterly knowing and palpitating book.' (Time)
'A marvellously observed relentless tale.' (The Observer)
'A story complex and intense enough to carry both the philosophical weight and the page-turning tension that, combined, make him the supreme tale-teller he is.' (San Francisco Chronicle) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"I'm Dicky Roper," a lazy voice announced as the hand closed round Jonathan's, and briefly owned it. "My chaps booked some rooms here. Rather a lot of 'em. How d'you do?" Belgravia slur, the proletarian accent of the vastly rich. They had entered each other's private space.
"How very good to see you, Mr Roper," Jonathan murmured, English voice to English voice. "Welcome back, sir, and poor you, what a perfectly ghastly journey you must have had. Wasn't it rather heroic to venture aloft at all? No one else has, I can tell you. My name's Pine, I'm the night manager."
The story is about Pine's penetration of Roper's luxurious, nefarious world as the latter engineers an enormous deal involving drugs, arms, investment bankers and corrupt UK and US officials. Themes that run through the story include sacrifice, honour, courage, love and (as is de rigeur with this author) betrayal. But the delight for the reader (especially the re-reader) comes in picking out eye-catching examples of the writing: a landscape is "dour and blowy like Scotland with the lights on", "shoeless" pelicans sit "like feathery old bombing planes that might never bomb again", the noise made by a well-fed government minister is "a kind of slurrying grunt", and Pine's spymaster describes himself as "the other kind of Yorkshireman". Just perfect.
Left at loose ends by the fall of the Soviet Union, British Intelligence services need a fresh cause. If nothing else, all those bureaucratic structures and their personnel need to turn their expertise to new tasks. The problem is that the Cold War enabled influential people to develop links through the various spy networks. How many wealthy aristocrats are now involved in picking up the pieces to further enrich themselves? And which ones are doing so? Pine, picked up by one of the new spin-off intelligence organisations is set to learn answers to these questions. A faked murder sends him to unreachable places with a new identity. It puts him in a position to penetrate the Roper organisation. Throughout this tale, Pine is driven by the ghost of Sophie, who was found beaten to death in Egypt. Even in the backwoods of Quebec, hiding from authorities and maneuvering to complete his mission, he is beset by the image of her in his mind.Read more ›
With all the forensic attention to detail that we expect from le Carré as well as moral ambiguities worthy of Graham Greene, and some stand-out characters (beautifully realised, for the most part, by the BBC series) this is a complicated tale of politics, guilt and redemption. It perhaps doesn't have the emotional intensity of the Karla trilogy or books like the superlative The Constant Gardener but it is an engrossing tale that transfers beautifully to the present day.
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Having enjoyed the wonderful TV production I was pleased when it was chosen by our Bookclub. It is masterful writing, and takes you so much deeper into the main characters and the... Read morePublished 17 hours ago by fannyeliza
I really enjoyed the complications thart john Le carre can bring to the plot.... What an imagination mind you concentration is required.
Read the book before the tv series and as usual so much better. Books give the thoughts, describe the sights and smells and give those Le Carre moments when you are allowed to use... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Michael J. Salt
I made the mistake of reading the book after watching thee TV series and wish I'd done it the other way aroundPublished 3 days ago by Mr N P Robson
Tried to read this, impossible, the way it is written, gave up.Published 5 days ago by Mr. J. K. Cooksley
Having watched the BBC TV Series, I thought I would love the book, however being written in the early 90's it's a challenging book for younger readers of 17+ years old (not just my... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Tehmeena