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The Night Manager (Penguin Modern Classics) by [le Carré, John]
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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)

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'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)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1630 KB
  • Print Length: 628 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141393017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141393018
  • ASIN: B00FYE7W5I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 532 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've only read one John Le Carre book before, A Delicate Truth,which I quite enjoyed. However I didn't enjoy The Night Manager at all. It took me ages to finish it and I felt like giving up on it quite early on. What's not to like ? Well basically because it has a far fetched, over complicated and boring plot which features spies,arms dealers, politicians and drug runners. In some chapters ,especially those involving the high up spooks, I didn't have a clue what was going on or who all these people were. All of the characters are fairly bland and dull as well. The writing style is quite tedious too. The Night Manager was very hard going for me. It's rare for me to find a novel too difficult and complex to follow,but hats off to Mr Le Carre, he's succeeded with this one. I doubt I'll be reading any more of his books. One to avoid.
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Having watched and loved the TV series I bought this book with high expectations of a more in depth version with perhaps some interesting differences.

Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book at all. If, like me you are thinking of coming to this having enjoyed the show and you are not already a firm Le Carre fan I would warn you to be cautious and perhaps save your time.

Le Carre is obviously a very good writer and I can see how this novel will be enjoyed by his fans.

But I found it a real chore. The sections involving Jonathan, which the TV show more or less copied, are fine. However, the chapters involving the ministers and high level spooks were incredibly tedious. For much of those sections I had very little idea what was going on and it was far too easy to completely lose track of all the names. Le Carre writes these scenes as if you were part of these groups and should know all the lingo- but being a passive observer in numerous dull meetings involving all sorts of specialist discussion I wasn't given enough information to understand does not make for a good novel.

A section that felt like 100 pages near the very end was especially impenetrable. I read a lot and am not thick but I didn't have a clue what was going on.

If, like me you looked forward to a brilliant, clever ending like the show then I fear you will be disappointed as well.

I enjoyed the Constant Gardener but it will be a while before I take a chance on me Carre again. If you are approaching this novel in the same circumstances as me then just beware
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It's fairly unusual for me to have come to a book after seeing the film/TV version as I tend to have read books first but in this case the two versions are complementary to each other and both have strengths and weaknesses. The recent BBC version is fairly faithful to the first part of the book, though it misses out a whole episode in Quebec where Pine is creating a backstory for himself. The book also pads out the relationship between Pine and Jed (English here) and allows us into his thoughts making him far less opaque than Tom Hiddleston's character. The really interesting change is in the ending which, of course, I don't want to discuss for fear of spoilers but le Carré creates something far more subtle and nuanced than the BBC, which adds to the unsettling dynamic between Pine and Roper that fuels the book at the beneath-the-plot level.

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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Have not got on with John le Carre in the past. Only read this because of the TV prog. and wanted to find out what the changes had been to the book. Quite a few. Interesting as well that John le Carre had commented on his books that have been either televised or filmed and all the changes that are made to his books. I enjoyed the read and will now try some more John le carre.
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An extraordinarily good and enjoyable read. Delicious characters, all of them flawed, an international plot combining drugs smuggling, arms dealing, politics and spooks. You quickly realise that you are in the capable hands of an expert and are guided through the story at just the right pace. I haven't seen the BBC adaption which, i understand, differs somewhat from the book, but I would imagine that, if you enjoyed the programme, you would also enjoy the book.
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It took me a while to get into this book. Hence the 4stars. I'm not sure if this was because I kept trying to visualise and compare it to the tv series. But about half way through it gripped my attention. Saying that it isn't a read that I would like to do again.
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I found this really difficult to get into ... and wish I had read it prior to watching the television series. The sequence of events in the book is so different and I found myself getting lost. However, it is le Carre and is beautifully written, just takes a while to get going I thought.
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