A Small Town in Germany Paperback – 21 Sep 2006
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While the Bonn embassy is preparing for the worst (mass demonstrations and a possible attack on its premises), a lowly diplomat, who is a temp and a former refugee with 20 years of service, fails to turn up for work. The embassy's most secret file is gone too, along with sundry other items, ranging from cups and saucers to an entire trolley loaded with files. Has he defected, run off to Moscow?
London sends one of its security hard men, Alan Turner, to sort out the mess. He confronts and offends everybody he speaks with in his search for truth, and he moves on and on, uncovering small and big secrets. Meanwhile, he is furious about his wife's infidelity with an upper-class type, the class tending to staff foreign embassies.
The book is memorable for several reasons: how large embassies went about their business operationally and socially during the Cold War; the memorable cast of diplomats and support staff; the significance of class in a British context, and the alleged shiftiness of German high-level contacts.
Finally, this complicated book is an experiment of not sending George Smiley (he is not mentioned at all), but Alan Turner to do battle. Unfaithful wives is what the two have in common, and passion for truth and justice in an environment full of hypocrisy, indifference and lethargy. Highly recommended.
The prose is scalpel perfect...the dialogue succinct and totally credible as are all the characters we meet.
If you've never read this timeless novel(or haven't for some time)you won't be disappointed.....
LeCarre certainly has ample first hand experience of the business, as he was an actual British spy, for five years, under his birth name, David Cornwell. According to internet biographers, he was, in fact, embedded in Soviet territory when he was blown by Kim Philby, most famous post-war British secret service traitor; Philby's treachery might have been fatal to him.
But the entertainment at hand concerns doings in the British Embassy in Bonn, the capital of West Germany at the time, and takes place in the "recent future.Read more ›
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Le Carré is a genius almost unrivalled in his chosen genre.Published 3 months ago by Simon Harrison
missed reading this years ago so really enjoyed the last of Le Carre's that I hadn't read. I remember what a divided Germany was like.Published 3 months ago by Miss J Prynne
The stage is set and all pieces are in place from the master storyteller as he takes you through the espionage underworld. I loved it.Published 3 months ago by Paul Waterman
I am an avid Le Carre' reader having read all of his books over a thirty year period. I have recently started to re-read his books. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kyle Armstrong
What can I say, I like Le Carre's books and style of writing.Published 6 months ago by Richard Brent