The Secret Pilgrim (George Smiley Series)

The Secret Pilgrim (George Smiley Series)

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by John le Carré
     
 

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The Cold War is over. The rules of the spying game have changed. But to train new spies for this uncertain future, one must first show them the past. Enter the man called Ned, the loyal and shrewd veteran of the Circus. With the inspiration of his inscrutable mentor George Smiley, Ned thrills all as he recounts forty exhilarating years of Cold War espionage across

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The Cold War is over. The rules of the spying game have changed. But to train new spies for this uncertain future, one must first show them the past. Enter the man called Ned, the loyal and shrewd veteran of the Circus. With the inspiration of his inscrutable mentor George Smiley, Ned thrills all as he recounts forty exhilarating years of Cold War espionage across Europe and the Far East .

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“Powerful . . . remarkable . . . a grand summation of all John le Carré’s themes.”—The New York Times
 
“Le Carré…at the top of his form.”—Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

“Le Carré . . . at the top of his form.”
The New York Times

“Powerful . . . remarkable . . . a grand summation of all John le Carré’s themes.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345374769
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/13/1992
Series:
George Smiley Series, #8
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.16(w) x 6.82(h) x 0.90(d)

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“Powerful . . . remarkable . . . a grand summation of all John le Carré’s themes.”—The New York Times
 
“Le Carré…at the top of his form.”—Los Angeles Times

Meet the Author

John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Honourable Schoolboy; and Smiley’s People. His recent novels include The Constant Gardener, Absolute Friends, The Mission Song, A Most Wanted Man, and Our Kind of Traitor. A Delicate Truth is his twenty-third novel.

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The Secret Pilgrim: Smiley Series, Book 8 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Le Carre is the master spy novelist of our time. (Most notable for 'The Russia House' which became a blockbuster movie with Sean Connery and Michelle Pheifer.) He has inspired many a writer that may have never picked up a pen--or found the courage to admit doing so. In 'Secret Pilgrim', George Smiley breaks the mold of flashy spies, such as Bond, and opens the door into the reality that the average citizen can accomplish remarkable feats. It's a lesson in humanity through the success and failure of our unlikely hero. This style of writing has allowed for amazing success of Le Carre's unique blend of mystery, suspense, and the examined sufferage that we all share. A must read for any and all spy novel enthusiasts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really is a literary oddity. Although it describes the life of a globetrotting secret agent during the heady days of the cold war, the book never glamourizes the profession. It describes the life of a secret agent attempting to discover his true identity, or whatever the Circus (British secret service) hasn't stripped him of. Through his meetings with different characters in diverse cold war locales from Bangkok to Berlin to Bethlehem, he discovers the true meaning of being a spy. Very entertaining novel, a masterpiece by a true artist. Henry Sblaza