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The Secret Pilgrim (George Smiley Series)

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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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New York, NY 1992 Soft Cover First Edition, First Printing New in None as Issued jacket BRAND NEW COPY w/trace edge wear & faint creasings to spine. First published 1990; this ... is the First Edition, First Printing from Ballantine Books. 13th espionage novel from British author David John Moore Cornwell (1931-), pen name John le Carr?, who worked for the British intelligence services MI5 and MI6; following the success of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1963), Cornwell left MI6 to become a full-time author. The Secret Pilgrim is framed within a series of lectures given by at Sarratt, the spy-training college run by Ned (former Smiley pupil, whose last name is never revealed). The book, in the form of a memoir over forty years of professional experiences, is narrated by Ned who once headed the Russia House---disgraced by the defection of Barley Blair was condemned to administrating Sarratt. The book can be considered as a collection of anecdotes exemplifying what happens in the British Intelligence communit Read more Show Less

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Overview

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 .

To train new spies for an uncertain future, they must be shown the past. With the inspiration of his inscrutable mentor George Smiley, a veteran recounts 40 exhilarating years of Cold War espionage across Europe and the Far East. "A grand summation of all John LeCarre's themes."--New York Times.

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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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345374769
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/13/1992
  • Series: George Smiley Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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John le Carré was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964. He started writing novels in 1961, and since then has published twenty-one titles.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2005

    For spy novel and underdog fans alike.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2002

    The Life of a Spy

    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

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