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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.
Posted January 4, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 24, 2002
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 SblazaWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2008
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