Absolute Friends

Absolute Friends

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Absolute Friends by John le Carré, Author, John Le Carre

A ferocious new novel from the master: when a man's good heart is his worst enemy. . .

By chance and not by choice, Ted Mundy, eternal striver, failed writer, and expatriate son of a British Army officer, used to be a spy. But that was in the good old Cold War days when a cinder-block wall divided Berlin and the enemy was easy to recognize.

Today, Mundy is a down-at-heel tour guide in southern Germany, dodging creditors, supporting a new family, and keeping an eye out for trouble while in spare moments vigorously questioning the actions of the country he once bravely served.

And trouble finds him, as it has before, in the shape of his old German student friend, radical, and one-time fellow spy, the crippled Sasha, seeker after absolutes, dreamer, and chaos addict.

After years of trawling the Middle East and Asia as an itinerant university lecturer, Sasha has yet again discovered the true, the only answer to life-this time in the form of a mysterious billionaire philanthropist named Dimitri. Thanks to Dimitri, both Mundy and Sasha will find a path out of poverty, and with it their chance to change a world that both believe is going to the devil. Or will they?

Who is Dimitri? Why does Dimitri's gold pour in from mysterious Middle Eastern bank accounts? And why does his apparently noble venture reek less of starry idealism than of treachery and fear?

Some gifts are too expensive to accept. Could this be one of them? With a cooler head than Sasha's, Mundy is inclined to think it could.

In Absolute Friends, John le Carre delivers the masterpiece he has been building to since the fall of communism: an epic tale of loyalty and betrayal that spans the lives of two friends from the riot-torn West Berlin of the 1960s to the grimy looking-glass of Cold War Europe to the present day of terrorism and new alliances. This is the novel le Carre fans have been waiting for, a brilliant, ferocious, heartbreaking work for the ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586216634
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Edition description: Abridged, 5 CDs
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 5.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

John le Carré, the pen name for David John Moore Cornwell, is a British author whose espionage novels set the standard for the genre. During the 1950s and '60s, he worked for the Security Service and the Secret Intelligence Service, and began writing novels under a pen name. His third book, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), became an international bestseller. Following the success of this novel, he left MI6 to become a full-time author. Many of his novels have been adapted for film.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Le Carre is at his best writing about Berlin in the cold war days. The first part of Absolute Friends draws on his extraordinary experience and knowledge of cold war Berlin...and, like vintage Le Carre, it is enthralling to read. When it comes to more recent times, however, Le Carre probably does not have any experience with intelligence services--and it shows. Still, well worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the end, I did like this book. It was not what I expected, the typical Le Carre spy story, and in some parts it was hard to follow his implications, what he was referring to. But the end makes the story clear. It is a chilling comment on current events. I have no doubt this kind of thing really happens, and isn't that exactly the kind of story we expect from Le Carre? I find I enjoyed the book more than I thought I was as I read it, and it stays with me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great spy novel, an eye opening and refreshing truth seeking novel about the current 'War on Terrorism' and where this is leading us and spiraling us down towards. The story might seem to jump around a bit, but like the main character it is transforming itself patiently from a closed door to an open storm, from something hidden from the surface to something that grabs you and pulls you inside.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is Eisehower proved right in the 21st century,`Beware of the military industrial complex`? LeCarre clearly thinks that the world is being perverted by unfettered capitalist neo-con religious fanatic militaristic power brokers who need purpetual fear and manipulation of the masses. Through deceit and manipulating wars,, through propaganda and rhetoric, the world has become a dangerous place for truth and intellectual freedom. Hang in through some early slogging as he makes his point of how easily our financial, government,economy and political systems can be subverted by the extreme right Haliburton.Tea party. Fox. Connect the dots. Remember how we originally were drawn in to Afghanistan? Covert wars sold by lies and hiding its cost. Eye opening,
JinPhilly More than 1 year ago
Well written, fascinating and VERY thought provoking. Makes you REALLY think about all of your personal connections.
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