The Little Drummer Girl

The Little Drummer Girl

by John le Carré
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The Little Drummer Girl 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a foray from his famous Cold War novel, Le Carre takes us to the Israeli-Arab conflict. As usual, the plot is dense and the characters multi-layered. I've read this half a dozen times, and I keep finding more little details that illuminate plot twists and characters. This is a surprisingly apolitical book. My only issues with it are that the hero is so enigmatic that he seems unreal and the abruptness of the ending. Nevertheless, if you're just looking for a good read that will engage your intellect, this is it. The layering of fiction over fiction over fiction is astounding. The reader can never really be sure what's real and what's not, and of the latter category, what's in whose head.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isn't absolutely not an usual spy thriller. It seems Le Carré likes much more psychological analysis of personnages -and there are a lot- than direct action which also exists, but if you like only that, there are much more authors who write mainly about these withouth entering so much complications. Truly the case described in this novel is so extreme that one is tempted to think if such people exists. Le Carré tells both sides -Israeli and Palestinian- figthing furiously one against other. Apparently he shows more simpaty for the palestinians, but I think this is not so clear. Mostly he shows us the occidental democracies as decadent countries plenty of corrupted or unable politics, functionaries and people in general, but the paradox of all these is that Israelis and Palestinians aspire to these 'normal' state of democracy, as everybody, so what? Summing up, this novel is complicated mostly in shape than at bottom. But Charlie, the little drummer girl, is very well shaped and over all, the only sympathetic and good person. Or at the beginning she is, because at the end we really don't know what goes to be from these poor actress. She is a dilettante of 'just' causes and she finally has the ocassion to taste the real flavour of all these. Too much physical and over all, psychological pressure she must pay for such an experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, the charachters have little independence, and the author is always there to have them do the right thing. Yes, it's true that the sentiments and guilt are matted out haphazardly between the Plalestinians and Isrealies ('You will find them an easy people to like' Joseph, the Israeli runner, warns Charlie and Le Carre aparently, agrees). But despite everything, this is one great read. The charachters are themselves...important, unique, immensly likable and, more important of all, meaningful and enduring. You will read this book many times, going back to read favorite chapters and passages. The dialogs ring so true, it's chilling. When Helga, the murderous German woman speaks, you can smell her madness in the very color of her speech. You can taste the depressive decadence of the British Police commander rolling like the smokey taste of peat the single-malt whiskey he inbibes secretly. All the colors are real and vibrant. Kurtz, like smiley, is a charachter for the ages. Joseph and Charlie are you and me, if we were very brave and very good at what we do and were anything we ever wished to be. You will not forget this book. Books, you know, don't need to be perfect, just magical. The Little Drummer Girl is that.
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StaceyKane More than 1 year ago
I reread this book again after several years. Mr. Le Carre has presented the Palestinians as people who have been mistreated by both the Israelis and other arabs. This book is as relevant today as it was when it was originally published.
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The Wall Street Journal recently recommended this book so I only just read it August 2010, and could not put it down. In fact I did not want the story to end. I thought it was brilliant and wondered how I had missed it all those years ago when it was published. I have read a couple of John Le Carre's books and loved The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, but I think this is now my favorite.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was glued to this book the moment I begun. It's impossible to put down and forget. Charlie is intriguing and Joseph is as well. Very well written. Lots of twists in the storyline. Very interesting. This book thrilled me. I will read much more of Le Carre now! He's a brilliant writer.