[reading] Long interview with le Carré

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He's been angry for quite a while and I think it's compromised a few of his post-Cold War novels (Absolute Friends being a case in point - essentially a rerun of A Perfect Spy with a tin foil hat conspiracy theory welded on). I enjoyed A Legacy of Spies though and his new book has had some good reviews though so I shall certainly give it a look.

His recent baiting of Sir Richard Dearlove was pure quality.
 

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The funny thing is, I think Absolute Friends was definitely the start of his return to form.
 
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He's been angry for quite a while and I think it's compromised a few of his post-Cold War novels (Absolute Friends being a case in point - essentially a rerun of A Perfect Spy with a tin foil hat conspiracy theory welded on). I enjoyed A Legacy of Spies though and his new book has had some good reviews though so I shall certainly give it a look.

His recent baiting of Sir Richard Dearlove was pure quality.
In the interview, he came across a bit frustrated and dismayed at the state of the world of today, but most especially, British politics, even criticising the opposition as being to far from the centre to find common ground to rally good people around. Almost, as if all the undercover operations of decades past did not bring us any closer to the promised Utopia. :-(
 
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The funny thing is, I think Absolute Friends was definitely the start of his return to form.
I thought the first half was good but not so enamoured of the US-conspiracy-to-fit-our-heroes-up second part (not that I'm saying such things don't happen, but it all just seemed a bit too over elaborate in this case). .
 
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