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Agent Running in the Field Paperback – 29 October 2019
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A very classy entertainment about political ideals and deception . . . laced with fury at the senseless vandalism of Brexit and of Trump. Le Carré is the master of the spy genre. ― Guardian
Le Carré delivers a tale for our times, replete with the classic seasoning of betrayal, secret state shenanigans and sad-eyed human frailty, all baked into an oven-hot contemporary thriller . . . Agent Running in the Field is right on the money, in psychology as much as politics, a demonstration of the British spy thriller at its unputdownable best ― Robert McCrum, Observer
As ingeniously structured as any of le Carré's fiction, skilfully misdirecting the reader for much of the time ― Evening Standard
A masterpiece ― Mick Herron, TLS
Master of the game ― Sunday Times
Le Carré's troubled new protagonist is developed with the author's customary skill . . . an impeccable piece of writing ― i
No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times ― Guardian
The master is back on form in this tale of Russian subterfuge and a middle-aged spy 's suspicious badminton partner ― The Times
A rich, beautifully written book studded with surprises. Narrative is a black art, and Le Carré is its grandmaster ― Andrew Taylor, Spectator
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- Publisher : Viking (29 October 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241401216
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241401217
- Item Weight : 351 g
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 2.1 x 23.4 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Best Sellers Rank: #37,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So says the lead character Nat's boss to Nat when they are discussing an ongoing case. That line comes almost into 60% of the film but probably captures the essence of the entire book and what its all about - spying and intelligence world during the time of Brexit and Trump.
To whet your appetite I have quoted that brilliant line above. As with his post-Cold War books, le Carre's latest "Agent running in the Field" is simply one more example of his - SPOILERS - an increasing concern for the "Man against System" type of stories where individuals have to find that part of their soul where what's morally right is obviously against the system and its "engine". Be prepared for some stunning writing and incisive look at Brexit Britain and the acerbic comments associated with that through the eyes of Nat.
I think this is a clear high among the Post Cold War 21st century le Carre books and of course, I gladly recommend it to everyone.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 post-imperial Nostalgists!
It a dark and gloomy world and yet, John reminds us in the book that sheer decency and love will keep the world floating. Brilliant prose as always and ED is forever imprinted as another St.George that the world so desperately needs!!! A long wait but worth it and hope John gets to do one more.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 October 2019
The narrator,(Nat), considers his boss,(Dom), self-serving and pretentious, yet Nat hopelessly over-lards his narrative in Chapter 5 with “Chers collègues”,(especially), and other foreign phrases...
The characters seem to be the types of persons that are best avoided like the plague.
If Le Carré intended to write a commentary on the present state of this country, he must be congratulated on his prescience in getting it out in print at exactly this moment, but I, for one, would be not overly saddened if he followed his best creation Smiley into an obscure retirement, on the strength of this book.