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Agent Running in the Field: A Novel Hardcover – 22 October 2019
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- Publisher : Viking (22 October 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1984878875
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984878878
- Item Weight : 572 g
- Dimensions : 16 x 3.05 x 23.62 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #734,717 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.