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“[Le Carré's] novels are so brilliant because they’re emotionally and psychologically absolutely true, but of course they’re novels.” —New York Times Book Review

“Le Carré’s prose remains brisk and lapidary. His wit is intact and rolls as if on casters... I might as well say it: to read this simmering novel is to come in from the cold.” New York Times

“Le Carré is such a gifted storyteller that he interlaces the cards in his deck so they fit not simply with this book, but with the earlier ones as well.” —The Atlantic

"A kind of eulogy for the present as well as the past, A Legacy of Spies is haunting." —Chicago Tribune

"Swift and satisfying." USA Today

“We wish for more complexity and logic in our politics, so we look to make political art that is logical and complex: a genre defined by John le Carré.” —New Republic

“The spy master’s latest Smiley novel entwines today’s world with a lost one... Ingenious."
—Washington Post

"Intricately plotted and richly satisfying." —Star Tribune

"Gripping."—The Christian Science Monitor

"[Le Carré] can convey a character in a sentence, land an emotional insight in [a] phrase & demolish an ideology in a paragraph." Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Any reader who knows le Carré's earlier work, and quite a few who don't, will assume that any attempt to second-guess the mandarins of the Service will backfire. The miracle is that the author can revisit his best-known story and discover layer upon layer of fresh deception beneath it.”

Praise for John le Carré

“One of our great writers of moral ambiguity, a tireless explorer of that darkly contradictory no-man’s land.”
Los Angeles Times
“No other writer has charted—pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers—the public and secret histories of his times.”
The Guardian (UK)
“I would suggest immortality for John le Carré, who I believe one of the most intelligent and entertaining writers working today.”
—Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune
“The constant flow of emotion lifts le Carré not only above all modern suspense novelists, but above most novelists now practicing.”
Financial Times
“A writer of towering gifts.”
The Independent (UK)

About the Author

John le Carré was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

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  • Publisher : Penguin Books (4 September 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0525505482
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0525505488
  • Item Weight : 181 g
  • Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.62 x 17.15 cm
  • Country of Origin : USA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic!
By Dippy on 20 September 2017
This book embodies the art of good story telling and impeccable writing. Le Carre captures the atmosphere of his settings so beautifully, his characters are so well embodied and the pace of the narrative never flags for a moment. The struggles, joys, victories and losses are described spectacularly. It comes alive and one may be reading it but the portrayal makes the story playing out like a film. A real espionage story is what this is all about - not the glamour of Fleming or the super-humans of Ludlum - but the grit, drudgery, hard work of agents, human frailty, poky safe-houses and above all, the bureaucratic maze and political meddling.
A must for all serious readers of English fiction.
My generation will be nostalgic for the days of George Smiley and the newer generation will be stimulated, I hope, to read the old classics like [[ASIN:0141194529 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Penguin Modern Classics)]], [[ASIN:0143119788 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel]], [[ASIN:0340993774 The Honourable Schoolboy]], [[ASIN:0340993782 Smiley's People]] etc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars To tell the truth there were long stretches which were quite boring. Elegantly written
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