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I've always loved Le Carre for his wordsmith's talent. Since the Cold War ended his novels have unfortunately become variable in quality but he's excelled still with the likes of A Perfect Spy, The Little Drummer Girl and the wonderful The Constant Gardener. A Most Wanted Man is as good as all these with its slow, steady pace so typical of Le Carre; the characterisations and the rising crescendo to its climax. The film is fantastic too and we've been lucky to have Philip Semour Hoffman playing Bachmann so brilliantly before his untimely death.
Some people here are ready to write le Carre off as to old, I read it a couple of years ago and found my self with a real page turner, and now I’m looking forward to the film. I think – hope John le Carre has a few books to write yet, cold war or warm he brings a feel of reality to events seldom see the light of day. ‘A Most Wanted Man’ certainly took hours from a long train journey – and kept me up another two hours before I was ready sleep.
I'm looking forwards to rediscovering Le Carre' after I happened to pick one up on a market stall. Read a few in my early twenties (long time ago). I couldn't justify buying new and so a decent used copy is a perfect win/win for me.
Shifting his sights to the intractable problems of the middle east and the often vicious relationships between Palestinians and Israelis this book is another masterpiece of intrigue and suspense mixed with not a little tragedy. I was captivated throughout even though it took a while sometimes to appreciate the significance of a particular narative. When will his next on be published?
I was looking forward to reading this but didn't enjoy it I'm afraid. The plot was very predictable, the characterisation poor (one middle aged character's fantasies related to a young woman lawyer were just embarrassing and I didn't care much what happened to any of them. Plodded on to the end but was glad when it was over. No more like this please, Mr Cornwell.