A Perfect Spy (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 27 September 2018
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- Publisher : Penguin Classics (27 September 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 672 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241322480
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241322482
- Item Weight : 400 g
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
- Generic Name : Book
- Best Sellers Rank: #139,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am a slow reader and would normally avoid heavy novels, but the beautiful descriptions, the carefully crafted dialogue and the vivid characters kept me with it all through. I think I understand people better now.
If you’ve not read any of his books, start with a recent one - A Delicate Truth, which is shorter but exquisitely crafted. And if you like audiobooks, it is a great one as the author narrates it himself and you can quickly tune in to his singular voice (which I used to find quite hard to tune into).
As for The Perfect Spy, as Mark Kermode said about the film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - it’s not about spies. Well it is, but mainly it is about how we invent and reinvent our many selves…
How the Book Awards bodies such as Man-Booker overlooked the Perfect Spy in favour of lesser literary works will always be to their discredit.
The high-brow intellectual claims, but in essence snobbishness of the literary elite publishers, agents and critics who annually rejected Le Carre's brilliant work primarily because of their misconceived notion of what constitutes 'popular, contemporary, literary fiction' is something only they will ever understand.
The reading public will I am sure regard The Perfect Spy as an outstanding story, a superb narrative exploration of a remarkable character displaying a level of description, analysis and evocative development of themes that may never be matched by any other tome for this genre.
No spoilers by me: This Perfect Spy, as any thoughtful reader will grasp from the outset, is anything but that exemplary, supreme Intelligence
agent, however, his story encapsulates the intellectual, philosophical and psychological aspects of that unique Cold War creature - the humanity of those that through choice and force of circumstance must bury their true self from everyone about them - theirs is a story we actually can never know, however, Le Carre in this story surely gives us insight to what creates the sort of person for whom that desperately isolated Life becomes a 'normal' existence.
Le Carre at his height of his story-telling powers conveys a depth of sensitivity that will affect every reader.