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The human heart in conflict with itself is the only thing worth writing about regardless of the genre seems to perfectly capture le Carr But le Carr doesn t just use that idea with people he uses that idea with institutions Secret Intelligence Service and with whole countries The modern world is a world in conflict with itself God is dead But maybe just maybe He still listens to all your phone calls still reads all your text messages and despite all the past promises made He might just decide to screw you in the end Le Carre enters the world of the Russian mafia and global money laundering in this tense perfectly paced page turner The premise is stretching credibility a bit ar with a young English couple on holiday in Antigua Perry and Gail befriended by a Russian Dina seeking asylum in Britain in exchange Samanthas Gift for inside information into blackinancial operations and the involvement of key members of the British establishment The result is an unlikely unauthorised deployment of Perry and Gail to bring the Russian in with the help of co opted members of the Service This takes us to Paris Friscos Kid (Tall, Dark Dangerous for the 2009 French Openinal between Federer and Soderberg and then to SwitzerlandAlthough there were several possibilities I didn t Courting Miss Adelaide (Noblesville, Indiana, foresee how all this skulduggery would end and I was captivated until theinal sentence So why not 5 stars I ve complained before about the recurring character in Le Carre s books the middle aged disaffected spy with a messed up private life I thought we were avoiding him this time but he still appears in a slightly younger version than usual in Luke Is MI6 A Convenient Wife full of these men or is it a character Le Carre relates to so much that he keeps reintroducing him I hope it s the latter A strong 4 stars He s still the master spy novelist in my opinion description Perry and Gail are idealistic and very much in love when they splurge on a tennis vacation at a posh beach resort in Antigua But the charm begins to pall when a big time Russian money launderer enlists their help to defect In exchangeor amnesty Dima is ready to rat out his vory Russian criminal brotherhood compatriots and expose corruption throughout the so called legitimate A Colton Target financial and political worlds Soon the guileless coupleind themselves pawns in a deadly endgame whose outcome will be determined by the victor of the British Secret Service s ruthless internecine battlesAn implausible plotline including money laundering a bank on Cyprus and the Russian mafiaoh wait Dima mightn t exactly have been spoiled Love Isnt Enough for choice when it came to selecting a messenger confessor or prisoner sriend or whatever it was that Perry has been appointed or had appointed himself She d always known there was a slumbering romantic in him waiting to be woken when selfless dedication was on offer and if there was a whiff of danger in the air so much the better When people are in desperate straits and in need of help Prodigal Prince Charming from a stranger they scan theaces around them Task Force Bride for something in theireatures to reassure them intuitively that this person is the one most likely to render aid In the case of Dima the A Soldiers Family (Wings of Refuge, face he decides to entrust his life belongs to Peregrine Makepiece Perry an Oxford academic and his barrister wife Gail are on vacation in Antigua They are there during the off season to keep the cost of the trip within the means of their cash strapped budget Dima is aorce of nature a whirling dervish of expansive energy and surrounded by an entourage of Desejo Indomado (To Tame A Playboy, familyriends and bulky men with heavy hands and dead eyes Dima challenges Perry to a tennis match but this game isn t about Dangerously Attractive (Harlequin Intrigue footfalls and line calls Oh no it is a much dangerous sport of international intrigue Dima hasound by complete chance the perfect man to shoulder the burden of his problems He is a money launderer not only Mistress for the Russian mafia but as it turns out a bag manor high ranking British politicians Lots of dirty Russian money is about to be moved through British banks and Dima knows the players the method and the origin of the money He has suddenly become a huge liability to powerful men in Russia and Great Britain who simply have too much to lose to take a chance on being exposed Perry is left leaning suspicious of his government but still patriotic A man who has waited his whole life to step into the subterfuge of a Graham Greene novel Dima needs him to help him broker a deal with MI6 and something in Perry s romantic soul lights up like the London Eye Perry knows a guy who knows a guy. E an off peak holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua By seeming chance they bump into a Russian million.
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Perry and Gail a 20 something professional couple are vacationing in Antigua when they are Cinderella Story Part 2 (36 Hours) forcefully befriended by a money laundering Russian mobster Dima and his extended entourage Dima wants asylum in Britainor himself and his A Ranchers Redemption family in exchangeor evidence incriminating his co conspirators in European high society and the British parliament Perry and Gail take their story to the British Secret Service who improbably put them to work getting the issue resolvedThe problem with the novel isn t spy clich s If you read genre A Doctor, a Nurse, a Christmas Baby fiction you are well acuainted with the clich s and have made your peace with them They do not hamper your reading most of the time The problem isn t staleness The problem is badness This just isn t a well written novel It is profoundly boring There is very little actual action much of it is taken up with Perry and Gail recounting to the Brits what Dima has told them and then the Brits listening to Dima s audiotapes and watching secret videotapes This isollowed by a long section involving internecine power struggles in the spy management apparatus over how to deal with Dima Everything seems to be at a remove A Mother in the Making from any action until a scene at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris where Gail Perry Dima and Dima s criminal posse and associates all watch Roger Federer duke it out with Robin Soderlingor the 2009 French Open championship Even this scene is uite boring What tension there is is limited to about the last 10 pages and a dramatic ending I was mystified by the constant switching between past and present tense sometimes even within paragraphs Overall the book had a lazy phoned in Her Kind Of Cowboy feel Well this doesn t just seem to be The Worst Novel Le Carr Has Ever Written it actually jumps up and down and demands the titleIt s odd that an author who has spent half a century writing suspenseful and intelligent thrillers should now produce one so lacking in suspense or interest Certainly it seems unusual that when the author returns to what once was his pet subject machinations concerning Russia he should create a work so lacking in insight or depth But than that it s baffling that Le Carr can suddenly haveorgotten everything he ever knew about dramatic momentum and hooking a reader s interestMaybe part of the problem is the author s age he does turn eighty this year after all as he never really seems to grasp the young twenty something London couple at the centre of Our Kind of Traitor It s possible that the generation gap is now so large that he His Pregnant Christmas Princess finds it difficult to get into the mindset of people of that age group But then the other characters in this book be they spooks or villains types Le Carr has proved repeatedly that he knows also struggle to appear in anything than two dimensions It s not a totally terrible novel as Le Carr cannot make it through a book without producing the occasional good scene or confrontation but it is a trudge to get to those good parts And I m very much left wondering how the man who wrote The Spy Who Came In From The Cold or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has now managed to write such a poor spooks versus Russians yarn Not at the level of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold or the Smiley series but still very very good and better than most of the stuff that le Carre has written since the end of the cold war What s great about it His effortless plotting and his thorough knowledge of the amorality of the world s politics It was a thrilling read I devoured it over a period of two days and was sorry when it came to an end For my taste there were too many pages of slangy conversation as exposition and not nearly enough soaring passages of bleak prose at which le Carre is unparalleled Too much show not enough tellStill second tier le Carre is still better than the vast majority of espionage writers working today I gave it onlyour stars because his earlier books are masterpieces of literature not just masterpieces of literary espionage It struck him as a bit unfair that at the age of eight he should have manifested the same sense of solitude that haunted him at Through the Language Glass forty three John le Carr Our Kind of TraitorMaybe 35 stars I liked it than I was prepared to Reminded me in a lot of ways of Single Single It was a tight morality tale in a world lacking morality Like most of le Carr s post Sovietpost Cold War spy novels the real play here is not East v West THAT is just a side show the real conflict is ALL internal William Faulkner samous uote rom his Nobel Prize speech that. Britain is in the depths of recession A left leaning young Oxford academic and his barrister girlfriend tak.
And the lash drive that Dima palms off to him to tempt MI6 makes its way through the labyrinth of offices until it lands on the desk of someone who Private Arrangements (Forged of Steele, finds Dima s information intriguing enough to pursue Perry thinks he s done his bit That s it You re on your own I am therefore I don t spy He is wrong Dima insists that Perry must stay involved In a business rife with lies double crosses and deceptions Dima can t and shouldn t trust the spies at MI6 Dima s primary concern is the safety of hisamily but to MI6 that is definitely a secondary concern Perry and Gail both You Are Not A Gadget find themselves in over their heads but they alsoind themselves caring about the Sanctuary fate of Dima and hisamily and their Forever Faithful (Forever Faithful, faith in their own government will be sorely tested in the process One thing I really enjoyed about this story was the way Perry and Gail pooled their intelligence keeping each other informed and both contributedairly eually to the process I think there are too Friendfluence few examples in literature of couples being real partners in life This is not a top tier Le Carre but the chances of him writing a masterpiece that would rival his early work is improbable Regardless he is still writing spy thrillers that are better than 90% of his supposed competition The negative reviews I ve seen of his later work arerankly doing him a disservice and not giving him enough credit One Part Woman for writing intelligent but maybe breezier books than what he did earlier in his career The 2016 Ewan McGregor movie has the same basic plot as the book There are some annoying changes They move the settingrom Antigua to Morocco which is okay They make Perry a lousy tennis player where in the book he is a really good tennis player I actually like that aspect of his character It makes the whole tennis match between him and Dima much intriguing in the book Most of the changes are irritating to this John Le Carre Stranger fan but do not hamper my overall enjoyment of the movie I would definitely recommend reading the book before watching the movie Le Carre still has a deft hand with prose and building intrigue that movies struggle to replicate If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at and an Instagram account If you re into stuff like this you can read theull reviewCalvinist at Prayer Our Kind of Traitor by John Le Carr original review 2010About a third of the way through Our Kind of Traitor I sat back and reflected on the elegance of the prose and the grace and ease with which the narrative moved back and Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis forth through time and two words came inescapably to mind Joseph Conrad I can t believe after all the le Carr novels I had already read at that point that this was theirst time the comparison ever occurred to me but there it is This novel marks a return of sorts or le Carr Firstly it s a return to the topic of Russia something that has been absent rom the last The English Spy (Gabriel Allon, few books he has written It s also a return to his highly stylized narrative his great dialog and decent characterization all of which were absentrom his previous novel A Most Wanted Man However what remains is still what I call an activist novel which is pretty much what le Carr s last To See Paris and Die five novels have all been about But this time it has been muted a bit and the plot takes a predominant role Le Carr gets a lot of things right in this novel and I think many long timeans will be pleased There were however two items that disappointed me One involved a subplot regarding the money launderer s daughter which could easily have been edited out The other is that le Carr has pretty much ended his last Out of China five novels the same way I think it s high timeor him to give us something a little different as it s getting a little predictable now I say give this one a try It s good and you won t be disappointed Really I can t say enough about the narrative and dialog It s worth the read Mary Tudor for that alone It s also interesting to read aew of the newspaper articles that are being mentioned with reference to this novel just to see how close to reality le Carr really is with this plot This was a As Aventuras de Hornblower (Saga Hornblower fast paced thrillerrom the Le Carre cannon I enjoyed the writing style but parts of it seemed convoluted and The Accidental Tourist forced It didn t seem to have the naturallow that Le Carre s stories usually haveBut reading this was also bittersweet As of this time this was the last Le Carre book I had to read Now that I have read all the iction it is time to wait to see if he surprises us with on. Aire called Dima who wants a game of tennis What else he wants propels the young lovers on a tortuous journ.
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