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Rick

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    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    By chance and not by choice, Ted Mundy, eternal striver, failed writer, and expatriate son of a British Army officer, used to be a spy. But that was in the good old Cold War days when a cinder-block wall divided Berlin and the enemy was easy to recognize.

    Ann says: "Le Carre has a point of view"
    "Polemic masquerading as fiction"
    Overall

    This disappointing novel reads as though a promising beginning was grafted onto its very message-heavy ending. The author has made no secret of his disdain and distrust of the United States, so this paranoid concoction should come as no surprise. In the anti-American atmosphere that prevails in certain circles in Europe, the idea of the U.S. staging a phony terrorist operation to justify its policies and to coerce European countries probably sounds pretty plausible. That someone with Cornewell's (Le Carre) smarts could offer up a story like this indicates just how far relations between the U.S. and its erstwhile allies have deteriorated. Food for serious thought, but not necessarily for the reasons intended.

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