A Most Wanted Man
Publish date: October 7th 2008
Pages no: 323
Edition language: English
, Spy Thriller
, Mystery Thriller
I read this after seeing the really wonderful film adaptation. There are, of course, some differences.I have to say, that while I enjoyed the cynical outlook and the conflicts within all the characters, I found Issa's character to be really annoying, which I guess is the point
A very thoughtful story, combining a mannered description of an older and jaded expatriate British banker, a ferociously dedicated young woman lawyer, good hearted Turkish immigrants, an illegal refugee fleeing torture in Turkey and Russia. What could go wrong? The national security apparatus of ...
John le Carré at his best is an intricate plotter and storyteller who depicts the spy game as you never see it in Hollywood (well, except when Hollywood is making adaptations of John le Carré novels) — gritty and sleazy and all sharp but blurry edges, full of generally unpleasant people who are rare...
The constant slipping between first and third person limited in the narration is bringing the rating down. I don't think this was the sharpest le Carré I've read and I've only read three of his books so far. Also, to fully understand the ending, it helps if you're German. Or European. Or non America...
I hesitate about putting this on my better-written-than-Harry-Potter shelf. It is and it isn't.Poor le Carre. He needed a new day job after the Cold War made his old one irrelevant. The stuff he's churned out since is hopeless. He doesn't have a clue how to understand anybody except Cold War spies. ...