The Little Drummer Girl
Publish date: April 1st 2000
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages no: 672
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Spy Thriller
, Mystery Thriller
"The Little Drummer Girl" is the third book that I've abandoned in my "20 for 20 Reading Challenge" to read twenty books that are more than twenty hours long. I've really enjoyed the Le Carré books that I've read so far, all of which post-date "The Little Drummer Girl". This book didn't work for me....
A strong book by John Le Carre -- I love his exact observations and his careful illumination of his central characters. It is a difficult situation -- the Palestinian / Israeli conflict, but Le Carre manages to outline the events in a way that is properly morally ambiguous. His descriptions are so...
Classic spy novel by Le Carré, with a blackmail and sting operation
Upgraded today from one star solely on the basis that he had the good judgement to decline to be part of the Booker Prize announced today.
I found this novel extremely disturbing, and the movie version starring Diane Keaton even more so. Perhaps it's because I'm half-Jewish, and family discussions regularly circle back to Israeli/Palestinian politics. The basic scenario in the book is that Mossad are concerned about a successful series...