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The Mission Song - John le Carré
The Mission Song
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Abandoned by both his Irish father and Congolese mother, Bruno Salvador has long looked for someone to guide his life. He has found it in Mr. Anderson of British Intelligence.Bruno's African upbringing, and fluency in numerous African languages, has made him a top interpreter in London, useful to... show more
Abandoned by both his Irish father and Congolese mother, Bruno Salvador has long looked for someone to guide his life. He has found it in Mr. Anderson of British Intelligence.Bruno's African upbringing, and fluency in numerous African languages, has made him a top interpreter in London, useful to businesses, hospitals, diplomats-and spies. Working for Anderson in a clandestine facility known as the "Chat Room," Salvo (as he's known) translates intercepted phone calls, bugged recordings, snatched voice mail messages. When Anderson sends him to a mysterious island to interpret during a secret conference between Central African warlords, Bruno thinks he is helping Britain bring peace to a bloody corner of the world. But then he hears something he should not have....Building upon the box office success of le Carre's The Constant Gardener (like THE MISSION SONG, built around turmoil and conspiracy in Africa) and le Carre's laser eye for the complexity of the modern world (seen in Absolute Friends' prediction that the Iraq war would be based on phony and manipulated intelligence), this new novel is a crowning achievement, full of politics, heart, and the sort of suspense that nobody in the world does better.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780316016742 (0316016748)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 339
Edition language: English
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KCPolski
KCPolski rated it
3.0 The Mission Song: A Novel
This book took a very long time to develop, but that's typical of John le Carre, isn't it? When the psychological state of the protagonist is the most important driving factor, it takes time to build to that point of action. But even when you reach that point in The Mission Song, it isn't enough t...
Amadan na Briona
Amadan na Briona rated it
5.0 The Mission Song
This is one of le Carré's post-Cold War novels, and the subject is Africa. Like all of his spy thrillers, the tone is seedy, cynical, and heartbreaking, as a decent man has his idealism shattered and sees his best intentions trampled on and turned to shit."Salvo" is the son of a British missionary a...
Will's Reading List
Will's Reading List rated it
5.0 The Mission Song
A well plotted, engaging, and wonderfully populated thriller that explores the at times self-defeating goals and complexities of African democracies, while underscoring the backhanded practices of Western agencies to undermine individuals, and nations, who stand in their way.Le Carré's "The Mission ...
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