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The Spy who Came in from the Cold
The Spy who Came in from the Cold | John le Carre
On its publication in 1964, John le Carr's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold forever changed the landscape of spy fiction. Le Carr combined the inside knowledge of his years in British intelligence with the skills of the best novelists to produce a story as taut as it is twisting, unlike any previously experienced, which transports anyone who reads it back to the shadowy years in the early 1960s, when the Berlin Wall went up and the Cold War came to life. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold was hailed as a classic as soon as it was published, and it remains one today.
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jenniferw88
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ValPenny I really loved that book. John le Carré is a brilliant writer. 1mo
veritysalter I love John le Carré and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold in particular. The Movie is mine and Roo‘s Christmas Eve tradition. 1mo
adesr16 One of my faves! 1mo
StayCurious Excellent +2! 1mo
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Sweettartlaura
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Mehso-so

I keep trying... I even keep trying with novels by Le Carre ... but spy novels might not be for me. You‘d think they would be an easy transition from mystery & thriller. But they‘re just not. And I‘m always left thinking, “All that? For nothing?” pretty much after each one, no matter how well it was written 🤷🏻‍♀️

Caroline2 I know what you mean, I can‘t get into spy novels either! 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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veritysalter
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#NamasteNovember #WinterTheme For some reason ‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold‘ has become our Christmas Eve film (for at least the last five years): I first read the book when I was having a break in Berlin (I like to theme my holiday reading), it was snowy and freezing.

Eggs Great choice 3mo
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Petelord
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My all time favourite spy novel. Outstanding

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Petelord
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Best spy novel I‘ve read

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DylanT
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Great book! I need another like it! East Europe, an operative alone and unafraid, surrounded by adversaries. Suggestions?

booklahoma You might try the Night Soldiers series by Alan Furst. I prefer the classic Ambler, Le Carre, and Graham Greene espionage novels but most of them don't quite fit criteria you mentioned. Two excellent works about solo agents in Europe (but not Eastern Europe) are Eye Of The Needle (Follett) and Day Of The Jackal (Forsyth). And Demi Bom's new book (tagged) is set primarily in Bulgaria. (edited) 10mo
DylanT Thanks. I will check these out! I just bought King of Pawns and Night Soldiers. Will let you know how it goes. Great recommendations. 10mo
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Quippe
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The third in John Le Carré‘s GEORGE SMILEY SERIES (a follow-up to CALL FOR THE DEAD) has Smiley very must in a minor (albeit critical) supporting role but that doesn‘t matter as this ice-cold, ruthless, brutal spy thriller novel is an exquisitely plotted affair about treachery and counter-espionage and how lives become disposable to those in power when it suits their interests in what is commonly viewed as a classic spy novel.

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Pedrocamacho
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Pickpick

This is a fun little read with twist. It is a classic Cold War spy thriller.

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andrew61
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#winterwonderland #December1963
According to my search the berlin wall opened briefly in December 63 for visits between relatives.
This is one of my favourite books written in 1963 and also one of my favourite films which has richard burton in his best form and an ending centred on the wall.

Cathythoughts I must have seen this over the years ... would love to see this film now ♥️👍🏻 13mo
batsy Nice one... I need to read this! (Le Carre in general!) 13mo
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Billypar
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#babyitscoldoutside #winterwonderland
" 'It's bad out there', my contact assured me as the fireplace roared. 'You're much safer here with us.' I wanted to agree, hoping the dizzy spell would pass. Instead, it intensified, as the holiday scene around me blurred and shifted. 'Say, whatsssin this drnkk?' I slurred, at the same time the answer came to me, as clear as silver bells. Poison.
@TrishB @Cinfhen

TrishB Clever one 👍🏻 13mo
jmofo 🖤 Smiley et al 13mo
Cathythoughts Very good 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
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rabbitprincess
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A pick for the tight plotting and elegant writing. Still not crazy about Liz's role though.

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LauraBeth
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This is a normal for a dining room, right?

TrishB 😂😂👍🏻 1y
squirrelbrain Yes, it‘s perfectly fine! 1y
Lindy I like it. 1y
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bookandcat Oooh I spy some good books! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Oops! 😄👍 1y
Cathythoughts Ofcorse !! 👍🏻 1y
MicheleinPhilly J would KILL me. “You have a room for those, you know.” 1y
Schlinkles For my dining room for sure! 1y
Shvonne Perfectly normal 1y
Tamra Yep, any surface will do. 1y
emilyhaldi LOL 1y
kyraleseberg Looks cozy & inviting to me ☺️ 1y
SilversReviews YES...LOVE IT!! 😊 1y
BarbaraBB Looks perfect to me 😍😘 1y
aeeklund Most definitely! 1y
saresmoore Absolutely. I think it‘s especially inviting for guests—reading at the dinner table is encouraged! 1y
Mimi28 Do the cats ever jump up there and mess up everything? Mine would, lol 1y
Redwritinghood Why would you even ask that question?🤣🤣 (edited) 1y
LauraBeth Tell me I‘m not the only one who lives like this! @TrishB 😂 1y
LauraBeth I thought so! 😀 @squirrelbrain 1y
LauraBeth @bookandcat I need to sort through it - I have no idea what all is in there! 1y
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly oh my J wants to kill me for this! 😂 1y
LauraBeth @Schlinkles y‘all are clearly my people 😀 1y
LauraBeth @Shvonne I was hoping so 😂 1y
LauraBeth @Tamra that‘s a great motto 😂 1y
LauraBeth @emilyhaldi it‘s getting a little bit out of hand...😀 1y
LauraBeth @SilversReviews Littens get it 😊 1y
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB 😊😘 1y
LauraBeth @aeeklund I was hoping Litsy would understand 😂 1y
LauraBeth @saresmoore 😊 I just need some good shelves in there! 1y
LauraBeth @Mimi28 surprisingly, they don‘t! That‘s because they‘re too busy lounging on their bed right next to this pile of books - aka - the dining room table 😝 (edited) 1y
LauraBeth @Redwritinghood sometimes I need an “Am I normal here...” check 😂 1y
LeahBergen What? The artwork? 😉 1y
Mimi28 Lol, not even the kitten? That‘s awesome!! Lol My Mogwai is 11 and she still gets into everything 1y
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REPollock
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The first of my “riding out the hurricane” books. I‘m on such an espionage kick!

Louise Oh, that‘s a good one for a stormy night! 1y
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BillBlume
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Finished this novel early this morning/late last night. The book was recommended by Tom Colgan, an editor with Penguin, on the spy genre podcast Spybrary (a pod worth a listen if you love the spy genre). It‘s a VERY SLOW BURN, but it pays off at the end. My only gripe is that I never bought into the relationship between Leamas and Liz. The ending punches you in the gut. #spynovel

My GR review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2444072568?

DGRachel I love LeCarre‘s early work. Very slow burn, but always worth sticking it out to the end. 😊 1y
BillBlume @DGRachel this is my first time reading one of his books. I‘ll be checking out more of them. 1y
DGRachel My favorites are the George Smiley novels, of which this one is the third, but especially the Karla trilogy, which begins with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. 1y
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Julsmarshall
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Got up early with the pup, book 2 finished! Started slow for me but but 1/3 in, hard to put down. Fantastic, can see why it is a classic 😄 #24in48 #readathon nearly 6 hours read!

DGRachel I love le Carre! I think most of his stuff is slow burn, but sooooo good! 2y
quirkyreader I second what what @DGRachel says. 2y
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Julsmarshall
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Back from errands, #24in48 #readathon restarted with my reading buddy.

Sace What a sweet face! 2y
Itchyfeetreader 😍😍😍 2y
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RachelO
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I've so loved getting birthday #litsymail this year. Thank you for your cards @River_Voice and @jhod ❤️ They're all living on my windowsill, but I couldn't get a decent photo there...

Jess - do you have friends in high places at the post office? It even had a literary postmark!

kathedron Fabulous cactus you've got there! 2y
julesG Happy Birthday! 2y
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎈🎁🎂🎉🎊 2y
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Leniverse Happy birthday! 💐🥂 2y
BookishMe Ohhh... June 19th too? ;D 2y
RachelO @River_Voice It was an extremely cactus-filled birthday 🤷🏻‍♀️🌵 2y
RachelO @julesG @Ddzmini @leniverse 🌷Thank you! ✨*passes chocolates round* 2y
RachelO @BookishMe 🎉🍫🎉HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY 🎉 🎂🎉Mine was actually 15th, but I've never been the most punctual 😜 2y
jhod Haha that's great! Can't say I do, well noticed - I must pay more attention to postmarks! 2y
BookishMe @RachelO thank you, smart cookie ❣️❣️ belated wishes birthday to you 💖💟💗 2y
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jsburbidge
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A beautifully structured book, with its Ouroboros shape, good prose and characterisation, and its very finely balanced plot (complete with a pivot at the end). Not only good in itself, but also influential as a counter to Bondian glamour in espionage fiction.

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Julsmarshall
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Recommended by my son, diving in tonight! #spybooks #litsyclassics

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Ruthiella
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When I got to the end of this book I thought pages were missing...it couldn‘t end like that! Noooooooo! #ReadingResolutions by @Jess7 #photochallenge

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kaitieclark
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Mehso-so

In an attempt to find an audiobook both my husband and I would like on a 6 hour drive, we came across this one. I thought it was interesting but I think I would‘ve enjoyed it better in text form because I felt like I needed to look back at certain details.

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Peaslady
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Another John le Carre classic. I understand why this one was the one that made his career. Alec Leamas is a wonderfully tragic hero. It‘s a gloriously unglamorous portrayal of Cold War ‘tradecraft‘ that feels refreshing amongst modern action-laden blockbusters.

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Minervasbutler
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A re-read, though so long ago I could remember virtually nothing except that I thought it was great then and I thought it was even better this time around. The "antidote to Bond" in Le Carré's own words, this exploration into the seedy shady shifty world of espionage and power politics, where the little men (and women) are totally disposable, resonates more than ever.

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Minervasbutler

And finally they would know it was a gamble. They would know that inconsistency in human decision can make nonsense of the best- planned espionage approach; that cheats, liars and criminals may resist every blandishment while respectable gentlemen have been moved to appalling treasons by watery cabbage in a Departmental canteen.

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tricours
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I was committed to not buying any more books this week, then a flea market happened ?‍♀️ $12,5 for these five. Two are little known Norwegian travelogues that aren't even on Goodreads. Both are called "Around the world..."

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Oryx
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Thanks @andrew61 , @diovival , @louise for the recommendation. Really engrossing. So many layers. Loved it. Made a 7-hour flight go by quickly. I'll definitely read more of his now.

diovival Did your jaw drop at the end? 2y
Oryx @diovival Completely. 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Picked this up after hearing an interview with Le Carre. Originally published in 1963, this one holds up remarkably well. 👍🏼👍🏼

Andrew65 A true classic! 2y
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DGRachel
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To (re)read or (re)watch this #thrillerThursday? That is the question. 😉

#awesomeautumnbooks

LauraBeth BOTH! 2y
DGRachel @LauraBeth Absolutely, but I think I'm going to wait for @dsfisher to come back from Arizona to watch it. I think she and I are going to do a Smiley marathon of this movie, both versions of Tinker, Tailor, and Smiley's People. 😍 2y
LauraBeth 😍😍sounds like a good plan! 2y
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dsfisher Should be fun, have to make sure we have plenty of movie snacks! Can't wait 2y
DGRachel @kspenmoll I read the book when it came out, but I had not seen this review of it. Thanks! 2y
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Pam.Kokomo
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Indiana Dunes + a bag full of books = day made

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Nancethepants
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Spare and brutal, I can understand why so many believed Leamus' tale was a Cold War reality. Le Carre's characters are entirely unromantic simply because they can't afford to be so and live, but not even cynicism can save everyone. It's a classic spy novel, I just don't think I'm a spy novel kinda girl.

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Peter: "I'm actually from New York and am visiting Portland. I'm driving cross-country and have been on the road for 7,000 miles. I've been looking for this book in a couple of book stores and finally found it at Powell's. I saw Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy which is also by John le Carré and I liked a lot. I figured it would be an easy and fun read. Part of traveling is fully disconnecting from the stress of everyday life."

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BarbaraBB
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This one is really an 'unputdownable' read. I hadn't read Le Carré before but I was pulled in by his characters, the staging (spies in the Cold War), the dialogues and of course all the twists and turns. Great plot!

#1001books

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EricQiao
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I read a lot of crime fictions and the most compelling #internationalcrime (s) were done during the Cold War, where the boundary between war and crime was unofficially removed. Arguably the most politically charged era for the genre (that might change in the next four years😂) and they're timelessly entertaining. 👍#feistyfeb @RealLifeReading

DGRachel You've got some great classics here! 3y
EricQiao @DGRachel I'm all about the classics. 😎 3y
RealLifeReading Haha the next four years...indeed! 3y
dsfisher Oh yeah, great choices. Loved Holcraft Covenant. 2y
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BookishClaire
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Yesterday in Brit Lit news (sorry, been travelling): a bumper crop of new podcast episodes plus screen adaptation news and 8 novels crossing the pond in 2017. https://britlitblog.com/2017/01/16/today-in-brit-lit-news-16th-jan-2017/

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Anton
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This was my first le Carré book and it was really good. It shows Cold War era espionage as a dirty business for both sides, as opposed to the James Bond take where there are clear heroes and villains, and its agents as expendable pawns in a bigger game. Having finished it, I really want to go watch Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy again... ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Anton
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Started reading my first John le Carré novel!

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Kittkatt

Sometimes when I'm reading it becomes glaringly obvious that the author is much smarter than I am. Which leads me to feel simultaneously sad that I will never be as smart and hopeful that something will rub off from reading their work.

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Twocougs
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A novel from the master, John Le Carre. Exactly what you'd expect. After reading his memoir I had to read one of his stories that I haven't read. Twists and turns and surprises around every chapter.

DGRachel I ❤️the Smileys. 3y
Gissy I will try it! 3y
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kspenmoll
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Grew up with my dad & various family members including myself, devouring Le Carre's spy novels. My dad's bookshelf resembled this photo. #photoadaynov16 #spynovels @RealLifeReading

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wintercherry
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My morning walk took me past the local church Spring Fair.
3 books for 20 cents each? Yes please!

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DGRachel
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Richard Burton and John le Carre? Yes, please! #madeintoamovie #somethingforsept #septphotochallenge

TamaraH71 My fall reading project is the George Smiley series. 🤓 3y
DGRachel @TamaraH71 I ❤️ the George Smiley ones! 3y
Mamashep Just watched this the other day! 3y
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Oblomov26
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The best spy story I have ever read. Leamas is a British agent in the Cold War, a burnt out man who just wants to come home. But it is not as easy as it sounds and he is convinced to take one last mission, a long con, to take down an old enemy. The end of this novel is a gut punch.

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KatieMM
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I listened to the BBC dramatization of this book so it wasn't a full on audio reading. It was fantastic! This is the second BBC production I have listened to (Neverwhere being the other) and I have loved both. My library has a lot so I am going to look for more. A great way to experience this book

MeganMarieWrites I love Le Carre's work!! 4y
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Bailedbailed

I just couldn't get into this one... It came really highly recommended but, meh.

jpmcwisemorgan Why was it meh? I've looked at it before but have not read it. 4y
AEBowenPhD It was just so stilted! Lots of very British men not emoting and not doing... 4y
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LonePrairie
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Just started but can see why the book had such a profound effect on the author's career - a tasty escape to the intrigue I remember.

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Agent.86
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My best friend and dog, Walter White, ate my book which now is held together with duct tape. Still a great read and the fact that the author working as a spy in the real world makes it that much more engaging and believable.

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ConstantReader
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