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The Looking Glass War
The Looking Glass War: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carre
11 posts | 14 read | 2 reading | 8 to read
From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy;Our Kind of Traitor; and The Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom Hiddleston. John le Carrs memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life, is now available from Viking. "You are either good or bad, and both are dangerous." It would have been an easy job for the Circus: a can of film couriered from Helsinki to London. In the past the Circus handled all things political, while the Department dealt with matters military. But the Department has been moribund since the War, its resources siphoned away. Now, one of their agents is dead, and vital evidence verifying the presence of Soviet missiles near the West German border is gone. John Avery is the Department's younger member and its last hope. Charged with handling Fred Leiser, a German-speaking Pole left over from the War, Avery must infiltrate the East and restore his masters' former glory. John le Carre's The Looking Glass War is a scorching portrayal of misplaced loyalties and innocence lost. With an introduction by the author.
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Awk_Word_Smith
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John le Carré never fails to deliver a clear-eyed view of Cold War espionage. As a Yank, it‘s interesting to see how Britain focused on Germany, which makes sense after enduring the Blitz throughout WWII. But it is also interesting to see the bureaucracy behind Britain‘s Cold War efforts. Bureaucracy that seemingly pitted agencies within the British Intelligence community against one another and led to lost agents for diplomatic purposes.

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GatheringBooks
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#WeRemember Day 10: I got this #JohnLeCarre novel during the Sharjah used book festival around two years ago. Here‘s more of my book haul: https://wp.me/pDlzr-lH7

Eggs Well done❤️🖤❤️ 8mo
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Awk_Word_Smith
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Awk_Word_Smith
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Fine, crappy iPhone with limited storage, I‘ll listen to a shorter audiobook with a smaller data file than the George RR Martin tomb.

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DGRachel
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Le Carré notes in the intro that Looking Glass War is far closer to the reality of the Secret Service than Spy Who Came in from the Cold. It‘s definitely a more pathetic Department, inhabited by petty men, worried about all the wrong things, and sadly dismissive of agents. Wonderfully written, as all of his books, but it definitely leaves me feeling sad and a little dirty.

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DGRachel
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Bailey has ANOTHER UTI and an ear infection, so we‘re snuggling on the couch while I try to finish this book and grumble about the fact mentioning George Smiley in six out of 268 pages does not make this “A George Smiley Novel”. I can‘t wait to reread Tinker Tailor.

Mitch Oh - poor Bailey. Sending lots of love 💕 2y
MicheleinPhilly Poor Bailey. Feel better pup. 😘 2y
MsMelissa Poor sweet Bailey. I hope she feels better soon. 2y
Librarybelle I hope Bailey feels better soon! 2y
LeahBergen Aww, poor pup! 💗💗 2y
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rabbitprincess
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More of a so-so for me. Bleak and felt kind of pointless, but maybe that in itself was the point: that these characters were going nowhere. Written well, as always with John le Carré.

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rabbitprincess
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Last night I dreamt that John le Carré was visiting my parents -- in the dream he'd always been good friends with my dad but he hadn't been able to visit us since I was a kid, so it was weird to see him when we were both adults ??? But we chatted about books, namely The Looking-Glass War, which I now have to borrow because my subconscious likes to recommend me books ?

BookishTrish 😂 4y
RealLifeReading Awesome dream! 4y
Anton His son writes under the name Nick Harkaway and has a fantastic book called Tigerman I highly recommend. (edited) 4y
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rabbitprincess @Anton Oh yes Tigerman is on my list! I liked Angelmaker and The Gone-Away World as well 😊 @BookishTrish @RealLifeReading It was pretty great! 4y
DivineDiana A literary dream! Wonderful! ❤️ 4y
rabbitprincess @DivineDiana I told my dad and he was impressed to have such famous friends 😄 4y
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Minervasbutler
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Bleak, even by Le Carré's standards, this is a superbly written dissection of the follies and illusions at the heart of British espionage in the mid-sixties. The Department is staffed by a hopeless collection of has-beens, never-weres, stuffed shirts and timeservers, glancing enviously at their rivals in the comparatively well-equipped and glamorous Circus. Wonderful stuff.

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GoneFishing

Do you know what love is? I'll tell you: it is whatever you can still betray.

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LonePrairie
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A different sort of excitement than The Spy Who Came In From The Cold but I find this one a more interesting and engaging story.