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Call for the Dead
Call for the Dead: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carre
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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Delicate Truth and Our Kind of Traitor which is soon to be a motion picture starring Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Damian Lewis The Pigeon Tunnel, John le Carré's first work of non-fiction, will be available from Viking in September 2016 "Go back to Whitehall and look for more spies on your drawing boards." George Smiley is no one's idea of a spy—which is perhaps why he's such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. Why, then, did the man from the Foreign Office shoot himself in the head only hours later? Or did he? The heart-stopping tale of intrigue that launched both novelist and spy, Call for the Dead is an essential introduction to le Carré's chillingly amoral universe. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Freespirit
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed listening to this book, so much so that I have borrowed the next in the Smiley series A Murder Of Quality. I love the writing, the character of George Smiley, the Cold War , definitely a 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟read #audiosewer

Crazeedi I love your quilt work! Looks amazingly beautiful! 3mo
Freespirit Thanks @Crazeedi I like to use lots of colour in my quilts. I love it, very relaxing...and productive😍 3mo
Crazeedi @Freespirit you are very talented! 3mo
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Freespirit
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The weather is kind enough now for #litsywalking and I have a wonderful voice narrating John Le Carre‘s tagged book. Some cloud about so hoping for more rain🙏🏼. Love Le Carre‘s British formality and vivid descriptions, and George Smiley is a favourite character😍 #audiowalk #englishliterature

Crazeedi Beautiful scenery! 3mo
Freespirit Thanks @Crazeedi it's the mouth of the Hastings river before it runs out to the ocean. Nice walk along its edge😊 3mo
BooknerdsLife That‘s some beautiful views you have there 😍😍💗 3mo
Freespirit @BooknerdsLife thank you. It's a pretty spot. 3mo
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zsuzsanna_reads
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As much a murder mystery as a spy novel. The plot is not as complex as in other le Carre novels, but it is an enjoyable read. I liked finding out more about Smiley's past.

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DGRachel
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Mom: Barnes and Noble is open until midnight. Do you want to go?

Me: Duh! But don‘t let me spend more than $X00

B&N Bookseller: Your total is $X30.

Me: 🤦🏻‍♀️
Also me: 🤣🤣
#bookhaul

dsfisher Oops 6mo
catiewithac That puzzle 🤩 6mo
DGRachel @catiewithac B&N has the best puzzles. We‘ve been collecting their book cover series. 😊 6mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 6mo
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actualdisneyprincess
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Once I get my library pile under control again, I‘ll definitely be reading more of Le Carré‘s work; this was quickly-paced and crisply-written, and even though it took me longer than I would have liked due to various reasons, I enjoyed it immensely. #callforthedead #johnlecarre

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actualdisneyprincess
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Lots to read, lots of coloring books, and lots of “NCIS” — I‘d say that‘s a recipe for a pretty good day off. #callforthedead #johnlecarre

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actualdisneyprincess
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I‘m hoping to finish this before I leave work tonight, because my pile is getting out of control again! 😂 Chances are good, it‘s only 151 pages. It‘s also eminently readable, so as long as no one bothers me, I should be golden! #callforthedead #johnlecarre

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actualdisneyprincess
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I fell pretty out of rhythm with reading these last few days; I actually ended up being admitted to the hospital Friday night and staying through Sunday. The good news: nothing horrifying is wrong with me. The bad news: the issues that remain are all likely linked to my anxiety, which is much more difficult to wrangle. But maybe getting back to reading and writing and singing will get me back into shape, so here we go. #callforthedead #johnlecarre

cobwebmoth I hope things improve for you soon! *hugs* 1y
Cinfhen Sending well wishes 💕 1y
actualdisneyprincess @cobwebmoth @Cinfhen you ladies, and this app, definitely help me feel better, because there‘s so much love!!! 😘💖 (I also bought a big stuffed owl at Target to snuggle with, and it seems to have helped, tbh!) 1y
Dulcinella Take care. I hope you find away to manage the remaining issues as well as possible. Sending healing energy your way 💐💐😘 1y
actualdisneyprincess @Dulcinella I‘m determined to!! Thank you!! 😘😍✨💖 1y
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LiteraryNephilim
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Finished Scythe by Neal Shusterman and still working on chunky The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. I hope I like this one. I loved the movie Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Tailor of Panama. #books #reading

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Rissa1
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Pickpick

I fully expected to not like this book. Espionage Thriller is not a genre I usually choose. I did not hate it, I ended up enjoying the fast pace of this book.

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Rissa1
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We homeschool, when my son reads, I try to read. Today he wants to talk a lot, and the cat wants in my lap.

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Rissa1
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Starting this today. I can then ✅ espionage thriller off my challenge list.

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Lindy
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Eleanor Wachtel (of CBC Writers & Co podcast) recently interviewed John le Carré about his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, and it piqued my interest. Never having read any of the George Smiley series, I decided to start with the very first one, originally published in 1961. It's excellent; a sort of murder mystery/spy combo. Twisty and clever. The #audiobook is performed by the late Ralph Cosham, who also did many of Louise Penny's books.

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Minervasbutler
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I enjoyed meeting Smiley for the first time, getting to know his backstory which is only really hinted at in the later, better-known novels. This is more of a crime story with spies than a spy novel proper, and it's a bit clunky and dated, truth be told. Yet even in this early effort Le Carré is capable of wonderful writing. Definitely worth reading if you're a fan.

DGRachel I love all things Smiley. ❤️ 2y
SharonSmith Only just finished reading it. Very atmospheric, and definitely prompted me to read the next one. 2y
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DGRachel
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I can't find anywhere that Le Carre gives a detailed description of George Smiley's faithless wife, beyond stating she was beautiful, but she always struck me as a #blondebombshell type. #character2017

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻🤓 2y
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EvieBee
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Let's give this a try! Heard Nancy Pearl discussing books she reads every year, and she mentioned the entire George Smiley series, which she revisits in its entirely. #currentlyreading #beachreads

DGRachel 😍😍 2y
Cinfhen Beautiful beach background 2y
minkyb Anything would be good in that setting! Enjoy. 2y
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EvieBee @DGRachel @Cinfhen @minkyb Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
tpixie Great vacation spot!! @DebinHawaii is there somewhere I believe! 2y
EvieBee @tpixie Thank you! In Oahu, I believe. 2y
tpixie Close, yet so far away!! 2y
DebinHawaii @tpixie @EvieBee84 Yes, sadly another island! But Maui is a great one to visit! 🌺👍 2y
DebinHawaii @EvieBee84 Where on Maui (area) are you staying? It doesn't look there there are many bookstores outside Barnes & Noble and some used Friends of the Library bookstores in various places. They would be used book there only but one thing about Hawaii is that people often leave or donate books if the stay somewhere for any length of time so you could possibly find some good things at them. I can let you know close ones to you. 2y
DebinHawaii @EvieBee84 B&N should have a decent selection of local books. They are in Lahaina. There's a FotL bookstore there too & I'd recommend a stop at Star Noodle for lunch.😋👍📚🍴 2y
tpixie @DebinHawaii 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
EvieBee @DebinHawaii Thank you, Deb!!! We are staying in Wailea but we're planning to drive to Lahaina tomorrow for the aquarium and possibly a ferry to Lanai. Can't wait to check out those places and lunch spot! Xx 2y
EvieBee @DebinHawaii Mahalo, Deb!! 2y
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andrew61
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My first review on litsy and the first smiley novel.
For those readers who have read the tinker tailor trilogy this short novel fills in much of the spymasters back story. A very well plotted and atmospheric domestic investigation, loved it.

Lindy It's a month late, but welcome to Litsy. It's a friendly place. 😊 2y
andrew61 Thanks lindy- i have to say i am really enjoying the interaction so far. 2y
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Moray_Reads
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This was a bit of a revelation to me. Pacy and intelligent and really quite finely written. There were moments when the recapping was slightly overdone but there was always just enough information to keep it from being unnecessary or tedious. I would never have tried it without Litsy but I'll definitely read more! (I know the photo is from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy but it's such a great image)

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Moray_Reads
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Last month's photo challenge revealed that I don't own a single spy novel and I don't think I've ever read one either, so I'm starting at the beginning with the first George Smiley. Here we go...

DeborahSmall Great starting place 💕 2y
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GuiltyFeat
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My first le Carré. I found this gorgeous Penguin from 1964 in my local used bookstore and bought it for 20 shekels. I can't imagine the journey it took here but it looked like it had never been read.

It has now. Under 160 pages with George Smiley right at its heart. Spies, agents, murder, Communists, Jews, tradecraft and a fight on a bridge. Absolutely marvelous.

charl08 I love these green penguins. 3y
Lindisfarne Loved this one. I feel like I read it a million years ago, yet can still recall that it was a very positive read and a good intro to Smiley before the heavier books that followed. 3y
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