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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963 original; edició 1980)

de John le CarrÚ

Sèrie: George Smiley (3)

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A veteran spy wants to "come in from the cold" to retirement. He undertakes one last assignment in which he pretends defection and provides the enemy with sufficient evidence to label their leader a double agent.
Membre:bigdaddymerk
Títol:The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Autors:John le CarrÚ
Informació:PAN (1980), Paperback
Col·leccions:Library Borrows
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L'espia que va tornar del fred de John le Carré (1963)

  1. 30
    Trucada per al mort de John le Carré (otori)
    otori: Key character Hans-Dieter Mundt first appearance.
  2. 30
    El Talp de John le Carré (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: Setting the oeuvre.
  3. 10
    El pelegrí secret de John le Carré (Oleg.Gerassimenko)
  4. 10
    Uncommon Danger de Eric Ambler (yokai)
  5. 00
    The Deceiver de Frederick Forsyth (Artymedon)
    Artymedon: Both novels have a central participant: the Berlin Wall.
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What I like about it:

Character descriptions: I remember his description of Liz the librarian particularly, but each character in the story has just enought details to describe a real person you might know or have scene without the ridicolous embellishments I've seen in other books.

Plot: Quite tight and tense around page 90 I'm starting to guess at what one of the 'twists' might be but I'm still not sure. Better than that I want to find out. OK I finished it up, I certainly didn't see what came, although I bet some of you smart spy fiction reading cookies' may have guessed. . Having finished it I found the end very satisfying.


What could be improved:

POV: Seems to switch around a bit, which has the effect of jolting me out of the story while I work out what's going on. I think its' meant to work a bit like a movie but I found it a bit confusing. ( )
  benkaboo | Aug 18, 2022 |
10 November 2017
This is the first spy novel I've ever read, and I see now that it's widely understood to be the best spy novel ever written. I've spoiled myself.
‘I mean, in our world we pass so quickly out of the register of hate or love -- like certain sounds a dog can’t hear. All that’s left is a kind of nausea; you never want to cause suffering again.’ [pp.20]
  best_bunyip | Aug 18, 2022 |
The third of the Smiley books, which I'm reading in order this year.

What a giant step forward from the first two books! It's easy to see why it was a best seller. Here we first see the full blossoming of disillusionment with the Cold War that permeates so much of le Carré's writing from this point on. The layers of duplicity, the use of individuals as pawns in international politics, the exploration of whether it's possible for either side to be truly honorable - they are all here.

[b:The Spy Who Came In from the Cold|19494|The Spy Who Came In from the Cold|John le Carré|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1327719782l/19494._SY75_.jpg|1177001] is also so much more fully and capably written than the first two books. It's a mature handling of the tone le Carré was working toward previously. No false notes here. Although I was already familiar with the book and knew the conclusion, I still found myself tensely gripping the wheel of my own car as I drove down the road during the final pages. A first rate job of creating and releasing tension throughout the entire book.

Smiley is much more in the background here than in the previous books, although his presence can always be felt through the events he sets in motion.

I'm truly enjoying this sequential re-read project. Can't wait for the next volume, though I plan to hold off a while, savoring this one just a bit longer. ( )
  BarbKBooks | Aug 15, 2022 |
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold has the distinction of being the first universally lauded novel by John le Carre and the one that cemented his reputation as a serious writer of Cold War fiction. As the story opens, Alec Leamas, a British operative who has been running the Berlin office of the British Intelligence Service, watches as his informant attempts an escape from East Berlin and is killed. With his network blown and his main informant dead, Leamas is asked to undertake a mission of his own, going into deep cover and putting his own life on the line.

If you are old enough to remember a divided Berlin and the tensions that swirled around the Berlin Wall, this book will feel almost nostalgic. In some ways, the times were simpler; we supposed we knew who the enemy was, and it seemed clear to us what was right and what was wrong. Of course, it wasn’t that simple at all, and John le Carre, a man who served in the intelligence services himself, is in a position to remind us of that.

At one point in the book, a spy from the other side say, “We’re all the same, you know, that’s the joke.” And, perhaps, there is more that is the same about us, regardless of our political or social views, than there is that is different.

And, there is a cynicism that runs through the novel that questions the very premises upon which the system is built. There is no absolute truth and no absolute solution, and many of the players are not even sure of the roles they are playing.

Sometimes she thought Alec was right--you believed in things because you needed to; what you believed in had no value of its own, no function. What did he say? “A dog scratches where it itches. Different dogs itch in different places.”

The major questions I was left pondering after finishing were “When do the ends justify the means, or do they ever?” and “Should the individual matter as much as the collective and who decides when the individual should be sacrificed for the good of the society?”

Didn’t see much of Smiley in this novel, but it certainly sets the mood and the understanding him in those left to come.
( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
Honestly I was expecting more...
I get the feeling to be always behind the history, things are happening and is complicated to follow up ( )
  jordisolisc | Aug 7, 2022 |
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En este clásico, el autor recrea un mundo jamás conocido antes en la novela de suspense. Con los conocimientos acumulados durante sus años en el servicio de inteligencia británica, le Carré saca a la luz los interiores un tanto turbios del espionaje internacional de la mano de Alec Leamas, un agente británico durante los primeros años de la guerra fría en Berlín. Leamas es responsable de mantener a sus agentes dobles protegidos y con vida, pero los alemanes del Este empiezan a matarlos, por lo que su superior, Control, le pide que vuelva a Londres no para echarle del cuerpo sino para encargarle una misión un tanto complicada. Con esta novela clásica de suspense, le Carré cambió las reglas del juego. Esta es la historia de un último encargo que recae sobre un agente que desea desesperadamente retirarse de su carrera de espionaje.
afegit per Pakoniet | editaLecturalia
 
The best spy story I have ever read," says Graham Greene, and I am not too far from agreeing with him. Whether "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" is better than Eric Ambler's "Epitaph for a Spy" or Somerset Maugham's "Ashenden" or Mr. Greene's own "The Confidential Agent" is inconsequential. What matters is that it belongs on the same shelf. Here is a book a light year removed from the sometimes entertaining trivia which have (in the guise of spy novels) cluttered the publishers' lists for the past year.
afegit per John_Vaughan | editaNY Times, Anthony Boucher (Jul 20, 1964)
 

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le Carré, Johnautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Boyd, WilliamIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Jayston, MichaelNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Muller, FrankNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Salomaa, AnttiTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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