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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1963 original; edició 2005)

de John le Carre

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:rossgilfillan
Títol:The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Autors:John le Carre
Informació:Walker & Company (2005), Hardcover, 256 pages
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L'espia que va tornar del fred de John le Carré (1963)

Afegit fa poc perbiblioteca privada, jencharlap, AliceaP, jenniferw88, balajiv20398, Hillside_Library, egb22, gfx
Biblioteques llegadesAnthony Burgess
  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
    The Secret Pilgrim 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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So the book that really started it all for Le Carre. And having read it now, the take off of his career is as it should be.
I knew chunks of this story before coming to it. Decades ago I have some recollection of having watched the movie with Richard Burton (and Le Carre’s recollection of that in The Pigeon Tunnel). And I’d read A Legacy of Spies before reading this, though that book is based in large part on this book with action that chronologically takes place years after this.
On to read the rest of the Smiley books. ( )
  jimgosailing | Nov 18, 2021 |
Number 3 in the George Smiley series, probably the best known of the lot, just before listening to the audio of this we watched the Richard Burton / Claire Bloom movie version again after discovering it on one of the streaming service subscriptions in one of those late night, can't be bothered going to bed hunts for something to distract.

Here this series definitely heads into espionage thriller territory, away from the slightly more crime thriller stylings of the first two. Having said that, this is thoughtful, considered, introspective espionage thriller, not just because the character of Alec Leamas, the Spymaster with no spies left, is a man with little hope left, except the chance of revenge.

Recalled to London, Leamas is offered one final chance - to rid the world of his Eastern bloc opposite number, a ruthless killer, the man who found and murdered all of the spies that Leamas once controlled, the man who is dangerous even to those on his own side. Deep cover for Leamas, there's something so wonderfully cunning, so very British (I'm thinking 1956 and The Man Who Never Was type cunning) about a plot that sees a washed up spymaster descend into abject poverty and failure, alcoholism and homelessness all designed to lure communist agents into attempting to turn him - to give him access to the one man that he wants / needs to get close to.

The depiction of the descent of Leamas in this novel is pitch perfect - the whole idea is cleverly conceived, written and executed, and the dry, ruthless manner in which Leamas, and his controller George Smiley operate is really well done - mind you, in this outing Smiley is slightly off camera, the concentration is on Leamas, as well it should be.

Brilliantly paced, the prose is pointed, sparse and beautifully pitched and the audio version of the book worked in ways that the film, which I also really enjoy, won't. There's more detail, more subtle descriptive elements than were needed in the visual version, which was dark, broody and beautifully shot, with Burton playing such an understated increasingly seedy version of Leamas to perfection.

Having read this first as a teenager, mildly obsessed with the Cold War, spy thrillers and espionage in general, it's not surprising that the skill of Le Carre means all these years later it's still intriguing, cleverly done and the novel at which point the George Smiley series became such a favourite.

https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/spy-who-came-cold-john-le-carre ( )
  austcrimefiction | Nov 10, 2021 |
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold belongs to a genre that I usually wouldn’t read, but that is the beauty of book clubs. This seminal spy novel is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and I’m glad I plodded through it. Alec Leamas is a British spy at the end of his career who agrees to one last assignment. Through his exploits, the story focuses on Cold War attitudes and brings Leamas behind the Iron Curtain to dethrone a powerful GDR (German Democratic Republic) agent. When interacting with East Germans and discussing Communism, the reader returns to the philosophy of the day and the roots of many modern socio-political battles.

The well-rounded characters expose and emphasize the duplicity of spies and the heartlessness of officials involved in espionage. Some also reveal their humanity. Some memorable lines force one to wonder whether cultures and beliefs differ when crossing lines of demarcation. Indeed the story forces us to question which ideologies are worth defending.
"There’s only one law in this game,” Leamas retorted. “Mundt is their man; he gives them what they need. That’s easy enough to understand, isn’t it? Leninism—the expediency of temporary alliances. What do you think spies are: priests, saints, and martyrs? They’re a squalid procession of vain fools, traitors too, yes; pansies, sadists, and drunkards, people who play cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten lives."
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  LindaLoretz | Sep 21, 2021 |
Fiction
  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
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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
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Muller, FrankNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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