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Review: Our Kind of Traitor, by John le Carré [Mar. 23rd, 2011|08:32 pm]
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John le Carré, image courtesy of Wikipedia.
John le Carré in 2008
Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Some writers have but a few stories to tell — think of Joseph Heller or John Irving, whose reputations would have been far better served by a Salingeresque retreat into silence than by their painfully pointless later works.

Other manage to keep working at or near the levels at which they made their reputations. Think of Mordechai Richler, whose final novel, Barney's Version was his masterpiece. Or consider John le Carré, now in his 80th year and still producing work of a very high level indeed.

If not quite as savagely powerful as 2003's Absolute Friends, his newest novel is significantly more controlled — and so more powerful — than his previous offering, A Most Wanted Man, which suggested a writer whose moral outrage had got the better of his novelist's instincts.

If Our Kind of Traitor isn't, quite, a masterpiece, it is a solid, subtle and (yes) thrilling novel that is vintage le Carré, almost without violence or action, but still a story that finds the reader anxiously awaiting its resolution right up to its final three paragraphs.

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From: elysium_mine
2011-03-24 11:40 am (UTC)
Ive never read any of his novels.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-03-24 01:11 pm (UTC)

You should

As per the subject-line, I guess it's pretty clear that I think you owe it to yourself to do so.
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From: elysium_mine
2011-03-24 01:18 pm (UTC)

Re: You should

lol, I will find one or two to read.
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