A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man John le Carré
  • Title: A Most Wanted Man
  • Author: John le Carré
  • ISBN: 9781416594888
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Most Wanted Man John le Carré A Most Wanted Man A half starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck He is a devout Muslim Or is
    A half starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck He is a devout Muslim Or is he He says his name is Issa Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation, Soon her client s survival becomes A half starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck He is a devout Muslim Or is he He says his name is Issa Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation, Soon her client s survival becomes important to her than her own career or safety In pursuit of Issa s mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty year old scion of Brue Freres, a failing British bank based in Hamburg Annabel, Issa and Brue form an unlikely alliance and a triangle of impossible loves is born Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the War on Terror, the rival spies of Germany England and America converge upon the innocents.
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    About John le Carré


    1. John le Carr , the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell born 19 October 1931 in Poole, Dorset, England , is an English author of espionage novels Le Carr has resided in St Buryan, Cornwall, Great Britain, for than 40 years, where he owns a mile of cliff close to Land s End.See also John le Carr


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    1. A young Muslim man or uncertain origin, scarred from extensive torture, finds his way into Hamburg and inquires into a large account, set up by his father, held in a private bank A middle aged banker reawakens to the existence of certain special accounts set up during the cold war by people of questionable repute stowing ill gotten money An idealistic young lawyer tries to see that her client, the Muslim, is able to fulfill his financial desires Le Carre walks us through the details of how sundr [...]

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    2. I still haven t figured out what it is that makes me like John le Carre s works I mean, he s the only one among my favourite authors whose books are than often overflowing with excruciating tireless amount of detail the writing verging on being boring tedious at times And yet, when I get to the end of it, it all seems worth the effort Okay, maybe not The Russia House I didn t like that one very much And then Le Carre surprises me by something like A Most Wanted Man , that seems to carry none of [...]

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    3. The fact that you can only do a little is no excuse for doing nothing John le Carr , A Most Wanted ManA post 9 11 Hamburg spy novel filled with all the key post 9 11 le Carr signposts bureaucratic turf wars, moral ambiguities, innocents caught in the web of a war on terror , reckless acts, money, and a general loss of innocence le Carr , with this novel, is really starting to not pull his punches with the West There are two broad phases of le Carr s spy novels There are his early, cold war spy n [...]

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    4. I feel like John le Carre is thought of as the grand old man of spy fiction But his books really aren t what I tend to think of when I think of spy novels they re always about world weary bureaucrats doing grubby things that they know better than to be doing, about sad beat up men whose best efforts generally just bring them, and everyone around them, sadness No high tech gadgets or thrilling derring do here just an unhappy story with an unhappy ending But gorgeously written.

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    5. This isn t the Le Carre of the Smiley novels Here he deals with the war on terror and I think he is missing the cold war because it doesn t really work The main character Issa, is a Chechen Muslim supposedly smuggled into Germany He is in contact with a lawyer Annabel young, attractive and left leaning, of course Issa has business with Tommy Brue, a British, 60 year old banker whose has money put aside for Issa long story Floating around theses three are a couple of Turkish muslims, who are clow [...]

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    6. Well,A Most Wanted Manis not the best of Le Carre s book Agreed Bachman is not Smiley Agreed The world behind Iron Curtain and Cold War politics is quite a different situation than the danger in which the world landed after September 11 Agreed again But picture created by the old master of an espionage genre is still convincing, reality bleak enough and both idealists and disillusioned betrayed once again.

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    7. John le Carr at his best is an intricate plotter and storyteller who depicts the spy game as you never see it in Hollywood well, except when Hollywood is making adaptations of John le Carr novels gritty and sleazy and all sharp but blurry edges, full of generally unpleasant people who are rarely acting out of high falutin morality At his worst, he s a cranky old man who s angry at the world, which is what you seem to get in his later novels Which is not to say he s any less of a writer, but kind [...]

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    8. Updated, having seen the movie alittleteaalittlechat.wordpreI hesitate about putting this on my better written than Harry Potter shelf It is and it isn t.Poor le Carr He needed a new day job after the Cold War made his old one irrelevant The stuff he s churned out since is hopeless He doesn t have a clue how to understand anybody except Cold War spies I bought this for 3 francs and I read about that much worth of it Moving on now.

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    9. A quandry here the first two thirds of this is dull set up and exposition stuff that doesn t manage to get the narrative flowing A vaguely interesting counter terrorism network is documented and arrayed against a not very interesting suspect and his associates.What keeps you in the book is that this isn t someone s early, earnest attempt at a suspense novel this is a late work, from master John le Carr , who certainly knows his way around the chessboard So there must be something to it all, righ [...]

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    10. Never having read anything by le Carr before, I wasn t sure what to expect I knew of his legacy, and I had seen The Constant Gardener a film I quite enjoyed, though that was partly because of the gorgeous cinematography , but that was about it So it was on the recommendation of an interesting review in the NY Times a month or so ago that I picked this book up.I m glad I did A Most Wanted Man is a very striking novel about people trying to live their lives in a world that was changed after the ev [...]

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    11. John Le Carre defined the Cold War thriller but he has since become a writer of liberal minded fictional critiques of the cynical and confused world of post Soviet security They are worthy but not classics the heart is on the sleeve, we are supposed to be outraged and that is about that.This story is no exception but its precise subject matter would give the game away and that is not something that you do with thrillers Suffice it to say that we are talking about the war on terror There has alwa [...]

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    12. I like LeCarre Spy Who Came in from the Cold is great , and this one is centered in one of my hometowns, Hamburg What s great about this book is LeCarre s unique analysis of post 9 11 spying, and all the red tape and International finagling that is going on What s also good about this book, though, is that the characters are interesting and believable, and not just there to advance the plot.

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    13. I read this after seeing the really wonderful film adaptation There are, of course, some differences.I have to say, that while I enjoyed the cynical outlook and the conflicts within all the characters, I found Issa s character to be really annoying, which I guess is the point.

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    14. This novel has 416 pages and was written in 2008 and published in paperback in 2009 It is a realistic tale about the international war on terror John le Carre s writing style is very polished and uses a very large vocabulary This story develops at a good pace with a well developed plot You may think that Islam and the war on terror are difficult subjects to write a novel about but John le Carre has done such good research that the realities of this story read like a dream John writes with such a [...]

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    15. A Most Wanted Man continues Le Carres exploration of the complex, often painful world of the post soviet intelligence community Following the journey of a young man named Issa as he pursues his patrimony in Germany and unravels the lives of everyone involved in the process, A Most Wanted Man is as much a story of delayed judgment and unreserved conclusions as it is a spy novel For those who have sinned there is no escape, not even in death Secrets will be revealed, stories told, and the full wei [...]

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    16. This is one of those books you know right from the first page is not going to end well, nor will it be an enjoyable and satisfying read Sorry, but I just don t care for John le Carre s books It s been awhile since I read one, and my husband thought I d like this doesn t happen very often, but he was wrong, wrong, WRONG I admit there were one or two places I thought I was getting to like it, but without fail, with the turn of a page I would once again want to throw it in the trash Okay.his writin [...]

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    17. V i ph n m u kh b n t o c m gi c y hy v ng v o m t cu n s ch s v c ng h p d n v gay c n, m nh ho n to n b bu n ng khi m c ng i s u v o chi ti t th n l i c ng khi n m nh t ph n kh ch i r i c c k n t ng v i c i k t t ra c ng khi n m nh kinh ng c v b t cu ng l n v s ch n y h t Nh m t c ng xe v r i b m, kh ng c n g hy v ng.L th th d i c n twist th qu ng n M t cu n s ch i n h nh ch ng minh cho s sai tr i trong nh ng c u h i ki u kh c u sao kh c cu i sao k kh c gi a nghe ch i Ch c h m n o c l i nh m n [...]

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    18. A Most Wanted Man is one of the newest Le Carr s, portraying the new post cold war spy novels it is by far better than its consequent Our Kind of Traitor which is another fling the author had with a completely communist free spy novel.The Novel is well written as always, fluent and gripping Takes place in Hamburg, symbolically and later proven crucial to the turn of events the city where the 9 11 perpetrators have found refuge right under the nose of the German intelligence services It is in thi [...]

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    19. John Le Carre s Smiley novels are unquestionably masterpieces However, with the collapse of the Soviet Union history pulled the carpet away from beneath him since then he seems to have lost his relevance and is in danger of producing pastiches of himself.There s nothing new about A Most Wanted Man Though it s subject is ostensibly the war on terror, the plot is familiar Le Carre territory inter service rivalry, complicated financial transactions, the impossibility of old fashioned values in a mo [...]

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    20. One of the best spy novels I ve ever read LeCarre writes with an exquisite economy there is not a wasted passage Though the author is intimate with the spy game and has done much research for this book the reader is never oppressed with pages of research as in so many other books by so many other authors for which much research was done Every sentence moves the story along and the art with which the author makes the reader think is brilliant.This is a timely story of post 9 11 frantic terrorist [...]

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    21. A Most Wanted Man is the most demanding of John le Carr s spy stories so far, maybe too demanding I read fiction for relaxation, and this is not a relaxing read where, after being fed a bread crumb trail of clues, all is revealed in the last chapter.There are the predictable stereotypical characters of a political spy novel the Birkenstock wearing liberal German woman lawyer the lascivious middle aged British banker with a disreputable father and the usual assortment of thugs and bureaucrats tha [...]

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    22. I ve had mixed feelings about Le Carre since The Russia House 1989 However, as a back cover blurb states, this is a first class novel about the most pressing moral and political concerns of our time No argument here There are three main characters a beautiful female lawyer, a worn out expat private banker, and a scruffy street smart spy but no real protagonist as the real center of the novel is the system In retrospect, the ending seemed preordained, but all credit to Le Carre for sweeping me aw [...]

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    23. Originally published on my blog here in August 2009.Issa is, or claims to be, many contradictory people A beggar sleeping on the Hamburg streets with thousands of euros in the purse around his neck A Chechen imprisoned and tortured by the Russians, but with a KGB officer father A devout Muslim, who doesn t seem to know the difference between Sunni and Shi ite, or how to show proper reverence to a copy of the Koran Son of an important if shady customer of a small bank in Hamburg to make contact w [...]

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    24. I had seen years ago adaptations of Le Carr s novels on PBS I remember I was not too familiar with the English language then, being a young immigrant from France To the young girl that I was, a spy movie was a James Bond movie Fast paced, humorous And what did I get instead A Balzac of sorts examining the mechanisms of the undercover world I didn t expect the slowness, the introspection The subtlety And subtlety is tough when you re none too familiar with a language, as I mentioned above.So I wa [...]

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    25. After enjoying The Mission Song and The Constant Gardener, two very fine novels that have helped make John Le Carre even relevant as a writer of espionage and institutional morality in the post Cold War world, I found it hard not to be a bit disappointed in A Most Wanted Man All the elements of success are here Le Carre s pitch perfect dialogue, his sharply rendered characters, and his remarkable ability to make the headiest of topics digestible to a popular audience A Most Wanted Man even find [...]

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    26. This is not vintage Le Carre, not that we are likely to see vintage Le Carre again, with the author approaching 80 My standard for judging him is The Honourable Schoolboy which along with the rest of the trilogy constitute the finest spy novels I have ever read.It seems he ran out of material once the Russians left the stage Either that or the characters are simply not as compelling because he is no longer writing about what he knows The center of this stage is the aging Tommy Brue, not much of [...]

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    27. Another fairly low key effort by Le Carre By this I mean that, while enjoyable at the level of character and style, and to a lesser extent plotting, the novel didn t deal with major themes or ideas It was just a small study of the effect of the so called war on terror on the lives of some fairly innocent players.The setting was entirely in Hamburg Not only is this a city I m totally unfamiliar with and have no particular affinity for, but it also says a lot when a Le Carre novel can be containe [...]

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    28. Well written, but very typically depressing John le Carre No redemption, all trust rewarded with deceit, manipulation on every side, and we are left at the end of the book stunned and sad when the master manipulators are out manipulated The ending reminds me very much of the end of The Spy Who Came In from the Cold except this time le Carre is upset at the United States No one is a good guy in any situation, really Every person is made up of the many shades of deceptive gray, sometimes white an [...]

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    29. I hope this will be a better film than it is a novel, as the quality of the writing is poor Rather than revealing his characters personalities through the development of the plot, Le Carr tells us what the characters are like, as well as telling us the angle and direction of various plot arcs It contains standard tropes of his fiction going back to the Smiley trilogy, e.g the way the Atlanticist bureaucrats are always shamelessly ambitious while the Europhile ones are urbane , debonair , or char [...]

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