A Small Town in Germany

A Small Town in Germany John le Carré
  • Title: A Small Town in Germany
  • Author: John le Carré
  • ISBN: 9780743431712
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Small Town in Germany John le Carré A Small Town in Germany John le Carr s classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge and have earned him unprecedented worldwide a
    John le Carr s classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and have earned him unprecedented worldwide acclaim A man is missing Harting, refugee background, a Junior Something in the British Embassy in Bonn Gone with him are forty three files, all of them Confidential or aboJohn le Carr s classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and have earned him unprecedented worldwide acclaim A man is missing Harting, refugee background, a Junior Something in the British Embassy in Bonn Gone with him are forty three files, all of them Confidential or above It is vital that the Germans do not learn that Harting is missing, nor that there s been a leak With radical students and neo Nazis rioting and critical negotiations under way in Brussels, the timing could not be worse and that s probably not an accident Alan Turner, London s security officer, is sent to Bonn to find the missing man and files as Germany s past, present, and future threaten to collide in a nightmare of violence.
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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. I ve read quite a few of John le Carr s books and the only one that I didn t particularly enjoy was The Constant Gardner which departed somewhat from his usual spy books So when I discovered this paperback on a market stall the other week, I decided to purchase it as the blurb on the back looked interesting After all, this is le Carr and he s a known quantity and an excellent author.I started this and initially it appeared to be interesting The location was good, being Bonn in Germany and I was [...]

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    2. No one likes Alan Turner He s a spycatcher with the British foreign office, and if he s talking to you, your career is probably over With gleeful ferocity, he tramples across uncrossable boundaries of diplomacy, decency and class.The year is 1968 The West is mired in the Cold War, the British have lost their empire, young people are rioting all over the globe, the Vietnam War is in full swing, and in Germany, a mysterious and charismatic leader is rising swiftly to power Sensitive international [...]

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    3. I thought I d read all of Le Carr s books that I cared to read I recently discovered this one and it might be my favorite one Chronologically, it falls between his early mystery novels Call for the Dead and A Murder of Quality and the spy novels It draws from both genres and is better for it I recommend reading it without reading any reviews because they give too much of the plot away.

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    4. 1968, , , 400 , 100 , , 1938

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    5. Le Carre is the grandfather of all spy stories Although a little slow paced, the story has enough depth to keep you involved Unfortunately I think the female characters get stranded in typical gender stereotypes and none of them have enough spark to make you think they re anything but filler However, Carre has great insight into the intelligence community and all the drama rings true.

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    6. Le Carre s books trigger emotion in me I m not entirely comfortable with that but I m hooked Scratch the surface of his well rendered cynicism and a meager optimism begrudgingly appears Yes, we humans can be absolutely horrible to each other, but some of us are not and some of us care Deeply.Le Carre s skill at presenting things not quite as they are, while subtly suggesting what is, was and probably will be, delights me He is neither obvious nor inscrutable His paints his misanthropy with a lov [...]

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    7. I enjoyed this far than I originally thought I would I started slowly making my way through the George Smiley novels and I m glad that I decided to try this one as well Well worth reading simply as a departure to the Smiley novels Well worth the time.

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    8. Another John le Carr masterclass This slow burn novel is predominantly set in Bonn, then the capital of West Germany, in the late 1960s, with a backdrop of significant political upheaval numerous student demonstrations, and interestingly, given the current Brexit negotiations, part of this book s context is whether the UK will be invited to join the EU which was very much in the balance at the time British industry was in the doldrums, the economy was in freefall, inflation was starting to ramp [...]

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    9. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed by the ending However, this is much deeper than a typical Cold War novel It speaks pointedly to the human condition, and the thoughts and emotions that drive people s actions, particularly when motivated by different things It s a very good read from that standpoint, but the culmination of the plot left me scratching my head a bit.

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    10. I read the vast majority of this book at a desultory, generally unenthusiastic pace, and I wish I d known how it would come together at the end, because I would have given it better attention The good parts le Carr s close observation of meetings and interiors he s sort of like a domestic novelist of the office, among his other interests and wonderful bits of scene setting, like this It was a day to be nearly free a day to stay in London and dream of the country In St James s Park, the premature [...]

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    11. Written before Tinker, Tailor and set at the height of the Cold War,a junior official in the West German capital goes missing with a sheaf of confidential material The junior offical is an emigre and his disappearance could be a massive embarrassment to HMG The Foreign Office send Alan Turner, a bulldozer of an investigator, who is not prepared to let the niceties of realpolitik get in his quest for the truth Turner makes no friends, that is not his job, but is unprepared for the complexities of [...]

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    12. Shady doings at the British Embassy in Bonn, Germany That about sums it up This is an odd item among LeCarre s early works and it is often overlooked because it appears out of sequence even, disrupting the Smiley saga and its protagonist seems to have been the one off appearance of admittedly a rather boring and ineffectual hero, called in to solve a singular mystery, and then never heard from again One wonders why LeCarre wrote this minor drama at all I confess that I myself have no idea Perhap [...]

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    13. This made for great reading on my flight to Germany, but it s undeniable that this is missing some vital element of le Carr s genius I think the critical flaw is in the character of Turner, the brash investigator sent to resolve the disappearance that kicks off the plot of the book A lot of readers and le Carr himself, in the introduction to this edition will point to how wrong the writer gets the German character and where that society went in the aftermath of the war, but if we cared about Tu [...]

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    14. If you want a good spy novel this was superb Brilliantly plotted, when one of the officer goes missing, but existing artificial effectry clever.Leo Harting works twenty years as Chancery officer was missing, and an investigation was conducted due to the disappearance of the forty odd files that contained the most sensitive materials on high ranking German politicians The rest are top secret, and Anglo German agreements secret treaties, secret codicils to published agreement.Since, Leo works with [...]

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    15. Early Le Carre is still great Le Carre As with most of his work, if you can make it through the long set up and make sense of the British ism embedded in the writing, you ll be rewarded with a fine novel The small town referenced in the title is Bonn, West Germany in the late 60 s during the Cold War It was a different world then, but maybe not so different since protests against an economic summit, issues related to NATO, and Russian spying are all in the story line The plot is solid a German n [...]

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    16. My first by John Le Carre a good read I wish I could give it 4.5.piningforthewest 2017 1

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    17. In the novel s late 1960s West Germany, political power is in flux and the western powers seem weak against the might and will of Moscow Led by a cult of personality nationalist, Klaus Karfeld, with than a whiff of the Nazi about him, elements within West Germany vocally and violently embrace the right British intelligence is fearful that it will lose the country Then, a crisis A minor embassy official named Leo Harting has disappeared, along with valuable and potentially damaging files Where i [...]

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    18. This is part of the early John Le Carre work Set in Bonn in the mid 1960s we are introduced to the British diplomats and others who work in the British Embassy at the time when Britain was trying so hard to enter the EU I thought I had read this some time ago but obviously not and it is not a good choice when one is not really feeling well You have a definite feeling that LeCarre was in a furious rage against those who had been running the diplomatic service and missing entirely what was importa [...]

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    19. Written in 1968, against a backdrop of student unrest and British attempts to enter the Common Market, this is a compelling story set in the British Embassy in Bonn, where Le Carre himself had worked some years earlier A missing German long serving Embassy staff member and some missing files see the dogged Alan Turner fly in from London A story of moral and political ambiguity, with the class system of the British diplomatic community biting into the narrative, leads to a final explanation of th [...]

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    20. I found the plot quite difficult to follow but the ending was interesting.

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    21. I m probably being harsh, as I can t help but subject this to the exacting standards of the rest of le Carre s work As usual there are moments when the quality of the writing almost makes you want to swoon just the occasional paragraph of genius that you have to keep alert to in case you don t notice how great it is But somehow the plot just doesn t have enough punch maybe there is not enough of a sense of jeopardy, as most of that is invested in a character who we have no direct experience of W [...]

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    22. I ll warn you, it starts slow But then it takes you screaming down odd twisted paths and leaves you dumped at the end of the line, wholly unsatisfied, but ready to read another book by John le Carre.There, my one paragraph review of A Small Town in Germany, the first of le Carre s books I ve read, following my long standing policy of reading books that typically come to me through thrift store purchases, outright donations or are discovered being smuggled into the house baked inside loaves of br [...]

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    23. It was years ago that I read this book but I do remember being extremely disappointed I think this is Le Carr attempting something which is outside the compass of his abilities as a writer He cannot explain how any strong personality could rise to power and worse, he has neither intereest nor understanding in the ideas and psychology of the man or woman ambitious for complete power Also, the book encouraged the weary clich , fostered unwearingly by East Germany, that the Western republic was a h [...]

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    24. The small town in question is Bonn A sleepy province down the Rhine from Cologne which, to the bafflement of many, was chosen as the Post War capital of West Germany A minor British embassy worker, Leo Harting, has disappeared with a significant number of confidential files Sensing a Soviet mole a spy catcher from the Foreign Office, Alan Turner, is sent to investigate All whilst set in time when there were genuine concerns the Far Right could rise again in Germany and ex Nazis remained free and [...]

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    25. Originally published on my blog here in May 2000.Continuing the bleak atmosphere of his earlier novels, John le Carr produced A Small Town in Germany, which looks forward from the political, social and economic world of the late sixties in as pessimistic a manner as possible There are few clues for a reader today not familiar with early seventies European politics to mark this novel out as set in the future it is only the publication date which places it before such events as the three day week [...]

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    26. Once again my quest to like a le Carr novel is proven elusive All the ingredients for a great book are there The setting is Germany at a point in time when for most, like the British, the wounds have healed but for some they are still open The place is Bonn that brings memories to those who grew up during the cold war and the actors are diplomats engaged in the first and failed effort to bring Britain into the EEC And the mood is anti American with the students preparing for the mad year of 1968 [...]

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    27. This was John le Carre s 5th novel and one that did not feature his most famous spy master, George Smiley The main character is Alan Turner, a Foreign Office employee who has been sent to the British embassy in Bonn to find out what has happened to an embassy employee, Leo Harting, a German national who seems to have disappeared with a number of secret files This is a tense period in European history, set after WWII, when the Russians are heating up things, Germany seems to be in turmoil, lookin [...]

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    28. I was surprised by how much I disliked this spy novel by the genre genius, John Le Carre The story takes place over the course of a week, in Bonn, the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, during the midst of a series of anti British demonstrations over the UK s attempt to join the Common Market predecessor to the EU A fixer is sent from London s central HQ to find out what happened to a missing British embassy worker and the files he may or may not have stolen The fixer, Alan Turner, is m [...]

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    29. Re reading these earlyish Le Carre thrillers after some 30 years has been extremely rewarding It s hardly controversial to point out that his recent books, some of which are quite fine, are not exactly great, so I ve loved revisiting his work from the 60s and 70s and reminding myself of his enormous strengths as a novelist This short, fast moving novel is akin to noir when a low level agent from the Bonn office goes missing with a secret file, a special agent is called in from London to investi [...]

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    30. Wow I had to remind myself that I was listening to the time when Britain was fighting to gain access to the Common Market, not Brexit I had to remind myself that the right wing movement and charismatic leader was from 1968 not 2016 So many parallels to today s geo political world and such a good story on top of it.The reason I read this early work by John Le Carre s is that I was reading his book The Pigeon Tunnel and he referenced this book as the one where embassy life diplomats and some spies [...]

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