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A Legacy of Spies (2017)

by John le Carré

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Series: George Smiley novels (9)

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"The undisputed master returns with a riveting new book--his first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications. Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carre has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back:The Spy Who Came in from the ColdandTinker Tailor Soldier Spy. In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carre and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new"--… (more)
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או קי, אולי זה הספר הכי טוב של לה קרה וגם לא הקוהרנטי שבהם, אבל התענוג לחזור עוד פעם אחת אחרונה לג'ורג' סמיילי, לפטר גיללם, לקונטרול ואפילו למרגל שחזר מן הכפור הוא גדול מדי מכדי שלא לקרוא בנשימה עצורה את הספר תוך יומיים. ( )
  amoskovacs | Jan 1, 2021 |
Weaves all the previous books in a fantastic manner, but it does mean you will have to have read them (not a bad thing that). The ending felt somehow disconnected and just too neat with all those perfect resolutions. ( )
  TeaTimeCoder | Dec 23, 2020 |
A bit difficult to read aloud, as the story jumps back and forth in time, and has conversations and reports--much like the movies. I hope a movie is made of this one. ( )
  Angel.Tatum.Craddock | Dec 17, 2020 |
This is the last of the George Smiley series and it catches us up with some of those characters that appeared in the previous thrillers. Here we don't have an operation related to the Cold War, we have an operation looking into a Cold
War operation. I can imagine the comments about that from the Circus.

In this book we no longer have the brash young Peter Guillam of previous books. Here there is a man of advanced age living quietly on the farm where he grew up. He receives a letter that summons him to London. When he arrives he learns he's the subject of an investigation by young turks who have no real understanding of the Cold War or those operations that were part of it. Peter realizes they are a great danger to his current life and all he can do is begin to investigate his own past. As he does, he seeks out former operatives his readers remember well including George Smiley.

Le Carre has not lost his touch and ends the series with heart thumping suspense. I could start right now reading them again. ( )
  clue | Nov 8, 2020 |
As The Guardian says, "Vintage Le Carré as he ingeniously closes the circle of his long career."
This is so perfectly le Carré, always so wonderfully written, so deeply sad about us human beings, and so, so moving, too; and mostly.
What an extraordinary career (I've read practically all of his work), what an unbelievably satisfying read, well into the twilight of that career. Goodness.
What a writer. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
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Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one. Attributed to Heidegger
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What follows is a truthful account, as best I am able to provide it, of my role in the British deception operation, codenamed Windfall, that was mounted against the East German Intelligence Service (Stasi) in the late nineteen fifties and early sixties, and resulted in the death of the best British secret agent I ever worked with, and of the innocent woman for whom he gave his life.
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… sarò una specie di studente fuori corso costretto a prepararsi per un esame che avrebbe dovuto dare già da un pezzo. Di tanto in tanto l'allievo dal talento inespresso sarà trascinato fuori dall'aula per essere interrogato da esaminatori che, nonostante abbiano conoscenze inspiegabilmente inferiori alle sue, passeranno il tempo a torchiarlo. Di tanto in tanto sarà così scioccato dalle sciocchezze che ha commesso in passato da essere tentato di negarle, ma le prove che lo condannano usciranno dalla sua stessa bocca.
La scrivania a cui sono seduto non è affatto una scrivania, ma un tavolo con i cavalletti sistemato nel bel mezzo della biblioteca, come la forca per un condannato a morte in piazza. Le librerie alle pareti sono sparite; restano, sulla carta da parati in rilievo, alcune tracce della loro presenza, come ombre delle sbarre di una cella.
Quando la verità vi raggiunge, non fate gli eroi: scappate.
Visto alla luce della lampada a olio, il suo viso scavato appare contorto per l'età e la sofferenza. La sua schiena sbilenca si appoggia alla modesta tappezzeria. I torturati sono una classe di persone a sé stante. Si possono fare ipotesi su dove sono stati, ma mai su quello che hanno riportato indietro.
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"The undisputed master returns with a riveting new book--his first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications. Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carre has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back:The Spy Who Came in from the ColdandTinker Tailor Soldier Spy. In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carre and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new"--

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