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A Legacy of Spies

A Legacy of Spies: A Novel by John le Carré

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“At 86, legendary British spy novelist Le Carré shows no signs of slowing down. “A Legacy of Spies” is a captivating thriller, and his first in more than 25 years to feature his famous character George Smiley.”

Featured in LA Times’ Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

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Ranked 44th in Fiction

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Featured in LA Times’ Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017, John le Carré’s new novel is a predecessor, a farewell to “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” his best-known book. It recalls decisions made in the coldest years of the Cold War. This beautiful book is a reminder that adults were once in charge of the destiny of the free world.

A Legacy of Spies has an unmistakable aura of valediction. This book is narrated by Peter Guillam, an old man, formerly the devoted colleague and ally of his master; it describes the moment in Guillam’s recent past when he finds the aftermath of a forgotten battle from Berlin in the early 1960s coming to torment his retirement.

Le Carré’s storytelling remains close to top form. This is true to believe that his characters always speak in a mandarin lingo that’s as remote from the register of everyday speech as Regency dialogue. This book is a positive shot example of great literary imagination steeped in a compelling fantasy, there are moments of self-parody, however; these are quibbles.

This novel portrays a grand old aged man of English letters conducting a masterclass in the category he has made his own. Le Carré finds out his most magnificent creation of all time, the Yoda-like spymaster George Smiley, for a cameo appearance, as if he were taking a Sixties-era Lamborghini long kept in the house — Smiley’s last appearance was 27 years ago, in “The Secret Pilgrim” — for a jaunty Sunday spin.

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