Sep 08

Book review – John Le Carre – Absolute Friends

Book review – John Le Carre – Absolute Friends

Absolute Friends

Rating: 9/10

Written by: John Le Carre

Review: Book review – John Le Carre – Absolute Friends – To begin with I have to confess that at no point did I read this book without at least four pints of Guinness having been drunk. This is merely a quirk of fate and not a deliberate policy. As it turns out and with no deliberacy whatsoever I have drunk five pints of Guinness prior to this review.

I have read every Le Carre book prior to this book and so feel confident that I have some kind of understanding regarding his work. This book managed to capture my attention more than most. Le Carre has in my view regained his ground with this book, gone back to his roots you might say, and as such suddenly becomes the great writer who created Smiley all those years ago. He has looked into his past and used all the events that made him a spy of Her Majesties Government (however much he may resent it now) to tell a story that reaches into your bones.

This book is full of moments. I turned the corner of pages this way and that to show how significant it was to me. There is some beautiful observation of the world we live in and some wondrous understanding of the lives we lead that can’t be denied and should be heard.

My friend who drinks the Guinness with me argues peace while I argue war. John Le Carre is on his side not mine.


“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly pre-posterous and its speaker a raving lunatic”.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_Friends

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