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The Constant Gardener, tho good, and the bad.

Hosted by the Consul of the Seville Book Group
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Mon 15 Jul 20:00 - 21:30

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Since he wrote The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, John le Carré has written a number of very successful books, including The Little Drummer Girl, The Honorable Schoolboy, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. His earlier books are about spies during the Cold War, his later ones about the Middle East, or corporate crime.

Le Carré is unusual among thriller/espionage writers because of the depth of his psychological insights, and the unusual development and realism of his characters. Many writers, perhaps most, let you know almost from the start which of their characters they approve or disapprove of; le Carré doesn't. His probably most famous character, George Smiley, is morally ambiguous, and you don't really understand what the author thinks of him.

This depth may have somewhat lessened in his later books, where it is more evident who are the good guys and the bad guys. Why this? And why is the kind of balance achieved in his earlier book so seldom achieved by many writers?