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John le Carré (1931–2020)

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David John Moore Cornwell was born in Poole, Dorsetshire, England in 1931. He attended Bern University in Switzerland from 1948-49 and later completed a B.A. at Lincoln College, Oxford. He taught at Eton from 1956-58 and was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964. He writes toon meer espionage thrillers under the pseudonym John le Carré. The pseudonym was necessary when he began writing, in the early 1960s because, at that time, he held a diplomatic position with the British Foreign Office and was not allowed to publish under his own name. When his third book, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, became a worldwide bestseller in 1964, he left the foreign service to write full time. His other works include Call for the Dead; A Murder of Quality; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Honourable Schoolboy; and Smiley's People. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1986 and the Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association in 1988. In 2011 he accepted the Goethe Medal. And in 2020, he accepted the Olof Palme Prize. Ten of his books have been adapted for television and motion pictures including The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Russia House, The Constant Gardener, A Most Wanted Man, and Our Kind of Traitor. Le Carré's memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from my Life, became a New York Times bestseller in 2016. In 2019, he published a spy thriller, Agent Running in the Field. John Le Carré died on December 12, 2020 from pneumonia at the age of 89. (Bowker Author Biography) John le Carre was born in 1931. After attending the univesities of Berne and Oxford, he spent five years in the British Foreign Service. He's the author of eighteen novels, translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in England. (Publisher Provided) toon minder

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(eng) John le Carré is a pen name of David John Moore Cornwell.

Fotografie: John le carré le 29 novembre 1989 lors de l'émission littéraire TV "Apostrophes" à l'occasion de la sortie de son livre "La maison Russie"

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Onafgewerkte roman van Le Carré, aangetroffen tussen zijn manuscripten na zijn overlijden. Slechts 200 blz. Diende door zijn zoon verder te worden afgewerkt tot een volledige thriller, maar is niet gebeurt. Het verhaal stopt bij het onverwacht ontsnappen van de verdachte spion. Normaal had het verhaal nog een 200-tal blz. moeten verdergaan, maar dat is dus niet gebeurt. Alle lovende vermeldingen op de achterkant en de flappen van het boek dekken niet de inhoud van het werk. Geen aanrader, eerder aanbeveling om er geen tijd aan te besteden.… (meer)
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Eminent British espionage fiction writer John le Carré’s most famous character, George Smiley, was introduced in the writer’s debut novel, A Call for the Dead. More famous for the Karla Trilogy (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, anyone?) that was published in the 70s, George Smiley is an old chap right from his fictional debut. Here I am presenting a review of Smiley’s second book.

Miss Ailsa Brimley, editor of a small magazine called Christian Voice, receives a letter from an old reader of hers, Stella Rode, in which she accuses that her husband Stanley Rode is going to murder her. Miss Brimley calls on her wartime colleague, George Smiley. But before Smiley can do anything, Mrs. Rode is killed. Mr. Rode is a teacher at one of those old and hallowed English boarding school, Carne. Smiley has an old connection with Carne. His ex-wife, Lady Ann Sercomb, belonged to the royalty of that area. Plus the brother of Smiley’s late wartime colleague Fielding, Terence, is a housemaster at Carne. Smiley realises that he has to go there to investigate.

This book was first published in 1962. Mr. Carré (real name David Cornwell) writes in the introduction to the book (December 1989) that while he doesn’t remember the origins of most of his books, he remembers this one clearly. The reason? He incorporated his hatred of the English boarding school system (from having studied and taught in boarding schools in Northwood and Eton respectively) in the book. Passage after passage of the book illustrates how vitiated the atmosphere of the school is and how its graduates (including the masters) consider themselves superior to others because of their upbringing and their faith. There are two sects in the book, Church of England and Nonconformists. The divide between them is also seen through the eyes of Smiley.

The book was adapted for TV in 1991 by ITV. It featured Christian Bale as the head of Fielding’s house, Tim Perkins. Here’s the link for those interested.

The curious thing about A Murder of Quality is that this is the only novel to feature Smiley that doesn’t deal with espionage, or so Wikipedia tells me. This has more in common with the Hercule Poirot novels than the Harry Palmer books. You can also call it a typical British murder thriller. While there’s nothing wrong with that description, the book isn’t as good as a lot of Le Carré’s (and Smiley’s) later novels. Despite being relatively thin, it drags at times. Some passages e.g., the ones where the ladies of the school discuss mundane matters, could have been excised and the flow streamlined better. Also, in all my years of reading whodunnit murder mysteries, this was the first time that I was able to guess correctly, really early, who the murderer was. I wouldn’t like to take credit for that. Rather, I think things could have been concealed better. Be that as it may, legends like Mozart or Newton or Shakespeare weren’t made in a day so I think we can cut Mr. Le Carré some slack. His later work is reputed to be some of the best espionage fiction ever. Despite the disappointment of this book, I’ll read them.
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