The Naive and Sentimental Lover Book

The Naive and Sentimental Lover


  • Author : John Le Carré
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2000-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN 10 : 0671042777

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The Naive and Sentimental Lover Excerpt :

In a masterful tale of romantic suspense, business tycoon Aldo Cassidy finds himself trapped between two remarkable loves--Shamus, a high-living artist, and Helen, his alluring wife. Reprint.

The Naive and Sentimental Lover Book
Score: 2
From 3 Ratings

The Naive and Sentimental Lover


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2010-07-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 472
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143182955

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The Naive and Sentimental Lover Excerpt :

Aldo Cassidy is the naive and sentimental lover. A successful, judicious man, he is wrenched away from the ordered certainties of his life by a sudden encounter with Shamus, a wild, carousing artist and Helen, his nakedly alluring wife. Cassidy, plunged into a whirlpool of recklessness and spontaneity, becomes a man bewildered and agonised as he is torn between two poles of a nature more complex than he had ever imagined.

Understanding John Le Carr   Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Understanding John Le Carr


  • Author : John L. Cobbs
  • Publisher : Univ of South Carolina Press
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 297
  • ISBN 10 : 1570031681

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Understanding John Le Carr Excerpt :

John Cobbs establishes that contemporary English novelist John le Carre's fiction transcends the genre of espionage, and that le Carre is preeminently a social commentator who writes novels of manners. Cobbs analyzes each of le Carre's novels and offers a biographical sketch, describing le Carre's often overlooked academic success and reputation as a once member of British Intelligence.

Conversations with John Le Carr   Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Conversations with John Le Carr


  • Author : John Le Carré
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN 10 : 1578066697

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Conversations with John Le Carr Excerpt :

Master spy thriller writer John le Carré talks about his craft, the nature of language, the literature he loves, and the ways his life influences the creation of his novels and his characters in this collection of engaging interviews with George Plimpton, Melvyn Bragg, and other luminaries. Simultaneous.

A Small Town in Germany Book
Score: 3
From 13 Ratings

A Small Town in Germany


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2013-03-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101603048

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A Small Town in Germany Excerpt :

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Legacy of Spies. "Haven't you realized that only appearances matter?" The British Embassy in Bonn is up in arms. Her Majesty's financially troubled government is seeking admission to Europe's Common Market just as anti-British factions are rising to power in Germany. Rioters are demanding reunification, and the last thing the Crown can afford is a scandal. Then Leo Harting—an embassy nobody—goes missing with a case full of confidential files. London sends Alan Turner to control the damage, but he soon realizes that neither side really wants Leo found—alive. Set against the threat of a German-Soviet alliance, John le Carré's A Small Town in Germany is a superb chronicle of Cold War paranoia and political compromise. With an introduction by the author.

The Mission Song Book
Score: 3.5
From 18 Ratings

The Mission Song


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2010-07-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143183044

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The Mission Song Excerpt :

In his twentieth novel, John le Carré returns to Africa with a new tale of mystery and corruption that bears the hallmarks of classic le Carré storytelling. By turns thriller, romance, and exposé of post-colonial politics, The Mission Song chronicles interpreter Bruno Salvador’s journey into the darkness of Western hypocrisy and deceit. Born to a Congolese mother and an Irish–French father and educated in Britain, “Salvo” is the faithful servant eager to play his minor part in brokering a deal that would ostensibly bring peace and prosperity to the resource-rich but ravaged Congo. But Salvo finds himself both hunter and prey when he stumbles into a carefully plotted swindle that will only further devastate his birthplace.

The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist


  • Author : Orhan Pamuk
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-11-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307745255

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The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist Excerpt :

From the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, an inspired, thoughtful, and deeply personal book about reading and writing novels. In this fascinating set of essays, based on the talks he delivered at Harvard University as part of the distinguished Norton Lecture series, Pamuk presents a comprehensive and provocative theory of the novel and the experience of reading. Drawing on Friedrich Schiller’s famous distinction between “naïve” writers—those who write spontaneously—and “sentimental” writers—those who are reflective and aware—Pamuk reveals two unique ways of processing and composing the written word. He takes us through his own literary journey and the beloved novels of his youth to describe the singular experience of reading. Unique, nuanced, and passionate, this book will be beloved by readers and writers alike.

A Cool Breeze on the Underground Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

A Cool Breeze on the Underground


  • Author : Don Winslow
  • Publisher : Blackstone Publishing
  • Release Date : 2022-02-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 9781504763158

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A Cool Breeze on the Underground Excerpt :

30th Anniversary Edition with a new introduction by the author “One of America’s greatest storytellers.”―Stephen King Neal Carey is not your usual private eye. A graduate student at Columbia University, he grew up on the streets of New York, usually on the wrong side of the law. Then he met a PI who introduced him to the Bank, an exclusive institution with a sideline in keeping its wealthy clients happy and out of trouble. They pay Neal’s college tuition, and Neal gets an education that can’t be found in any textbook, from learning how to trail a suspect to mastering the proper way to search a room. Now it’s payback time. The Bank wants Neal to put his skills to work in finding Allie Chase, the rebellious teenage daughter of a prominent senator. The problem is that she’s gone underground in the London punk scene. To get her back, Neal has to follow her into a violent netherworld where drugs run rampant and rage is the name of the game.

Strange Affair Book
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings

Strange Affair


  • Author : Peter Robinson
  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Release Date : 2009-06-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781551992211

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Strange Affair Excerpt :

When Alan Banks receives a disturbing telephone call from his brother, Roy, he abandons the peaceful Yorkshire Dales for the bright lights of London to search him out. But Roy has vanished into thin air, and now Banks fears this could have been their final conversation. Meanwhile, DI Annie Cabbot is called to a murder scene on a quiet stretch of road just outside Eastvale. A young woman called Jennifer Clewes has been found dead in her car, and in the back pocket of her jeans, written on a slip of paper, police discover Banks’s name and address. Living in his brother’s empty, luxurious South Kensington flat, Banks finds himself digging into the life of the brother he never really knew, or even liked. He begins to uncover some troubling surprises, leaving Annie to track down Jennifer Clewes’s friends and colleagues alone. It seems that both trails are leading towards frightening conclusions. And when the cases begin to intersect, the consequences for Banks and Annie become terrifying . . . Strange Affair is Peter Robinson’s fifteenth Inspector Banks novel, and it amply demonstrates why he’s counted among the top crime fiction writers in the world.

The Constant Gardener Book
Score: 3
From 37 Ratings

The Constant Gardener


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2010-07-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 504
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143183037

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The Constant Gardener Excerpt :

Love. At any cost. Tessa Quayle-young, beautiful, and dearly beloved to husband Justin-is gruesomely murdered in northern Kenya. When Justin sets out on a personal odyssey to uncover the mystery of her death, what he finds could make him not only a suspect but also a target for Tessa's killers. A master chronicler of the betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, John le Carré portrays the dark side of unbridled capitalism as only he can. In The Constant Gardener he tells a compelling, complex story of a man elevated through tragedy as Justin Quayle-amateur gardener, aging widower, and ineffectual bureaucrat-discovers his own natural resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love.

A Perfect Spy Book
Score: 3.5
From 22 Ratings

A Perfect Spy


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2008-09-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 608
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143182993

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A Perfect Spy Excerpt :

The premier spy novelist of our time now gives us his largest and most engaging work. It is a novel that plumbs the essential nature of espionage itself as it interweaves the story of a secret international manhunt with the unfolding of a secret life—the life of a man of spectacular gifts, nursed on deceit, schooled in betrayal, incapable of love: a perfect spy. The man is Magnus Pym, a senior partner in "the Firm" of British intelligence; a man whose boundless charm, energy, and wit so dazzle that no two people have ever perceived him in the same way; a man unknown, really, and perhaps unknowable, even to those closest to him. Especially now. For Magnus Pym has disappeared. His superiors, his colleagues, his friends are baffled. Even his wife (the perfect wife of a perfect spy) is shaken. And while we follow their frenzied attempts to discover Pym's whereabouts—a search that soon galvanizes the espionage communities of both East and West as it continually opens into new labyrinths of mystery, as it unearths a clandestine chain of operations in Washington, Vienna, Prague London, Berlin—we are drawn simultaneously into a drama even more powerful: the prelude to Pym's disappearance, the story of his education as a spy. It begins with a boyhood lived on an emotional seesaw, marked alternately by extravagance and deprivation, dominated by a man both adored and adoring who educated Pym from birth in the ways of his as yet unchosen profession. The man: Pym's father, a builder of (invariably toppling) empires, a con artist on a grand scale, a charmer who inspires complete loyalty, then wantonly exploits it. And we watch as Pym learns from him to deceive reflexively, learns to master the linked arts of guile and seeming guileless, acquires a moral code that equates love with betrayal...a code that the seventeen-year-old draws upon when, as a pawn in one of his father's schemes, he finds himself cut off, alone in Switzerland ("the spiritual home of all natural spies"),

Canto for a Gypsy Book

Canto for a Gypsy


  • Author : Martin Cruz Smith
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-10-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476795911

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Canto for a Gypsy Excerpt :

Gypsy antique dealer Roman Grey is back in one of Martin Cruz Smith’s most beloved novels—​the exciting and fast-paced Canto for a Gypsy. The priceless Royal Crown of Hungary is on display in St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Guarded by many, including the NYPD and the gypsy antique dealer Roman Grey, a heist is impossible. But everybody wants the legendary Crown of Saint Stephen. The Hungarian government wants it as a symbol of national greatness. Exiled rebels want it simply to rob the Communists of their pleasure. And an ex-Nazi art plunderer wants it to settle a very old score. Then the unthinkable happens, and murder, mayhem, and all hell breaks loose…and only Grey knows the century’s old secret about the crown.

The Little Drummer Girl Book
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

The Little Drummer Girl


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2008-06-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143182924

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The Little Drummer Girl Excerpt :

Charlie is a promiscuous, unsuccessful English actress in her twenties. Intrigued by a handsome, solitary stranger, she finds herself lured into the “theatre of the real.” For the mysterious man is Kurtz, an embattled Israeli intelligence officer out to stop the bombing of Jews in Europe. Forced to play her most challenging role, Charlie is plunged into a deceptive and delicate trap set to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist … and soon proves herself a double agent of the highest order.

The Night Manager Book
Score: 4
From 17 Ratings

The Night Manager


  • Author : John le Carré
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2008-09-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143183051

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The Night Manager Excerpt :

Either we make you rich or we make you dead. On a bleak January night at the outbreak of the Gulf War, Mr. Richard Onslow Roper, a very special visitor, arrives with his entourage at a Zurich hotel. The night manager, Jonathan Pine, recognizes him immediately—and prays that the identification is not mutual. Welcome to the new era of espionage, where the habits and rules forged in the darkest days of the Cold War are applied to an even more harrowing end. This is Roper's world—a world of illegal arms dealers and drug smugglers, men whose ruthlessness is matched only by their hunger for unlimited wealth. Enter Leonard Burr, former British intelligence officer turned international policeman. Burr recruits Pine to his cause, and launches him on an undercover odyssey that takes him from Zurich to the desolate coast of Cornwall, and eventually to a village in Quebec where he obtains the identity that will be his tickets of entry to Roper's island hideaway in the Bahamas. In what is perhaps John le Carré's greatest work to day, The Night Manager brings to life a whole new era of intrigue, brilliantly conceived by the undisputed master of the genre.