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“Absolute Friends” – by John Le Carre

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John Le Carre has a new book out, “Absolute Friends.” He used to be my absolute favorite author: I’d read each new book as slowly as I could, because I wanted to draw out the pleasure as long as humanly possible.

Somewhere in the last ten years, I lost that love of his work, though I still read every book, and will order this one from amazon UK as soon as I finish this entry (note that you can buy books published in England from amazon’s UK site as easily as from the US one, and shipping costs and all are – surprisingly – about the same as buying in the US, which astounds and pleases me no end).

His book, “The Little Drummer Girl” – made into a superb movie starring Diane Keaton, of all people, as the little drummer girl/terrorist – was a superbly insightful look into the psyche of the Middle Eastern terrorist, years before terrorism became the defining theme of world geopolitics.

I don’t know who is my Le Carre-equivalent author of devotion and all possible love today. I don’t think I have one anymore. As Eve Babitz said so perfectly, “I’m easy to please, but hard to satisfy.”

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  • Natch

    I’ve read all of Le Carre, and I look forward to reading this.

    However, Len Deighton’s Yesterday’s Spy dealt with Arabs buying a French A-bomb. It was published in 1975.

  • http://www.700km.com.br Sena

    I like it!

  • kev

    The book is great. The best part is, you get a classic le Carre Cold War tale (the best kind of le Carre there is) which — right about the time you’re wondering why THIS tale at THIS POINT in the game — turns awful contemporary, and with an awful vengeance. Hail to the master!

    One might have been right to be a bit disappointed with le Carre following The Constant Gardner, but Absolute Friends should restore your faith.