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A Most Wanted Man ➽ [Reading] ➿ A Most Wanted Man By John le Carré ➲ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk A half starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck He is a devout Muslim Or is A half starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck A Most Kindle - He is a devout Muslim Or is he He says his name is Issa Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation, Soon her client s survival becomes important to her than her own career or safety In pursuit of Issa s mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty year old scion of Brue Freres, a failing British bank based in Hamburg Annabel, Issa and Brue form an unlikely alliance and a triangle of impossible loves is born Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the War on Terror, the rival spies of Germany England and America converge upon the innocents.


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  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    John le Carr image from TheArtsDesk.com A young Muslim man or uncertain origin, scarred from extensive torture, finds his way into Hamburg and inquires into a large account, set up by his father, held in a private bank A middle aged banker reawakens to the existence of certain special accounts set up during the cold war by people of questionable repute, stowing ill gotten money An idealistic young lawyer tries to see that her client, the Muslim, is able to fulfill his financial desires John le Carr image from TheArtsDesk.com A young Muslim man or uncertain origin, scarred from extensive torture, finds his way into Hamburg and inquires into a large account, set up by his father, held in a private bank A middle aged banker reawakens to the existence of certain special accounts set up during the cold war by people of questionable repute, stowing ill gotten money An idealistic young lawyer tries to see that her client, the Muslim, is able to fulfill his financial desires Le Carr walks us through the details of how sundry intelligence agencies might exploit a delicate situation for their own purposes, seeing it through their individual lenses The reality almost ceases to have meaning in the face of political demands He takes us into the minds of the principals and shows step by step how people of strong moral fiber can be used to a dark purpose And how honesty can be turned into a tool of betrayal There is a larger political context here, the War on Terror, and Le Carr raises questions about how to balance what good people do in the world against the bad It is no Tinker Tailor, but this is an intriguing, thoughtful work, a grownup look at a sometimes childish worldview.Published October 7, 2008Review originally posted sometime in 2009 EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal and FB pages While there is plenty of information at these, do not expect to interact with the writer He has passed that task on to his staff, the better to concentrate his efforts on writing his next book.A 2014 David Denby article in The New Yorker WHICH IS THE BEST JOHN LE CARR NOVEL definitely worth a lookGeorge Plimpton interviewed JlC for The Paris Review in 1997 It is delicious.August 25, 2017 NY Times A fun read Macintyre is also a former spook of a writer Spies Like Us A Conversation With John le Carr and Ben Macintyre by Sarah Lyallaug Although I have read a fair number of JlCs books, and seen films for some of the books I have missed, I have read and reviewed only one during my years on GR, The Pigeon TunnelOctober 11, 2019 The Guardian My ties to England have loosened John le Carr on Britain, Boris and Brexit by John Banville


  2. Abhinav Abhinav says:

    I still haven t figured out what it is that makes me like John le Carre s works I mean, he s the only one among my favourite authors whose books arethan often overflowing with excruciating tireless amount of detail the writing verging on being boring tedious at times And yet, when I get to the end of it, it all seems worth the effort Okay, maybe not The Russia House I didn t like that one very much And then Le Carre surprises me by something like A Most Wanted Man , that seems I still haven t figured out what it is that makes me like John le Carre s works I mean, he s the only one among my favourite authors whose books arethan often overflowing with excruciating tireless amount of detail the writing verging on being boring tedious at times And yet, when I get to the end of it, it all seems worth the effort Okay, maybe not The Russia House I didn t like that one very much And then Le Carre surprises me by something like A Most Wanted Man , that seems to carry none of the aforementioned traits.The story starts with a man smuggling himself into Hamburg seeking refuge with a Turkish family He speaks no German he claims to be from Chechnya He has alleged militant connections, a large sum in a bank account awaiting him as inheritance has been tortured extensively He is a devout Muslim his name is Issa, or so he says.Afraid of his illegality as well as concerned for his failing health, those harbouring him contact Annabel Richter, a young lawyer at Sanctuary North, a charitable organisation She takes on the case to ward off past demons, but soon his survival becomesimportant than her own career In the middle of all this is Tommy Brue, the sixty year old chairman of a British bank based in Hamburg.As the three make a connection, they are all deemed as suspects in the War on Terror by intelligence agencies What ensues forms the crux of the plot.Though I cannot really claim to have read all his works, I have not encountered a Le Carre novel before with so much dialogue And to the delight of the reader, it is the strongest aspect of this book The conversations are delightful drive the story forward astutely.The characterisation is competent as is the norm in Le Carre s novels, be it the protagonists, the good spy Gunther Bachmann his right hand Erna Frey, the Muslim cleric Dr Abdullah or the American intelligence operative Martha Sullivan John le Carre hates Americans their policies Or that s what his recent novels imply Even the love angle between the protagonists, though seemingly implausible at first, slowly weaves its way into the story as it is a dignified kind of love, one that is motivated not by self interest but by the need to serve a higher cause A Most Wanted Man is in line with the trend of Le Carre s pessimism sense of doom regarding the West esp the Bush Blair era that has been ongoing since the brilliant The Constant Gardener continued in the tragicomic Absolute Friends In fact, one could say it surpasses both works on that count, for one feels engulfed by this sense of sadness on finishing this book.The instance of Issa being branded a possible terrorist on account of his nationality religion reminds me of this Hindi song called Panchhi Nadiyan penned by lyricist Javed Akhtar, which talks of a world where identities of men are defined by the borders behind which they live I quote a few lines Panchhi nadiyan pawan ke jhonkeKoi sarhad naa inhein rokeSarhadein insaano ke liye hainSocho tumne aur maineKya paaya insaan hokeWhich translates into Birds, rivers and gusts of windNo border can halt themBorders are for us humansWonder what you and IHave achieved by being human Pardon me for a literal translation, for I m no poet I m going for 4.5 to 5 stars for A Most Wanted Man by John le Carre Brimming with tension till the final page, this is a book that only reaffirms that even in the post Cold War era, Le Carre s ability to write books that are deeply relevant with the times is unparalleled, perhaps matched by only a select few Highly recommended.P.S A Most Wanted Man has been adapted to film is apparently set to release next year Directed by Anton Corbjin, the movie stars Rachel McAdams, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright Willem Dafoe One to watch out for, I d say


  3. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    The fact that you can only do a little is no excuse for doing nothingJohn le Carr , A Most Wanted Man A post 9 11 Hamburg spy novel filled with all the key post 9 11 le Carr signposts bureaucratic turf wars, moral ambiguities, innocents caught in the web of a war on terror , reckless acts, money, and a general loss of innocence le Carr , with this novel, is really starting to not pull his punches with the West There are two broad phases of le Carr s spy novels There are his early, cThe fact that you can only do a little is no excuse for doing nothingJohn le Carr , A Most Wanted Man A post 9 11 Hamburg spy novel filled with all the key post 9 11 le Carr signposts bureaucratic turf wars, moral ambiguities, innocents caught in the web of a war on terror , reckless acts, money, and a general loss of innocence le Carr , with this novel, is really starting to not pull his punches with the West There are two broad phases of le Carr s spy novels There are his early, cold war spy novels and his later, post cold war spy novels A Most Wanted Man is obviously part of the later cycle, but within that cycle you ve got several Absolute Friends , A Most Wanted Man , Our Kind of Traitor , A Delicate Truth that deal specifically with the post 9 11 world of extraordinary rendition, torture, detention, etc It isn t a perfect novel, and unfortunately, the War on Terror made this novel fairly predictable It isn t top shelf le Carr , but it is still fascinating, angry and worldly wise in its ability to portray the cost and the complexities of the global War on Terror le Carr is a master at exposing the cost to individuals, organizations, and countries of extracting the 5% bad from the 95% good If you imperiously kill the patient just to remove the cancer, who benefits The woman selling you the scalpel and the man digging plots


  4. Chuckell Chuckell says:

    I feel like John le Carre is thought of as the grand old man of spy fiction But his books really aren t what I tend to think of when I think of spy novels they re always about world weary bureaucrats doing grubby things that they know better than to be doing, about sad beat up men whose best efforts generally just bring them, and everyone around them,sadness No high tech gadgets or thrilling derring do here just an unhappy story with an unhappy ending But gorgeously written.


  5. Agnieszka Agnieszka says:

    Well,A Most Wanted Manis not the best of Le Carre s book Agreed Bachman is not Smiley Agreed The world behind Iron Curtain and Cold War politics is quite a different situation than the danger the world landed in after September 11 Agreed again But the picture created by the old master of an espionage genre is still convincing, reality bleak enough and both idealists and disillusioned ones betrayed once again.


  6. David David says:

    John le Carr at his best is an intricate plotter and storyteller who depicts the spy game as you never see it in Hollywood well, except when Hollywood is making adaptations of John le Carr novels gritty and sleazy and all sharp but blurry edges, full of generally unpleasant people who are rarely acting out of high falutin morality At his worst, he s a cranky old man who s angry at the world, which is what you seem to get in his later novels Which is not to say he s any less of a writer, John le Carr at his best is an intricate plotter and storyteller who depicts the spy game as you never see it in Hollywood well, except when Hollywood is making adaptations of John le Carr novels gritty and sleazy and all sharp but blurry edges, full of generally unpleasant people who are rarely acting out of high falutin morality At his worst, he s a cranky old man who s angry at the world, which is what you seem to get in his later novels Which is not to say he s any less of a writer, but kind of like The Mission Song, another book about a naive POC who gets sold out by unprincipled Western spy masters, A Most Wanted Man ups the ante by having the central figure in this tale, an idealistic, unlettered Muslim, screwed over by half a dozen countries by the end of the book.The action takes place in Germany, one of le Carr s favorite haunts before and after the Cold War Issa is a Muslim from Chechnya who has been snuck into the country, after having spent time in various hells from Chechnya to Turkey He seeks help from a German civil rights lawyer named Annabel, who finds out that Issa s father left him a very large sum of money, held by a small British bank run by Tommy Brue Unfortunately, Issa s father was a very bad man Evenunfortunately, the intelligence apparatus of the entire Western world seems to have picked up on Issa s presence and sees him as a way of getting at a much larger prize, a wanted Muslim financier of terrorism and jihad Issa finds both Annabel and Tommy drawn into his plight and reluctantly taking up his cause, trying to find him refuge and a new life in the West, which brings them into the sights of the same men watching Issa.Characteristic of le Carr novels, pretty much everyone lies at one point or another in this book and everything about every character will be cast into doubt Le Carr s passion seems to be showing how ruthlessly and unjustly innocent people can be ground up in the gears of national security Issa, Annabel, and Tommy come from very different stations in life, but they re all just collateral damage in the War on Terror.This isn t my favorite le Carr novel so far, as his angry edge seemed just a bit too sharp and obvious, especially towards the inevitable and rather predictable ending But it s still a gritty, well crafted story, highly critical of the War on Terror without particularly defending the terrorists who are the alleged bad guys of this book Le Carr carefully sets up his characters and his situations, firmly grounding them in the real world, making everything completely believable, and then he starts kicking people in the teeth.A fine book, but one I am inclined to give 3.5 stars, as somewhere in the complicated interpersonal relationships and spy games, I failed to find any real heart in this story


  7. Paul Paul says:

    This isn t the Le Carre of the Smiley novels Here he deals with the war on terror and I think he is missing the cold war because it doesn t really work The main character Issa, is a Chechen Muslim supposedly smuggled into Germany He is in contact with a lawyer Annabel young, attractive and left leaning, of course Issa has business with Tommy Brue, a British, 60 year old banker whose has money put aside for Issa long story Floating around theses three are a couple of Turkish muslims, wh This isn t the Le Carre of the Smiley novels Here he deals with the war on terror and I think he is missing the cold war because it doesn t really work The main character Issa, is a Chechen Muslim supposedly smuggled into Germany He is in contact with a lawyer Annabel young, attractive and left leaning, of course Issa has business with Tommy Brue, a British, 60 year old banker whose has money put aside for Issa long story Floating around theses three are a couple of Turkish muslims, who are clownish caricatures and various members of the German intelligence community, some of whom we see a lot of and they are given various political rants periodically.Le Carre throws a lot of characters into the mix and the whole is rather confusing and lacking in nuance The Germans are a mixed bunch, some well meaning others unscrupulous, mostly incompetent The Brits are nasty and rather stupid, the Americans nasty and ruthless the main character has no real substance and obviously the handsome 60 something banker will most likely get off with the attractive lawyer a bit of wish fulfilment by the author methinks The ending is obvious, not a great deal happens, there is a bit of political posturing and the whole thing is a rather confusing mess of pottage


  8. notgettingenough notgettingenough says:

    Updated, having seen the movie hesitate about putting this on my better written than Harry Potter shelf It is and it isn t.Poor le Carr He needed a new day job after the Cold War made his old one irrelevant The stuff he s churned out since is hopeless He doesn t have a clue how to understand anybody except Cold War spies I bought this for 3 francs and I read about that much worth of it Moving on now Updated, having seen the movie hesitate about putting this on my better written than Harry Potter shelf It is and it isn t.Poor le Carr He needed a new day job after the Cold War made his old one irrelevant The stuff he s churned out since is hopeless He doesn t have a clue how to understand anybody except Cold War spies I bought this for 3 francs and I read about that much worth of it Moving on now


  9. Quirkyreader Quirkyreader says:

    This story did not disappoint.The Cold War may be over, but Le Carre has kept on going A bit of a spoiler.The ending took me way off centre It was something I didn t expect.Also, this can be a good introduction to Le Carre s writing if you haven t read any of his stories.This book was well worth the time.


  10. J. J. says:

    A quandry here the first two thirds of this is dull set up and exposition stuff that doesn t manage to get the narrative flowing A vaguely interesting counter terrorism network is documented and arrayed against a not very interesting suspect and his associates.What keeps you in the book is that this isn t someone s early, earnest attempt at a suspense novel this is a late work, from master John le Carr , who certainly knows his way around the chessboard So there must be something to it all, A quandry here the first two thirds of this is dull set up and exposition stuff that doesn t manage to get the narrative flowing A vaguely interesting counter terrorism network is documented and arrayed against a not very interesting suspect and his associates.What keeps you in the book is that this isn t someone s early, earnest attempt at a suspense novel this is a late work, from master John le Carr , who certainly knows his way around the chessboard So there must be something to it all, right Well, yes and no If the same skill care that concocted the endgame here the riveting last third of the book could have been brought to bear on the exposition, this would be the best le Carr in a long time, a small masterpiece As it stands, the first two thirds are spent pushing anonymous pieces around the board, adjusting the grounds for the endgame I d love to be saying here that it was like watching clockwork to see the pawns being guided into place, that it was a very sophisticated process to witness, interlocking parts gliding into place for the final set piece. but it wasn t All in all, the introductory parts are purposefully tossed out in a shambles, perhaps in an attempt to make the endcompelling For me, this needed to be pared down to novella length to show only the endgame, or expanded to five, six hundred pages to faithfully render characters exposition inthan shorthand form Something to note is that the beleaguered hardback industry, which requires notor less than 300 pgs as the standard for suspense, espionage, mystery fiction, have a look at recent ones always prevails these days Established author or novice, three hundred pages Sorry to say that novels don t come out later in director s cut versions But le Carr knows his endgame like nobody else, and how to conduct his characters in the final act The tone here is controlled, acerbic, and taut If your patience holds through the intro chapters, the finale is beautifully structured, timed and rendered in short, devastating order


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