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The Night Manager

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  7,329 Ratings  ·  574 Reviews
In the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. Jonathan Pine is ready to stand up and be counted in the fight against this ultimate heart of darkness. His mission takes him from the cliffs of west Cornwall, via northern Quebec and the Caribbean, to the jungles of post-Noriega Pan ...more
Paperback, 597 pages
Published September 21st 2006 by Sceptre (first published June 28th 1993)
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Warwick
A slinky international thriller about post-Cold War geopolitics, crammed full of damaged antiheroes, corrupt politicians, worn-out spies, megarich drug-runners and frustratingly vulnerable women. It opens in Zurich and rapidly expands to take in detailed sketches of Quebec, the Bahamas, Miami, the Netherlands, Central America and Cornwall – so that there is a kind of travelogue element to the action, not unlike the feeling in those early Bond movies where audiences partly just wanted to see some ...more
James Thane
Aug 21, 2016 James Thane rated it really liked it
Jonathan Pine is the night manager at a hotel in Cairo. A beautiful woman named Sophie, who is the mistress of an Arab playboy and would-be arms dealer named Freddie Hamid, asks him to photocopy some documents for her and then to keep the copy in the hotel safe. Pine reluctantly agrees to do so and speed-reads the documents as he does.

The papers describe an arms deal that Hamid is attempting to orchestrate with a very wealthy and very bad man named Richard Roper. Pine is a patriotic Englishman a
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Bettie☯


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Description: In the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. Jonathan Pine is ready to stand up and be counted in the fight against this ultimate heart of darkness. His mission takes him from the cliffs of west Cornwall, via northern Quebec and the Caribbean, to the jungles of post-Noriega Panama. His quarry is the worst man in the world.

John le Carré on The Night
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Darwin8u
Oct 04, 2016 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
"Every man has his personal devil waiting for him somewhere."
-- John le Carré, The Night Manager

description

"WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is
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Matthew
Aug 07, 2008 Matthew rated it liked it
One of the more interesting aspects of Ian Fleming's James Bond series is the fact that, although Bond is ostensibly a spy, he really doesn't do very much spying: he doesn't invisibly infiltrate enemy lines, doesn't uncover valuable hidden information. Instead, it would be more accurate to describe him as a kind of tuxedoed one-man death squad, dispatched to periodically fuck up the life of some eccentric megalomaniac or super villain.

By comparison, the spooks in LeCarre's novels really spend t
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Paul
Jonathan Pine is the Night manager at a luxury hotel in Cairo. A conversation with a guest late one night opens his eyes to the dark underworld of the arms trade; this guest Sophie asks him to pass some documents to the Egyptian authorities, which he does, but he sends a copy onto a friend in MI6 too, even though she warned him that Roper has contact with the British security services. A short while later she is found murdered, and it dawns on Pine that he may be responsible for her death.

Six mo
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Σωτήρης  Αδαμαρέτσος
Έχει γραφτεί πως ο Λε Καρέ αντιπροσωπευει επάξια σήμερα την ψυχή και το ύφος της λεπτής γραφής της λογοτεχνίας, όπως παλαιότερα ο Κονραντ! Απλά ο Κονραντ χρησιμοποιεί ως καμβά τις ναυτικες ιστορίες, ενώ ο Λε Καρέ τις κατασκοπευτικες.
Όντας φανατικός αναγνώστης και των δύο, το επιβεβαίωνω!!!

Η περιγραφή και το ύφος των έργων του Λε Καρέ δείχνουν πραγματικά ότι ο συγγραφέας δουλεύει το κείμενο του συνειδητά. Όπως και ο Κονραντ (και ίσως ο Ντικενς) μέσα στην ιστορία ο Λε Καρέ θα αναπτύξει όλα τα πρ
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Jennifer
Disclaimer: I only read this book because they're making a TV version, and Tom Hiddleston is going to play the protagonist.

With that out of the way, I have to say, I struggled mightily with this book.

The plot--man infiltrates criminal organization to seek revenge on the man who heads said organization—should have made for a compelling novel, but it just...didn't. In my opinion, of course.

Overall it was plodding and slow, and could never really hold my attention for very long. I could easily put
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Niama
Nov 08, 2012 Niama rated it it was amazing
THE NIGHT MANAGER is, hands down, the BEST spy novel I have ever read. If it has not or did not win a Pulitzer, Le Carre was robbed.

First of all, let me be clear: I _have_ read the best out there. I don't spend _all_ of my free time with the doings of espiocrats, as LeCarre dubs them, but I was willingly transfixed by all three tomes that make up THE BOURNE TRILOGY, and I do not have to close my eyes or be anywhere near THE BOURNE IDENTITY to viscerally remember, at the cellular level, the closi
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Laura
From BBC 01 Player:
Attempting to help a well-connected guest, hotel night manager Jonathan Pine is drawn into the world of arms dealer Richard Roper.

1/6: Hotel night manager Jonathan Pine receives a plea for help from a well-connected guest. His actions draw him into the world of Richard Roper, a businessman and arms dealer.

2/6: On the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Roper's life of luxury and calm is shattered. Six months earlier, Burr continues her recruitment of Pine, sending him to Devon t
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Claire Strong
This took me a while to get into. Let's hope the TV series keeps me awake longer than the book did!
Josie Brown
Jul 04, 2010 Josie Brown rated it it was amazing
I consider myself a John le Carre aficionado, and this is, hands down, my favorite thus far.

We anticipate that his espionage and political threads are strong and tightly drawn. However, what is the true joy of this novel is the emotional depth of le Carre's hero, Jonathan. Driven by retribution and revenge, we get a man (as opposed to an automaton) with heart and soul as well as the obligatory skills of a spy.

In THE NIGHT MANAGER, le Carre's prose is poetry, as exemplified when Jonathan, caught
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Nigel
Oct 31, 2014 Nigel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I think this may be my favourite non-Karla le Carre novel, a post-Cold War spy thriller that darkly marks the transition from old-school espionage to more modern Pure Intelligence, recounting a desperate, but carefully and meticulously planned operation to bring down a wealthy British arms dealer by a small joint British/US agency known as Enforcement, while a larger, more powerful and shadowy set of players with tentacles in all levels of government and finance across the globe run their own, p ...more
James
Jul 26, 2015 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, fiction
The ambiguity Le Carré so skillfully wraps into all his novels has always made me appreciate them all the more for the feeling they give of this is how it would actually happen. In the night manager the desire to rid this good earth of the world`s worst man, an English arms dealer, is not the start of a paint by the numbers = come uppance and happy ending on page 353, but a gallant foolish charge into a world where the worst enemies are often your colleagues sitting opposite you. This nod to the ...more
John
Jun 01, 2014 John rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: a patient reader, not for the James Bonds out there.
Recommended to John by: The Honourable Schoolboy
Shelves: re-read, favorites
Another fine le Carre story. A winding story. Characters with depth. Visual details. LC always seems to have his finger on the pulse of international news, even now as it was twenty years ago.

Our hero is gently wooed into service, trained for technique, scenarios to develop deep cover, the set up, chumming with the villain, fem fatale, a proverbial storm on the high seas, a horse in green fields. Isn't it refreshing how Mr. le Carre refrains from using guns to the extent that film, television an
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Nick
It took just one episode of the BBC/AMC mini-series adaptation to drive me back to the original le Carré, which I thought I'd read, but maybe I didn't. What an interesting experience, to interweave chapters of the book, set in the 90s in the Caribbean, with the TV show, set in the Mediterranean. By and large, the updatings work well for the adaptation -- a cell phone plays a key role. A gender change for a the central spymaster works. What fascinated me the most is how the novel, written in clos ...more
Neil
Jul 08, 2016 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
I read this mainly because the BBC did such a great job of a 6-hour TV version earlier this year. I thought it would be interesting to read the book. Both are excellent. The conversion of Burr from man in the book to (heavily pregnant) woman in the TV series was, I believe, a stroke of genius. Conversely, the ending of the book is by far the more interesting and satisfying end, even if ... no, I won't spoil anything here!

The plot is different enough to mean that seeing the TV series first doesn'
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Steve Cooper
Feb 19, 2015 Steve Cooper rated it it was amazing
The research really shows here - so much so that the story seems real. And it's not just the layering of actual details that produces this verisimilitude; it's the way badness, fear and weakness conspire to corrupt. Throughout most of le Carre's novels, and especially this one, an unseen evil hovers above the story and eventually intervenes to scuttle the most intricately-planned operations. Le Carre's great skill is to reveal the blandness of this evil, making it easier for us to recognise in o ...more
Ginny
May 22, 2016 Ginny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finally mustered up my courage and finished. And it was well worth it. Brilliant prose, unexpected but very organic twists and turns, and a satisfying ending. What a master. It will be interesting to see what the miniseries does with it--how they will show the political machinations: "This isn't crime. This is politics." There is the feeling that almost everyone with any power at all is a bad guy.
Claire
Jul 21, 2016 Claire rated it liked it
I now truly appreciate how good the recent BBC adaptation was! 3 stars.

This review was originally posted on my book blog.

I have to begin with a confession: I only read this because I’d enjoyed the BBC TV adaptation earlier this year. And, unfortunately, that is the source of my issues with the book. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend you read The Night Manager if you’ve already seen the show because, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be disappointed.

It would be much better to come to the book first,
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umberto
Jan 11, 2013 umberto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy-fiction
I think reading this novel by John le Carre is rewarding and entertaining for his fans familiar with his "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold," "The Looking Glass War," "Smiley's People," etc. since we can enjoy reading every episode with intense fear, horror, expectation, etc. and ponder if we were the hero, what would be the best solution or action taken.

I'm sorry I didn't scribble any note while reading this book, indeed, there's only one tick by such a seemingly quotable quote:

... He crushed
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Sarrah
Jan 23, 2016 Sarrah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is basically what James Bond would be like if Le Carre wrote 007s adventures. In Roper, there's a villain who thinks he's doing right by politics by selling huge quantities of ammunition to cartels and the underclasses kept subdued by the international system. There's the morally ambiguous hero in Pine, whose violent and disturbed past haunts his present and he finds himself in over his head. There's a string of women who have been loved and left alone in the middle of the night in Canada. ...more
Joel Lacivita
Aug 11, 2016 Joel Lacivita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first John Le Carre novel and I found it to be a great experience. I had seen several films based on his novels and found that I enjoyed this book better than the films. There are so many details and characters to his stories they can be difficult to follow in a movie. I found his prose and extensive use of vocabulary to be quite impressive.

This is the kind of book that makes one wonder how much of it is based on real life happenings. It appears that he did a great deal of research
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Denise Mullins
Apr 21, 2016 Denise Mullins rated it liked it
What a shame that such a well-crafted plot and engaging characters should get bogged down in meticulous but tediously exasperating details that do nothing to enhance the overall enjoyment of the reader! The all to frequent flashbacks which are jarringly interspersed with the story are further complicated by the variety of identities which the protagonist adopts in his attempts to achieve deep cover. These made it painful for this reader to deal with more than a dozen pages at a time; however, wh ...more
Alison
Sep 03, 2011 Alison added it
I bought this at Charles de Gaulle airport to read on the way home. I can never resist a le Carre, no matter how much I have been disappointed by previous books. At first I thought this one was destined to fall in that category too—the language seemed so overwrought and the characters two-dimensional—but then about half way through it found its stride and after that I could barely put it down. Yay!
Philippa Mary
Aug 08, 2016 Philippa Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this - I decided to pick it up after seeing the BBC miniseries. It definitely took me a little while to get into it and the amount of detail sometimes bogged down the plot, but it was generally engaging. I thought the characters are written very well - they are all complex and really quite interesting character studies. I am definitely interested to try out more by this author and I would recommend it.
Sofia
Mar 06, 2016 Sofia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agentes secretos e espionagem não são temas que me atraíam muito. No entanto, como a BBC criou uma série baseada neste livro, não resisti à curiosidade e comecei a ler. Até meio do livro a leitura foi uma tortura, diálogos cuja tradução não resultava em português, muito discurso de espionagem e pouca densidade nas personagens. Depois, a história começou a melhorar, mas não o suficiente para chegar às 4 estrelas.
Carol Jean
Jun 11, 2016 Carol Jean rated it liked it
I read this because I didn't completely understand the ending of the TV version. Well....the TV version rewrote the entire ending of the book!

Goodish le Carre, if a bit soppy sentimental (I think I preferred the TV version....).
Christopher
I didn't realize that this had been made into a TV series until I saw the book cover, so I was intrigued enough to pick it up...and so glad I did. This was a perfect read for my summer vacation: a everyday-sort-of-bloke finds himself mixed up in the illicit arms trade after falling for the wrong girl and goes to great lengths to right all wrongs. It may seem like a thin story, but the marvelous thing about this book is that it's written by JLC, so there's nothing thin about the writing. This is ...more
Thebooktrail
Mar 11, 2016 Thebooktrail rated it really liked it
Locations in the novel and TV adaptation! Night Manager booktrail

I'm currently getting well into the TV show and just had to read the book - you know how it is. It's a thriller and a half this one. Differnt to the TV show of course but in a good way and the story is as strong in both. The troublesome nature and dark underbelly of the world of international intrigue really come across well and without giving anything away, it's just a really good thriller!

The Night Manager is on a mission which t
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John le Carré, the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell (born 19 October 1931 in Poole, Dorset, England), is an English author of espionage novels. Le Carré has resided in St Buryan, Cornwall, Great Britain, for more than 40 years, where he owns a mile of cliff close to Land's End.

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