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The Night Manager

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  8,684 Ratings  ·  683 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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Samantha No. The ending was one of the more significant things changed in the TV series.
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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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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 03, 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
Nov 23, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2016
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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Sr3yas
Mar 14, 2017 Sr3yas rated it it was ok
I was planning to read "The Honorable Schoolboy (1977)" as my third le Carré novel. But as fate would have it, I stumbled upon a TV show trailer on YouTube.

Tom Hiddleston + Hugh Laurie + le Carré ?!
Sign me up!

So before watching the show, I decided to read the novel.
❝ Promise to build a chap a house, he won't believe you. Threaten to burn his place down, he'll do what you tell him. Fact of life.❞

The story introduces Jonathan Pine, an ex-soldier turned night manager for luxury hotels. It was
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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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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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Gerald
Feb 15, 2008 Gerald rated it it was amazing
I have read [Book:The Night Manager] several times and I can't help seeing Kevin Spacey in the role (even though he's not a Brit). I understood that the movie version was set some years ago--Sidney Pollack to direct and Robert Towne to do the script--then it fell through for those unspecified "creative differences." I don't know whether Kevin was being considered.

Then I heard Le Carre speak and someone asked him about the movie project. He said he was barred from discussing it because of his co
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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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Niama
Jul 31, 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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Benoit Lelièvre
Jan 02, 2017 Benoit Lelièvre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 50 pages of this novel are some of the best material I've ever read. Le Carré goes Proust and crafts a terrifying confrontation by digging into the past and into his protagonist's psyche in order to make the moment larger than life. The result is absolutely stunning. Le Carré created in Jonathan Pine a protagonist complex and engaging like few others.

When Pine first gets in contact with his handler Leonard Burr, The Night Manager goes into full spy novel and become labyrinthic and some
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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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Claire Strong
This took me a while to get into. Let's hope the TV series keeps me awake longer than the book did!
James
Feb 01, 2011 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
Jul 02, 2010 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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Nigel
Feb 26, 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
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
Lily
Feb 07, 2017 Lily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It was a good story but definitely not a gripping thriller. I thought it was hard to follow the plot and it was a bit boring overall.
Neil
Mar 01, 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
Apr 15, 2014 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
Apr 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.
Kathy
Jun 09, 2017 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the televised series and thought I would circle back to read the basis.
Claire
Apr 27, 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 08, 2012 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
Mar 28, 2015 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
Jul 10, 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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Pete
Mar 29, 2016 Pete rated it it was ok
Shelves: editor-4-hire
A view of the spy world from both sides. I'd say it's 60/40 spy/political spy handler. I know there are a lot of stories where you see the background people and wish you could learn more about them. LeCarré gives us this look and for the most part it's a crappy snooze fest. Would have been much better introducing the background players and throw in a page here and there until it speeds up towards the end.

The plot was just okay and I didn't find many of the character decisions to be very believab
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Astrid Langeveld
Jan 07, 2017 Astrid Langeveld rated it liked it
De nachtmanager van een groot hotel in Zwitserland is een Britse spion, die probeert een puissant rijke handelaar in criminele zaken te ontmaskeren. Ik moet eerlijk bekennen dat ik het boek als eerste heb gepakt, omdat Hugh Laurie op de voorkant stond. Ik ben een grote fan van hem. Daarnaast las ik ook dat de BBC het boek ook verfilmde tot een indrukwekkende televisie-serie. Meestal zijn boeken die verfilmd worden erg goed. Ik kan dit boek alleen lastig beoordelen. In het begin had ik echt moeit ...more
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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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