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A Perfect Spy by John le Carré
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Sep 22, 2011

it was amazing

Some people - my agent for one - rate this le Carre's best book. It is certainly his most personal, in particular, the resemblance between Rick Pym and le Carre's own father has been commented on many times. I loved it. I admire in particular his skill at holding interest, keeping up the pace with a book that is really a reflection on the past - Magnus looking back. The structure cleverly keeps the present and past in parallel - and, somehow, le Carre is able to shift the narrative element that is the past into the present without it jarring... I think Rick Pym is wonderfully well drawn. Also, long before psychologists were writing about the importance of 'secure attachments' in childhood - le Carre gives us the mistakes of the past inflicted on the young Magnus and there extraordinary and fatal consequences.

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