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Absolute Friends by John le Carré
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Jan 24, 12

bookshelves: novels, mystery-detective-suspense
Read from January 08 to 22, 2012

This book mostly seemed like a forum for John le Carre to vent about post-9/11 US/British politics, lament what the world has come to, and deliver an elegy for the integrity of national security and intelligence operations during the Cold War. The two protagonists -- aging men who meet as radical activists in West Berlin in the '60s and seem to spend their whole lives trying to keep those glory days alive in one way or another -- were predictable, which seems to defeat the purpose of a good spy novel. There are some clever turns of phrase and there's a sharp rant about the corporatization of the university, but otherwise, this book was kind of a drag and about as thrilling as mushy peas.

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