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Absolute Friends by John le Carré
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Mar 12, 12

Read in March, 2012

It continues to be interesting watching Le Carre carry his world into the present, leaving the Cold War behind. I wasn't sure of the friendship between Mundy and Sasha, the pair of the title, right up until the end. This being a spy novel, I kept expecting one to betray or have betrayed the other. Instead both men are bound to the flaws that seem to haunt all spies. Ted Mundy is another interesting creation, a man with a history of shaky identities and changing locals. The one stable thing in his life is his friend.

As time goes by Mundy becomes more and more of a ghost to the people in his life, while those people come to seem like ghosts in the narrative. Secrets become the truest proof of friendship in a friendship that is, itself, a secret.

Early on, when Mundy and Sasha first met, I had a hard time understanding the friendship. The idea of being stuck in an uncomfortable building with dozens of strident college students just seemed like a nightmare, but by the end of the book I remembered those scenes with the same kind of nostalgia Mundy and Sasha would have done.
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