De duiventunnel: Verhalen uit mijn leven
Van zijn jaren in dienst van de Britse inlichtingendienst tijdens de Koude Oorlog, tot een carrière als schrijver, die hem van het door oorlog verscheurde Cambodja naar Beiroet bracht, op het heftigste moment van de Israëlische invasie in 1982, tot Rusland voor én na het neerhalen van de Berlijnse Muur, heeft John le Carré altijd geschreven vanuit het hart van de moderne t...more
I’m a liar…born to lying, bred to it, trained to it by an industry that lies for a living, practiced in it as a novelist. As a maker of fictions, I invent versions of myself, never the real thing, if it exists.John le Carré spent several years as an intelligence officer, with both MI6 and MI5. When his third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, became an interna ...more
…We all reinvent our pasts…but writers are in a class of their own. Even when they know the truth, it’s never enough for them.
I’ve had many discussions over the ...more
"It strikes me now that everything that happened later in life was the consequence of that one impulsive adolescent decision to get out of England by the fastest available route and embrace the German muse as a substitute mother.”
In "The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life" by John Le Carré
Schiller’s “Die Deutsche Muse” epitomizes what I call the German Soul (taken from my own copy of the “Schiller Sämmtliche Werke” :
Kein Augustisch ...more
The written word is fine, but I am going to urge readers to consider the audio of this memoir which is read by the author himself. He is quite g ...more
- John le Carré, quoting a dictum of Graham Greene, in 'The Pigeon Tunnel"
First, a disclosure, I was given this book by Viking Books. These types of offers I typically refuse. I don't like feeling under obligation to review or even read a book just because it was given to me. I might do it for friends, but even then, I am VERY picky about what I read. I have thousands of unread books and thousands of others I that are on my radar t ...more
The author's real name is David Cornwell, and this memoir is a loose collection of stories from his experience, including everything from his research trips to Russia to his interactions with Hollywood. There are also tales of tense interactions with other spies who are angry about his books, and of the awkwardness that has occurred when government officials assume le Carré is a master spy, rather than just a bestselling author ...more
In not resisting, I heard (in the Audible version read by the author himself) one of the most interesting set of tales one could ever hope to. I say t ...more
I understand that there is some controversy about this book. Some say that the author has undercut Adam Sisman who had written a biography (with le Carré’s assistance) less than a year previous to this book. Some say that le Carré deals with “the truth” about events in less than a rigorous manner. He uses t ...more
I was able to read about what parts of his life inspired his stories. So while I was reading the memoir I was like this part inspired this and this part inspired that. And it gave me a greater insight to Le Carre’s “shadowy” past.
Now I am anticipating the rest of his novels even more.
Episode 1: One time at a party Denis Healey says: 'You're a communist spy, that what you are'. Plus a memorable lunch with Alec Guinness to discuss his character George Smiley.
2/5: Yvette Pierpaoli, a business woman who once worked out of Phnom Penn. We discover how her character and actions went towards creating Tessa in the novel The Constant Gardener.
3/5: At sixteen he was sent by his father Ronnie to Paris, to meet with Count Mario da Bernaschina a ...more
But Le Carre’s boo isn’t just name dropping, or to be more exact, it’s not about name dropping at all. I ...more
There is a full biography by John that was released last year. This book could be a sort of a companion to it.
There are no top secrets here, no scandals or spies. Just vignettes of a long lived life, anecdotes, stories and recollection: some are true and some are hazy.
An enjoyable read that any Le Caree fan would enjoy immensely.
Le Carré tells of being inducted into MI5, as a junior officer in 1956, at the age of 25. He moved to MI6 in 1961 and left the service at age 33. Le Carré tells of friendships with poets, poli ...more
These are true stories told from memory – to which you are entitled to ask, what is truth, and what is memory to the creative writer in what we may delicately call the evening of his life? To a lawyer, truth is facts unadorned. Whether such facts are ever findable is another matter. To a creative writer, fact is raw m ...more
John le Carre with five recollections from his writing life, abridged by Katrin Williams:
1/5: One time at a party Denis Healey says: 'You're a communist spy, that what you are'. Plus a memorable lunch with Alec Guinness to discuss his character George Smiley.
2/5: There was Yvette Pierpaoli, a business woman who once worked out of Phnom Penn. We discover how her character and actions went towards creating Tessa in the novel The Constant Gardener.
3/5: At sixteen ...more
Using his expertise and connections, gained when still a young man, while working in the secret service of Great Britain, le Carre crafted an entire series of novels which are among the finest ever written. Yes, I said it. And he's still working at it. And though he insists he was only a lower-level 'spy' and was never really involved in anything other than utilitarian sp ...more
But the man, at 84 years old, is one hell of a writer. So that even when I wa ...more
An average book for Le Carre, a towering achievement compared to other memoirs. ...more
REVIEW: I grew up with thrillers, mysteries, and espionage novels. They were, and still are, some of my mother's favorite genres. So it makes perfect sense that I would be interested in a memoir from what of literature's kings of spies. John le Carre's list of titles would probably surprise many. I was certainly unaware of a couple that were popular names to me only through cinematic means, completely unaware that the book it was based on was a le Carre. But p ...more
From the book's opening ...more
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