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A Perfect Spy by John le Carré
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Jan 17, 2011

it was amazing
Read from January 17 to February 17, 2011

A Complete Masterpiece. The funny thing about this book was the way it ensnares the reader. It began slowly, almost boring, but eventually I became so intrigued by Pym and who he really was that I couldn't put the book down. Pym had such a sadness throughout the story, his childhood especially but the relationship between he and his father was the most interesting. It's said that this work is largely auto-biographical of le Carré (his father was something of a con-artist and he never really knew his mother) and that would make sense because that sadness had such a feeling of authenticity that it was almost heart-breaking at times. As I read, I was continuously reminded of another mono-syllabic character whose name begins with a "P", namely Pip from Great Exceptions, but instead of having a secret benefactor, poor Pym seemed to have a secret malefactor in the form of the Czecho spy, Axel. There was quite a bit of shuffling between the present and the past, first person and third and instead of creating confusion, for me it created a sense of urgency, as though the story-teller (Pym) was working on borrowed time and had so much to tell and so little time to tell it. A powerful novel. I highly recommend reading it.
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