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Charity by Len Deighton
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May 19, 2012

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I suppose you really have to read the previous eight books to appreciate this, the final volume of the Bernard Samson saga. For me there were still loose ends and unanswered questions, or possibly that the answers which appear in this volume are different from those in Sinker, the sixth book of the series. And although I have variously assessed these volumes, if one assesses them together they would have to have five stars . I have read all nine in order, and it has been a really great literary experience. Back in the mid 1990s I realised that Mr Deighton had probably written his last book and retired - it was Charity - and so I wrote to him and thanked him for entertaining me for most of my adult life. He wrote back -and suggested that I might read the books again. Now I have and I absolutely recommend the experience to anyone who likes spy novels, the Cold War, Berlin and the Wall. It is history as well as fiction. - And without giving anything away I think I only gave it three stars because I liked Gloria, and did not like Fiona, and so found the ending as it was applied to them, unsatisfactory.

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message 1: by Tim (new) - rated it 4 stars

Tim Totally agree with your comments regarding both Fiona and Gloria as I made clear in my own review!

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