David Billow
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David Billow and 1 other person liked Michael's review of A Perfect Spy:
A Perfect Spy by John le Carré
"Somewhat boring over - wordy fictional semi-autobiography of LeCarre and his relationship with his father. I found it difficult to maintain interest or focus. It was slow and tedious compared to most of LeCarre's great books."
David Billow and 1 other person liked Lydia's review of A Perfect Spy:
A Perfect Spy by John le Carré
"After an incredibly slow and confusing start, this is a decent novel which by the end became positively interesting!
You must be prepared, when reading le Carré, for a certain amount of timeline hopping, archaically worded, upper class complexity b..." Read more of this review »
David Billow and 1 other person liked Jaki's review of A Perfect Spy:
A Perfect Spy by John le Carré
"Took me a long time to get into this book. I think part of that is the style whenever the book is being narrated by Magnus--I disliked those sections of the book stylistically, felt it was filled with a lot that wasn't advancing the story and over..." Read more of this review »
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Hated the long-winded, sentimental and self-indulgent voice of Pym and was almost ready to give up on this. But le Carre does just enough, mostly in the last 3rd of the book, to salvage this.
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Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed
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Lacks focus, jumping around between formats (biography; history; economics commentary) and the various bankers and countries.
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“Epidemic boo-hoo — ‘DON’T TELL MY WIFE!’ Leg-shackle clangs — the prostie vans shook…Panic down below: Shriners bagged en masse. Five men, fez hats flying — a whore grabbed one and pranced.”
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“Perhaps I should have been a Negro. I suspect I would have been a rather large and terrifying one, continually pressing my ample thigh against the withered thighs of old white ladies in public conveyances a great deal and eliciting more than one shriek of panic. Then, too, if I were a Negro, I would not be pressured by my mother to find a good job, for no good jobs would be available. My mother herself, a worn old Negress, would be too broken by years of underpaid labor as a domestic to go out bowling at night. She and I could live most pleasantly in some moldy shack in the slums in a state of ambitionless peace, realizing contentedly that we were unwanted, that striving was meaningless.”
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“Courage cannot be left like bones in a bag. It must be brought out and shown the light again and again, growing stronger each time. If you think it will keep for the times you need it, you are wrong. It is like any other part of your strength. If you ignore it, the bag will be empty when you need it most.”
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