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  • Title: Absolute Friends
  • Author: John le Carré
  • ISBN: 9780316159395
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • An absolutely triumphant bestseller everywhere hailed as the masterpiece toward which John le Carre has been building since the fall of communism This thrilling tale of Joyaity, betrayal and international espionage spans the lives of two friends from the not torn West Berlin of the 1960s to the grimy looking glass of Cold War Europe to the present day of terrorism and uncAn absolutely triumphant bestseller everywhere hailed as the masterpiece toward which John le Carre has been building since the fall of communism This thrilling tale of Joyaity, betrayal and international espionage spans the lives of two friends from the not torn West Berlin of the 1960s to the grimy looking glass of Cold War Europe to the present day of terrorism and uncertain new alliances alliances that aren t always what they seem to be.
    Absolute Friends An absolutely triumphant bestseller everywhere hailed as the masterpiece toward which John le Carre has been building since the fall of communism This thrilling tale of Joyaity betrayal and internati

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    1. i am convinced le carre is a genius he sets full scenes in just a few sentences and his characters are thoughful and consistent consistent so that their actions reflect their personality that seems to be a hard one for many to capture.

    2. If you follow my reviews you know by now that i m a le Carr fanatic In Absolute Friends Le Carr returns to the same formula that has worked in so many of his books, with one distinctive above all a perfect spy In this excellent spy thriller, we learn about the relationship between Ted and Sasha operator agent as well as friends through their years old relationship as students, through their cordial correspondence, and at the end through current events.Le Carr is demonstrating the American monopo [...]

    3. Maybe a 5 is too high a ratingg ybe not.But I give it a 5 for Le Carre s tightrope walk from fiction to non fiction This novel rings all kinds of bells, historic and political.And he takes em all on the pseudo liberals and conservatives, Islamist terrorists, the CIA, the British Secret Service, communists, the HUGE money corporations with hands in pies everywhere all the stuff that was and has come true sadly, but expectedly.Keep thinking about Eisenhower s warning about the military industrial [...]

    4. Read it and weep, Robert Harris This is how to write a spy thriller Le Carre s strength, or one of them and there are many is his characterisations which, in less skilled hands, could be the ludicrous caricatures I mentioned above He makes them believable though As he does the situations You really begin to believe that the world of espionage works exactly as portrayed here His heroes tend to be offbeat misfits who can t seem to settle in a normal life and, from the novels I ve read so far, tend [...]

    5. Calling John le Carre a spy novelist is liking calling Shakespeare a jingle writer Nevertheless, there was something about this book that bothered me enough to knock one star off my otherwise high regard, and I think I can discuss it without issuing a spoiler alert.First, the basics Ted Mundy is a Brit who almost falls into the spy trade after he renews his acquaintance with old student friend, the enigmatic and charismatic Sasha Together, they had played street revolutionaries in Berlin in the [...]

    6. Absolute Friends was the story of a complicated friendship spanning much of the twentieth century The psychological depth of this friendship was reason enough to read this novel The issues discussed, events mentioned and locations described gave me much food for thought The intelligent, well paced and insightful story was gripping and authentic in the way few thrillers are today But I was most touched by the power of the story s cynical conclusion it forced me to soberly consider the tremendous [...]

    7. The old spy game is taken up a notch in Le Carre s Absolute Friends Here the intrigue and spying are not merely about competing Cold War ideologies, but the friendship of two men who came of age and connected as friends amidst the radical student movement of the 1960s in West Germany The friendship continues throughout the novel, as the friends meet and drift apart again over the years, but never lose the ultimate bond estranged boyhoods and youthful idealism that united them in the first place. [...]

    8. Leaving the envelope to mature for a week or two, therefore, he waits until the right number of tequilas has brought him to the right level of insouciance, and rips it open Ted Mundy, Pakistan born English major s son, Germanophile and student rebel, has just about settled into mediocrity at the British Council when a trip in his guise as head of Overseas Drama and Arts particular responsibility Youth becomes an exercise in secret police evasion A figure from his past appears and he is recruited [...]

    9. I decided to read other reviewers here on before I gave my stars Turns out they didn t change my first instinct to give it a solid four Was hard for me to buy the spoiler alert probability that Mundy would take up with Sasha a THIRD time in response to his appeal to save the world having had two prior undesirable outcomes But I could get past it in view of so many salient themes to the modern setting I found it interesting that it was copywritten 2003, which explains all the references to the Ir [...]

    10. I m going to do the same review for The Mission Song and Absolute Friends because these books have so much in common They both show a great writer having stumbled on his own frustration at international politics Both books are suffused with anger that does not characterize Le Carre s other works, and this anger impedes the storytelling and changes thematic representation to Neanderthalic proselytizing In the past Le Carre has dealt with subjects before that he finds offensive The Night Watchman [...]

    11. I listened to this long book on CD on a trip and, though I found it interesting enough to finish listening to it, am pretty sure that, had I read it in book form, I wouldn t have had the patience to finish it Starting out with the appealing depiction of a British spy living happily in retirement with a Turkish woman and her son while working as a tour guide in Germany, the main character Ted Mundy winds up being called back into action by his old friend and fellow spy, Sasha The flashback which [...]

    12. Another demonstration of how good a writer John Le Carre is a narrative which spans forty years from the late Sixties onwards The novel features Ted, a Pakistan born Englishman who moves though a minor public school and a year at Oxford to join with student anarchist Sasha during a gap year in Berlin In a later phase, Cold War espionage provides their continued relationship, and after a gap of 15 years they meet up again in a confusing alliance against US imperialism.

    13. Absolute Friends is one of Le Carr s best 21st Century novels Spanning a life time from the blood soaked streets of India and Pakistan after partition to the freezing Cold War before settling into the horrors of the war against terror, the narrative follows the fortunes and misfortunes of one Ted Mundy, Oxford drop out, 60s anarchist, unqualified schoolteacher, British Council guide and spy Mundy is a man you can t help liking, for all his shortcomings, yet you feel throughout that it won t end [...]

    14. Absolute Friends is almost autobiographical Le Carre, himself an agent of Cold War espionage, made a career out of writing spy thrillers and must have been as shocked as anyone by the sudden collapse of the Iron Curtain Like the protagonist, the English ex spy Mundy, he must have struggled at first to find himself in this wholly changed landscape, and perhaps struggled to come to terms with it This book covers that transition from Cold War to War on Terrorism, looking at the world through eyes o [...]

    15. As a huge fan of 1984, I appreciate many of the Orwellian themes Le Carre develops here It was also interesting to read about Iraq from the position of hindsight Le Carre published this in 2003 I enjoyed the careful character development of both Sasha and Mundy as much as I enjoyed the author s excellent, terse prose Really, the man is a wonderful writer So why did I give this a three instead of a four Or even a five Le Carre s anger was palpable, to the point I felt he was proselytizing A littl [...]

    16. As always, I found Le Carre quite entertaining I often wondered what Le Carre turned to after his Cold War thrillers This book was great it had a surprise ending The thesis of this thriller is that the War on Terror can be an excuse for the conservative political powers to seek out and destroy innocent liberals Even though those liberals might be intellectual revolutionaries The title comes from a friendship between two such liberal revolutionaries Le Carre tracks them from before the end of the [...]

    17. Absolutely heartbreaking Le Carre at his best on a par with The Honourable Schoolboy, Little Drummer Girl, and Perfect Spy Set in Berlin of the 60s, East Germany just before the fall of the Wall, and in the unified Germany just after the invasion of Iraq Ted Mundy and Sasha, the friends of the title, find out that the rules of the game, post Cold War, have irrevocably changed.

    18. 1.5The very first pages and the last ones were the best But the middle was just meh It was entertaining enough to keep me reading, but I thought about DNF it like four times It reads fast though.I didn t like the characters, I wasn t interested in what they talked about and I wish some things were explained better.But I was told this isn t his best books, and that some are great So I ll give them a shot.__________________________________________________Las primeras p ginas y las ltimas fueron la [...]

    19. It s no secret that John le Carr is a master storyteller that manages to use measured yet laser focused writing to describe story lines that would be treated in a much hyperbolic manner by other authors He continually manages to make the exciting mundane, and by doing so to make the mundane even exciting and believable This wasn t my favorite of his novels, but it was completely gripping and fascinating as it covered different territories and times than others of his that I have read The story [...]

    20. This one was up there with the Karla books Phenomenally well executed.Le Carr s books aren t spy stories, they re stories about spies They re for those of us who have wondered what it is like to live a life of deception and intrigue, a life that is not your own The answer is compromise, dissonance, loss of self Le Carr s characters are all forced to develop identity after identity for the sake of survival and the cause they have been caught in They find themselves in the same position as Mundy, [...]

    21. I rate this novel as average considering the body of work accomplished by this master.The story friend of the rekindled friendship between the two main characters held my interest, but the whiny politics of the two was rather grating.I found the end came crashing down hard, but I wasn t complaining as that meant that the book was over.

    22. this book was back and forth i started to get into the story then there were times it was dull and put it down for a while the long philosophical monologues and stream of consciousness of Mundy lost my attention The ending was redeeming, in typical le Carre style the story really hits its stride the last 75 pages or so.

    23. Absolute Friends is an espionage tale of two friends, Sasha, charismatic and impressionable, and Mundy a phlegmatic and an uprooted not quite complete Englishman I did not find the story too well told, with much of it superficially about their friendship during post War and the Cold War years ending abruptly and inconclusively after 200 or so pages with the fall of the Berlin Wall Absolute Friends lacked the thrill that one associates with spies, and throughout there is a feeling that Mundy and [...]

    24. For those unfamiliar with Le Carre, do not expect a happy ending He has a bleak view of the worlds of politics, espionage and internationl relations Having said that, Le Carre is a master of characterisation and a highly skilled practitioner of plot Absolute Friends is one of his best novels in terms of both.The book revolves around two characters, Ted Mundy, a rather bumbling, apparently shambolic Britisher who, in the course of the book, becomes an long term, highly effective spy, and Sasha, a [...]

    25. John Le Carr didn t invent the espionage novel Eric Ambler was not least among his predecessors but he undeniably lifted it to a new intelligent level From The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, he went on to develop an engaging series of variations on the theme.By 2016, with Berlin wall log ago demolished and the cold war behind us, it might be thought that the genre was played out Absolute Friends is evidence that, in the hands of the master, much remains possible.Edward Mundy, the son of a major [...]

    26. 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 lif [...]

    27. An excellent absorbing read that reviews a lot of current politics from the 60 s to the present, on the background undergound world of espionage counterespionage The 2 central characters absolute friends are Mundy who is recruited to the British secret Service, and Sasha who ends up as a double agent for the British, under the guise of working for Stasi, the East german intelligence agency, when he becomes disallusioned by the Communists whose ideals he espoused Their collaboration aids the coll [...]

    28. After one false start I picked this novel up again and was almost immediately hooked This is high level entertainment beefed up with some nutritious and timely philosophical questions about national and international loyalties, responsibility to God, King, and Country, and the sometimes fine line between duty and righteousness Do the means justify the ends Does anyone even know what the ends are any Not as crisp, terse, and razor sharp as The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, but a truly fun and th [...]

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