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  • Title: Our Game
  • Author: John le Carré
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  • Page: 151
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  • Le Carr s post Cold War masterpiece, filled with suspense, betrayal, desire and dramaThe Cold War is over and retired secret servant Tim Cranmer has been put out to pasture, spending his days making wine on his Somerset estate But then he discovers that his former double agent Larry dreamer, dissolute, philanderer and disloyal friend has vanished, along with Tim s miLe Carr s post Cold War masterpiece, filled with suspense, betrayal, desire and dramaThe Cold War is over and retired secret servant Tim Cranmer has been put out to pasture, spending his days making wine on his Somerset estate But then he discovers that his former double agent Larry dreamer, dissolute, philanderer and disloyal friend has vanished, along with Tim s mistress As their trail takes him to the lawless wilds of Russia and the North Caucasus, he is forced to question everything he stood for.
    Our Game Le Carr s post Cold War masterpiece filled with suspense betrayal desire and dramaThe Cold War is over and retired secret servant Tim Cranmer has been put out to pasture spending his days making w

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    1. I can t believe that there are people on GR who found this book boring What is to bore with Le Carr s beautiful writing What is to bore with a book that teaches so much about the forgotten people, the Ingush, and the intrigues and treachery of Russian politics What is to bore with the master of the spy novel no, forget it, I just don t understand such comments.For me this book was like lovely, almost syrupy, ruby port and the richest fruit cake I wanted to upend the bottle and guzzle the port, I [...]

    2. Read in October defaulting to August 2013 This is the first Le Carre I haven t enjoyed I kept reading it only because he writes so compellingly that it s hard to stop reading but the storyline became and ridiculous and the ending is absurd I skim read much of it towards the end which is something I very rarely do I m a big enough fan that this won t put me off reading of his work but I am hugely disappointed I also have to say that it would be easy to become increasingly tired of Le Carre s c [...]

    3. There was one spot in this book which recalled for me the pleasure I used to find in LeCarre s Smiley novels But the rest of it did little for me Immediately afterwards I picked up an El Leonard mystery, and Leonard s lean, pared down style made LeCarre s wordy and elliptical manner seem a hard slog by comparison Oh, and once again the main character s wife is running around with another man Can t this guy write a book without that leitmotif With Smiley it was at the time a different kind of plo [...]

    4. FURIOUS IN ACTIONTAKES US BY THE NECK ON PAGE ONE AND NEVER LETS GO That s how the Chicago Sun Times describes this book My own impression BORING The tale could be a good one if fleshed out , but plot plods along with very little action or suspense To call this book thrilling would be gross hyperbole LeCarre tells you about what s happening rather than showing you Perhaps I m just too American in my preferences, and the author s dry British style doesn t provide me with enough energy to keep my [...]

    5. Tim Cranmer a prematurely retired British secret service agent is asked by both the local police and his former employers about the disappearance of Dr Larry Pettifer, his childhood acquaintance and long time double agent against the former Soviet Union However, not only has Larry disappeared, but also 37 million from the Russian government and Emma, Tim s young girlfriend.This is my second time through this novel The first time was almost twenty years ago, when it was first released Times have [...]

    6. I am very impressed with the number of books many of my Friends get through in a day compared with me who would be lucky to read the same number in a year But my holidays from writing are my chance to read I have to pick my books carefully when I have a break.Le Carre is perfect holiday reading This book doesn t disappoint.Stylishly written, well plotted, and complex, as one would expect Good treatment of post Cold War spying though a bit dated now Doesn t the world change too fast for spy writi [...]

    7. Few novelists in the spy genre give character development such high priority and thoughtful treatment as does John le Carre In Our Game we get to meet and know the primary characters through a lifetime of service and duplicity in the eternal spy vs spy game.Read everything you can by John le Carre You will not be disappointed.

    8. Originally published on my blog here in June 1999.Le Carr , like Len Deighton, has built his entire writing career on an obsession with deception and treachery, exploring its nuances through the shadowy world of espionage In Our Game, there are two betrayals central to the plot The large one, the treatment of the North Caucasus by the Soviet Union and then by the Russian state forms much of the background Their policy in this region was not so much to divide and conquer but to foster existing di [...]

    9. John le Carre is one of my favorite guilty pleasure writers I m a sucker for a decently told spy story and he is one of the best, if not the absolute best Saying that, this book just didn t do it for me It starts out strong, sort of a slow burn, teasingly handing over tidbits of what s happening rather than smacking us with a big, sudden reveal, and that s cool The narrator, a an aging, cynical ex spook turned academic and gentleman vintner, proves marginally unreliable in his role, holding back [...]

    10. I loved reading John Le Carre as a teenager, not to mention watching the BBC series featuring the amazing Sir Alex Guinness from the Cold War 1980 s over and over again After a long period of not reading Le Carre s books, and having just finished reading two feminist novels before starting Our Game , I realized that I what I adored most was the seeking part of the story I love the idea of breaking into houses and reading people s mail Of course I don t do this I love the jettisoning of cars and [...]

    11. Though this may be a cliche, Le Carre is one of those writers you either love or hate I love him I love the sarcasm and dry british public school wit, and I love the Smiley character though he doesn t appear in this book I ve been dipping my toes into his books for the last year, but eventually, I am sure I will read all of them.I ve read four LeCarre novels so far, and this is probably my favorite it is one of his post cold war books, and it is very well done The book centers around the relatio [...]

    12. I wouldn t recommend this book to anyone I started out struggling to read it then it got a little interesting in plot and character But by the end I was tired of all the words and no action I seem to remember really liking the other leCarre books I ve read, but it s been a while.

    13. a very detailed story of a retired spy master, his creature , and his lover all involved in a post soviet arms smuggling clever and complex, but way too long.

    14. A favourite of mine among Le Carr s body of work Echoes of Genesis, One for the Vine Very much about individual loyalty rather than fidelity to one s country.

    15. My reading alternates between the classics and spy novels Not sure why, but I ve fallen into that habit In terms of spy novels over the years, I started with Ian Flemming, then Robert Ludlum, and then for the last few years, John Le Carre with some Len Deighton and, most recently Charles McCarry thrown in for good measure For those unfamiliar with LeCarre, his novels are not necessarily the most instantly accessible For example, the style of his writing at times makes it difficult to note transi [...]

    16. Typical excellent le Carre fare This one held extra appeal because it is told in the first person It also centers on a fascinating area of the world, the Caucasus Another aspect I enjoy to le Carre is it s like watching Rush s Neil Peart or Larry Bird in slow motion Even when you know that something is about to happen, or when you re going to experience a twist to your thoughts, or you know the surprise is coming, it still surprises you It remains hard to track, and DO NOT lose your focus for mo [...]

    17. s vezes acontece entrarmos em jogos em que, do outro lado, as cartas est o viciadas Foi um pouco o que me aconteceu neste O Nosso Jogo Se n o estivesse escarrapachado na capa o nome de John le Carr , eu n o acreditava que o autor destas 393 p ginas fosse ele Na contracapa anunciam nos um romance de mist rio e suspense , romantismo e trag dia Falam tamb m da magia que supostamente impregna a obra E, provavelmente, foi a magia que deu cabo de tudo, apoderando se, num golpe m gico, da mente do auto [...]

    18. During the Cold War, the Master had to create complex characters to mirror the Byzantine intrigues of espionage After the Cold War, he realized that all the elaborate deceptions of spycraft had unleashed a covert army of dangerous, habitual liars on a newly simplified world Our Game is a partially successful attempt to reconcile with this reality The narrator is a former British agent think George Smiley with twice the charm and half the guile attempting to live like a country squire on the fami [...]

    19. I was so disappointed in this book I kept reading, hoping it would get better, but for me it just got worse I could find absolutely no redeeming qualities in any of the characters or the plot t that it s necessary to do that to appreciate a book, but these folks were incredibly self absorbed idiots retired British agents post Soviet Union collapse who were unable to adjust to the real world and continued to degenerate into even dysfunctional beings, consequently developing messianic complexes i [...]

    20. Orginally read in 1997, just re read in 2008 I ve been home sick with the evil death flu and needed something to read Its a well written book that, unfortunately, merely rehashes Le Carre s previous plots and characters Timothy Cranmer is just a taller George Smiley and the basis for Larry Pettifer, a Byronic, romantic, idealistic spy, appears in previous books The premise could have been interesting two Cold Warriors set out to pasture and face the consequences of their choices but it wasn t Be [...]

    21. I feel like some kid of betrayer of The Reading Code, but I m getting really tired of John LeCarre s books and his voice Reading Our Game was a real disappointement For the first 70 or so pages I kept thinking, Geez, is this guy ever gonna write a different book Then LeCarre threw in a neat plot twist which rekindled my interest for about 100 pages But all just peters out in the end to another world weary repetition of all his other work.

    22. I loved the way this book started and thought I was going to really be blown away Instead, it just seemed to lose momentum as it went along Even the characters became less interesting as the story progressed I m not even sure it is worthy of 3 stars in the end, but there was a time I thought it was headed for 5 stars.

    23. Was I supposed to sympathize with Pettifer and the Chechens Because I didn t Nor did I see how I was supposed to The ending came out of nowhere My first Le Carre experience, and I have to say underwhelming.

    24. I really enjoyed the first little bit but by the end it was simply awful One of those, Well I ve read this far, I need to find out what happens in the end deals I m afraid Sadly, nothing happens in the end FAR from le Carre s best work.

    25. When am i going to stop reaching out to Le Carre s lesser works I don t know I have Thomas Hardy Syndrome with this guy, and it doesn t even have as much payoff as applying Thomas Hardy Syndrome to John Irvinggh.

    26. Didn t enjoy as much as other by LeCarre, but am not as versed in areas of the world in which this takes place.

    27. While portions were well written, I found it slow and heavy going At times had trouble keeping up with the characters and their respective tales.

    28. Very poorely developing story about the ill thoughts of a desrted old man This story has hardly anything to do with espionage Don t expect a plot or some tension It will not appear

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