[â The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life || ↠ PDF Read by ☆ John le Carré]

The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life By John le Carré,

  • Title: The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life
  • Author: John le Carré
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER Out of the secret world I once knew, I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit First comes the imagining, then the search for reality Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I m sitting now From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him fTHE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER Out of the secret world I once knew, I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit First comes the imagining, then the search for reality Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I m sitting now From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion, to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le Carr has always written from the heart of modern times In this, his first memoir, le Carr is as funny as he is incisive reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels Whether he s writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire, or visiting Rwanda s museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide, or celebrating New Year s Eve with Yasser Arafat, or interviewing a German terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev, or watching Alec Guinness preparing for his role as George Smiley, or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in his The Constant Gardener, le Carr endows each happening with vividness and humour, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood Best of all, le Carr gives us a glimpse of a writer s journey over than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters No other writer has charted pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers the public and secret histories of his times Guardian John le Carr is as recognizable a writer as Dickens or Austen Financial Times When I was under house arrest I was helped by the books of John le Carr they were a journey into the wider world These were the journeys that made me feel that I was not really cut off from the rest of humankind Aung San Suu Kyi
    The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER Out of the secret world I once knew I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit First comes the imagining then the search for reality Then

    One thought on “The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life”

    1. These are true stories told from memory to which you are entitled to ask, what is truth, and what is memory to a creative writer in what we may delicately call the evening of his life To the lawyer, truth is facets unadorned Whether such facts are ever findable is another matter To the creative writer, fact is raw material, not his taskmaster but his instrument, and his job is to make it sing Real truth lies, if anywhere, not in facts, but in nuance I ve had many discussions over the years about [...]

    2. I m a liar born to lying, bred to it, trained to it by an industry that lies for a living, practiced in it as a novelist As a maker of fictions, I invent versions of myself, never the real thing, if it exists.We all reinvent our pasts but writers are in a class of their own Even when they know the truth, it s never enough for them.John le Carr spent several years as an intelligence officer, with both MI6 and MI5 When his third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, became an international bes [...]

    3. if you were reporting on human pain, you had a duty to share it John le Carr , quoting a dictum of Graham Greene, in The Pigeon Tunnel First, a disclosure, I was given this book by Viking Books These types of offers I typically refuse I don t like feeling under obligation to review or even read a book just because it was given to me I might do it for friends, but even then, I am VERY picky about what I read I have thousands of unread books and thousands of others I that are on my radar to read I [...]

    4. These stories are pure enjoyment David Cornwell makes up for all those years he refused interviews, answering questions we never got to ask If he doesn t quite bare all, within are things we may have felt strongly about at the time, but now excite us just for the pleasure of hearing a different voice tell us indeed, we may have been right all along The written word is fine, but I am going to urge readers to consider the audio of this memoir which is read by the author himself He is quite good at [...]

    5. This is an absolutely delightful memoir from the great John le Carr.The author s real name is David Cornwell, and this memoir is a loose collection of stories from his experience, including everything from his research trips to Russia to his interactions with Hollywood There are also tales of tense interactions with other spies who are angry about his books, and of the awkwardness that has occurred when government officials assume le Carr is a master spy, rather than just a bestselling author of [...]

    6. Considering I ve never read a word of le Carre, it might well be thought a surprising choice to read his autobiography But I am well acquainted with his works from 10 years in bookselling and from watching the excellently done recent BBC production of The Night Manager Besides, stories from someone who was both writer and spywho could resist In not resisting, I heard in the Audible version read by the author himself one of the most interesting set of tales one could ever hope to I say tales beca [...]

    7. David Cornwell, writing as John le Carr , is one of the most celebrated authors of espionage novels This is essentially a memoir and I listened to the audio book, which was read by le Carr I understand that there is some controversy about this book Some say that the author has undercut Adam Sisman who had written a biography with le Carr s assistance less than a year previous to this book Some say that le Carr deals with the truth about events in less than a rigorous manner He uses that to drama [...]

    8. Elegantly recounted meta capers i.e capers about capers, anecdotes about plots, etc Would have liked to have seen beans spilled, but Le Carr is too much of a gentleman for that, suggesting that he still retains something of the ethos that rendered him suitable for recruitment all those years ago Fun, and a little mischievous, although not sufficiently so for my tastes.

    9. BOTWbbc programmes b07tzrwcEpisode 1 One time at a party Denis Healey says You re a communist spy, that what you are Plus a memorable lunch with Alec Guinness to discuss his character George Smiley.2 5 Yvette Pierpaoli, a business woman who once worked out of Phnom Penn We discover how her character and actions went towards creating Tessa in the novel The Constant Gardener.3 5 At sixteen he was sent by his father Ronnie to Paris, to meet with Count Mario da Bernaschina and his glamorous wife Wha [...]

    10. The pigeon Tunnel by John Le Carre is not a full autobiography or a memoir This book is a collection of stories that range from his childhood to this age of terror There is a full biography by John that was released last year This book could be a sort of a companion to it There are no top secrets here, no scandals or spies Just vignettes of a long lived life, anecdotes, stories and recollection some are true and some are hazy An enjoyable read that any Le Caree fan would enjoy immensely.

    11. About midway through David Cornwell s John le Carr introduction to his fine autobiography The Pigeon Tunnel , the author, now in his 80s, reflects on the nature of memory itself These are true stories told from memory to which you are entitled to ask, what is truth, and what is memory to the creative writer in what we may delicately call the evening of his life To a lawyer, truth is facts unadorned Whether such facts are ever findable is another matter To a creative writer, fact is raw material, [...]

    12. This autobiography memoir by John Le Carr is a series of short stories told from memory He also states in the book the following I m a liar born to lying, bred to it, trained to it by an industry that lies for a living, practiced in it as a novelist As a maker of fictions, I invent versions of myself Le Carr tells of being inducted into MI5, as a junior officer in 1956, at the age of 25 He moved to MI6 in 1961 and left the service at age 33 Le Carr tells of friendships with poets, politicians, p [...]

    13. Le Carre s book is a collection of essays that may or may not be true at least according to his disclaimer The essays range from the very personal about his father to the funny about a credit card to the historic about Philby There are stories about the development of his novels for movies including stories about Burton and Guinness There is a funny bit about Robert Redford But Le Carre s boo isn t just name dropping, or to be exact, it s not about name dropping at all In part, Le Carre talks [...]

    14. An intricate look into the writing, imagination, and mind of one of the world s great living writers Of spy novels, and .Using his expertise and connections, gained when still a young man, while working in the secret service of Great Britain, le Carre crafted an entire series of novels which are among the finest ever written Yes, I said it And he s still working at it And though he insists he was only a lower level spy and was never really involved in anything other than utilitarian spy work, es [...]

    15. Comments based on advanced copy I ve only read The Honorable Schoolboy and just watched the BBC version of The Night Manager This literary memoir is brilliant The author s life reads like his fiction and the candor and transperancy is exceptional I suspect I will be on a LeCarre binge for the immediate future This is the best 2016 release I ve read thus far this year.

    16. Having only read five or six of Le Carre books and being a big fan of the adapted television movies and films I thought I d be ready for this book And while I certainly enjoyed it, part of me the completists slight OCD part of me wishes I had read of his novels before taking part in this autobiography it s a loose collection of various memories and stories each chapter reading like an essay or story.But the man, at 84 years old, is one hell of a writer So that even when I wasn t familiar with [...]

    17. I listened to this book narrated by the author The narration is brilliant if you were lucky enough to be sitting with a master story teller Each chapter is a explorationof his past.ries and ultimately what is truth and what is a lie I love the way he speaks of his characters real they are to him I can t recommend this audio book highly enough.

    18. From BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week John le Carre with five recollections from his writing life, abridged by Katrin Williams 1 5 One time at a party Denis Healey says You re a communist spy, that what you are Plus a memorable lunch with Alec Guinness to discuss his character George Smiley.2 5 There was Yvette Pierpaoli, a business woman who once worked out of Phnom Penn We discover how her character and actions went towards creating Tessa in the novel The Constant Gardener.3 5 At sixteen he was se [...]

    19. I read this in a combination of print and audiobook read by the author I loved le Carre s narration and found the stories within to be fascinating The end was a bit of a surprise, and I turned the page expecting So, the way it ended was a bit disappointing I enjoyed the details of events and people who inspired some of his novels A great read for fans.

    20. RATING 4 fascinating stars REVIEW I grew up with thrillers, mysteries, and espionage novels They were, and still are, some of my mother s favorite genres So it makes perfect sense that I would be interested in a memoir from what of literature s kings of spies John le Carre s list of titles would probably surprise many I was certainly unaware of a couple that were popular names to me only through cinematic means, completely unaware that the book it was based on was a le Carre But putting aside th [...]

    21. I ve been a fan of John le Carr s work for a little while now, having started with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, and then graduated to The Night Manager Someday I ll read one of his novels that hasn t been adapted for the screen, but that s for Future Me to get around to Today, I m firmly entrenched in the reality of le Carr , fresh off the thoroughly enjoyable, intimate, and sharp collection of short essays that is The Pigeon Tunnel.From the book s opening pag [...]

    22. We all reinvent our pasts but writers are in a class of their own Even when they know the truth, it s never enough for them I m a liar born to lying, bred to it, trained to it by an industry that lies for a living, practiced in it as a novelist David Cornwell, aka John Le Carre, is no armchair author He has lived the life and in this beautifully written memoir, by one of the best spy novelists of our time, he takes the reader on a journey, that touches down in many historical and personal locale [...]

    23. This is first of all the autobiografi of the author John le Carr , and secondly some background provided by David Cornwell.Where some may be looking for personal stuff, John le Carr has his focus on what shaped him as an author.Clearly David Cornwell do not expect to ever come at ease with his Ronnie issues, but choose early to let John le Carr handle the issues as best he could.Hence Ronnie deserves his place in the book, as inspiration as well as the ghost of your father.It was a long journey [...]

    24. Li quase todos os livros de John Le Carr , e gosto das suas hist rias Quando saiu este O T nel dos Pombos , resolvi que o compraria, sem cuidar de averiguar do que tratava, mas deduzindo pelo t tulo que era mais uma das suas narrativas absorventes Quando o comprei num apressado dia de compras, no Jumbo, tirei o da prateleira sem me aperceber das letras pequeninas que esclareciam que se tratava de nos dar a conhecer Hist rias da Minha Vida N o fora a pressa e o livro teria l ficado quietinho Escr [...]

    25. Disclosure The publisher contacted me to ask whether I would like a copy of the book for review I would.The temptation to believe that the author is still a spy must be overwhelming I, certainly, was overwhelmed by the temptation several times However, I m now of the opinion that spycraft is nerdier and complex than I imagined, and calling either Le Carre or his actual ego a spy is like calling a former IT guy who s now relegated to building maybe one computer every other year an IT professiona [...]

    26. A very entertaining book and beautifully read on CD by the writer himself Late in the book, he mentions that he always had an ear for language and he does wonderful depictions of various accents Russian, African, American, Czech, German, etc during his narration No, his PERFORMANCE of the book.It includes everything from encounters with Margaret Thatcher, Yassir Arafat, Richard Burton, Alec Guiness and other, less notable characters but characters nonetheless to the machinations of the secret se [...]

    27. The prose seems a bit less rigorous than I remember his fictions to be but nevertheless there are truly excellent stories and encounters here, with an ironic finale summing up the inherent silliness of the espionage world Chapter about his father has remarkable force too What it demonstrates though is what he has insisted his entire career he is not the consummate insider that everyone seems to assume him to be Rather he is a model of the outsider artist who finds himself, by chance or design, i [...]

    28. Not a traditional autobiography, but a series of stories and anecdotes mainly from the research phase of his multiple books The longest section is a very moving but slightly shocking piece about the relationship with both his parents the extraordinary con man antics of his father is reflected in the Rick character in The Perfect Spy I have always felt Le Carre is a great writer, beyond the stereotypes of his genre, and the reflective nature of many of these small snapshots demonstrates that.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *