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The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

Le Carré, John, 1931- (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold


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Baker & Taylor
Secret agent Alec Leamas is on a dangerous mission in East Berlin, but he has doubts about the organization he serves.

McMillan Palgrave
A new hardcover edition of the book Graham Greene called “the best spy story I have ever read.”
On its publication in 1964, John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold forever changed the landscape of spy fiction. Le Carré combined the inside knowledge of his years in British intelligence with the skills of the best novelists to produce a story as taut as it is twisting, unlike any previously experienced, which transports anyone who reads it back to the shadowy years in the early 1960s, when the Berlin Wall went up and the Cold War came to life.

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold was hailed as a classic as soon as it was published, and it remains one today.


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A new hardcover edition of the book Graham Greene called “the best spy story I have ever read.”
 
On its publication in 1964, John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold forever changed the landscape of spy fiction. Le Carré combined the inside knowledge of his years in British intelligence with the skills of the best novelists to produce a story as taut as it is twisting, unlike any previously experienced, which transports anyone who reads it back to the shadowy years in the early 1960s, when the Berlin Wall went up and the Cold War came to life.

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold was hailed as a classic as soon as it was published, and it remains one today.


Authors: Le Carré, John, 1931-
Statement of Responsibility: John Le Carré
Title: The spy who came in from the cold
Publisher: New York :, Walker,, c2005
Characteristics: xiv, 223 p. ;,23 cm.
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Report This Mar 23, 2013
  • Indigo_Cobra_8 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had read many glowing reviews about this book and had been excited to read it. Maybe I'm just not suited to the whole spy genre, but I didn't enjoy this as much I thought I would. The first chapter drew me in, but the rest of the book held considerably less action and was more conversational/interrogational. The twist near the end caught me, and I enjoyed the last few chapters, but overall, I found the book a bit dull.

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  • e_long rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

le Carre's best? Possibly. It's hard to say. I'd watched the movie prior to reading the book (I know, it's a sin), so the ending wasn't as powerful as it should have been. An interesting in-between point for le Carre. His later novels become more fragmentary because of flash backs. In this one, you can see how he starts to break away from straight-forward storytelling, but it isn't a terrible amount of work to keep with the plot.

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  • edklarich rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the first spy novels. Very realistic and gritty. Considered a classic.

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  • lgseguin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

one of the best spy novels ever

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  • JM9 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Starts off pretty slow but then it hits you with a twist and carries you away.

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Alec Leamas, a British agent in early Cold War Berlin, is sent on a difficult mission. He is asked to play a disgraced agent, a target of ridicule, and therefore be able to infiltrate deep into communist territory.

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