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A Delicate Truth [Format Kindle]

John Le Carré
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I think he has easily burst out of being a genre writer and will be remembered as perhaps the most significant novelist of the second half of the 20th century in Britain. He will have charted our decline and recorded the nature of our bureaucracies like no one else has. But that's just been his route into some profound anxiety in the national narrative. Most writers I know think le Carré is no longer a spy writer. He should have won the Booker Prize a long time ago. It's time he won it and it's time he accepted it. He's in the first rank. (Ian McEwan Telegraph)

No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times, from the Second World War to the "War on Terror" (Guardian)

One of those writers who will be read a century from now (Robert Harris)

With A Delicate Truth, le Carré has in a sense come home. And it's a splendid homecoming . . . Satisfying, subtle and compelling (The Times)

The perfectly paced, exquisitely cynical style that is le Carré's hallmark (Sunday Times)

The master of the modern spy novel returns . . . this is writing of such quality that - as Robert Harris put it - it will be read in one hundred years (Daily Mail)

A brilliant climax, with sinister deaths, casual torture, wrecked lives and shameful compromises (Observer)

John le Carré has lost none of his ability in skewering the murkier foibles of the British Establishment. A tale of deception, greed, betrayal and ultimately, revenge . . . it is not until the last few pages that the full three dimensions of the plot are thrillingly revealed (Country Life)

A writer of towering gifts . . . le Carré is one of the great analysts of the contemporary scene, who has a talent to provoke as well as unsettle (Independent)

John le Carré takes us back to his favourite scenarios: Whitehall, the secret services, the gentleman's clubs, dodgy bankers, corrupt public schoolboys and gruesome American neo-cons . . . revelling once more in that imaginary world of secrets and lies that is le Carré's gift to us (Evening Standard)

Tense, twisty, and driven by a melancholy insight into human motivation . . . deeply compelling (The Week)

John le Carré is as recognisable a writer as Dickens or Austen, with an often-imitated but never rivalled cast of seedy spies, false lovers, public schoolboys struggling with guilt, and charming but immoral leaders of the brutal establishment . . . This is vintage le Carré and highly enjoyable (Financial Times)

Thrilling, suspenseful . . . Fans will not be disappointed (Sunday Express)

Utterly convincing characters, a tight plot . . . Wonderful (Sunday Mirror)

Thrilling (Express)

Choreographed with unsettling precision (Metro)

When I was under house arrest I was helped by the books of John le Carré ... 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)

Plunges the reader into a modern-day thriller...Dad won't be able to put it down (Metro)

[It] has all the essential ingredients of his masterpieces: the dilemmas of duty, patriotism and decency (Simon Sebag Montefiore Metro 'Books of the Year')

John Le Carré at his masterful best . . . nobody does it better (Ben Macintyre The Times 'Books of the Year')

Widely hailed as a return to the good old Smiley days . . . le Carré writes with laconic elegance (Kate Saunders The Times 'Books of the Year')

Présentation de l'éditeur

A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

Suspecting a disastrous conspiracy, Toby attempts to forestall it, but is promptly posted overseas. Three years on, summoned by Sir Christopher Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely watched by Probyn's daughter Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and his duty to the Service.

If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, how can he keep silent?

'No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times, from the second world war to the 'war on terror'' Guardian

'The master of the modern spy novel returns . . . this is writing of such quality that - as Robert Harris put it - it will be read in one hundred years. John le Carré was never a spy-turned-writer, he was a writer who found his canvas in espionage, as Dickens did in other worlds. The two men deserve comparison' Daily Mail

'A brilliant climax, with sinister deaths, casual torture, wrecked lives and shameful compromises' Observer

'With A Delicate Truth, le Carré has in a sense come home. And it's a splendid homecoming . . . the novel is the most satisfying, subtle and compelling of his recent oeuvre' The Times

John le Carré was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Scary 18 septembre 2013
JLC's last bestseller "Our Kind of Traitor" (OKT) had a mixed reception in the UK, but was a hit in the US. But it drew few comments on the EN section of Amazon.de and Amazon.fr. But tens of thousands or more Germans and French readers must have read the book in translation...
Like OKT, this passionate novel is an assault on Britain's political establishment during the New Labour era under Tony Blair, then Gordon Brown. It suggests that some key persons in government push for strategic matters of national defence to be outsourced to private companies based in the US. The "evidence" is presented in the lengthy (46 pp.) first chapter of this book, describing a secret US/UK operation in Gibraltar, allegedly mounted to capture a senior Al-Qaeda leader. This chapter also shows JLC's awesome writing skills, which he keeps up until the end.

What follows is the tale of its aftermath. It is about one, then two Foreign Office staff involved in the operation. The naïve one soon became ambassador in the Caribbean, then retired. The other, more probing one was posted to Beirut. Years elapse before the two meet. And compare notes. Then the drama begins...

The powers of surveillance by foreign and domestic security services, disclosed recently by former insiders, soon become apparent in this grand novel... It rivals Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine" published in 2007, the year before the ongoing crisis erupted, as the scariest book I have read in a decade. One reviewer has suggested that John Le Carré writes pure literature, another that his oeuvre will be read a hundred years from now.

Highly recommended thriller.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Un bon Le Caré 10 septembre 2013
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C'est formidable comme Le Carré reste toujours à jour avec ses complots et intrigues. Cette fois c'est le "whistle blowing" en phase avec Wickileaks et Snowden. En plus c'est un très bon roman.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Glaçant de vérité 21 juillet 2014
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Depuis quelques livres John Le Carré est passé de l'espionnage classique à des sujets plus contemporains liés à la guerre perpétuelle que les USA et ses alliés même et contre le terrorisme et cet attachement à l'actualité est tout à son honneur! Oui le livre est construit de façon alambiquée avec de nombreux flashbacks mais j'aime bien cela car cela rajoute au suspens. J'ai beaucoup apprécié le début lent puis l'augmentation de suspens jusqu'à la fin glaçante! Une excellent roman qui divertit tout en informant sur les risques actuels de perte de liberté dans nos bonnes vieilles démocraties.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Plus qu'un roman d'espionnage 5 janvier 2014
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J'ai choisi la version originale pour pouvoir savourer une langue et un style dont la traduction ne peut pas rendre toutes les nuances.
Peut-être pas LE meilleur Le Carré, mais un récit en alternance avec des flash-back qui rend bien les états d'âme du héros et ses angoisses, pris entre son éthique et la raison d'état impitoyable.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Superbe..... 3 mai 2015
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Un des meilleurs livres que j'ai eu le plaisir de lire depuis longtemps. J'avais trouvé que Le Carré avait baissé de niveau mais avec "Delicate Truth", j'ai retrouvé le maitre du genre. Lu en Anglais, je pense que c'est encore meilleur, car certains traductions ne sont pas toujours fideles.
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