A Delicate Truth Audio CD – 7 May 2013
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- Publisher : Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (7 May 2013)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1664622470
- ISBN-13 : 978-1664622470
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About the Author
John le Carré, the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell, is an English author of espionage novels. After attending the universities at Berne and Oxford, he taught at Eton and spent five years in the British Foreign Service. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, his third book, secured him a worldwide reputation as one of the greatest spy novelists in history. In 2011 his novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was made into a feature film starring Gary Oldman. Le Carré has more than twenty titles to his name and lives in Cornwall, Great Britain.
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Reading during Covid gives me a different perspective; and in the grim days of Bumble Johnson makes it more poignant. Looking at it as an avid reader, it's really very good.
A Delicate Truth is le Carré’s take on Extraordinary Rendition and the increasing involvement of private contractors in national security in the late days of the New Labour government in 2008. It deals with an operation in Gibraltar to exfiltrate a terror suspect which, it emerges later, has gone badly wrong. Much of the book is concerned with the activities and fate of two Foreign Office officials who try to act as whistle-blowers.
It’s a decent story and the last sections are quite tense and exciting, but as a book it’s not in the same league as the great Smiley novels, for example, or the recent, excellent A Legacy Of Spies. Part of the problem, I think, is that le Carré is plainly (and rightly) outraged by what he describes and his indignation affects his style. The calm, measured tone which gives the great novels such impact is replaced by a more frenetic feel, including the modern fad for a fractured timescale. Both these things diminished the book for me.
This is still well worth reading, but my recommendation does come with reservations.