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  • ISBN: 0241004349
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Viking
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I should be – well –’.

A Delicate Truth is a 2013 spy novel by John le Carré. Set in 2008 and 2011, the book features a British/American covert mission in Gibraltar and the subsequent consequences for two British civil servants. Le Carré describes this as not only his most British novel but also his most autobiographical work in years. The author told The Daily Telegraph that he has based two of the book's characters on himself.

A Delicate Truth savagely dramatises the "ever-expanding circle of non-governmental insiders from banking, industry and commerce who were cleared for highly classified information". Toby's minister, Fergus Quinn, is under the control of the unelected business-fixer, Jay Crispin

A Delicate Truth book. Quite a few le Carre novels fall into that category of books to be reread every couple of years.

A Delicate Truth book. For me it’s "The Spy Who Came in from The Cold", "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and "The Perfect Spy" (perhaps his greatest book) I never get tired of them. This one doesn't fall in that category, but it comes very close.

This book is dirty and has significant shelf wear, however all text is there and readable, as such it is acceptable for sale, and is still a good read.

A Delicate Truth, like most of le Carré’s recent novels, feels like a rebuttal to George Smiley’s theory. A shame, yes, but in the grand scheme of things an acceptable loss.

Typical of Le Carré’s brand of brainy fiction, A Delicate Truth aspires to something grander than cheap thrills; the author maintains command of a subject that every day proves more complex, cynical and opaque. But this time, the novelist’s reach falls short

Typical of Le Carré’s brand of brainy fiction, A Delicate Truth aspires to something grander than cheap thrills; the author maintains command of a subject that every day proves more complex, cynical and opaque. But this time, the novelist’s reach falls short. War may have gone to the mercenaries, but just as the Soviet operatives in Le Carré’s earlier novels refrained from presenting simple quandaries of good versus evil, so, too, should agents of privatization resist easy generalizations. Much about a for-profit war machine deserves criticism, but Toby and company appear all too eager to don.

Immediately on security alert, he grabbed a hand torch from his bedside and tiptoed warily along the corridor to the sound of softly retreating footsteps down the stairs and the closing of the front. The envelope was of the thick, oily variety, and unfranked. The address T. Bell, Esquire, Flat 2, was done in a cursive, English-looking hand he didn’t recognize. The back flap was double sealed with sticky tape, the torn-off ends of which were folded round to the front.

Damian Lewis begins reading A Delicate Truth, the brand new novel from the master of his genre, John le Carré, a novel which tells the story of a good man who must choose between his conscience and his duty to the Service.


Reviews about A Delicate Truth (7):
Mikale
This is a breathtaking novel. Once you have gone through the opening scene of an attempt by British secret service personnel, along with American security firm operatives, on Gibraltar, using the code, “Operation Wildlife”, to exfiltrate a terrorist known to be coming ashore, and learn that the ‘lift’ has been successful, we then learn that the operation was a disaster, and has been covered up by government.

We then go back in time to follow one Toby Bell, an employee in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office who starts to suspect the cover-up by his employers, which resulted in the murder of two innocent people. The more Toby uncovers the more danger builds for him and others who were affected by the traumas of the botched operation.

John La Carre has no hesitation in exposing his views of the immorality of New Labour and the USA during the time of the first Gulf War and subsequently. Much is also made of the post-traumatic stress some Special Forces soldiers experience from involvement in their political masters dirty business.

As Toby and the daughter of one of the servants of the British Crown - now retired but involved in “Operation Wildfire” - uncover more truths and become aware of people silenced for fear of speaking out - and race against those who would silence them - we find ourselves racing towards a climax that leaves the reader both troubled and breathless.

La Carre leaves us with disturbed minds. Is this sort of thing going on today?

The author - in his 81st year - has produced his brilliant 23rd novel and, in my opinion, John La Carre has achieved with this one what he has achieved with all his previous novels, a story that exposes the lies, hypocrisy, greed, and immorality that is so commonplace in modern western politics.
Kaghma
This is a fantastic story. In our world of corrupt and greedy politicians is could not be more timely.
John LeCarre is a master story teller, and his characters come alive with a few crisp sentences.
This book starts slowly, and it is confusing,, but inevitably the mystery draws you in. Then, as you get to know and care about the characters you can't put it down. It will touch you deeply, and the end is just right and totally believable.
A thoughtful entertaining book and underneath a great story line is the moral dilemma our civilization is facing today.
Zulurr
Tis isn't a spy novel. Rather, it tells the story of a (fairly low-octane) anti terror operation gone wrong, the attempts of a faction of government to conceal that, and how a whistleblower in the British diplomatic corps tries to uncover what happened. If that sounds a lot more boring than what the Le Carre books most people probably love are about (clever spies with complex personalities trying to outsmart each other against the backdrop of global conflicts), then you get a taste of why this isn't my favorite Le Carre book by a long shot. The story lacks any kind of major plot twist, its few turning points are predictable, and most characters in the book surprisingly (for Le Carre) simplistic. There is the eminence grise in the British foreign office who turns a blind eye when it matters but comes around just in time, the previously plain and opportunistic careerist who finally grows some balls but then screws it up just because of his newfound courage, the greedy American hip shooter. None of these characters has any kind of deeper level that is revealed as the story unfolds. And neither, for that matter, has the story. Which, on top of that, ends prematurely and without further reveal. Le Carre is always worth a read for his elegant language and the existential angst a lot of his characters convey. But beyond that, this book isn't terribly satisfying.
DEAD-SHOT
A nice yarn, not really up to his best, but worth the effort to keep up with who's who. Le Carre often writes from the edges in, spends a bit of time on this edge, then a different edge, putting together the jigsaw puzzle, until all the characters and events start to meet as they approach the middle and things begin clearing up. It is like watching an artist paint a forest landscape beginning with one leaf on one tree, then a piece of bark on the other side of the painting, then a cloud ... It is an elegant style, but sometimes maddening, for example if you have to leave the story for a day or two. When you come back to it, it's not easy to pick up the threads that were just beginning to be woven together, you should excuse all the mixed metaphors & similes. I recommend reading Le Carre with a pencil & paper handy to note down each character as he or she is introduced, plus the page number (or, in my case, the Location number of the Kindle edition) so you can go back easily and refresh. That said, as the story became more coherent and comprehensible, and began gathering steam, it became more interesting. However, it then ended abruptly with its resolution left up in the air. Annoying. Nevertheless, I'll take Le Carre's second-best over a lot of others' first best, any time.
Xlisiahal
The major impression I was left with is that this must read very differently to British vs. American audiences. The novel (no spoiler here) is about a botched counter-terrorist operation and the subsequent coverup, and Le Carre deftly brings the characters involved together and the drama to a fever pitch. The stakes seem very high to those involved and presumably to the average British reader, but as an American my first thought is that given the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and all the special forces and drone operations in places like Yemen and Somalia, we probably generate a dozen or so similar incidents a year, and the Pentagon does not even bother covering them up since the American public really does not seem to care or be shocked.

I am glad that Le Carre is not cynical (although he is incisively critical of the Bush-Blair-mercenary-contractor apparatus) but there is still a part of me that says, "311 pages for *that*?"

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