By Elizabeth Hemmerdinger 

Saturday is the beginning of the weekend, and what with the world being simply way to much for us to sort out at the end of five days in a financial House of Horrors, this is just the time to cuddle up with a good book.

And I’ve got a doozie: John Le Carre’s A Most Wanted Man

I’m not much of a fan of the spy novel; but Le Carre’s newest gives us  very specific characters, with dilemmas they create themselves as we hurtle through the story.  There’s weird romance, hot war/cold war issues, trust, betrayal, a grown son left in a muddle by his father, who made a deal with a double-dealing Russian spy decades ago.  Now the spy’s crazy, son-of-a-tribal mother, lurches into Hamburg (a breeding ground, you’ll remember, for suicidal terrorists). 

I happen to be reading this one as an audio book, on my iPod… and I can’t wait to get back to it. It’s dark out now, and past the dog’s bed time, but I think I can seduce her into another walk – so I can hear another chapter in Le Carre’s warped world.

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  • Elizabeth W. October 25, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    I haven’t read nearly enough John Le Carre. This new one’s especially intriguing, because I think of LeCarre as a Cold War era writer. I’m particularly interested to see how he’s dealing with contemporary, updated political tensions.

  • Laura October 25, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Though my bedside table looks like the Leaning Tower of Good Intentions, I just may have to take my husband’s copy of A Most Wanted Man and put it on the very top of the pile. What a tantalizing taste of this book from Elizabeth!