The Looking Glass War

The Looking Glass WarWhen The Department Faded Since The War And Busy Only With Bureaucratic Battles Hears Rumour Of A Missile Base Near The West German Border, It Seems Like The Perfect Opportunity To Regain Some Political Standing In The Intelligence Market Place The Cold War Is At Its Height And The Department Is Dying For A Piece Of The Action.Swiftly Becoming Carried Away By Fear And Pride, The Department And Her Officers Send Deactivated Agent Fred Leiser Back Into East Germany, Armed Only With Some Schoolboy Training And His Memories Of The War.In The Land Of Eloquent Silence That Is Communist East Germany, Leiser S Fate Becomes Inseparable From The Department S.

John le Carr , the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell born 19 October 1931 in Poole, Dorset, England , is an English author of espionage novels Le Carr has resided in St Buryan, Cornwall, Great Britain, for than 40 years, where he owns a mile of cliff close to Land s End.See also

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  • Paperback
  • 273 pages
  • The Looking Glass War
  • John le Carré
  • English
  • 24 April 2018
  • 9780141196398

10 thoughts on “The Looking Glass War

  1. Bill Kerwin says:

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold was praised for its harsh realism, but le Carre believed it was not harsh or realistic enough On the contrary, he considered it unrealistic and romantic, what with its nearly omniscient intelligence agency, the agency s extraordinarily complex yet flawless plan, and the novel s melodramatic conclusion the death of star crossed lovers at the foot of the Berlin Wall.For this next book, le Carre chose to abstain from grand dramatic gestures and instead describe the intelligence service as he had experienced it in the 50 s, filled with aging English Public School types hampered by nostalgia for the days of The War and Merrie Old England, holding a prejudiced view of everything not British, and harboring the self delusion that after countless compromises and betrayals they still possessed honor and commanded respect.The photographic evidence of a missile placement in East Germany leads the foreign branch of military intelligence The Blackfriars Boys , a ghost of its wartime self now reduced to gathering remote intelligence and conducting research, to once again like in the good old days of The War actually put a man in, that is, place a live agent on the groun...

  2. Jaline - (on partial hiatus) says:

    Have you ever wanted to be a spy I didn t not until I started reading John Le Carr s George Smiley series this year I do remember when us four siblings played spy along with other games all over the acres of our farm and buildings, but I was a bit of a failure back then I wanted to have everyone get along I wanted to be the good guy who brought all the other fighters yes, I have an older brother together in peace and harmony So in the end, I became a double spy Great My brothers were annoyed and my sister couldn t figure me out Ha Well, Linda Hunt look out there s a new Spy Guy um make that Spy Gal in town I have enjoyed being an armchair spy reading this series and in this 4th book, there are conflicts arising between two factions of the spy game in London One faction is supposed to be working the political end and one faction is supposed to be working the military end But what does one do when these two areas start to overlap Who gets to be the hero and save the day And how Sometimes sideways psychology works You go to the overall head of both departments who has a habit of saying no to everything You plead like crazy for your Plan C as if it is ...

  3. Szplug says:

    I cannot recall the exact age I was when I read this minimalist piece perfectly executed by the talented le Carr , but whatever is was and around 15 years old sounds about right it served as effective an eye opener to reality as a set of clamps fixed upon what were previously orbs dreaming away behind sealed lids At that time, my fictional intake was comprised of a not inconsiderable proportion of espionage thrillers the sprawling series by Ian Fleming and Robert Ludlum primarily, but sprinkled in were a few of Pendleton s Mack Bolan and textualizations of the Man From U.N.C.L.E. franchise These were all, or less, well written and entertaining enough to have sufficed at that age, and while the exoticness of the locales, the menacingly debonair airs of the various protagonists, their victories over impossible odds, the cunning double and triple crosses put into effect by jousting opponents, were all at a level ramped up sufficiently to telegraph their fictionality, the covert world of spies and secret agents was given a sense of inherent power and importance, competence and peril, technological marvels and physical derring do, that grafted their way onto its existence in the real world This was all there at a subdued level, carried out in a less explosive man...

  4. Agnieszka says:

    Do you know what love is I ll tell you it is whatever you can still betray If there is something like a literary model of a spy most of us would probably indicate on James Bond Fast cars, beautiful women, shootings and all that false glamour And after hard working day martini shaken not stirred or conversely Obviously But not in LeCarre s world Disillusioned, tired and cynical men in the world where goal is indistinct, praise doubtful, morality ambiguous and victory deceptive This is a spy s reality and The looking glass war fits into that trend of realistic spy novel perfectly John le Carr is depicturing a hopeless, grey world reality in which man is just a pawn in the other s game and the declarations and agreements are easily broken There is no place for na ve idealists The looking glass war is devoid of unexpected twists and turns, daring chases, thrilling fight scenes The plot is focused on rivalry between two intelligence units and planned action in South Germany Playing hare and hounds and searching for suit candidate to a dangerous task are in the centre of the book and almost from the start you feel it is not going to end wel...

  5. Dr.Srinivas Prasad Veeraraghavan says:

    While the Smiley trilogy is rightly feted as one of the greatest Fiction trilogies of the 20th Century, this Novel is my personal favourite of Le Carre s formidable and rather intimidating catalogue Strictly meant for lovers of serious Fiction,this is easily the bleakest book that I have ever read in my life I remember taking a shower at midnight after I was done with it to cleanse myself A hard, bitter,relentlessly cynical and disturbingly realistic peek at the sordid workings of an Espionage network Le Carre begins in his customary languid style, setting the tone and mood before the plot begins to tighten almost imperceptibly culminating in a claustrophobic and an almost schizophrenic climax that leaves you numb, stunned and pondering over the astonishing capacity of the human mind to weave webs around itself A small piece of seemingly important information comes into the hands of The Department , an almost defunct Brit Espionage network that is gasping for breath and hanging on by the skin of its teeth The Circus Le Carre buffs will be familiar with the term starts to flex its muscles and what ensues is a painstakingly precise Espion...

  6. Nigeyb says:

    Compared with its predecessor The Spy Who Came In from the Cold , The Looking Glass War George Smiley 4 was a relative flop, especially in Britain In John le Carr s introduction, written in 1991, he addresses this After the success of The Spy Who Came In from the Cold I felt I had earned the right to experiment with the fragile possibilities of the spy story than those I had explored till now For the truth was, that the realities of spying as I had known them on the ground had been far removed from the fiendishly clever conspiracy that had entrapped my hero and heroine in The Spy I was eager to find a way of illustrating the muddle and futility that were so much closer to life Indeed, I felt I had to for while The Spy Who Came In from the Cold had been heralded as the book that ripped the mask off the spy business, my private view was that it had glamourised the spy business to Kingdom Come.So this time, I thought, I ll tell it the hard way This time, cost what it will, I ll describe a Secret Service that is really not very goo...

  7. Jim Pfluecke says:

    Man, this is one depressing book As the author states in the intro, this book is a cynical look at the intelligence spy world and is almost a parody of LeCarre s first big hit, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.With subtle and a few not so subtle hints of the ridiculous attempts by past their prime and out of touch military intelligence officers to recover their relavancy and stage one last mission, the book is a slowly building tragedy You know it is not going to end well nearly from the start In contrast to most spy novels, these guys just don t quite have it all together, although they ...

  8. Andre says:

    There is a valuable lesson in this book when an author uses a novel s introduction to suggest it may be his worst, believe him Of the four books I ve written by John le Carr , The Looking Glass War is clearly the worst le Carr seems to have issues carrying his stories when the plot is not singularly focused, when he is trying to make a negative point about some aspect of British culture We saw this when le Carr tackled the prep school system in A Murder of Quality, and this time the author tries to express his disgust with the disorganization and second rate stature of the British Intelligence system The Looking Glass War is divided into three primary sections Taylor s Run, Avery s Run, and Leiser s Run Taylor s Run and Leiser s Run are each divided into three subsections Prelude, Take Off, and Homecoming After Taylor s Run, this novel does not again get remotely interesting until the Take Off Section of Leiser s Run, the sixth of the seven total sections Everything in between is a meandering tale of British Intelligence infighting and inferiority complex.The characters are not at all compelling le Carr spends a lot of time whining about the characters wives they are all annoying and undermining Every single one of the marrie...

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  10. Cphe says:

    For me a difficult book to rate, on one hand I enjoyed it although I came to have a marked contempt for some of the major characters I felt the novel was a study in human nature and trying to hold on to the glory of past exploits A clandestine world made up of an old boys club who are happy to throw the lamb to the wolves..all in the name of glory, I found this to be a bleak and quite dour story, not for the faint of...

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