AMW member Helen Foster Currie on John Le Carre’s use of point of view. Posted in Writing Wranglers and Warriors. Click the link to read her complete post.
Written by Helen Currie Foster
Okay, I’m addicted to John Le Carré. I’ve repeatedly re-read his “Smiley Trilogy.” As you may know (but no spoilers), the seminal Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy tells us how George Smiley unmasked a mole in the British secret service (the “Circus”). Remember Alec Guinness as Smiley? Wonderful, but not as short and tubby as we imagine Smiley to be. When Smiley’s People was reissued, Le Carré wrote a preface referring to his completion of a trilogy: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974); The Honourable Schoolboy (1977), and Smiley’s People (1979). Was he done, then? We’d hear no more about finding the Circus mole and foiling the Russian mastermind Karla? Could Smiley retire to study German poetry, maybe retrieve his beautiful unfaithful Ann?
John Le Carré will be 87 on October 19. In 2017, with A Legacy of Spies, Le Carré reaches back before
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