Absolute Friends by John le Carre

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A ferocious new novel from the master: when a man's good heart is his worst enemy ... By chance and not by choice, Ted Mundy, eternal striver, failed writer, and expatriate son of a British Army officer, used to be a spy. But that was in the good old Cold War days, when a cinder-block wall divided Berlin and the enemy was easy to recognize. Today, Mundy is a down-at-the-heels tour guide in southern Germany, dodging creditors, supporting a new family, and keeping an eye out for trouble while in spare moments vigorously questioning the actions of the country he once bravely served. And trouble finds him, as it has before, in the shape of an old German student friend, radical, and onetime fellow spy, the crippled Sasha, seeker after absolutes, dreamer, and chaos addict. After years of trawling the Middle East and Asia as an itinerant university lecturer, Sasha has yet again discovered the true, the only, answer to life-this time in the form of a mysterious billionaire philanthropist named Dimitri. Thanks to Dimitri, both Mundy and Sasha will find a path out of poverty, and with it their chance to change a world that both believe is going to the devil. Or will they? Who is Dimitri? Why does Dimitri's gold pour in from mysterious Middle Eastern bank accounts? And why does his apparently noble venture reek less of starry idealism than of treachery and fear? Some gifts are too expensive to accept. Could this be one of them? With a cooler head than Sasha's, Mundy is inclined to think it could. In Absolute Friends, John le Carre delivers the masterpiece he has been building to since the fall of communism: an epic tale of loyalty and betrayal that spans the lives of two friends from the riot-torn West Berlin of the 1960s to the grimy looking-glass of Cold War Europe to the present day of terrorism and new alliances. This is the novel le Carre fans have been waiting for, a brilliant, ferocious, heartbreaking work for the ages.
 

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JOHN LE CARRÉ, the author of twenty-two novels, is the pseudonym for David Cornwell, who was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964. Many of his books have been made into films, including The Constant Gardener; The Russia House; The Little Drummer Girl; and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
 
Published January 12, 2004 by Little, Brown and Company. 464 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Horror, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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The collapse of the new world order catches still another of le Carré's inoffensive spies out hopelessly past his depth.

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Publishers Weekly

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Le Carré may have changed publishers, but his latest novel remains as resolutely up-to-date as ever. In place of the old Cold War games, his recent books have dealt with the depredations of in

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Le Carré's angry, ultimately heartbreaking novel focuses on Ted Mundy, a good-natured British expat in Germany who's eking out a mundane existence guiding tourists through Bavarian c

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Who is this Ted Mundy scratching out a living as a tour guide in one of Mad King Ludwig's castles?

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Absolute Friends by John le Carré Hodder £18.99, pp382 No writer has done more with the spy thriller than John le Carré.

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Entertainment Weekly

John le Carré is about to make a lot of people very angry.

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BookPage

Absolute Friends is an absolute page-turner, yet in some ways, plot is superfluous to this novel.

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Reviewing the Evidence

John Le Carre made a major breakthrough when he published THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD in 1963.

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Author Le Carre draws the reader into Mundy's .

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Absolute Friends is an absolute page-turner, yet in some ways, plot is superfluous to this novel.

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Le Carré's angry, ultimately heartbreaking novel focuses on Ted Mundy, a good-natured British expat in Germany who's eking out a mundane existence guiding tourists through Bavarian castles when his longlost friend Sasha, a diminutive German anarchist, appears to offer him financial and ideologica...

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