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  •  Le Carre is No Stranger to Writing... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...morally ambiguous characters in a morally ambiguous setting. For example, the stories involving George Smiley and the men and women of 'The Circus.'



    Strange that a harp of thousand strings should keep in tune so long

    by jabney on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 02:05:53 PM PDT

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    •  Indeed (4+ / 0-)
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      One of the reviews I read of the book points out that Smiley is the antithesis of the whistle-blowers in this book.  Smiley keeps the secrets at any cost.  That's something most spies and whistle-blowers have in common.  Most have identities that remain secret.  The public doesn't know who they are, what they've done or what happens to them.  It's the rare whistle-blower who plays out like Joe Wilson in an op-ed about yellowcake in Niger and no WMD that ends up outing his spy wife in the papers.  Most of the time, the whistle-blower is ignored by the press and spies aren't supposed to be outed by law or the outer is guilty under the Espionage Act of 1917.  Why didn't all of the "outers" get put in jail on that one?  Totally political, that.

      Shine like the humblest star.

      by ljm on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 03:13:45 PM PDT

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