Night Manager Mass Market Paperback – 1994
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Left at loose ends by the fall of the Soviet Union, British Intelligence services need a fresh cause. If nothing else, all those bureaucratic structures and their personnel need to turn their expertise to new tasks. The problem is that the Cold War enabled influential people to develop links through the various spy networks. How many wealthy aristocrats are now involved in picking up the pieces to further enrich themselves? And which ones are doing so? Pine, picked up by one of the new spin-off intelligence organisations is set to learn answers to these questions. A faked murder sends him to unreachable places with a new identity. It puts him in a position to penetrate the Roper organisation. Throughout this tale, Pine is driven by the ghost of Sophie, who was found beaten to death in Egypt. Even in the backwoods of Quebec, hiding from authorities and maneuvering to complete his mission, he is beset by the image of her in his mind.Read more ›
Oh, boy....see how JLC gets to you?
This novel seems to follow the same trend of most of Le Carre's novels of the past dozen or so years: whole chapters without an action verb; constant flashbacks; characters that are unique among fiction in their detail, yet completely unremarkable and forgettable. Le Carre gags the reader with so much stylish yet pointless introspection that it requires a full pot of coffee to complete each chapter. Each of these recent novels is merely a poor caricature of the preceeding novel, replaying old themes and failing to develop original ideas.
I have read nearly all of Le Carre's novels and felt that they were all brilliant or close to it through our last views of Smiley fading into the distance. The characterization in those novels and underdramatization of Smiley was perfectly set and required no further plot action, resulting in a novel that was not light reading but was imminently satisfying. In contrast, TOP and his other, more recent works are mindnumbingly tedious.
Reading this book is like eating gruel served upon the finest Royal Doulton china - from first spoon to last, it is still gruel notwithstanding the elegant presentation.
This book and two other earlier novels ('A Perfect Spy' and 'The Honourable Schoolboy') where the titles so perfectly describe and define the central characters would make a nice trilogy of Le Carre's art of character development.
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Quite possibly one of the best books ever written: the prose is inspirationally immaculate, the insights into human nature worthy of the highest praise, and the storyline unfolds... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a fantastic read. I think Lecarre's best. Very descriptive and detailed plus; in typical Lecarre fashion; you never know what will happen in the end. Time well spent!Published on March 9 2010 by Neal Shaw
A very un-Le Carre Le Carre, but a fascinating journey nonetheless. Our hero, a British ex-serviceman, is a night manager at a Swiss hotel when he comes across a roving gang of... Read morePublished on Dec 5 2001 by Matherson
le carre delivers as usual a novel with good character development that shows how complicated and confilcted people can be. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2001 by tunde smatt
as usual le carre delivers when it comes to explaining the motives of the characters it was also cool tosee people from the russia house and the secret pilgrim in the book... Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2001
as usual le carre delivers when it comes to explaining the motives of the characters it was also cool tosee people from the russia house and the secret pilgrim in the book... Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2001 by tunde smatt
Mr le Carre seems to blow hot and cold, one good book, one pot boiler. The Night Manager definitely falls into the former category. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2001 by W. Weinstein
While not meaning this as an insult, it's helpful to know that _The Night Manager_ is essentially a rewrite of _The Spy Who Came In From The Cold_ -- except that the Berlin Wall is... Read morePublished on May 1 2001 by E. Scoles