Il visitatore segreto

Il visitatore segreto is Ebook The phrase invisible writing kept entering my mind as I read le Carr s last Smiley novel which consists mostly of a spy named Ned on the verge of ret

Il visitatore segreto is Ebook The phrase "invisible writing" kept entering my mind as I read le Carré's last Smiley novel, which consists mostly of a spy named Ned, on the verge of retirement, reflecting back on his career. Christopher Hitchens used it in reference to an Anthony Powell passage wondering what George Orwell (Powell's friend) would have been like in the Army. Hitchens and I are talking about slightly different things - he calls Powell's passage "deceptively dense." I would adapt it to mean writing that doesn't draw attention to itself, that tells you exactly what you need to know without pretense or showiness, propelling you forward without you being aware of the mechanisms of that propulsion.Le Carré is a genre writer, but it's easy not to notice because he's so much better than so many "literary" writers.Only our craven legal adviser, Harry Palfrey, seemed as usual to have weathered the changes, and as I entered Burr's shiny executive suite, Palfrey was slipping stealthily out of the other door - but not quite quickly enough, so he treated me to a rhapsodic smile instead. He had recently grown himself a moustache for greater integrity.* He interrupted his own flow while he looked me over. It was like being studied by a baby.*He was pulling open Frewin's file. I say "pulling" because his doughy hands gave no impression of having done anything before: now we are going to see how this file opens; now we are going to address ourselves to this strange object called a pencil.. Secondo Ned, veterano del Circus e istruttore delle spie del dopo Muro di Berlino, nessuno meglio di George Smiley pu tenere ai suoi allievi il discorso di commiato Una spia una spia a dispetto di tutto comincia a dire Smiley Da l in poi i suoi ricordi da visitatore segreto si intrecciano con quelli di Ned il Pericolo Rosso, l Africa e l Asia in tumulto, gli eroSecondo Ned, veterano del Circus e istruttore delle spie del dopo Muro di Berlino, nessuno meglio di George Smiley pu tenere ai suoi allievi il discorso di commiato Una spia una spia a dispetto di tutto comincia a dire Smiley Da l in poi i suoi ricordi da visitatore segreto si intrecciano con quelli di Ned il Pericolo Rosso, l Africa e l Asia in tumulto, gli eroi e i traditori, il rischio e il sospetto Un universo di storie che illuminano il fattore umano del lavoro di intelligence , facendo tornare a vivere gli uomini che hanno costruito l epopea segreta della guerra fredda Il Muro ormai caduto, ma il mondo pi inquieto di prima, ha bisogno di nuove spie Aprendo uno spiraglio sullo scenario internazionale contemporaneo, le Carr conclude l amara e splendida epopea di Smiley Un romanzo indimenticabile Un protagonista che gi leggenda.. Good Kindle Il visitatore segreto Since the start of 2017 I have read all the George Smiley books with 'The Secret Pilgrim' (George Smiley #8) (1991) being the final book. Or that was the case, until the recent announcement that Smiley is set to return for the first time in 25 years in 'A Legacy of Spies', a new novel by John le Carré that is scheduled for publication on 7 September 2017.Back to 'The Secret Pilgrim': it’s less of a novel and more a collection of interlinked short stories, it is (or was) a perfect way to conclude the series. The stories are narrated by Ned, a former Smiley protege, and each is prompted by comments by Smiley during lectures at Sarratt, the spy-training college which Ned currently runs. Ned’s tales span the decades of the Cold War, and capture Ned's steady disillusionment and, to a lesser extent, that of George Smiley. The stories are universally good with a couple being superb. I cannot wait for the arrival of 'A Legacy of Spies’.4/5

  1. 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 John le Carr

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  1. The phrase invisible writing kept entering my mind as I read le Carr s last Smiley novel, which consists mostly of a spy named Ned, on the verge of retirement, reflecting back on his career Christopher Hitchens used it in reference to an Anthony Powell passage wondering what George Orwell Powell s friend would have been like in the Army Hitchens and I are talking about slightly different things he calls Powell s passage deceptively dense I would adapt it to mean writing that doesn t draw attenti [...]


  2. Since the start of 2017 I have read all the George Smiley books with The Secret Pilgrim George Smiley 8 1991 being the final book Or that was the case, until the recent announcement that Smiley is set to return for the first time in 25 years in A Legacy of Spies , a new novel by John le Carr that is scheduled for publication on 7 September 2017.Back to The Secret Pilgrim it s less of a novel and a collection of interlinked short stories, it is or was a perfect way to conclude the series The sto [...]


  3. I always feel sad when I read a John LeCarre but sadness is not always a bad thing I have the feeling that this was intended to be LeCarre s goodbye to spying so he says a number of things right out in this that needed to be said He says that spying is needed because governments don t believe anything they haven t paid for, that no one knows who tomorrow s enemies or allies will be so you have to find out the secrets that are always there The book is really a collection of profiles, almost short [...]


  4. Another classic espionage novel written in beautiful English The narrator turns out to be Ned, the sympathetic, melancholy, Dutch English head of the Russia House in the novel of the same name And guess who appears next dear old George Smiley, who gets an encore I thought we had seen the last of him in Smiley s People, but here he is again The Secret Pilgrim is really a book of short stories based on Ned s reminiscences of his life as a spy, while he listens to Smiley giving a lecture to Sarratt [...]


  5. This is a collage of old tales an ageing spy tells his students before his retirement Unfortunately the stories were told in the first person voice from a perspective I never connected with Despite his best efforts, le Carr couldn t make me care about Ned, not even when he was reminiscing with Smiley Smiley made a cameo and nothing I might have found a couple of the spy tales themselves interesting, but they always ended and a new chapter began just as I started paying attention Someone else mi [...]


  6. This was a great page turner Once I got sucked into the story I didn t want to stop Alas, sleep and laundry got in the way The Secret Pilgrim was a good ending to the Smiley series.


  7. This is the most fun of the Smiley books Written during the period of Glasnost, le Carr concludes THE SECRET PILGRIM by posing the question Now that we have defeated rogue communism, how will we defeat rogue capitalism Hmmm.


  8. The Secret Pilgrim is one of those works which show why le Carre is a class apart from the rest of his contemporaries who deal with the genre of spy thrillers Almost written in the form of a short story collection, The Secret Pilgrim is a series of reminiscences by a British spy on the verge of his retirement From the experience of trailing the wife of an Arab sheikh shopping in Britain to cultivating a contact who carries out landing missions on a motorboat, le Carre brings along a multitude of [...]


  9. A final wrap up to le Carr s George Smiley series is a chronological narrative of short stories framed around the memories of spy Ned, and the stories of George Smiley, given to a group of trainees selected for the Secret Service The stories span the 40 years of the Cold War, and capture the gradual disillusionment of Ned and the ambiguity of the sagacious perceptive George Smiley While this is not the best in the George Smiley oeuvre, it is a nice victory lap It allowed le Carr the opportunity [...]


  10. I re read Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy a few weeks ago and it made me want to re read all Le Carre books, so I am ploughing my way through our whole stack Even though they are dated, and in most cases I can remember the outcome from the last time I read them 1970 s , it s like sitting down for a while and catching up with an old teacher, getting the chance to remember so many aspects of the deepest fiction author I have ever encountered What have I learned Reading Le Carre ensures that I properly b [...]


  11. With the Cold War over and George Smiley providing little than a cameo appearance, this episodic retrospective falls slightly short of being classic Le Carre but the novel s examination of the psychological effects of intrigue and deceit upon it s perpetrators is compelling nonetheless.


  12. A very welcome, nostalgic return for Smiley But this time he is reminiscing for the students of the service This is essentially a framing device for a bunch of short stories As such, it is probably one for those already into le Carr , not one to create converts That said, there are some beautiful passages here it kinda feels like pieces that he couldn t work into the novels there is one which feels like it emerged from the writing of The Honourable Schoolboy for example Written in the aftermath [...]


  13. I suspect that this is le Carre s attempt to put the Cold war to bed It is a reprise, and summarising of a number of episodes in the life of Ned an instructor at the spy school Sarrat It is held together by George Smiley addressing as passing out class of young agents, in which he attempts to add perspective and clarification to the activities of the past and hopefully the future It is curious to see how it has all worked out.


  14. This book contains episodes from the life of a spy in the British Secret Service, known to us only as Ned.I liked this book, liked the themes in it.Some of the longer episodes such as the one of Cyril Fruin a bore, while some of the short ones such as the one of Smiley and the parents of a dead alleged Spy were poignant gems.




  15. Last of the Smiley series, and the final one I hadn t read Absolutely spectacular This time we followed one particular spy throughout his whole career, from his first case to his retirement, thus there were many different stories in one really Simply can t wait for the new and presumably last Smiley novel, coming out in the autumn I m so excited for that


  16. I have recently started reading some of John le Carre s novels, I am still unsure if I really like his work or not I know I do not dislike his work, but none of his books have left me completely satisfied This book seemed like a series of short stories and I got the feeling as I was reading this book before some of his previous novels I was missing some points which were brought up but not fully explained as it appeared it was assumed the reader had the background information already.The few Jo [...]


  17. Originally published on my blog here in August 2001.The last Smiley novel is unique in le Carr s output It is very episodic, and in many places reads like a collection of short stories It has a regretful, valedictory tone, but is one of the easiest of le Carr s novels to read.The narrator is Ned, the former head of the The Russia House in the novel of that name, now running a secret service training course He invites the long retired, legendary George Smiley to talk to the group, to find that th [...]


  18. My first John le Carre novel this year don t know why it took so long, really.This one s different from his other works particularly in terms of narrative, where each chapter is almost a short story in itself Through the memories flashbacks of the protagonist Ned College in the course of a lecture by the legendary George Smiley as he reflects on his career in British Intelligence, le Carre explores the questions issues that have haunted the world throughout the Cold War Years Some of these episo [...]


  19. There s no such thing as retirement from spying , really Sometimes there s knowing too much, and not being able to do much about it, but that s just age, I m sure I think a lot I m stepping out with my reading I talk to people, ride on buses I m a newcomer to the overt world but I m learning NedThis volume was my book introduction to Le Carre s work having previously seen a movie based on one of his novels The Russia House and itching to see Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy This first sampling for m [...]


  20. I loved this book I found the form of the novel intriguingly old fashioned a series of chapters from the life of a British Intelligence man near the end of his career, linked together by his own mentor Smiley s after dinner talk to a new generation of spies Although The Secret Pilgrim was written twenty years ago, the areas and ideas it discusses are of course very relevant today In addition to le Carr s wonderful characterisation, this book might contain the finest of his writing I have yet rea [...]


  21. I think this George Smiley novel is a bit disappointing since he s simply invited by Ned to share his knowledge ideas, that is, he showed up once in a while in a class of young people hoping to be a great secret agent like him Of course there re some exciting episodes worth reading but, I think, reading his Karla Trilogy is all right and you can say, That s it In other words, you won t feel guilty or inadequate if you skip this one.


  22. The Secret Pilgrim is written almost as a memoir of an espionage agent Ned who has evidently figured in previous John Le Carr novels, none of which I have read Not being familiar with Ned didn t take away from the enjoyment of the book, and the short story reminiscences didn t act as a spoiler in case I do find myself browsing through the Le Carr section at the local library An interesting read, like a 3.5


  23. This is the last of the George Smiley novels, and Smiley is not really even its central character Rather, he serves as a kind of narrative frame for the story, and Le Carre uses him much of the time as mouthpiece for extended thoughts on the end of the Cold War It is much less great than the best of Le Carre s work, but it is gripping and interesting anyway if sometimes preachy and didactic and it has flashes of the writer in his prime.


  24. I enjoyed each little story, and typically found the characters Ned encounters interesting than Ned himself The frame story was a pretty weak excuse for Ned to dredge up all of these memories, but I was or less willing to roll with it Not a bad book and every once in a while le Carre shows you that he can really write.


  25. I am a huge fan of the Smiley series and had somehow missed this one I thought I would be just indulging my nostalgia for the series but this is a startling novel to read now and realize when it was published The ethical questions it raises are as fresh as they come Brilliant


  26. Quite a gentle one here Its something like a book of short stories crafted into a novel tales looking back over a lifetime of spying Not much glamour, quite a lot of regret Beautifully written and put together as usual Borrowed from the Histon Library.


  27. A nice memoir of the Cold War, in a way I wasn t sure it would hold together, but I think it worked in the end I think it was a good send off to Smiley I don t think it was LeCarr at his best, but even when he s rusty he s better than most.


  28. Czterdzie ci lat s u by Neda w wywiadzie brytyjskim, zwanym Cyrkiem, to okres zimnej wojny W ka dym z trzynastu rozdzia w ksi ki Ned powraca do jednego z incydent w swojej misji, pocz wszy od bolesnej inicjacji, kt r prze y ze swoim przyjacielem ze szkoly szpieg w, Benem, sko czywszy na ostatnim zleceniu, kt re otrzyma kilka dni przed przej ciem na emerytur , kiedy to od pewnego bogatego Anglika us ysza je li te czarnuchy powystrzelaj si jutro moimi zabawkami, a ja na tym zarobi , dla mnie bomba [...]


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