ABSOLUTE FRIENDS is a superbly paced novel spanning fifty-six years, a theatrical masterstroke of tragi-comic writing, and a savage fable of our times, almost of our hours.The friends of the title are Ted Mundy, British soldier's son born 1947 in a shining new independent Pakistan, and Sasha, refugee son of an East German Lutheran pastor and his wife who have sought sanctuary in the West.The two men meet first as students in riot-torn West Berlin of the late Sixties, again in the grimy looking-glass of Cold War espionage and, most terribly, in today's unipolar world of terror, counter-terror and the war of lies.Deriving its scale from A PERFECT SPY and its passion from THE CONSTANT GARDENER, Le Carre's new novel presents us with magical writing, characters to delight, and a spellbinding story that enchants even as it challenges.
- Paperback | 384 pages
- 130 x 194 x 26mm | 240.4g
- 01 Sep 2004
- Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Coronet Books
- London, United Kingdom
This is vintage John le Carre * The Times * le Carre brings the thriller face to face with contemporary politics and, in the process has once again demonstrated his mastery of his chosen genre * Robert McCrum, Observer * A literary master for a generation * Observer * Few could fail to be thrilled by the unbridled rage that fuels his storytelling. * Robert McCrum, Observer * We need only to read the first page of ABSOLUTE FRIENDS to know that once again we are in the accomplished hands of a master storyteller * P.D. James, Mail on Sunday * ABSOLUTE FRIENDS is classic le Carre and that means fiction of a very high order * Roy Hattersley, Independent on Sunday * No reader, whatever his politics, could fail to be moved by the passion and intelligence of le Carre's lastest. * Publishers Weekly * The master has not lost his touch ... one of his most enthralling creations. * A.N. Wilson, Telegraph * Angry, pessimistic and deeply romantic * Joan Smith, Independent *
About John Le Carré
John le Carre was born in 1931. He attended the universities of Bern and Oxford and later taught at Eton. He spent five years in the British Foreign Service.