The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 29/07/2010
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Meticulously constructed and reeking with the stench of world-weary cynicism and casual betrayal, le Carre's masterful thriller redefined the espionage novel for the Cold War era.

This is a war… It's graphic and unpleasant because it's fought on a tiny scale, at close range; fought with a wastage of innocent life sometimes, I admit. But it's nothing, nothing at all beside other wars – the last or the next."

Alex Leamas is tired. It's the 1960s, he's been out in the cold for years, spying in the shadow of the Berlin Wall for his British masters. He has seen too many good agents murdered for their troubles. Now Control wants to bring him in at last - but only after one final assignment.

He must travel deep into the heart of Communist Germany and betray his country, a job that he will do with his usual cynical professionalism. But when George Smiley tries to help a young woman Leamas has befriended, Leamas's mission may prove to be the worst thing he could ever have done.

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold is one of the most popular and influential spy novels in literary history, and its success upon publication in 1963 earned John Le Carré acclaim rivalled only by Ian Fleming.

'He can communicate emotion, from sweating fear to despairing love, with terse and compassionate conviction. Above all, he can tell a tale.' Sunday Times

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141194523
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 224 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm


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Superbly constructed, with an atmosphere of chilly hell - J.B. Priestley

The best spy story I have ever read - Graham Greene

The master storyteller ... has lost none of his cunning - A. N. Wilson

I have re-read The Spy Who Came In From The Cold over and over again since I first encountered it in my teens, just to remind myself how extraordinary a work of fiction can be. - Malcolm Gladwell

One of those very rare novels that changes the way you look at the world. Unflinching, highly sophisticated, superb. - William Boyd

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“The Perfect Spy Novel”

Get an image in your head of the perfect spy novel. Picture high up Government Agencies constantly watching you. Picture men single handedly trying to bring entire nations to their knees. Picture shootings in the... More

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“A favourite.”

I have tried other books which I found a hard read but this was quite enjoyable.I finished reading this in a few days.

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“The first and best of Its type.”

This is a very quick read which is a classic for very good reason.

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