- Series: Literary Conversations
- Hardcover: 180 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (December 2, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578066689
- ISBN-13: 978-1578066681
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,623,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Conversations with John le Carre (Literary Conversations)
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"A spy, like a writer, lives outside the mainstream population. He steals his experience through bribes and reconstructs it." - John Le Carre" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Publisher
* Career-spanning interviews with the leading writer of the contemporary spy novel, one whose books have been made into many award-winning movies, among them "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold", "The Russia House", and "The Tailor of Panama"
* Features interviews ranging from 1965 to 1999, spanning the breadth of his literary career
* Includes interviews conducted by such notable figures as George Plimpton and Melvyn Bragg
* Provides the first collection of interviews with this extremely popular writer
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Top Customer Reviews
If you are a John le Carre fan, this is a must read. If you are a student of the interview this is a great study.
This book is one of a series of books that include interviews with well known authors. A brief look for "Literary Conversations" in Amazon reveal many titles that cover writers from Susan Sontag to Bernard Malamud to Chaim Potok to Joseph Heller and many more.
As such these books operate on at least two levels. If you aspire to interview as a profession, here are some of the best.
If you are a fan of , in this case Bernard Cornwall/John le Carre' here he is in his own words.
I am a fan of le Carre going back several decades. I had some general idea of his biography and more than some idea of what his books are about. In this collection the reader can have fun learning the about the man. Part of the fun of this collection is that it is in date order and crosses 42 years of le Carre`'s career.
Much like his books there are flirtations and gradual reveals. What was his real role in British Intelligence? Who and what was his father? How much of his works are total fiction and how much biography? Did he invent the language of spying or steal it? What drives a man to take on the conspicuous consumption, lady's man spy James Bond and give us George Smiley? Its all here and its always your decision how much to believe and how much is deliberate misdirection.
To be fair one must acknowledge the editors. In their introduction they correctly remind the reader that as much as an interview is about the person being interviewed, it is also about the person who writes the interview. Absent this knowledge, the reader will miss at least 1/3 of what this book contains.
Also to be fair, interviews can be repetitious. John le Carre` has some canned answers and prepared evasions. Maybe there are only so many questions you can ask the master author of cold war/post cold war spy novels. Maybe the reason why good interviewers get paid is because it is hard work.
Read it one or two interviews at a time. This way it can be a break in your routine and you can re-experience the fun of learning the story of the man almost as if it were an exercise in intelligence gathering.
with numerous thoughts, insights and opinions expressed by the author on numerous topics
ranging from family issue to world affairs.