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Legends Paperback – April 25, 2006
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In the case of "Legends," Martin Udom if a former CIA field agent who has had so many identities (or legends, as they're called in the business) that he's not sure who he is. He thinks Udom is his real self-that is, the person he was before he joined the CIA and became many other people-but in his new job as an unsuccessful private detective, he is receiving internal and external flashes indicating that Martin Udom may in fact be a legend, and that his real identity may be as someone he thought was a legend. The man is in psychic crisis, but he takes on the case of a Russian woman who wants him to find her brother-in-law so he can grant her sister a divorce. This search will initiate a number of near misses with people and information he thinks he would like to forget. He's pulled to regions that featured in his spy-life which brings him closer to complete disorientation. Was he chosen by the CIA because he had multiple personalities, or because he had none at all?
Littell's "The Company" was a huge historical spy piece which looked at the positive and negative impact of CIA activity from the organization's inception. "Legends" narrows that focus to the effect on individuals, one in particular, while keeping up the expected pace. It is a thoughtful, exciting, and compelling read.
Currently he's working as a detective in Brooklyn, taking on cases that seem mundane compared to his former profession. Lost dogs and mahjongg debts, as he describes them. All that changes when he is hired to locate the husband of an Orthodox Jewish woman. The missing man has abandoned his wife, and her religion dictates that he must be located in order for a divorce to be granted. The woman's sister and father, who has a history with the KGB, hire Martin to find the vanished husband; his marital woes may be the least of his problems. The chase is on and the hunt leads Martin all over the world, from Israel to the Amish country, uncoincidentally bringing in some dangerous characters from Martin's former career.
In addition to his personality disorder, Martin suffers from amnesia and cannot remember the traumatic event that caused his own personality to diffract so severely. His therapist is sure that there was one such event until she mysteriously was warned off the case and ordered to forget her findings.Read more ›
Littell's previous novel, The Company, was a mammoth, multigenerational saga of the CIA, basically starting with its creation out of the defunct OSS following World War II and taking readers right up to the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early nineties. It is without doubt one of the classics, among the top 5 novels published within the last twenty-five years.
Legends is an entirely different kind of book. Though it is no less intelligent, no less suspenseful (in fact, it is quite a bit more suspenseful), no less visionary than its predecessor, it's a novel that operates on a more personal, more focused level. There is a single main character (in The Company there were about two dozen), a man with a lost identity which is slowly revealed to him over the course of a manhunt/investigation he is privately conducting. He's a CIA agent who's retired - or has been retired - because of psychological trauma he suffered on the job which he can no longer remember. As an agent he assumed many false identities in his undercover work, now he's no longer sure which of the identities he remembers is the "real" one, and as he's slowly enveloped back into the shadow world of the CIA, he uncovers clues. Pretty soon, the CIA wants himn dead.Read more ›
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I got this book because I saw the TV series by the same name. As usual, there were differences between the two mediums, but I enjoyed both.Published 4 months ago by 24
It can be confusing, especially if you have to read over several sittings as I do, but once you get on to the pattern and "tells" it's so real you wonder how much could be true.Published 4 months ago by Ram Man
This was an interesting book based on one person but several personalities. The author wove it together and you were able to get a sense of each person great ending.Published 5 months ago by gene815
Great book. Much better than the tv show based on it. I can't believe that I had never heard of him before this. The book is well researched and well written.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer