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John le Carré

"Recounted with the storytelling élan of a master raconteur - by turns dramatic and funny, charming, tart and melancholy." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times The New York Times bestselling memoir from John le Carré, the legendary author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; and The Night Manager, now an Emmy-nominated television series starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. John le Carré's new novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available. From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire or the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth; visiting Rwanda's museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide; celebrating New Year's Eve 1982 with Yasser Arafat and his high command; interviewing a German woman terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev; listening to the wisdoms of the great physicist, dissident, and Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov; meeting with two former heads of the KGB; watching Alec Guinness prepare for his role as George Smiley in the legendary BBC TV adaptations of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People; or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in The Constant Gardener, le Carré endows each happening with vividness and humor, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood. Best of all, le Carré gives us a glimpse of a writer's journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional c

"Recounted with the storytelling élan of a master raconteur - by turns dramatic and funny, charming, tart and melancholy." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times The New York Times bestselling memoir from John le Carré, the legendary author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; and The Night Manager, now an Emmy-nominated television series starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. John le Carré's new novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available. From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire or the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth; visiting Rwanda's museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide; celebrating New Year's Eve 1982 with Yasser Arafat and his high command; interviewing a German woman terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev; listening to the wisdoms of the great physicist, dissident, and Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov; meeting with two former heads of the KGB; watching Alec Guinness prepare for his role as George Smiley in the legendary BBC TV adaptations of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People; or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in The Constant Gardener, le Carré endows each happening with vividness and humor, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood. Best of all, le Carré gives us a glimpse of a writer's journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional c
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"Recounted with the storytelling élan of a master raconteur - by turns dramatic and funny, charming, tart and melancholy." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times The New York Times bestselling memoir from John le Carré, the legendary author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; and The Night Manager, now an Emmy-nominated television series starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. John le Carré's new novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available. From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire or the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth; visiting Rwanda's museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide; celebrating New Year's Eve 1982 with Yasser Arafat and his high command; interviewing a German woman terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev; listening to the wisdoms of the great physicist, dissident, and Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov; meeting with two former heads of the KGB; watching Alec Guinness prepare for his role as George Smiley in the legendary BBC TV adaptations of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People; or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in The Constant Gardener, le Carré endows each happening with vividness and humor, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood. Best of all, le Carré gives us a glimpse of a writer's journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional c

Language:

English

Length:

11h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:11


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:01


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:27


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:47


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:00


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:24


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:27


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:28


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:28


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:48


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:27


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:41


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:25


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:31


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:10


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:19


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:45


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:22


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:16


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:59


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:56


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:01


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:06


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:24


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:13


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:25


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:51


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:28


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:56


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:01


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:54


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

09:35


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:42


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:09


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:36


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:12


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:43


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:04


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:21


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:43


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:46


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:49


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

09:02


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:19


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:56


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:42


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:47


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:00


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:45


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:00


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:41


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:36


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:14


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:26


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:05


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:56


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:38


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:26


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:23


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:12


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:41


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:43


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:02


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:33


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:45


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:31


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:52


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

02:30


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

09:05


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:41


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:59


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

01:43


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

00:26


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:07


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

00:29