The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

By John Le Carre, John Le Carre
"Recounted with the storytelling elan 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 Carre, 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 Carre's new novel, A Legacy of Spies, will be available from Viking in Fall 2017.

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 Carre has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carre 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 Carre 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 Carre 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 characters.


    REVIEW QUOTES
Praise for "A Delicate Truth" At the moment a new generation is stumbling upon his work, le Carre is still writing at something close to the top of his game. . . . [He]has not lost his ability to sketch, in a line or two, an entire character. Dwight Garner, "The New York Times Magazine" The narrative dominoes fall with masterly precision. . . . As ever, le Carre s prose is fluid, carrying the reader toward an inevitable yet nail-biting climax. Olen Steinhauer, "The New York Times Book Review"(front page) Timelier than ever. "The New York Times" Well-wrought . . . A sharply sketched gallery of characters. "The Wall Street Journal" Le Carre is fiercely modern. . . . a confluence of styles, voices, approaches . . . A novel that beckons us beyond any and all expectations. "TheWashington Post" Gorgeous writing. It s sophisticated storytelling at its very best. "USA Today" Le Carre is...at full power with a book that draws on a career s worth of literary skill and international analysis. No other writer has charted pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers the public and secret histories of his times. "The Guardian"(UK)"
Always insightful, frequently charming, and sometimes sobering, the memorable tales told by master storyteller le Carre about his life will surely delight both longtime fans and newcomers. Publishers Weekly "For all the cinematic glamour of le Carre's experiences, reflections on the workaday realities offiction writing may provide the most engaging aspect of this colorful valediction. A satisfyingrecollection of a literary life well-lived. Kirkus Reviews Praise for A Delicate Truth At the moment a new generation is stumbling upon his work, le Carre is still writing at something close to the top of his game. . . . [He]has not lost his ability to sketch, in a line or two, an entire character. Dwight Garner, The New York Times Magazine The narrative dominoes fall with masterly precision. . . . As ever, le Carre s prose is fluid, carrying the reader toward an inevitable yet nail-biting climax. Olen Steinhauer, The New York Times Book Review(front page) Timelier than ever. The New York Times Well-wrought . . . A sharply sketched gallery of characters. The Wall Street Journal Le Carre is fiercely modern. . . . a confluence of styles, voices, approaches . . . A novel that beckons us beyond any and all expectations. TheWashington Post Gorgeous writing. It s sophisticated storytelling at its very best. USA Today Le Carre is...at full power with a book that draws on a career s worth of literary skill and international analysis. No other writer has charted pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers the public and secret histories of his times. The Guardian(UK)"



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Publisher Viking
Publish date 09/06/2016
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