The Pigeon Tunnel by John le Carré

Having already read Delicate Truth, The Night Manager, A Most Wanted Man, Our Kind of Traitor and Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy, I would like to read The Pigeon tunnel by Thriller author John leCarre. John LeCarre spent years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, before taking up a career in writing. So far His writing career has taken him him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia both before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

In his first memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel, John 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. In his memoir He writes 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, and describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in The Constant Gardener.

John le Carré endows each happening with vividness and humor, and laugh out loud moments, as seen by someone who was actually there, and which cause the reader to view each happening from a different perspective and think anew about events and people

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