A Small Town In Germany

A Small Town In Germany John le Carr s classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge and have earned him unprecedented worldwide a

  • Title: A Small Town In Germany
  • Author: John le Carré
  • ISBN: 9780434109302
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Hardcover
  • John le Carr s classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and have earned him unprecedented worldwide acclaim A man is missing Harting, refugee background, a Junior Something in the British Embassy in Bonn Gone with him are forty three files, all of them Confidential or aboJohn le Carr s classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and have earned him unprecedented worldwide acclaim A man is missing Harting, refugee background, a Junior Something in the British Embassy in Bonn Gone with him are forty three files, all of them Confidential or above It is vital that the Germans do not learn that Harting is missing, nor that there s been a leak With radical students and neo Nazis rioting and critical negotiations under way in Brussels, the timing could not be worse and that s probably not an accident Alan Turner, London s security officer, is sent to Bonn to find the missing man and files as Germany s past, present, and future threaten to collide in a nightmare of violence.

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    • John le Carré

      John le Carr , the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell born 19 October 1931 in Poole, Dorset, England , is an English author of espionage novels Le Carr has resided in St Buryan, Cornwall, Great Britain, for than 40 years, where he owns a mile of cliff close to Land s End.See also John le Carr

    570 thoughts on “A Small Town In Germany

    • I’ve read quite a few of John le Carré’s books and the only one that I didn’t particularly enjoy was “The Constant Gardner” which departed somewhat from his usual spy books. So when I discovered this paperback on a market stall the other week, I decided to purchase it as the blurb on the back looked interesting. After all, this is le Carré and he’s a known quantity and an excellent author.I started this and initially it appeared to be interesting. The location was good, being Bonn [...]

    • No one likes Alan Turner. He's a spycatcher with the British foreign office, and if he's talking to you, your career is probably over. With gleeful ferocity, he tramples across uncrossable boundaries of diplomacy, decency and class.The year is 1968. The West is mired in the Cold War, the British have lost their empire, young people are rioting all over the globe, the Vietnam War is in full swing, and in Germany, a mysterious and charismatic leader is rising swiftly to power. Sensitive internatio [...]

    • I thought I'd read all of Le Carré's books that I cared to read. I recently discovered this one and it might be my favorite one. Chronologically, it falls between his early mystery novels ("Call for the Dead" and "A Murder of Quality") and the spy novels. It draws from both genres and is better for it. I recommend reading it without reading any reviews because they give too much of the plot away.

    • Γραμμένο το 1968, περίοδο της διαπραγμάτευσης στις Βρυξέλλες για την είσοδο της Μ Βρετανίας στην ΕΟΚ () στην βρετανική πρεσβεία στην Βόννη, τότε πρωτεύουσα της ΟΔ της Γερμανίας χάνονται κάποιοι φάκελοι απορρήτου και ένας ελασσων υπάλληλος. Αν κ συγγραφέας κατασκοπευτικών έρ [...]

    • Le Carre is the grandfather of all spy stories. Although a little slow paced, the story has enough depth to keep you involved. Unfortunately I think the female characters get stranded in typical gender stereotypes and none of them have enough spark to make you think they're anything but filler. However, Carre has great insight into the intelligence community and all the drama rings true.

    • Le Carre's books trigger emotion in me. I'm not entirely comfortable with that but I'm hooked. Scratch the surface of his well-rendered cynicism and a meager optimism begrudgingly appears. Yes, we humans can be absolutely horrible to each other, but some of us are not and some of us care. Deeply.Le Carre's skill at presenting things not quite as they are, while subtly suggesting what is, was and probably will be, delights me. He is neither obvious nor inscrutable. His paints his misanthropy with [...]

    • I enjoyed this far more than I originally thought I would. I started slowly making my way through the George Smiley novels and I'm glad that I decided to try this one as well. Well worth reading simply as a departure to the Smiley novels. Well worth the time.

    • Another John le Carré masterclass. This slow burn novel is predominantly set in Bonn, then the capital of West Germany, in the late 1960s, with a backdrop of significant political upheaval: numerous student demonstrations, and interestingly, given the current Brexit negotiations, part of this book's context is whether the UK will be invited to join the EU which was very much in the balance at the time. British industry was in the doldrums, the economy was in freefall, inflation was starting to [...]

    • To be honest, I was a bit disappointed by the ending. However, this is much deeper than a typical Cold War novel. It speaks pointedly to the human condition, and the thoughts and emotions that drive people's actions, particularly when motivated by different things. It's a very good read from that standpoint, but the culmination of the plot left me scratching my head a bit.

    • I read the vast majority of this book at a desultory, generally unenthusiastic pace, and I wish I'd known how it would come together at the end, because I would have given it better attention. The good parts: le Carré's close observation of meetings and interiors (he's sort of like a domestic novelist of the office, among his other interests) and wonderful bits of scene-setting, like this: "It was a day to be nearly free; a day to stay in London and dream of the country. In St. James's Park, th [...]

    • Written before "Tinker, Tailor" and set at the height of the Cold War,a junior official in the West German capital goes missing with a sheaf of confidential material. The junior offical is an emigre and his disappearance could be a massive embarrassment to HMG. The Foreign Office send Alan Turner, a bulldozer of an investigator, who is not prepared to let the niceties of realpolitik get in his quest for the truth. Turner makes no friends, that is not his job, but is unprepared for the complexiti [...]

    • 'Shady doings' at the British Embassy in Bonn, Germany. That about sums it up. This is an odd-item among LeCarre's early works; and it is often overlooked because it appears 'out-of-sequence' --even, 'disrupting' the Smiley saga--and its protagonist seems to have been the one-off appearance of admittedly a rather boring and ineffectual hero, called in to solve a singular mystery, and then never heard from again. One wonders why LeCarre wrote this minor drama at all. I confess that I myself have [...]

    • This made for great reading on my flight to Germany, but it's undeniable that this is missing some vital element of le Carré's genius. I think the critical flaw is in the character of Turner, the brash investigator sent to resolve the disappearance that kicks off the plot of the book. A lot of readers (and le Carré himself, in the introduction to this edition) will point to how wrong the writer gets the German character and where that society went in the aftermath of the war, but if we cared m [...]

    • If you want a good spy novel this was superb! Brilliantly plotted, when one of the officer goes missing, but existing artificial effectry clever.Leo Harting works twenty years as Chancery officer was missing, and an investigation was conducted due to the disappearance of the forty odd files that contained the most sensitive materials on high ranking German politicians. The rest are top secret, and Anglo-German agreements:secret treaties, secret codicils to published agreement.Since, Leo works wi [...]

    • Early Le Carre is still great Le Carre. As with most of his work, if you can make it through the long set-up and make sense of the British-ism embedded in the writing, you'll be rewarded with a fine novel. The 'small town' referenced in the title is Bonn, (West) Germany in the late 60's during the Cold War. It was a different world then, but maybe not so different since protests against an economic summit, issues related to NATO, and Russian spying are all in the story line. The plot is solid: a [...]

    • In the novel’s late 1960s West Germany, political power is in flux and the western powers seem weak against the might and will of Moscow. Led by a cult-of-personality nationalist, Klaus Karfeld, with more than a whiff of the Nazi about him, elements within West Germany vocally and violently embrace the right. British intelligence is fearful that it will lose the country.*Then, a crisis. A minor embassy official named Leo Harting has disappeared, along with valuable and potentially damaging fil [...]

    • This is part of the early John Le Carre work. Set in Bonn in the mid 1960s we are introduced to the British diplomats and others who work in the British Embassy at the time when Britain was trying so hard to enter the EU. I thought I had read this some time ago but obviously not and it is not a good choice when one is not really feeling well. You have a definite feeling that LeCarre was in a furious rage against those who had been running the diplomatic service and missing entirely what was impo [...]

    • Written in 1968, against a backdrop of student unrest and British attempts to enter the Common Market, this is a compelling story set in the British Embassy in Bonn, where Le Carre himself had worked some years earlier. A missing German long serving Embassy staff member and some missing files see the dogged Alan Turner fly in from London. A story of moral and political ambiguity, with the class system of the British diplomatic community biting into the narrative, leads to a final explanation of [...]

    • I'm probably being harsh, as I can't help but subject this to the exacting standards of the rest of le Carre's work. As usual there are moments when the quality of the writing almost makes you want to swoon - just the occasional paragraph of genius that you have to keep alert to in case you don't notice how great it is. But somehow the plot just doesn't have enough punch - maybe there is not enough of a sense of jeopardy, as most of that is invested in a character who we have no direct experienc [...]

    • I’ll warn you, it starts slow. But then it takes you screaming down odd twisted paths and leaves you dumped at the end of the line, wholly unsatisfied, but ready to read another book by John le Carre.There, my one-paragraph review of “A Small Town in Germany,” the first of le Carre’s books I’ve read, following my long-standing policy of reading books that typically come to me through thrift store purchases, outright donations or are discovered being smuggled into the house baked inside [...]

    • It was years ago that I read this book but I do remember being extremely disappointed. I think this is Le Carré attempting something which is outside the compass of his abilities as a writer. He cannot explain how any strong personality could rise to power and worse, he has neither intereest nor understanding in the ideas and psychology of the man or woman ambitious for complete power. Also, the book encouraged the weary cliché, fostered unwearingly by East Germany, that the Western republic w [...]

    • The small town in question is Bonn. A sleepy province down the Rhine from Cologne which, to the bafflement of many, was chosen as the Post War capital of West Germany. A minor British embassy worker, Leo Harting, has disappeared with a significant number of confidential files. Sensing a Soviet mole a spy catcher from the Foreign Office, Alan Turner, is sent to investigate. All whilst set in time when there were genuine concerns the Far-Right could rise again in Germany and ex-Nazis remained free [...]

    • Originally published on my blog here in May 2000.Continuing the bleak atmosphere of his earlier novels, John le Carré produced A Small Town in Germany, which looks forward from the political, social and economic world of the late sixties in as pessimistic a manner as possible. (There are few clues for a reader today not familiar with early seventies European politics to mark this novel out as set in the future; it is only the publication date which places it before such events as the three day [...]

    • Once again my quest to like a le Carré novel is proven elusive. All the ingredients for a great book are there. The setting is Germany at a point in time when for most, like the British, the wounds have healed but for some they are still open. The place is Bonn that brings memories to those who grew up during the cold war and the actors are diplomats engaged in the first and failed effort to bring Britain into the EEC. And the mood is anti-American with the students preparing for the mad year o [...]

    • This was John le Carre's 5th novel and one that did not feature his most famous spy master, George Smiley. The main character is Alan Turner, a Foreign Office employee who has been sent to the British embassy in Bonn to find out what has happened to an embassy employee, Leo Harting, a German national who seems to have disappeared with a number of secret files. This is a tense period in European history, set after WWII, when the Russians are heating up things, Germany seems to be in turmoil, look [...]

    • I was surprised by how much I disliked this spy novel by the genre genius, John Le Carre. The story takes place over the course of a week, in Bonn, the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, during the midst of a series of anti-British demonstrations over the UK's attempt to join the Common Market (predecessor to the EU). A "fixer" is sent from London's central HQ to find out what happened to a missing British embassy worker and the files he may or may not have stolen. The fixer, Alan Turne [...]

    • Re-reading these earlyish Le Carre thrillers after some 30 years has been extremely rewarding. It's hardly controversial to point out that his more recent books, some of which are quite fine, are not exactly great, so I've loved revisiting his work from the 60s and 70s and reminding myself of his enormous strengths as a novelist. This short, fast-moving novel is akin to noir - when a low-level agent from the Bonn office goes missing with a secret file, a special agent is called in from London to [...]

    • Wow! I had to remind myself that I was listening to the time when Britain was fighting to gain access to the Common Market, not Brexit. I had to remind myself that the right-wing movement and charismatic leader was from 1968 not 2016. So many parallels to today's geo-political world and such a good story on top of it.The reason I read this early work by John Le Carre's is that I was reading his book The Pigeon Tunnel and he referenced this book as the one where embassy life (diplomats and some s [...]

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