John LeCarre on people, writing and life

John Le Carre is a masterful writer; he creates satisfyingly complex plots and  beautifully detailed characters. With prose that is elegant, muscular, sometimes moving and sometimes witty, he writes novels about espionage that manage to transcend their own genre.

Links to articles written by Le Carre:

Links to interviews with John Le Carre:

Analyses of Le Carre’s writing:

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“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world”.

“I am still making order out of chaos by reinvention.”

“A committee is an animal with four back legs.”

“Sometimes we do a thing in order to find out the reason for it. Sometimes our actions are questions not answers”

“I mean, I’m in the business of storytelling, not message making.”

“Most people like to read about intrigue and spies. I hope to provide a metaphor for the average reader’s daily life. Most of us live in a slightly conspiratorial relationship with our employer and perhaps with our marriage.”

“One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.” John le Carré via ‘Barley’ Scott Blair (The Russia House)

“Ideologies have no heart of their own. They’re the whores and angels of our striving selves.”

“The more identities a man has, the more they express the person they conceal”

“All men are born free. Just not for long”


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