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Title : Single and Single
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ISBN : 9024536006
ISBN13 : 978-9024536009
Format Type : Other Book
Language : Niederländisch
Publisher : Luitingh Sijthoff Auflage 01 25 Februar 1999
Number of Pages : 349 Seiten
File Size : 692 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Single and Single Reviews

  • Donald Mitchell
    2019-02-21 10:48

    If you read this book expecting one of Le Carre's spy novels, you will be disappointed because although there are connections to the spy world this is not a spy novel. If you keep an open mind about what will emerge in Single & Single, you will enjoy an interesting tale of good and evil drawn through the detective genre. At its best, Single & Single is as gripping as any Le Carre book -- especially in the first few chapters. The downside is that the tawdriness of almost all the characters make the book a bit of a downer. The Cold War stories in Le Carre's earlier books had the redeeming (and sometimes inspiring) quality of addressing more kinds of potential nobility. The hero in Single & Single is a rewardingly complex figure, righteous yet not always strong enough and conflicted . . . and more than a little idealistic, reminding one of Don Quixote. If you like heros like that, you will very much enjoy the book. If you find small-minded crooks pursuing their ends in petty, immoral ways relatively uninteresting, you will meet a lot of them here. I found myself mixing the crooks up in many cases because they seemed so similar in motivation and characterization. Perhaps the best part of the book is the subtle exploration of a son's feelings for a father, even when that father doesn't really add up to a lot. Although far from his best work (probably because of the subject rather than his writing skill), this Le Carre will satisfy all but the most demanding fans. Those who will be disappointed will include those who want a startling revelation at the end. That's not the way this story is constructed. It would be a mistake not to read it, however, if you are a Le Carre fan or just like a good story

  • Henning Kolf
    2019-03-17 13:35

    Ich habe schon viele gute, sehr gute, sogar grandiose Bücher des Autors gelesen. Ich kenne seinen manchmal durchaus etwas antiquierten, wenn auch virtuosen, Schreibstil. Der hat mich nie gestört, immer hat mich le Carrés Fähigkeit, einen Plot mit Überraschungen und Verwirrungen, der Langeweile nicht aufkommen läßt, zu konstruieren, positiv beeindruckt. Vor allem waren seine Romane immer Zustandsbeschreibungen moralischer Grauzonen, die den Leser zwangen, seine eigenen Vorstellungen von dem, was richtig und falsch ist, was gut und böse ist, zu hinterfragen. Seine Bücher waren auch deshalb immer ein intellektuelles Vergnügen.Von alledem findet sich hier leider nichts. Man könnte den Inhalt des Buches durchaus wie folgt zusammenfassen:Tiger Single, ein recht übler Geldwäscher, ist verschwunden. Sein Sohn hatte sich früher von ihm losgesagt, wird aber jetzt in sich aus dessen Machenschaften ergebende kriminelle Auseinandersetzungen hineingezogen. Er ist von Grund auf gut, die Gegenspieler sind von Grund auf böse. Es kommt zu einem Showdown, der aber auch nur ein paar Seiten des Buches einnimmt, als ob der Autor selbst die Lust an seinem Plot verloren hätte.......Nur schwarz und weiss, keine Zwischentöne, keine Grauzonen. Aber auch keine nervenzerreißende Spannung als Ausgleich.Was solls. Wer schon Grandioses geschrieben hat, hat auch das Recht, Schwächeres abzuliefern, zumal die Fähigkeit mit Sprache umzugehen - für die Übersetzung und das Lektorat ist der Autor nicht verantwortlich - vor völligem Scheitern bewahrt.

  • Doug Vaughn
    2019-02-21 12:29

    Like all Le Carre novels, Single & Single can be read for the shear beauty of the style, each sentence neatly crafted with well placed and carefully selected words that just beg to be spoken aloud. But beyond that it has problems. Taking more time than usual to get his story going, Le Carre launches the reader into a muddy mix of high finance, secret intelligence, political connivance, treachery and deceit - just the stuff we expect of his fiction, but embodied in a plot that is so all over the place that it needs a map to follow it. Unlike the spare, dark constraints that made The Spy Who Came In From The Cold such a tight and tragic story, this story seems to have no constraints. The cast of characters is huge (something he handled well in Smiley's People because the focus of the story was clear) but their place in the action is not always apparent. The direction of the plot - while known on one level (locate the crooked banker Tiger Single, father of the magician ex-spy recruited to help find him, and answer certain questions about mysterious bank deposits and shodowy transactions in drugs, money laundering, Russian mafia, etc. - that's clear, isn't it?) has so many strands it's as though Le Carre took a full notebook of ideas and tried to use them all at once.Ultimately it doesn't work. The plot is too convoluted and the conclusion achives neither the satisfactions of tragedy or melodrama. Further, the lead character, Oliver Single, is too weak and peculiar a figure to serve as the hero (even granting that Le Carre intends him to be flawed) of a story that hopes to achieve so much. His father, the corrupt and selfish Tiger Single is easily a more interesting character, but not enough is really done with him. He is, for too much of the book, offstage, while onstage the weaker characters stumble through one ambiguous situation after another.I will read anything Le Carre writes and with a certain pleasure even when, as here, he doesn't achieve the narrative clarity that some of his books have. But I could hardly recommend this as an example of him at this best. Not even close.