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A bloody and apparently senseless murder had been committed at Carne School one of the oldest and most glittering ornaments in the British public school system George Smiley whose connec. Le Carre s first book was not so much a spy novel as a detective story with spies in it and this second book is even less a spy novel it is a detective story with George Smiley in it But that does not prevent A Murder of uality 1962 from being a well written entertaining bookIn an introduction to a paperback edition issued almost thirty years after its original publication le Carre wrote that rereading the book now I find a flawed thriller redeemed by ferocious and uite funny social comment I think that is an accurate assessment Some of the social comment targets the non conformist Christian communities of the laboring class but the most ferocious and most amusing satire is reserved for the upper class English boarding school which the author pillories for its cruelty its insularity and its snobbishness Le Carre knows whereof he speaks for he attended Sherborne in Dorset which he loathed and taught briefly at Eton which he regarded with ambivalent respectThe mystery the murder of a young master s wife who is on record stating that her husband is trying to kill her has enough thrills to keep the pages turning but the real charm of the book is in its treatment of upperclass English education But I was surprised and also pleased to find the atmosphere enriched by a very gothic character a crazy woman named Jane who lives in an abandoned medieval church A Murder of uality although an enjoyable book is nothing special But it was the calm before the storm le Carre s next book would be The Spy that Came in from the Cold

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A Murder of uality

He workings of the human mind Smiley might never have solved the case But logic and insight were hardly enough to spare him the emotional aftermath of a conclusion he did not want to fac. This is the second book by John le Carr featuring unlikely spy George Smiley To begin my mission to read all the Smiley books in 2020 I did a uick search to identify the titles Regardless of where Google sent me the observations regarding A Murder of uality were similar ranging from not really a Smiley novel to don t bother to read it in seuence That s because it s not a spy novel it s a crime novelFair enough but nevertheless I m glad I did read it after Call for the Dead for a couple of reasons The first that it occupies the same place in time as the previous book England in the early 1960 s This is still very much a post war world where the personal histories of the characters generally reflect their service or their losses in the war It s not the freshly remade high energy post war world of the US but one where privations are still felt and people are still haunted by memories It s an extension of the feel of Call for the Dead where the plot reaches back to events in WWII and before but the current action takes place in the London of 1961The second reason I m glad I took it in seuence is that it marks a big uptick in le Carr s writing The story is well rounded and complete and that sense of a novella being stretched to novel length that was present in Call for the Dead is no longer there Considering the book on its own and not as part of the Smiley canon it s an excellent mystery of the closed group variety Someone from the faculty community at an upper class school is murdered and through tangential wartime connections the now retired Smiley is brought in to help the local police determine what happened The town vs gown phenomenon is an impediment to a proper investigation and Smiley can bridge that gapIf you re looking for a spy thriller this won t be your cup of tea But if you want a well constructed mystery with some social commentary thrown in I can highly recommend it

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Tions with Carne were complicated by sentiment had had a curious forewarning of the crime and in a private capacity pursued its investigation Without his espionage trained insight into t. Absolutely excellent My first meeting with George Smiley and certainly an error I will be correcting in the months to come A very interesting character The whole book was a condemnation of the British class system reinforced by the afterword by John Le Carre In it he admits that the kernels of this story are routed in his own experience of public school and conseuent post as a Junior master at Eton I recognise the dankness of those old stone walls that formed the limits of my childhood and left me for the rest of my life with an urge to fight off whatever threatened to enclose me


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  1. says:

    Le Carre's first book was not so much a spy novel as a detective story with spies in it and this second book is even less a spy novel it is a detective story with George Smiley in it But that does not prevent A Murder of uality 1962 from being a well written entertaining bookIn an introduction to a paperback edi

  2. says:

    A dog that had not bitten the postman; a devil that rode upon the wind; a woman who knew that she would die; a little worried man in an overcoat standing in the snow outside his hotel and the laborious chime of the Abbey clock telling him to

  3. says:

    I haven't exactly rushed to read John le Carré's books but whenever I've gotten around to it I'm always glad I didThe man can write He's not the best It's not all perfect but it's damn good The words just flow The plots are solid The characters feel like real people which is sometimes a knock on mysterycrime writers Carré spends time rounding out his characters than your typical who dun it writer Sometimes th

  4. says:

    Absolutely excellent My first meeting with George Smiley and certainly an error I will be correcting in the months to come A very interesting character The whole book was a condemnation of the British class system reinforced by the afterword by John Le Carre In it he admits that the kernels of this story are routed in his own experience of public school and conseuent post as a Junior master at Eton'I recognise the dankness of those old sto

  5. says:

    All this time I had been clear in my mind that George Smiley was a spy master and that John le Carré writes spy novels A Murder of uality the second novel in the George Smiley series blew both of those assumptions away completely While you could argue that Smiley is technically a spy he's retired from the service When his friend and former c

  6. says:

    My husband is uite a fan of John LeCarre and convinced me that I should read this one It is a small novel 146 pages compared to his later books of 300 or pages and a little mystery instead of a cold war spy novel Not being the greatest fan of a mystery novel I tend to read them too fast or peek at the ending because I can't stand the suspense or I'm up until the wee hours of the morning because I can't go to sleep until I find out

  7. says:

    Le Carré's second George Smiley novel is like the first a straightforward mystery without the spycraft elements that would later define the George Smiley books as well as le Carré's body of work The fictional English boarding school of Carne is a fine opportunity for le Carré to engage in social commentary and he does so with an acknowledged grievance towards the inbred and classist boarding school system The plot itself is

  8. says:

    Reading John Le Carre's writing is like treating yourself to a fine wine It is not to be sped through or swigged His words and passages lend themselves to being slowly consumed and savored A Murder of uality was set in present day w

  9. says:

    This is the second book by John le Carré featuring unlikely spy George Smiley To begin my mission to read all the Smiley books in 2020 I did a uick search to identify the titles Regardless of where Google sent me the observations regarding A Murder of uality were similar ranging from not really a Smiley novel to don't bother to read it in seuence That's because it's not a spy novel it's a crime novelFair enough but neve

  10. says:

    This is the second novel featuring George Smiley; the first is Call for the Dead This is unlike most of the Smiley