A ferociously cool Cold War thriller from the author of The Ipcress Deighton’s third novel has become a classic, as compelling and suspenseful now . (Editor’s note: This is the ninth installment in our ongoing Friday blog series highlighting great but forgotten books. Today’s selection comes. Funeral in Berlin, UK first edition now – see photo) on the first editions has a photo of Len Deighton and Michael Caine from The Ipcress File movie shoot.
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Oct 04, George K.
Hard to explain the tremendous pleasure I get reading a great master of the spy story when there is so much drivel around. For a while it seemed to be merely a coincidence that, upon deeper investigation, this Brouma had been a real person who had survived for a while in Treblinka concentration camp before being murdered on the long walk West escaping the advancing Russians.
Twists and turns with the pre-Bernard Samson, already demonstrating the trademark style of the sassy British agent who is not in awe of either his superiors or anyone else for that matter. The dialogue and narration were what really carried the day for me, especially imagining some bits being said by Michael Caine which may be my way of proceeding with The Ipcress File if I ever try that one again. The Rap Sheet Faithful. These last two betoken the fundamentally anti-Romantic, unsentimental stance of his no-nonsense Narrator: It is, in truth, pretty complex and only on the second or third reading – as with all of this series – does everything start to fit together.
Such amateurs that finally someone standing by couldn’t watch their bungling any longer, and took over. But it soon becomes apparent that behind the facade of an elaborate mock funeral lies a game of deadly manoeuvres and ruthless tactics. Leave a comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here That is, the professional is the one who gives the impression that he is non-professional, even out of his league.
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And he writes with effortless mastery. As for family affairs: In particular, I appreciated the additional humour that Deighton starts to inject into the characters of Dawlish and???
Through sheer bad luck the Narrator knocks Vulkan backwards onto a rack of drills and Vulkan dies a horrible agonising death from a punctured lung.
I leave for Germany, including five nights in Berlin, day after tomorrow. Most of the characters and readers are still reeling from the bloody shootout when his wife deigthon from her undercover mission to East Germany at the climax of the previous novel.
View all 4 comments. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The cocktail cabinet was in the corner. The fire service always suffers casualties, the casualty wards in hospitals are overworked. Before he began his writing career he worked as an illustrator in New York and, inas an art director in a London advertising agency.
Anyway, deigyton good and complex spy story about bringing a Russian defector over to the west. And, the real mystery is revealed only at the end. I walked out along the moonlit sea front.
In this story our spy hero travels back and forth between London, Prague and Berlin shaping and organizing the defection of a Soviet scientist to the West. He mistakenly beats up an elderly messenger in the street in Berlin and has no regrets Ch Ostensibly, they had been using a plot from a book written by eponymous hero Jason King, but it turns out at the end that that was a double bluff.
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Funeral in Berlin by Len Deighton
King ostentatiously throws the Deighton book into the fireplace. I adore Stok as much as Palmer, btw. Occured to me that this is one of the important existential novels of the sixities.