John le Carré World Literature Analysis - Essay

John le Carré World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

John le Carré does for the spy novel what Raymond Chandler did for the detective novel in works such as The Big Sleep (1939) and Farewell, My Lovely (1940). Le Carré demonstrates how a popular genre can be used to explore serious issues in a realistic manner. His first two novels, though they are impeccably written, are rather inhibited and conventional detective-type novels. It was with the publication of his third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, that he found himself as a writer.

Before le Carré’s time, most spy thrillers featured impossibly patriotic, courageous heroes who were always getting involved in violent action. The hero’s country was always right and the other side...

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