Keep Calm and Le Carré On
John Le Carré’s A DELICATE TRUTH is a terrific thriller. Well worth reading.
Same writer. Same topics (espionage, what the German’s call realpolitik). Separated by exactly 50 years.
Both are terrific. And both very much feel like creations of their era. The cigarettes and the cars and the dialog of 1963 seem pretty perfect to my ear. And the SIM cards and drone strikes and dialog of 2013 seem pretty perfect.
A writer can be ahead of his time, and likely not appreciated. Or a writer can be stuck in time – this is heresy, I know, but I have trouble reading Herman Wouk today. That stuff seems dated, whereas THE SPY WHO… seems fresh.
John Le Carré has.