Our game: a novel
Knopf, 1995 - 301 ページ
At Forty-Eight, Tim Cranmer is a secret servant in premature retirement to deepest rural England. His Cold War is fought and won, and he is free to devote himself to his stately manor house, his vineyard, and his beautiful young mistress, Emma.
But no man can escape his past, and Tim's lives twenty miles away, in the chaotic person of Larry Pettifer: bored radical don, philanderer, and for twenty years Tim's mercurial double agent against the now vanquished Communist threat. Between the two stands an unresolved rivalry that dates all the way back to their shared boyhood at public school.
As the story opens, Larry and Emma have disappeared. Have they run off together? Are they lovers? Has Larry lured Emma into some dark game she cannot understand? Setting off in pursuit of them, Tim discovers that he too is being pursued, by his former masters. The hunter becomes the hunted. Raiding his own past like a thief, he follows Larry and Emma into the minefield - physical and emotional - of their new allegiance.
And as Tim advances across the moral wastes of post-Cold War Europe - the battered landscape of England after Thatcher, the lawless worlds of Moscow and Southern Russia - his dilemma deepens. Finding himself deprived of both past and future, a dispossessed loyalist, he must grapple with his own leftover humanity as the values he fought to preserve fall away, and the spectre of the reinvented Russian empire begins to haunt the ruins of the Soviet dream.
Our Game is John le Carre at his incomparable best.
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Review: Our Gameユーザー レビュー - David Rubin - Goodreads
Few novelists in the spy genre give character development such high priority and thoughtful treatment as does John le Carre. In Our Game we get to meet and know the primary characters through a ... レビュー全文を読む
Review: Our Gameユーザー レビュー - Bugenhagen - Goodreads
This was probably not the best place to start in le Carré's oeuvre. As a rule of thumb I try not to describe any work of fiction as 'boring', this seeming to me an awfully lazy criticism, but in this ... レビュー全文を読む