Le Carré

Mixed reviews of Le Carrré’s latest, with John Banville suggesting that it “marks a return to the days of Sapper and John Buchan, when black was black and white was white.” I know what he means, but on the other hand Le Carré’s a lot smarter and more sophisticated than those two, and he’s aware of political and economic pressures in a way that many more subtly nuanced authors aren’t. After the bleak nihilism of some of his middle period stuff, it’s moving to see him discover serious convictions and old-fashioned rage. There are some genuine villains out there.