The Night Manager

The Night Manager In the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade Jonathan Pine is ready to stand up and be counted in the fi

  • Title: The Night Manager
  • Author: John le Carré
  • ISBN: 9780340597651
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade.Jonathan Pine is ready to stand up and be counted in the fight against this ultimate heart of darkness His mission takes him from the cliffs of west Cornwall, via northern Quebec and the Caribbean, to the jungles of post Noriega PanaIn the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade.Jonathan Pine is ready to stand up and be counted in the fight against this ultimate heart of darkness His mission takes him from the cliffs of west Cornwall, via northern Quebec and the Caribbean, to the jungles of post Noriega Panama His quarry is the worst man in the world.

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    1. A slinky international thriller about post-Cold War geopolitics, crammed full of damaged antiheroes, corrupt politicians, worn-out spies, megarich drug-runners and frustratingly vulnerable women. It opens in Zurich and rapidly expands to take in detailed sketches of Quebec, the Bahamas, Miami, the Netherlands, Central America and Cornwall – so that there is a kind of travelogue element to the action, not unlike the feeling in those early Bond movies where audiences partly just wanted to see so [...]

    2. Jonathan Pine is the night manager at a hotel in Cairo. A beautiful woman named Sophie, who is the mistress of an Arab playboy and would-be arms dealer named Freddie Hamid, asks him to photocopy some documents for her and then to keep the copy in the hotel safe. Pine reluctantly agrees to do so and speed-reads the documents as he does.The papers describe an arms deal that Hamid is attempting to orchestrate with a very wealthy and very bad man named Richard Roper. Pine is a patriotic Englishman a [...]

    3. bbc/programmes/p03g14d5Description: In the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. Jonathan Pine is ready to stand up and be counted in the fight against this ultimate heart of darkness. His mission takes him from the cliffs of west Cornwall, via northern Quebec and the Caribbean, to the jungles of post-Noriega Panama. His quarry is the worst man in the world.John le Carré on The Night Manager on TV: [...]

    4. One of the more interesting aspects of Ian Fleming's James Bond series is the fact that, although Bond is ostensibly a spy, he really doesn't do very much spying: he doesn't invisibly infiltrate enemy lines, doesn't uncover valuable hidden information. Instead, it would be more accurate to describe him as a kind of tuxedoed one-man death squad, dispatched to periodically fuck up the life of some eccentric megalomaniac or super villain. By comparison, the spooks in LeCarre's novels really spend t [...]

    5. I was planning to read "The Honorable Schoolboy (1977)" as my third le Carré novel. But as fate would have it, I stumbled upon a TV show trailer on YouTube.Tom Hiddleston + Hugh Laurie + le Carré ?! Sign me up!So before watching the show, I decided to read the novel.❝ Promise to build a chap a house, he won't believe you. Threaten to burn his place down, he'll do what you tell him. Fact of life.❞ The story introduces Jonathan Pine, an ex-soldier turned night manager for luxury hotels. It w [...]

    6. "Every man has his personal devil waiting for him somewhere."-- John le Carré, The Night Manager "WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it i [...]

    7. Disclaimer: I only read this book because they're making a TV version, and Tom Hiddleston is going to play the protagonist.With that out of the way, I have to say, I struggled mightily with this book. The plot--man infiltrates criminal organization to seek revenge on the man who heads said organization—should have made for a compelling novel, but it justdidn't. In my opinion, of course.Overall it was plodding and slow, and could never really hold my attention for very long. I could easily put [...]

    8. Jonathan Pine is the Night manager at a luxury hotel in Cairo. A conversation with a guest late one night opens his eyes to the dark underworld of the arms trade; this guest Sophie asks him to pass some documents to the Egyptian authorities, which he does, but he sends a copy onto a friend in MI6 too, even though she warned him that Roper has contact with the British security services. A short while later she is found murdered, and it dawns on Pine that he may be responsible for her death.Six mo [...]

    9. Έχει γραφτεί πως ο Λε Καρέ αντιπροσωπευει επάξια σήμερα την ψυχή και το ύφος της λεπτής γραφής της λογοτεχνίας, όπως παλαιότερα ο Κονραντ! Απλά ο Κονραντ χρησιμοποιεί ως καμβά τις ναυτικες ιστορίες, ενώ ο Λε Καρέ τις κατασκοπευτικες. Όντας φανατικός αναγνώστης και των δύο, [...]

    10. Apparently, John le Carré preferred the recent television adaptation of The Night Manager to his original novel. Now, this may just be a novelist trying to be nice about the folks who just paid him a lot of money to film his book but, in the case that it is true, I think I agree with him.I didn't dislike the book, by any means; I gave it four stars and that's a really good rating from me. It's just that the t.v. folks made some significant changes to the story and, while I'm not going to mentio [...]

    11. The Night Manager is about courage, redemption and love of country. To run away from his demon and fail marriage Jonathan Pine became a night manager at the Hotel Meister Palace in Zurich. However, Jonathan Pine demon followed him. Jonathan Pine loves his country, so he agrees to become British Secret Agents to find the killer of a woman who died in the Hotel. However, unbeknown to Jonathan the investigation became complicated and would change him forever. The readers of The Night Manager will f [...]

    12. I have read [Book:The Night Manager] several times and I can't help seeing Kevin Spacey in the role (even though he's not a Brit). I understood that the movie version was set some years ago--Sidney Pollack to direct and Robert Towne to do the script--then it fell through for those unspecified "creative differences." I don't know whether Kevin was being considered. Then I heard Le Carre speak and someone asked him about the movie project. He said he was barred from discussing it because of his co [...]

    13. From BBC 01 Player:Attempting to help a well-connected guest, hotel night manager Jonathan Pine is drawn into the world of arms dealer Richard Roper.1/6: Hotel night manager Jonathan Pine receives a plea for help from a well-connected guest. His actions draw him into the world of Richard Roper, a businessman and arms dealer.2/6: On the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Roper's life of luxury and calm is shattered. Six months earlier, Burr continues her recruitment of Pine, sending him to Devon t [...]

    14. THE NIGHT MANAGER is, hands down, the BEST spy novel I have ever read. If it has not or did not win a Pulitzer, Le Carre was robbed.First of all, let me be clear: I _have_ read the best out there. I don't spend _all_ of my free time with the doings of espiocrats, as LeCarre dubs them, but I was willingly transfixed by all three tomes that make up THE BOURNE TRILOGY, and I do not have to close my eyes or be anywhere near THE BOURNE IDENTITY to viscerally remember, at the cellular level, the closi [...]

    15. The first 50 pages of this novel are some of the best material I've ever read. Le Carré goes Proust and crafts a terrifying confrontation by digging into the past and into his protagonist's psyche in order to make the moment larger than life. The result is absolutely stunning. Le Carré created in Jonathan Pine a protagonist complex and engaging like few others.When Pine first gets in contact with his handler Leonard Burr, The Night Manager goes into full spy novel and become labyrinthic and so [...]

    16. I consider myself a John le Carre aficionado, and this is, hands down, my favorite thus far.We anticipate that his espionage and political threads are strong and tightly drawn. However, what is the true joy of this novel is the emotional depth of le Carre's hero, Jonathan. Driven by retribution and revenge, we get a man (as opposed to an automaton) with heart and soul as well as the obligatory skills of a spy.In THE NIGHT MANAGER, le Carre's prose is poetry, as exemplified when Jonathan, caught [...]

    17. The ambiguity Le Carré so skillfully wraps into all his novels has always made me appreciate them all the more for the feeling they give of this is how it would actually happen. In the night manager the desire to rid this good earth of the world`s worst man, an English arms dealer, is not the start of a paint by the numbers = come uppance and happy ending on page 353, but a gallant foolish charge into a world where the worst enemies are often your colleagues sitting opposite you. This nod to th [...]

    18. Another fine le Carre story. A winding story. Characters with depth. Visual details. LC always seems to have his finger on the pulse of international news, even now as it was twenty years ago.Our hero is gently wooed into service, trained for technique, scenarios to develop deep cover, the set up, chumming with the villain, fem fatale, a proverbial storm on the high seas, a horse in green fields. Isn't it refreshing how Mr. le Carre refrains from using guns to the extent that film, television an [...]

    19. the deeper u go, the darker it gets jonathan pine is the night manager of a top class hotel in switzerland. he attempts to pass on information to the british authorities about roper, an int. businessman with dubious dealings, but this backfires and people close to pine begin to die in an effort to find the true person within himself he signs up and finds himself in a fight against powerful forces he cannot begin to imagine drugs and gun dealing merge with corrupt intelligence agencies, billion [...]

    20. I think this may be my favourite non-Karla le Carre novel, a post-Cold War spy thriller that darkly marks the transition from old-school espionage to more modern Pure Intelligence, recounting a desperate, but carefully and meticulously planned operation to bring down a wealthy British arms dealer by a small joint British/US agency known as Enforcement, while a larger, more powerful and shadowy set of players with tentacles in all levels of government and finance across the globe run their own, p [...]

    21. Це просто провал початку мого читацького року в частині "паперового читання". Мало того, що читати мені її заважала ціла гора об'єктивних причин, так я ще й сама суб'єктивно мучилась над цією розповіддю.Мабуть, для початку варто зазначити, що переглянула серіал я відразу піс [...]

    22. It took just one episode of the BBC/AMC mini-series adaptation to drive me back to the original le Carré, which I thought I'd read, but maybe I didn't. What an interesting experience, to interweave chapters of the book, set in the 90s in the Caribbean, with the TV show, set in the Mediterranean. By and large, the updatings work well for the adaptation -- a cell phone plays a key role. A gender change for a the central spymaster works. What fascinated me the most is how the novel, written in clo [...]

    23. It was a good story but definitely not a gripping thriller. I thought it was hard to follow the plot and it was a bit boring overall.

    24. I read this mainly because the BBC did such a great job of a 6-hour TV version earlier this year. I thought it would be interesting to read the book. Both are excellent. The conversion of Burr from man in the book to (heavily pregnant) woman in the TV series was, I believe, a stroke of genius. Conversely, the ending of the book is by far the more interesting and satisfying end, even if no, I won't spoil anything here!The plot is different enough to mean that seeing the TV series first doesn't s [...]

    25. The research really shows here - so much so that the story seems real. And it's not just the layering of actual details that produces this verisimilitude; it's the way badness, fear and weakness conspire to corrupt. Throughout most of le Carre's novels, and especially this one, an unseen evil hovers above the story and eventually intervenes to scuttle the most intricately-planned operations. Le Carre's great skill is to reveal the blandness of this evil, making it easier for us to recognise in o [...]

    26. I finally mustered up my courage and finished. And it was well worth it. Brilliant prose, unexpected but very organic twists and turns, and a satisfying ending. What a master. It will be interesting to see what the miniseries does with it--how they will show the political machinations: "This isn't crime. This is politics." There is the feeling that almost everyone with any power at all is a bad guy.

    27. I now truly appreciate how good the recent BBC adaptation was! 3 stars.This review was originally posted on my book blog.I have to begin with a confession: I only read this because I’d enjoyed the BBC TV adaptation earlier this year. And, unfortunately, that is the source of my issues with the book. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend you read The Night Manager if you’ve already seen the show because, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be disappointed.It would be much better to come to the b [...]

    28. The big problem for me with this book was that it seemed to take forever for the main character Jonathan Pine to infiltrate the villain’s tight knit circle of friends. Not much suspense and it just seemed to kinda drag. And not only that but I never really did connect with any of the characters and felt that I was being told all sorts of information but never really got to see or feel anything for myself. Like the bad guy, Richard Roper, for instance. I was told how bad yet charming he was rat [...]

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