John Lilburne's journal about John Le Carre.
1611 K Sat 20 Oct 2001
I have read quite a few of John Le Carre's books over the years. Not the last two or three, but nearly all the ones before that. I also have "books on tape" with him reading the stories, which I often listen to.
Earlier this year I saw him give a talk in Melbourne, partly about his most recent book, but also about his life. The problems of colonialsism was his main on going theme.
Today he has an article in The Australian, which seems to have been written on 8 October 2001. It has his copyright at the end, with his real name, David Cornwell, so I will try to keep to "reasonable use" in quoting some extracts. He refers to headlines about "Battle joined" and asks with who, and how will it end:
But he sees hope in the showmanship of bin Laden in the efforts to find him. He expresses a lot of admiration for Tony Blair:
In saying what he is doing may not be the stuff of electoral victory in a few years I think he is complimenting him. Le Carre describes the perils and yet:
I think it is a good expression of the dangers of the situation and yet the necessity of it.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 20 October 2001.