John Le Carré

Latest John Le Carré Items
  • BOOK REVIEW: 'A Delicate Truth'

    I confess to being a fan of John le Carre, both for his skill at storytelling and for the razor-sharp characters he creates. Laser portraits of even secondary characters make the reader believe he actually knows people like that.


  • NFL players' union sues coaches' union in DC court

    In a legal skirmish between unions, the NFL Players Association is suing the NFL Coaches Association in D.C. Superior Court for about $650,000.


  • Goodell hears appeals from Saints' Payton, Loomis

    Sean Payton slipped out a back entrance from NFL headquarters and directly into to a waiting car.


  • Ryan Braun's lawyer criticizes drug collector

    Ryan Braun's lawyer criticized the lengthy statement from the person who collected the slugger's drug sample, saying Thursday the NL MVP "was properly vindicated."


  • Actor Gary Oldman is shown in a scene from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson's new screen adaptation of the John le Carre novel "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." (Associated Press)

    Le Carre's Smiley novels and the end of English particularism

    George Smiley is, after a fashion, back.


  • Gary Oldman portrays George Smiley, who is called out of retirement from MI6 when a covert operation goes awry, in the latest but not greatest adaptation of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." (Focus Features via Associated Press)

    MOVIE REVIEW: 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

    It's hard to imagine a film with more to live up to than "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." The brilliant John le Carre novel was superbly adapted to the small screen in 1979 in a BBC version that starred Alec Guinness as George Smiley, intelligence mandarin, cold warrior, scholar, cuckold and, famously, "the very archetype of a flabby Western liberal."


  • Gary Oldman (right) spent a month mulling over whether to take on the role of George Smiley, which Alec Guinness put a distinctive stamp on. "The ghost of Guinness just sort of loomed so large," said Mr. Oldman, shown on the set (above) during the filming of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." (Associated Press)

    Oldman bests 'ghost of Guinness'

    Gary Oldman agonized over whether he should tinker with British spymaster George Smiley, a character who is an institution to John le Carre's readers and already had been played to perfection by Alec Guinness.


  • Pryor considering appeal of suspension after draft

    Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor could appeal the five-game suspension levied against him by the NFL should he be chosen in next week's supplemental draft, a decision that would add another layer of complexity to an already unprecedented situation.


  • Pryor considering appeal of suspension after draft

    Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor could appeal the five-game suspension levied against him by the NFL should he be chosen in next week's supplemental draft, a decision that would add another layer of complexity to an already unprecedented situation.


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