Absolute Friends

  • by John le Carré
  • Narrated by Michael Jayston
  • 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The friends of the title are Ted Mundy, British soldier's son born 1947 in a new independent Pakistan, and Sasha, refugee son of an East German Lutheran pastor and his wife who have sought sanctuary in the West.
The two men meet first as students in riot-torn West Berlin of the late 60s, again in the grimy looking-glass of Cold War espionage and, most terribly, in today's world of terror. Spanning 56 years, Absolute Friends is a savage fable of our times.

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The perfect voice for the master's story

John Le Carre writes quite amazing stories - about flawed innocents with pure intentions caught up in the mendacities of the real word. There is something about Michael Jayston's voice, the slightly jaded world-weariness, that makes it quite the perfect vehicle for Le Carre's writing.
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- Peter

Revolution in order to establish the dictatorship

George Orwell.

The character set up takes the entire book and in the end, you realise that you knew nothing of their real motivations, I could not care for either; Ted Mundy is a bitter dislocated man that lives in between cultures and belongs to no culture he just touches the surfaces without feeling or understanding the motivations and is influenced by all that have authority over him, he is a chameleon responding to external colours but he has none of his own. Sasha is the revolutionary friend that just wants chaos to rule but has no real convictions just a promoter of self-destruction and anarchy for the sake of anarchy as a response to his hate for his father. They are not likeable or easy to understand they are after 465 pages but shadows of political animals that feed at the bottom of political intrigue.

Also surprisingly the great taboo of Islamic criticism is evident here, no real explanation is given for the shadowy money moving from Dubai or the ideas that promote it, we can talk of all other isms but not Islamism, this self-sensorchip is astonishing to me when it comes from such a great author; Milos Forman said "The worst evil is - and that's the product of censorship - is the self-censorship, because that twists spines, that destroys my character because I have to think something else and say something else, I have to always control myself". that is the influence that this evil gives the book, in the end, the only bad people are the ones we can be criticised the others float like angels by the side of God no matter how covered in blood they are, unbalancing the story and the message supporting all the allegations that all terror attacks are but the product of a political misunderstandings, or secret societies, that everyone knows about.

Disappointing ending and plot, with interesting descriptions of historical events throughout the life of the two characters.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-02-2010
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.