September 15, 2008, - 10:04 am
By Debbie Schlussel
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If ever there was an over-rated thriller writer, it’s John Le Carre, whose real name is David Cornwell. (On the American side, Richard North Patterson and David Baldacci vie for that for the crown. Both want us to “understand” and sympathize with Islamic terrorists.)
The reason book reviewers and the literary and publishing establishment love Le Carre is that he’s left-wing. Far left-wing. I’ve written about him before.
Now, Le Carre admits that he wanted to defect to the Soviet Union and spy for them as a double agent when he worked for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6.
The guy writes like he, indeed, defected decades ago. And the propaganda he spreads in his books did more work for the then-Soviet Union than his spying ever could. His admission explains a lot. And, based on his writing, I think in his mind he did, indeed, defect. His enemies are Israel, White people, Americans, Jews, Christians, corporations, businessmen. His heroes are Palestinians, Islamic terrorists, Muslims, Black people, Africans, third world natives and countries, Oxfam International and other left-wing “humanitarian groups,” etc.
There is little difference–actually, no difference–between the views expressed in his thriller novels and the views of the Communists who ran the Soviet Union. His fictional heroes were their real-life heroes. His villains were their villains.
Le Carre/Cornwell claims that he was very “tempted” but “I wasn’t tempted ideologically.” Well, of course not. He already adopted their ideology.
(At the time, another British agent, Kim Philby, famously did this, which led to the murder of dozens of British undercover agents within the Iron Curtain. Philby apparently is the cause of Le Carre’s MI6 career.)
Le Carre’s “The Constant Gardener” (read my review)–made into a major motion picture which bombed–had a giant murder plot by a drug company to kill Black Africans. Yup, he’s got the formula down pat: Evil corporation run by Evil, Rich White Men–check; mass murder of native peoples and minorities with brown skin–check; and Bingo!–you’ve got a critically-acclaimed novel on your hands.
Then, there’s “The Little Drummer Girl,” in which Israel is–of course!–evil. In that one, Le Carre makes the Israel the villain, a la the White man and drug companies in “Constant Gardener”, and Palestinians the innocent victims, like the innocent Black African natives in “Gardener.”
Yes, everything Le Carre writes is predictable left-wing novelist formula.
That he wanted to spy for the totalitarian Soviet Union isn’t a shocker. But, like I said, even after the fall of the Soviet Union, he continues to do yeoman’s work for Communists in his every written word.
All hail Comrade John Le Carre/David Cornwell.
If you’re bored at the airport and looking for a good thriller, best to skip anything with his name on it.
**** UPDATE: One reader writes:
In contrast to the novels of John Le Carre, I have just read one of the greatest fiction books. It is by Andrew Klavan and is called “Empire of Lies.”
It is very politically incorrect and has a devout Christian hero. He becomes embroiled in a plot that involves Muslim terrorists. There is not one myth that the author does not demolish. There is even a character that is clearly Angelina Jolie.
That’s good news, though I must say I was taken aback when Klavan recently wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal saying President Bush is like superhero Batman, especially on the War on Terror and extremist Islam.
I’d say that on those issues Bush is more like Harvey Two-Face (a Batman villain).