September 15, 2008, - 10:04 am

Figures: Left-Wing, Anti-Israel Novelist Wanted to Spy for Commies

By Debbie Schlussel
**** SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE ****
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.
Figures.

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John Le Carre/David Cornwell Considered Spying for Soviets;

His Writing Long Ago Defected to Communism

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).

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10 Responses

I’ll bet dollars to donuts this hypocrite enjoys all the luxuries that capitalism affords him. Why doesn’t he live in Cuba, and within the ideology of the belief system he loves. Just like all his communist heroes he would live in the lap of luxury while the majority of his comrades would be lining up for some toilet paper.
Thanks for the heads up, Debbie.

KrazyKafir on September 15, 2008 at 11:04 am

His early stuff, though, on the East Germans, was pretty good.

kishke on September 15, 2008 at 11:34 am

Well that is distressing because his early works like “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold”, “A Samll Town in Germany”, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and “Smileys’ People” are GREAT spy novels.
But, the last of his that I did try to read, “Drummer Girl”, was a dissapointment and I haven’t read anything of his since.

robscottw on September 15, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Debbie–
Many years ago, I was given some real insight into British society by a friend who had moved from England to New Zealand.
He said that much of what goes on their society is affected by–
1. The old school ties
2. Left-wing, if not actual communist, sympathies
3. Homosexuality (very big in their “public” schools)
So, when you observe something “odd” coming out of the UK, see how those factors apply. In extreme cases, such as Kim Philby, of course, all three applied.

Red Ryder on September 15, 2008 at 12:41 pm

1. le Carre could not put his money where his mouth was b/c he did not want to move his fat ass from the cushy Savile Row clothiers and the restaurants such as “Simpson’s on the Strand” to Moscow.
2. Frederick Forsyth (“The Day of the Jackal”) is a far better spy novelist and has far more common sense. Witness the letter he wrote to the Guardian regarding President’s Bush visit to the U.K. a few years ago.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1025818/posts

Ripper on September 15, 2008 at 2:21 pm

I agree completely about Le Carre and Richard North Patterson, although I do like David Baldacci. A couple of good spy novelists off the beaten track are Howard Kaplan and Alan Topol. Although a couple of Topol’s recent novels are available in libraries, the earlier works of both authors are not generally available; even on Amazon they are not easy to find. If you’re lucky, you can find A Woman of Valor by Topol, or The Damascus Cover by Kaplan.
[CF: READ THIS AND TELL ME IF YOU STILL LIKE BALDACCI:
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2007/12/best-selling_th.html
DS]

c f on September 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm

The left loves the story about the evil chemical or biochemical company. Latest incarnation: Michael Clayton. The never mention that the likes of Monsanto, Dupont, and Syngenta have created the agricultural revolution which now feeds all those oppressed people in the developing world.
The other lefty favorite: the innocent Muslim, just going about his business until he is grabbed by some hateful white racist government and tossed in an awful prison camp. Of course, no such event has ever occured, but that reality would interefere with the “narrative”.

sonomaca on September 15, 2008 at 4:54 pm

No, I wasn’t aware of that, and of course it lowers my opinion of him. But the problem is, if someone wants to relax, and read a spy novel, it’s very difficult to find enough of them with favorable political views. Sometimes I just have to swollow & read something that’s repugnant, just because I feel like relaxing. I’ve never been able to get around that.

c f on September 15, 2008 at 5:52 pm

I read one of his books years ago and it was a virtual love letter to the PLO.
If you want great spy novels, Frederick Forsythe is the master.

Tempus Fugit on September 15, 2008 at 8:52 pm

I don’t have that problem. I only read non-fiction. I guess that makes me a nerd.

Loser on September 16, 2008 at 4:01 pm

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