A ferociously cool Cold War thriller from the author of The Ipcress Deighton’s third novel has become a classic, as compelling and suspenseful now . (Editor’s note: This is the ninth installment in our ongoing Friday blog series highlighting great but forgotten books. Today’s selection comes. Funeral in Berlin, UK first edition now – see photo) on the first editions has a photo of Len Deighton and Michael Caine from The Ipcress File movie shoot.

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Without giving too much away these differences may sound petty, but as you pull the thread on the 2 plots they do go in different directions. He briefly resided berlkn Blackrock, Deigyton Louth in Ireland. There are all those lovely girls, and Felix Leiter of the CIA appears as a supporting hero in several of the novels. I’ve been into the whole business; it is quite degrading that these people make money out of it. A man in a Mini shouted ‘You stupid bastard!

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Samantha was in it. Is it as simple as that the genre is desperately romantic? Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Crime Drama Series Guide Coucoucircus: It was about thirty foot of ankle-high carpeting from silk wall to silk wall. For the film adaptation, see Funeral in Berlin film.

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John Le’ Carre, here I come again! Even so, Deighton has the genius throughout the book, to make the reader feel intelligent as sprinkles paper trail clues like an Easter egg hunt. British Intelligence sends our unnamed agent to Berlin to arrange deigton defection–for a price–of an important Soviet scientist.


The marketing wrap-around rarely found now – see photo on the first editions has a photo of Len Deighton and Michael Caine from The Ipcress File movie shoot, and on the back a press shot of Deighton and Bond Author Ian Fleming having lunch together in If the municipal authorities each organised a firework display, that funerral be another matter Good, as always with well formed characters and a great sense of time and place.

Why he deems it necessary to mention the model number of the Mercedes grated on my sensibilities – all in all hangs together and worth a rainy afternoon. Hard to explain the tremendous pleasure I get reading a great master of the spy story when there is so much drivel around.

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It was only in that homosexual acts in private between two men over the age of 21 were decriminalised. Deighton’s book, well written as usual, takes place more in London than Berlin, with brief sections in the coast of Spain next to the French border, Bordeaux and Prague.

The setting of Berlin is atmospheric, more because it is full of nervous, posturing tough guys both would-be and really tough ; the descriptions are not as fully developed as they became in later years when Deighton’s novels increased in length Funeral in Berlin is less than half as long than Berlin Gamefor instance. Similes, like metaphors, are after all, a kind of joke, a revelation of incongruous similarities.

If — like me — you are not a secret service agent or a smarty pantsthe expediency of these decisions is sometimes only apparent once the bigger picture is revealed; Deighton likes to keep us guessing, and several of the frequently morally murky characters have some revealing surprises up their sleeves.


Though there are a couple of sinister moments when he is pulled over by police in East Germany, then in Czechoslovakia, and thinks he might be about to be arrested — only for Stok to emerge from the shadows with a big berlkn and a bottle of vodka!

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Dec 13, Jack Bates rated it really liked it. Lists with This Book. Funeral in Berlin, UK first edition berliin Every chapter title is a quotation from the rules of chess. In Horse Guards Avenue and right along the Thames Embankment, hollow tourist buses were parked and double-parked. Quotes from Funeral in Berlin.

And yet — he’s monumentally successful. He put the pipe into his mouth before looking up at me. Want to Read saving…. It actually features remarkably rarely in his other novels, particularly considering its unique position during the Cold War as a bastion of the West surrounded by the Soviet bloc.

The red-cloaked Horse Guards sat motionless clutching their sabres and thinking of metal polish and sex. His attention to descriptive details is a bit overwhelming here and the story bogs down as a result.

Oct 09, Michael rated it liked it. It’s now long gone, but I’ve never forgotten that blurb! Anyway, a good and complex spy story about bringing a Russian defector over to the west.