Funeral in Berlin



[PDF / Epub] ✅ Funeral in Berlin By Len Deighton – E17streets4all.co.uk FUNERAL IN BERLIN is a spellbinding tale of espionage and its counter in which double and triple crosses are common Berlin with its infamous wall symbolized the Cold War as did no other place It was l FUNERAL IN BERLIN is a spellbinding tale of espionage and its counter in which double and triple crosses are common Berlin with its infamous wall symbolized the Cold War as did no other place It Funeral in PDF \ was like theatre, but is war for real Len Deighton has always been fascinated with the Cold War in a way that could be called scholarlyone always feels that the intricacies of espionage and of the Soviet Union s spy apparatus rest on serious research And he writes with effortless mastery The Wall Street Journal A most impressive book, a chronicle of our times, in which the tension, like a chronic ache than a stab of pain, never lets go The London Evening Standard.Funeral in Berlin

Deighton was born in Marylebone, London, in His father was a chauffeur and mechanic, and his mother was a part time cook After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his Funeral in PDF \ National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force s Special Investigation Branch After discharge from the RAF, he studied at St Martin s School of Art in London in , and in won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, graduating in Deighton worked as an airline steward with BOAC Before he began his writing career he worked as an illustrator in New York and, in , as an art director in a London advertising agency He is credited with creating the first British cover for Jack Kerouac s On the Road He has since used his drawing skills to illustrate a number of his own military history booksFollowing the success of his first novels, Deighton became The Observer s cookery writer and produced illustrated cookbooks In September he wrote an article in the Sunday Times Magazine about Operation Snowdrop an SAS attack on Benghazi during World War II The following year David Stirling would be awarded substantial damages in libel from the article He also wrote travel guides and became travel editor of Playboy, before becoming a film producer After producing a film adaption of his novel Only When I Larf, Deighton and photographer Brian Duffy bought the film rights to Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop s stage musical Oh, What a Lovely WarHe had his name removed from the credits of the film, however, which was a move that he later described as stupid and infantile That was his last involvement with the cinemaDeighton left England in He briefly resided in Blackrock, County Louth in Ireland He has not returned to England apart from some personal visits and very few media appearances, his last one since being a interview which formed part of a Len Deighton Night on BBC Four He and his wife Ysabele divide their time between homes in Portugal and Guernsey.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader feels that the intricacies of espionage and of the Soviet Union s spy apparatus rest on serious research And he writes with effortless mastery The Wall Street Journal A most impressive book, a chronicle of our times, in which the tension, like a chronic ache than a stab of pain, never lets go The London Evening Standard."/>
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 312 pages
  • Funeral in Berlin
  • Len Deighton
  • English
  • 06 June 2019
  • 0007115237

10 thoughts on “Funeral in Berlin

  1. says:

    I quite enjoyed this Len Deighton novel I had seen the Harry Palmer movies starring Michael Caine Funeral in Berlin and The Ipcress File way back when and loved them So I thought I d give the novels a try Glad I did The writing is sharp and witty and Deighton s style is quite unique.Funeral in Berlin is a spy novel set in the 60s Of course, if you re looking for a spy or secret agent in the James Bond mold, you won t find him here The novel centers around a proposed smuggling of a scien I quite enjoyed this Len Deighton novel I had seen the Harry Palmer movies starring Michael Caine Funeral in Berlin and The Ipcress File way back when and loved them So I thought I d give the novels a try Glad I did The writing is sharp and witty and Deighton s style is quite unique.Funeral in Berlin is a spy novel set in the 60s Of course, if you re looking for a spy or secret agent in the James Bond mold, you won t find him here The novel centers around a proposed smuggling of a scientist across the Berlin wall The characters are colorful and interesting even the bureaucrats and everyone seems to have their own agenda Our hero has to figure out who s after what, and at times he struggles to do so A clever plot that unfolds nicely Bottom line, this is a cerebral spy thriller not really a lot of action If you enjoy quality writing and an intelligent spy novel, you might want to give it a try

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    Originally published on my blog here in January 2004.Because it is the main focus of the Bernard Samson novels, Berlin might appear to be something of an obsession with Deighton 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 It does, however, feature heavily in the third Harry Palmer novel, as the title obviously indicates.The plot of Funeral in Berlin is apparen Originally published on my blog here in January 2004.Because it is the main focus of the Bernard Samson novels, Berlin might appear to be something of an obsession with Deighton 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 It does, however, feature heavily in the third Harry Palmer novel, as the title obviously indicates.The plot of Funeral in Berlin is apparently the mirror image of The The Ipcress File, with Palmer trying to arrange the reception for a Russian scientist defecting via West Berlin But it soon becomes obvious that this isn t quite what is going on why, for example, are those involved so insistent that the scientist s fake papers should be in a particular name when any would do for what they are claiming to want them for The whole of this novel, like Deighton s first two, revolves around things not being quite what they seem, right up to the ending with its particularly surprising revelations This was not the first time I d read the novel I d forgotten the details but remembered the gist and still found it exciting Deighton s novels do tend to be designed around this kind of misdirection, and it is of course a style particularly appropriate to the spy novel.The setting of Berlin is atmospheric,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 Game, for instance The most sympathetic character, as far as Palmer is concerned, is a Russian KGB colonel for him, the distinction in the espionage business is between professionals and amateurs, rather than between friends and enemies.The world of the spy as documented by Deighton continued to be a male dominated one through his entire career, and in fact never completely loses the old boy network feel that Palmer is so cynical about in The Ipcress file Bernard Samson complains about this twenty years later on Here, the two female characters are good looking young women, one Palmer s secretary and lover who does most of the routine work assigned to him, and the other a rather naive agent for some other power, whose seduction of Palmer seems to have slipped out of a James Bond story Having mentioned Ian Fleming s famous spy in this context, though, I should point out that Deighton has moved on from Fleming s insistent misogyny Palmer is a much brighter but less flamboyant character than Bond, too Apart from The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin is the best of the Harry Palmer novels, sharing its best quality an ability to surprise even after all these years

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    Looking back, the Communists were a worthy enemy There were no suicide vests or improvised explosive devices aimed at innocent civilians Religious wars are always the most brutal Mind you, the Russians weren t Boy Scouts, either But after the ugliness and indiscriminate savagery of the current Sunni Muslim jihad against the West, I grow downright nostalgic about the 1960s.Lately, I have been reading the three great spy novelists of that time with great pleasure I just finished Funeral in Looking back, the Communists were a worthy enemy There were no suicide vests or improvised explosive devices aimed at innocent civilians Religious wars are always the most brutal Mind you, the Russians weren t Boy Scouts, either But after the ugliness and indiscriminate savagery of the current Sunni Muslim jihad against the West, I grow downright nostalgic about the 1960s.Lately, I have been reading the three great spy novelists of that time with great pleasure I just finished Funeral in Berlin by one of them, the great Len Deighton The other two were Ian Fleming of James Bond fame, and John Le Carr , author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Spy Who Came In from the Cold.Funeral in Berlin is typical of the period The hero, who is called Harry Palmer in the movies but is unnamed in the books, arranges to transfer a Russian scientist to West Berlin by means of a coffin No one seems to be trustworthy In fact, the character one would think would be the most villainous, Colonel Stok of the KGB, is actually the most sympathetic character that Harry encounters The people who are supposedly his allies are an untrustworthy lot two of them try to kill him, others just want to sell him down river.In comparison, James Bond is almost never surprised by villains who are supposed to be on the same side as him There are all those lovely girls, and Felix Leiter of the CIA appears as a supporting hero in several of the novels.Only Le Carr comes close to Deighton in creating a murky world of spies and supposed friends My favorite of his books is Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which has been made into an excellent film and a great British TV series starring Sir Alez Guinness as George Smiley

  4. says:

    A sparkling, racy, supersmart cold war spy story that packsthan a punch Len Deighton is an acclaimed historian, and Funeral in Berlin owes much of its smart as hell real life references accurate sense of time to that fact.I enjoyed it immensely and I think this book has brought me back full circle to my old love for historically accurate and inspired genre novels John Le Carre, here I come again A sparkling, racy, supersmart cold war spy story that packsthan a punch Len Deighton is an acclaimed historian, and Funeral in Berlin owes much of its smart as hell real life references accurate sense of time to that fact.I enjoyed it immensely and I think this book has brought me back full circle to my old love for historically accurate and inspired genre novels John Le Carre, here I come again

  5. says:

    This is not a casual read The plot is complicated, there are numerous devastating plot twists, and a shocker reveal at the end in my opinion, this is the best of Deighton that I ve read so far, and book number three of the Palmer series, although that character is unnamed in these books.

  6. says:

    This was fun Deighton overcooked at times we get it Hallam s tight but always enjoyable and not, thankfully, horribly confusing.Additional excitement 1 a previous owner of my copy had used their 1 3d ticket for London bus route 137 as a bookmark.Additional excitement 2 someone has scribbled out the name of the fireworks company on p 232 I understand from wikipedia that there was a court case and this paragraph was removed from later editions He was a big boned man, his hair was cr This was fun Deighton overcooked at times we get it Hallam s tight but always enjoyable and not, thankfully, horribly confusing.Additional excitement 1 a previous owner of my copy had used their 1 3d ticket for London bus route 137 as a bookmark.Additional excitement 2 someone has scribbled out the name of the fireworks company on p 232 I understand from wikipedia that there was a court case and this paragraph was removed from later editions He was a big boned man, his hair was cropped to the skull and his complexion was like something the dog had been playing with Samantha lived in the sort of road where driving schools teach people to turn around Hallam clasped his thin hands behind his head and swung gently from side to side in his swivel chair As the light from the window moved across his features, I could see the handsome ground plan of his bombed out face Now the powdery skin, sun lamped to a pale nicotine colour, was supported only by his cheek bones, like a tent when the guy ropes are slackened He sipped a little coffee and then settled the cup into the saucer like he was landing a damaged helicopter The red cloaked Horse Guards sat motionless clutching their sabres and thinking of metal polish and sex The taxi driver jammed the flag down and pulled abruptly back into the traffic A man in a Mini shouted You stupid bastard at my driver and I nodded in agreement His face was very white and very wrinkled like a big ball of string, That basically was why the English would never be good at doing anything they were amateurs Such amateurs that finally someone standing by couldn t watch their bungling any longer, and took over That s what America had done in two Word Wars Perhaps it was all part of a vast British conspiracy

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    I enjoyed this story In some aspects, I had no idea what was going on, but at the same time, it didn t matter This is a Cold War spy mystery, that meanders along to its ending but is so well written, that it was a pleasure to read The basic premise is that the main character, Harry Salzman, a British operative, is in Berlin trying to arrange for the smuggling of a British scientist from the East through the Berlin wall back to the West But that is the story at its simplest The tale wanders I enjoyed this story In some aspects, I had no idea what was going on, but at the same time, it didn t matter This is a Cold War spy mystery, that meanders along to its ending but is so well written, that it was a pleasure to read The basic premise is that the main character, Harry Salzman, a British operative, is in Berlin trying to arrange for the smuggling of a British scientist from the East through the Berlin wall back to the West But that is the story at its simplest The tale wanders from London to Berlin, east and west, to Czechoslovakia and France and contains a cast of characters, from Salzman to his capable assistant one of my favourite characters even if she is only rarely in it , Jean to his boss, Dawlish, the Russian, Stok, etc that you love meeting and enjoy the interactions Each chapter discusses the rules of chess and various plays and moves and ultimately, this is the crux of the story, a chess game with players feinting and moving across the board until the end And who will win the game You have to read Funeral in Berlin Enjoy

  8. says:

    This was fun zany, not as serious as the Samson works And, the real mystery is revealed only at the end.

  9. says:

    A wide ranging spy novel, which is quite the opposite of the film version Whereas the 1966 film with Michael Caine locks onto Berlin as its locale for action, Deighton s book actually ranges over France, Eastern Europe, and spends as much ortime in the UK than in Berlin For it s not just a spy story that Deighton has written, it s a commentary on the aftermath of World War II and the quagmire into which escaped war criminals, wartime opportunists, and those who wanted to forget their pas A wide ranging spy novel, which is quite the opposite of the film version Whereas the 1966 film with Michael Caine locks onto Berlin as its locale for action, Deighton s book actually ranges over France, Eastern Europe, and spends as much ortime in the UK than in Berlin For it s not just a spy story that Deighton has written, it s a commentary on the aftermath of World War II and the quagmire into which escaped war criminals, wartime opportunists, and those who wanted to forget their past could disappear Thus it is no surprise to see so much of the plot take place in seedy run down garages, hotels, rented rooms, and the like The glamour of the James Bond type spy doesn t exist, here.One thing missing from Deighton s earlier success is the wry witticisms that gloss the culture of the times Instead, this takes plot takes its commentary on chess at the beginning of each chapter and sets its protagonist and other characters against the almost predetermined moves and limits of the pieces on the game board

  10. says:

    Len Deighton s spy novels are a rare treat for anyone who loves the genre His central characters are always lovable rogues barely tolerated by their bureaucratic bosses in an MI 6 like organization British tongue in cheek humor pervades In Funeral in Berlin the plot twists are delightful as is the subtext which is that war is a meaningless game, so if you have the bad luck to get caught up in one, make sure to play your hand as well as you can Your life will depend on it Funeral in Berlin Len Deighton s spy novels are a rare treat for anyone who loves the genre His central characters are always lovable rogues barely tolerated by their bureaucratic bosses in an MI 6 like organization British tongue in cheek humor pervades In Funeral in Berlin the plot twists are delightful as is the subtext which is that war is a meaningless game, so if you have the bad luck to get caught up in one, make sure to play your hand as well as you can Your life will depend on it Funeral in Berlin features all the cheekiness of an Ian Fleming 007 novel But the story, while just as wild as anything Fleming came up with, is muchbelievable

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