#LipglossmaffiaBookClub: A Most Wanted Man || John le Carre…
I hope you have been keeping up with the #LipglossmaffiaReadingChallenge, if you haven’t, it’s never ever too late to start. I have to admit though, I have been slacking off because this time last year, I had already finished thirty books and now, I can’t even boast of reading fifteen and I think it’s affecting me. So, I’m going to change that very very soon, for updates on that, you should follow me on Instagram at @lipglossmaffia.
For my fifth pick, I chose…
*A Book That Has Been Adapted Into A Movie
Title: A Most Wanted Man || John le Carre
My Ratings: 3 out of 5 stars
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: 2008
Summary: Tommy Brue has inherited a doomed private British bank based in Hamburg. Alone in his office one night he receives a phone call from a young woman lawyer her has never heard of, demanding an immediate face-to-face meeting. Her name is Annabel Richter, her client the mysterious Issa, an illegal immigrant who happens to be in possession of a key to one of the exclusive vaults in Brue’s bank. Issa is also wanted by three of the world’s most powerful intelligence agencies. Alive as he has never been before, Tommy Brue finds himself drawn into an unlikely alliance with this passionate young woman and the man she is willing to risk her life to save.
Very exciting summary, yeah? Sigh. I was excited too but the book started way too slow for me. Way to slow. It picked up in the middle, yeah the freaking middle! I’m very patient like that.
So, a half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has a suspect amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck. He is a devout Muslim. I don’t even believe that because he was kind of weird, for instance, one time he let the Koran fall to the floor and when his attention was called to it, he picked it up with one hand. He says his name is Issa. I didn’t even know that it was German for “Jesus”.
Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. Soon her client’s survival becomes more important to her than her own career—or safety. In pursuit of Issa’s mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of Brue Frères, a failing British bank based in Hamburg.
The trio form an unlikely alliance, and a triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the “War on Terror,” the rival spies of Germany, England and America converge upon the “innocents”.
It was a very compassionate read and I gradually fell in love with the characters , A MOST WANTED MAN is alive with humour, yet prickles with tension from the middle until the last heart-stopping page. It is also a work of deep humanity, and uncommon relevance to our times.
These are some of my favourite quotes from the book.
Here is the trailer for the book.
Are you up for the reading challenge? Whenever you tick a book off the list, just take a picture and post it on whatever social media(Instagram and twitter would be great) you’re on and use the hashtag #LipglossmaffiaReadingChallenge and/or tag me so I can find it. At the end of the year, I would love to curate all the pictures and the experiences on here.
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