The Looking Glass War

The Looking Glass War

Book - 2002
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A timely and compelling play about race, brotherhood and the weight of past mistakes.

It's 1982. London is restless, gripped by spiralling unemployment and inner city riots. Ska beats dominate the airwaves and in a flat in Deptford, two mixed-race brothers are unexpectedly reunited.

When Chima returns home, he finds that his sixteen-year-old brother Onochie has become a skinhead who no longer thinks of himself as black. Chima has been blamed for the death of a white girl and the hostile world outside won't rest until it delivers its rough justice. But will Onochie side with the community he's tried so hard to belong to, or stand by the brother he barely knows?
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2002, c1965.
ISBN: 9780743431705
Branch Call Number: FIC LE CARR
Characteristics: xv, 271 p. ; 21 cm.


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Mark_Daly Sep 09, 2014

A fading rival to the Circus mounts its own spy operation in this melancholy (and slightly overwritten) novel.


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Jan 02, 2015

The current LPL summary for this book appears to be incorrect. The Looking Glass War is Le Carre's 4th book. Main themes are still intelligence gathering during 1960's Cold War Britain with George Smiley appearing in his usual unassuming role. Focus in this book is more on military intelligence as the story revolves around the possibility of Soviet missiles placed near the German border. The story brings to mind The Bay of Pigs which occurred 4 years before this was written.


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