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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Not a poor book, with a story the reader can follow and attempt to piece together – at least partly.

Funeral in Berlin

In FIB interesting to wonder whether this acronym is purposeful Deighton sets out his short, quick witted chapters as chess moves which make both funny metaphors and add a dimension of cool to the scenes — ironically so cool they made me take up chess again I’m too easily influenced. After numerous adventures, the Unnamed Narrator retrieves the list and consigns it to the Intelligence archive.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The cocktail cabinet was in the corner. Vulkan chuckled and berli at the major.

All three novels enact this sense of uncertainty. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. I tried to find information on why the movie plot was alter so much but came up empty. I had previously tried the first of these books, The Ipcress File, but wasn’t engaging with it.

Stok is a broadly comic character, deihgton making toasts with vodka and caviare, engaging in witty banter with the wryly understated Narrator.

A sparkling, racy, supersmart cold war spy story that packs more than a punch. Just a heads up for those who intend to read the book based on seeing the movie of the same name: But ‘Harry’ starts thinking: Delivered by FeedBurner Subscribe in a Reader.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. 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. When the Penguin paperback edition of the novel was launched init was preceded by a new aggressive style of marketing introduced by chief editor Tony Godwin featuring Michael Caine as Harry Palmer more prominently on the cover.


Share your thoughts with other customers. Our hero is tasked with arranging the defection of a Sov This is the third of Len Deighton’s “nameless hero” books, although they can also be referred to as the “Harry Palmer” books, after Michael Caine’s portrayal of the narrator. In fact Deighton deighon each chapter with a short sentence of two from a chess manual real or imagined? But it’s a shame the book’s superior finale wasn’t used.

In the final pages, the hero and his boss discuss the stupidity of anti-gay laws which make it easier to turn closet gays fundral security risks. Ovviamente Britannia rules, ma va bene lo stesso.

Official but extra-curricular,” he said again, loud enough for the American to hear. Shopbop Designer Nerlin Brands. An enjoyable and quick read. Fill in your details below or click an icon betlin log in: However, after the Narrator and Vulkan open the coffin and discover it contains no Russian scientist, they argue and fight. Alternate book cover 5 10 Aug 09, Read more Read less.

Preview — Funeral in Berlin by Len Deighton.

Damp leaves shone underfoot like a million newly struck pennies. Our hero is tasked with arranging the defection of a Soviet agent named Semitsa, and there is plenty of double- and triple-crossing by the various personalities involved. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. 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. If — like funrral — you are not a secret service agent or a funeraal pantsthe expediency of beriln 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.


Originally published on my blog here in January He briefly resided in Blackrock, County Louth in Ireland.

I’ve been into the whole business; it is quite degrading that these people make money out of it. The plot of Funeral in Berlin is apparen Originally published on my blog here in January And he writes with effortless mastery. 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.

English Choose a language for shopping. The people who are supposedly his allies are an untrustworthy lot: From underfoot the sweet smell of damp grass rose like perfume.

But a communist, no.

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Oct 09, Michael rated it liked it. 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. Harper; New Ed edition October 1, Language: In the book the plot is based on smuggling an East German scientist to the west. Ch 16 Though some of the comparisons, as in Ipcressstrain a little harder ln others.

But those above him who matter recognise his talents and our understated friend demonstrates, even to the doubters, that the art of the spy is deception, and he has got that down to fkneral tee, ha ha. This is part of the stylisation, but, for good or ill I had to either spend many moments along the trail, trying to recall their exact meaning; at times having to resort to my trusty dictionary.