A perfect spy is the life story of magnus pym a british intelligence officer and double agent after attending his fathers funeral pym mysteriously disappears as his fellow intelligence officers frantically search for him it becomes clear that throughout most of his career magnus worked as a spy for the czechoslovak secret service . Beyond that the book is an absolute masterpiece if youve ever craved a spy novel that fleshes out the entire back story of a master spy then this is perfect the characters are flawed they have motivations they have traumas they have purpose both thematically and in the story itself. There are novels which can only be described by a single word epic john le carres a perfect spy published originally in 1986 is one of those novels to be certain it is a tale that stretches right across half the twentieth century in the form of the life of magnus pym the perfect spy of the novels title. A perfect spy is the most autobiographical of all le carres novels since many of the facts about his life are obscure it is difficult to determine exactly how much of the novel is factual . The perfect spy in this bitter stately le carre novel more character study than thriller is magnus pym 50 ish a senior spymaster for britain based in vienna but now suddenly disappeared after returning to england for the funeral of his old father rick
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