Though the original publication date of this book is listed as 1964, and the Michael Caine film of "The Ipcress File" is listed as 1965 release, the unnamed protagonist in this work is certainly recognizable as Caine's 'Harry Palmer', right down to the eyeglasses. Plot summary ‘Harry Palmer’ - who is unnamed in the novel, but familiar to us from his film moniker - is asked to go Berlin to arrange the defection of a Soviet scientist called Semitsa. 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. This book is a cool, classy spy thriller, which paints a vivid picture of early '60s Europe, in particular Berlin. It was like theatre, but is war for real. Like the two previous titles by Len Deighton this book is quite confusing and it is not too easy to follow what is happening. Have re-read it at least four other times. Good read. I asked. ‘A most impressive book in which the tension, more like a chronic ache than a sharp stab of pain, never lets go.’ Evening Standard, ‘A ferociously cool fable, even better than The Spy Who Came In From the Cold.’ New York Times, ‘A master of fictional espionage.’ Daily Mail, ‘The poet of the spy story.’ Sunday Times, ‘Deighton is so far in the front of other writers in the field that they are not even in sight’ Sunday Times, ‘Nobody now seriously doubts that Deighton is the most credible of all the spysmiths’ The Scotsman. A sparkling, racy, supersmart cold war spy story that packs more than a punch. Though the original publication date of this book is listed as 1964, and the Michael Caine film of "The Ipcress File" is listed as 1965 release, the unnamed protagonist in this work is certainly recognizable as Caine's 'Harry Palmer', right down to the eyeglasses. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 18, 2014. Fascinating writing, bringing back wonderful descriptions of Britain dragging itself from austerity into the Swinging Sixties, and Berlin in the depths of Cold War division, but I wonder how this book would translate to a younger reader? Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 18, 2014. Gritty and surprisingly realistic for a spy story. He is now the author of more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Good spy story around the start of the Berlin Wall, Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2018. Looking back, the Communists were a worthy enemy. Mind you, the Russians weren’t Boy Scouts, either. British tongue-in-cheek humor pervades. Furthermore, what is Israeli intelligence agent Samantha Steelâs game? After discharge from the RAF, he studied at St Martin's School of Art in London in 194. Original black cloth, dustwrapper (wear along top edge; 1cm strip of discolouration along top of lower flap). I had seen the Harry Palmer movies starring Michael Caine (Funeral in Berlin and The Ipcress File) way back when and loved them. Official but extra-curricular," he said again, loud enough for the American to hear. Why he deems it necessary to mention the model number of the Mercedes grated on my sensibilities - all in all hangs together and worth a rainy afternoon. There's a problem loading this menu right now. In some aspects, I had no idea what was going on, but at the same time, it didn't matter. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. There was a problem loading your book clubs. British intelligence are willing to pay, providing their own top secret agent is in Berlin to act as go-between. Funeral in Berlin is the second in the "Harry Palmer" trilogy and is perhaps the best as it's more believable than The Ipcress File or Billion Dollar Brain. The American laughed and went back to his shoelace. Anyway, a good and complex spy story about bringing a Russian defector over to the west. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. British intelligence are willing to pay, providing their own top secret agent is in Berlin to act as go-between. I liked Funeral in Berlin but I wasn't so keen on the cynicism. Date 1964. Colonel Stok is a hoot. The contents of the coffin is very different in the movie versus the book. I wasn’t sure if anyone read Len Deighton anymore, but he used to be very fashionable. I read this when I was away on holiday for a few days. Everything before, although good, was just not to the same standard. In some aspects, I had no idea what was going on, but at the same time, it didn't matter. And struggling to get their expense accounts approved by their bosses. Video. A nice copy of the author's third book. 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. Try again. retains the classic spy thriller sense of underlying distrust and betrayal. 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. Unable to add item to List. I tried to find information on why the movie plot was alter so much but came up empty. Overall, the plot has twists and turns and surprises that keep you guessing how it all fits together. Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2012. A nice copy of the author's third book. In his later work it's much more restrained and better for it. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Glad I did. Hard to explain the tremendous pleasure I get reading a great master of the spy story when there is so much drivel around. Read “Funeral in Berlin”, by Len Deighton online on Bookmate – A ferociously cool Cold War thriller from the author of The Ipcress File. After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force's Special Investigation Branch. The attention to character, plot, story, atmosphere, and style is perfection. In the book the plot is based on smuggling an East German scientist to the west. (Prices may vary for AK and HI.). My only error was in reading the Sampson series first. The blurb on the back of the 1960s Penguin edition that I read compared him to The Beatles, Jean Shrimpton and ejector seats in Aston Martins as one of the high points of British Cool. Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2015. After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force's Special Investigation Branch. Nazi murderers. The story has credibility and could be the basis of a more contemporary situation where secrets need smuggling across borders, a good read. I wanted to finish all four books in the series before commenting. It is, in truth, pretty complex and only on the second or third reading - as with all of this series - does everything start to fit together. With 'Funeral in Berlin', Deighton achieves mastery of his art. This is one of the classic Len Deighton stories, in the same league as The Ipcress File, Horse Under Water, Billion Dollar Brain, and An Expensive Place to Die. Refresh and try again. This is one of Deighton's earliest, but all of his mastery is easily observed. If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you grow your business. Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2018. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. The protagonist has lots of one liners (a sort of spy Philip Marlowe), but he is never as witty as he or Deighton think he is.
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