The Naïve and Sentimental Lover
By John le Carre
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143119753, 448pp.)
Publication Date: July 20, 2011
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I have visited Bohemia and got away unscathed.
Aldo Cassidy is an entrepreneurial genius. At thirty-nine, he dominates the baby pram market and rewards his success with a custom Bentley. But Aldo's bourgeois life is upended by a chance encounter with Shamus-a charismatic writer whose first and only novel blazoned across the firmament twenty years earlier. The two develop a passionate friendship that draws Aldo-smitten also with his new friend's luscious wife-into a life of reckless hedonism that threatens to consume them all.
John le Carré's The Naïve and Sentimental Lover offers a dark and ribald send-up of both middle-class and bohemian pretensions that will astonish and delight his many fans.
With a Foreword by the Author.
John le Carr��� was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a world wide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley���s People. His recent novels include The Constant Gardener, Absolute Friends, The Mission Song, A Most Wanted Man, and Our Kind of Traitor. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.
“Splendid, original…le Carré shows how endowed he is with the gift of storytelling.”—The Times (UK)
“Comic and touching…this novel is brilliant and marvelously good reading.”—Book World