She bangs the drums

14 10 2018

Little Drummer Girl by John le Carre

 

Charlie, a jobbing young English actress, is accustomed to playing different roles. But when the mysterious, battle-scarred Joseph recruits her into the Israeli secret services, she enters the dangerous ‘theatre of the real’.

Set in the tragic arena of the Middle East conflict, this compelling story of love and torn loyalties plays out against the backdrop of an unwinnable war.

What feels like a very long build up eventually delivers on its promise with a pretty gripping thriller. Charlie is a strange choice for a spy but plays a convincing part in an complicated and high-stakes plot to trap and kill a Palestinian. Le Carre provides what feels like an accurate picture of the Middle East at the time and uses it well as the backdrop to a not wholly uplifting tale.

We’ll have to see what the new TV series is like.

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