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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The Rap Sheet: The Book You Have to Read: “Funeral in Berlin,” by Len Deighton

A character from Funeral In BerlinHarvey Newbegin, inducts him into the organisation and shows him the Brain, the vast computer which is running everything, before absconding with loot and information, and then meeting a sticky end in Leningrad. How anyone adapted the Caine film from this muddled mess is the real mystery here.

It is a straightforward criminal scam. This one was easier for me to get into, perhaps because I knew from the outset that the narrator would not be referred to by name, or perhaps the story was more interesting. It’s a clever read that will keep you thinking throughout. This site is dedicated to the memory of my beloved Roadster. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. And yet — he’s monumentally successful.

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The movie is very different, and is in some ways better than the book. Twists and turns with the pre-Bernard Samson, already demonstrating the trademark style of the sassy British agent who is not in awe of either his superiors or anyone else for that matter. When the Narrator is arrested in East Berlin and taken to a police station, he reflects: I just finished Funeral in Berlin by one of them, the great Len Deighton.

Some of the words are also very literary. A shame that after over pages of proper spy-like posturing the end comes quickly and disjointedly.

Because it is the main focus of the Bernard Samson novels, Berlin might appear to be something of an obsession with Deighton. Dawlish gently packed tobacco into the bowl of his pipe with a match. It was about thirty foot of ankle-high carpeting from silk wall to silk wall.

It was the third of four novels about an unnamed British agent. Alternate book cover 5 10 Aug 09, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. As the light from the window moved across his features, I could see the handsome ground plan of his bombed-out face.


Hard to explain funsral tremendous pleasure I get reading a great master of the spy story when there is so much drivel around.

I had previously tried the first of these books, The Ipcress File, but wasn’t engaging with it. The novel centers around a proposed smuggling of a scien I quite enjoyed this Len Deighton novel. He mistakenly beats up an elderly messenger in the street in Berlin and deiggton no regrets Ch Retrieved 29 April A great story, perfectly in tune with the Cold War sensibility of its time, set in a suitably mysterious Berlin.

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He put the pipe into his mouth before looking up at me. It is clearly also an ongoing metaphor for the complicated nature of the plot and espionage, where there is a need for each side to think many moves ahead. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. 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.

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