John le Carre: Man of Great Characters

My mother used to joke about me, "Put a sheet with moving shadows in front of her and she will watch them." Indeed, outside the lab I'm restless unless I'm reading books or watching films that engage me; both activities make me go instantly still for as long as the process lasts. My first encounter with le Carré was the film version of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold in the late sixties. Shot in stark black and white, with Richard Burton and a luminous Claire Bloom, it was that rare thing -- an adaptation that honored its source.

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