Favourite spy author/genre

Discussion in 'Films, Music and All Things Artsy' started by Random_Task, Oct 5, 2006.

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  1. Ian Flemming-James Bond series

    6.7%
  2. John Le Carre- (e.g. George Smiley series)

    33.3%
  3. Len Deighton - (e.g. Harry Palmer series/Bernard Samson series)

    46.7%
  4. Frederick Forsyth - (e.g. Fourth Protocol et al)

    13.3%

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  1. Prompted by the new Bond film 'Casino Royale', what's your favourite spy author/genre?
     
  2. do you know what genre means? i suspect you mean title
     
  3. "Fleming" only has one "m"

    I like Gerald Seymour and Terence Strong
     
  4. Perhaps I should elaborate- I was under the impression that spy stories can have different genres, for example the style and pace seen in a Le Carre novel with George Smiley as the main character, is a different genre/style to that of a Len Deighton, in the Bernard Samson series.
     
  5. B&gger, thanks for spotting though, Poppy!
     
  6. Le Carre for Smiley, Frederick Forsyth for Day of The Jackal.
     
  7. The term genre basically means a clearly definable class or category. Therefore 'spy novels' is a genre. Different authors within any genre will have different styles.
     
  8. What no room Buchan and his hero Richard Hannay - the orignal British spy? 8O
     
  9. Could be time to start a new poll! :D
     
  10. Nehustan

    Nehustan On ROPs

    Not read that many. Most recent one I read was 'Kim' by Kipling, apart from slightly strange writing manner (I put it down to being a product of the Victoria's Raj), I found it superb.
     
  11. Seconded. Guinness is Smiley. Fox is The Jackal...no substitutes.

    I very much enjoyed Flemings "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" though
     
  12. How is Kipling's writing style strange? :?
     
  13. It's not, it's the style of writing employed in his era.
     
  14. Nehustan

    Nehustan On ROPs

    I'm no literary critic, but it read more like prose initially than a novel in the modern sense. I actually found it quite hard to latch onto. If I had known the style I would have probably read it slower (as I did once the story had grabbed me, you did warn me about scanning in another thread ;)). This said it is a thoroughly brilliant book I wish I had read when far younger. In the same way 'Catcher in the Rye' takes you on a pyschological journey, this also is telling. Must read in my opinion.
     
  15. Nehustan

    Nehustan On ROPs

    Actually just found this page, seems to say what I was feeling, or at least puts the book in context (1901)...

    "Novel writing started in India as a result of the Indian author’s exposure to Western literature, from mid-19th century onwards. Fakir Mohan Senapati (1843-1918) is the first major novelist whose Chha Mana Atha Guntha (Six Acres and a Half, 1897), dealing with the exploitation of the peasants by a zamindar, is a classic in Indian literature, Senapati wrote in the tradition of realism, about ordinary men and women and their problem, in colloquial Oriya."

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