Discussion in 'Films, Music and All Things Artsy' started by Random_Task, Oct 5, 2006.
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Prompted by the new Bond film 'Casino Royale', what's your favourite spy author/genre?
do you know what genre means? i suspect you mean title
"Fleming" only has one "m"
I like Gerald Seymour and Terence Strong
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.
B&gger, thanks for spotting though, Poppy!
Le Carre for Smiley, Frederick Forsyth for Day of The Jackal.
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.
What no room Buchan and his hero Richard Hannay - the orignal British spy?
Could be time to start a new poll!
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.
Seconded. Guinness is Smiley. Fox is The Jackal...no substitutes.
I very much enjoyed Flemings "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" though
How is Kipling's writing style strange?
It's not, it's the style of writing employed in his era.
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.
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 authorâs exposure to Western literature, from mid-19th century onwards. Fakir Mohan Senapati (1843-191 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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