I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.
When you can't remember why you're hurt, that's when you're healed.
For John le Carre, it was always who's betraying who: the hall-of-mirrors kind of thing. When you go back to the '30s, it's a case of good vs. evil, and no kidding. When I have a hero who believes France and Britain are on the right side, a reader is not going to question that.
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