ABOVE, David Kramer at the Brighton Memorial Library, 12/14/20 [Photo: BML staff member]
Today, I opened my New York Times to learn that John le Carré (the pen name of David John Moore Cornwell) had died.
To my discredit, I’ve never read a le Carré novel. To rectify this literary vacuum, I went to the Brighton Memorial Library and borrowed the CD John le Carré, A DELICATE TRUTH, Read by the author (2013).
When there, I learned the BML had already begun constructing an exhibit to honor le Carré. The BML is known for its ever revolving exhibits that capture literary and historic moments.Back home, I listened to A Delicate Truth, considered by le Carré to be his most British novel and his most autobiographical work in years. I encountered George Smiley, the disillusioned but truth telling British spy and his crew of cynical and duplicitous colleagues, whose corruption is nonetheless ennobled by le Carré’s carefully wrought, gimlet eyed prose that casts a sturdy poetry upon the English Secret Service.
When I returned to BML in the afternoon, the exhibit was completed.ALSO ON THE BRIGHTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY A ribbon cutting and the Pages of the Brighton Memorial Library Read about Sutton Griggs at the Brighton Memorial Library