Civil Wars In the Soul

TITLE: THE NIGHT MANAGER

AUTHOR: JOHN LE CARRE

PUBLISHER: KNOPF; 429 PAGES; $24

THE BOTTOM LINE: Even unresolved Le Carre offers more style and excitement than most authors at their peak.

Thirty years ago, at the opening of The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, the protagonist, Leamas, was defined as a person who could not quite pass for a London clubman, a "man who was not quite a gentleman." Now, early in his new book, we are told that John le Carre's latest alienated loner, Jonathan Pine, though taken for a gentleman, did not in fact go to "that...

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