U.S.-Iraq war has ended and dissatisfied with the British Government, Ted Mundy is betrayed by his English Language School
partner, Egon. Egon has fled with the last of their assets, leaving him broke. Out of a job and business Mundy wanders the
streets aimlessly. While at a café Mundy meets Zara, a young Turkish prostitute. Instead of taking her up on her offer, Mundy
plays the Good Samaritan and offers her a meal.
to this neglected and abused woman, Mundy escorts her home, against her will. It doesn’t take long for Mundy to establish
himself as a father figure to Zara’s eleven year old son, Mustafa, and soon enough within Zara’s bed.
things change while Mundy is entertaining a multicultural group of English speaking tourists at Linderhof, a Bavarian Palace,
where he works as a tour guide. Like a shadow from the past, Sasha
shows up requesting a meet. Sasha is the son of a East German Lutheran Pastor and a middle aged double agent. Mundy agrees
and follows Sasha to a secluded flat. Here Mundy’s memories take over after the two men greet.
reveal who Ted Mundy really is, where he comes from, as well as his feelings. A
boy born in Pakistan, an adolescent with an alcoholic father who refuses to clarify his mother’s identity, and for most
of life has associated himself with any cause encountered. From communism and socialism to his first meeting with Sasha in
Berlin, when they were university students and at the height of the cold war.
himself is a flawed individual that has practically failed at everything: college, reporter, novelist, businessman, and radio
interviewer. But has managed to succeed at one thing: a secret double agent.
le Carré’s book could be seen as “anti-American” if one chose to read into things and very easily
find reason with phrases such as: Journalists, however, were blandly reminded that
the United States reserved to itself the right to “hunt down its enemies at any time in any place with or without the
cooperation of its friends and allies.” Or “The easiest and
cheapest trick for any leader is to take his country to war on false pretenses. Anyone who does that should be hounded out
of office for all time.”
how far is America willing to go? How much are we, the people, willing to tolerate?
war in Iraq, government deception and corporate misdeeds on an unsuspecting public are just some of what readers can expect.
Absolute Friends is filled with engaging characters that guarantee to generate reader sympathy. The underlying layers and messages are sure
to evoke much thought no matter how one feels of the ongoing war, 9/11, political views or President Bush.
Absolute Friends is an exceptionally powerful and spellbinding novel. Not
only in its implications of democracy but also in how the threat of terrorism is being used, in our world of today.
If you liked Fahrenheit 9/11, you'll like this book. This is one book you’ll
want to read or give as a gift to your favorite activist!