got a job in Her Majesty’s Secret Service as a young man, but he found the actual work of a spy pretty boring. He said, “[It was] spectacularly undramatic.”(Hat tip to Adam Woog.)
Since he was disappointed in his life as a spy, le Carré decided to entertain himself by writing novels. He had to keep his identity secret, so he used the pen name John le Carré. He said, “I wanted something three-syllabled and exotic.” Le Carré means “the square” in French. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), was so successful that he quit his job as a spy and began to write full time.
“Completing a book, it’s a little like having a baby,” he told the Telegraph in 2010. “There’s a feeling of relief and satisfaction when you get to the end. A feeling that you have brought your family, your characters, home. Then a sort of post-natal depression and then, very quickly, the horizon of a new book. The consolation that next time I will do it better.”
READ MORE: John le Carré at 80,” by Cavershamragu
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