The setting is Berlin. Into this divided city, wrenched between East and West, between past and present; comes twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham, assigned to a British-American surveillance team. Though only a pawn in an international plot that is never fully revealed to him, Leonard uses his secret work to escape the bonds of his ordinary life ...
The setting is Berlin. Into this divided city, wrenched between East and West, between past and present; comes twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham, assigned to a British-American surveillance team. Though only a pawn in an international plot that is never fully revealed to him, Leonard uses his secret work to escape the bonds of his ordinary life - and to lose his unwanted innocence. The promise of his new life begins to be fulfilled as Leonard becomes a crucial part of the surveillance team, while simultaneously being initiated into a new world of love and sex by Maria, a beautiful young German woman. It is a promise that turns to horror in the course of one terrible evening - a night when Leonard Marnham learns just how much of his innocence he's willing to shed.
Good. By Author Well used paperback, signed by the author, with worn and creased cover. Tear repared on first page. Slight yellowing to the edges of the pages. Binding is good and the text is clear. TH.
New York. 1990. Doubleday. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 270 pages. hardcover. Signed by The Author. 038541370x. keywords: Literature England. inventory # 24822. FROM THE PUBLISHER-Leonard Marnham is assigned to a British-American surveillance team in Cold War Berlin. His intelligence work-tunneling under a Russian communications center to tap the phone lines to Moscow-offers him a welcome opportunity to begin shedding his own unwanted innocence, even if he is only a bit player in a grim international comedy of errors. Leonard's relationship with Maria Eckdorf, an enigmatic and beautiful West Berliner, likewise promises to loosen the bonds of his ordinary life. But the promise turns to horror in the course of one terrible evening-a night when Leonard Marnham learns just how much of his innocence he's willing to shed.
Very Good. First edition, softcover, Uncorrected Proof, signed by the author on the title pages, few light reading creases, light bump to edge of spine, light soiling to rear cover, light wear to edges, otherwise solid, a VG copy in black and white illustrated wraps.
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The Innocent has long been one of my favourite Ian McEwan novels. So much so I had to acquire my own hardback first edition. The tension builds so skilfully that the pivotal action when it comes is still startling in the extreme. This is one of the finest stories about the Cold War that I have read. I would recomment this novel without reservation.
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