By John Le Carré
"Haven't you discovered that in basic terms appearances matter?"
The British Embassy in Bonn is up in palms. Her Majesty's financially stricken executive is looking for admission to Europe's universal industry simply as anti-British factions are emerging to energy in Germany. Rioters are challenging reunification, and the very last thing the Crown can come up with the money for is a scandal. Then Leo Harting—an embassy nobody—goes lacking with a case jam-packed with personal records. London sends Alan Turner to manage the wear, yet he quickly realizes that neither facet relatively desires Leo found—alive.
Set opposed to the specter of a German-Soviet alliance, John le Carré's A Small Town in Germany is an excellent chronicle of chilly conflict paranoia and political compromise.
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E. ' Or we find attractions in a poetry indifferent to them; in a poetry where the contents may be what they will, but where the form is studied and exquisite. We delude ourselves in either case; and the best cure for our delusion is to let our minds rest upon that great and inexhaustible word life, until we learn to enter into its 12 Agents and lives meaning. A poetry of revolt against moral ideas is a poetry of revolt against life; a poetry of indifference towards moral ideas is a poetry of indifference towards life.
As against a morality in this 'narrow' sense, a morality in a ' broad' sense would be a general, all-inclusive theory of conduct: the morality to which someone subscribed would be whatever body of principles he allowed ultimately to guide or determine his choices of action... noone could, in his choices of action, deliberately overrule what was his morality in the broad sense, though he might diverge from it through 'weakness of will'. That is like a point made by Hare; and in much the same way as Hare, Mackie also thinks that [t]here is no point in discussing whether the broad or the narrow sense of 'morality' is the more correct.
A Small Town in Germany: A Novel by John Le Carré