Great writing: John Le Carre

The BBC version of John Le Carre’s gripping ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ is coming to a climax. But can film ever do complete justice to a book when it’s so brilliantly written?

When Schulmann greeted you, his whole right arm swung in on you in a crab-like punch fast enough to wind you if you didn’t block it. But the sidekick kept his arms at his sides as if he didn’t trust them out alone. When Schulmann talked, he fired off conflicting ideas like a spread of bullets, then waited to see which ones went home and which came back at him. The sidekick’s voice followed like a stretcher-party, softly collecting up the dead
— from John Le Carre's The Little Drummer Girl