Writers Who Read: Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré

Boulder Writers Alliance Meetup
Boulder Writers Alliance Meetup
Public group

Boulder Public Library - Main Branch

1001 Arapahoe Avenue · Boulder, CO

How to find us

The Arapahoe Room is on the second floor in the south-west corner of the main building.

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June's book is Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré (2019) -
Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), Arapahoe Room at Main Boulder Library.

In these days of Baby Trump, Britain slouching towards Brexit, the erosion of democracies and the rise of Putin, what could possibly motivate a spy to live and die for country? John le Carré takes us into the mind of Nat, an old hand at running agents who's always up for a good game of badminton. When looking through the eyes of someone always on his guard, even the smallest anomalies blaze like rubies.

We are Writers Who Read. We use Literary Forensics to dissect a recent novel (published within 18 months) with the goal of uncovering how the author has utilized their skills for effect. Storytelling is an art, but it's not a mystery. Every writer must address the following:

- Structure, Timeline, Pacing, Suspense, Omission
- Point of View, including Voice, Character, Place
- Language, Tense, Imagery, Metaphor, Symbols
- Motivation: Making a story pop - generating a thrill
- Why this story? And why now? Industry considerations

We ask that all attendees read the entire book in advance of the meeting, and come bearing their discoveries of how the author has addressed each of the five points above.

What is Literary Forensics? Find out here: https://www.garyalanmcbride.com/literary-forensics/