The Looking Glass War

This is a post about Recovery, and a book.

The book is called ‘The Looking Glass War’, and it is by John Le Carre.

I have not read this book, but it was dramatised on the radio.

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In the 1960s, a small group still exists in the Secret Service.  They were active in the second World War, and managed a spy network across Europe which tried to undermine the Nazis.

However, they are now obsolete, and allowed to continue to exist, partly as a courtesy from a grateful Government until they retire.

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However, they are sidelined, and dismissed.

The Cold War needs resources, and new technology.

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Finally, they grow restless, and embark on an operation.

George Smiley arrives in the dead of night, in the deserted farmhouse in Europe, and shuts the operation down.

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The truth is, their operation was based on false information, and a desperate need to appear relevant.

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This story had a powerful impact on me, as I felt I was doing the same thing.

I was fighting a War which had ended years ago.

I still woke up, and tried to fight mental illness, when I was really in Recovery.

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