üstad tom clancy
'nin new york times
best-seller listesine girmiş 1981 tarihli romanı. papa ikinci jean paul
'e yönelik suikast girişimini de içeren oldukça dikkat çekici bir konusu vardır. romanın merkezinde ve başrolde yine cia
analisti jack ryan
yer almaktadır. özellikle ryan'ın ingiltere
'deki günlerinde ingilizler ve ingiliz yaşantısıyla ilgili komik tespitleri yer almaktadır. yine rusların alkolikliği ve polonyalıların istihbarat yetenekleri (brzezinski akla geliyor hemen) güzel göndermeler vardır. zaten romanın kendisinden ziyade satır aralarındaki tespitler insanı düşündürmekte ve hoşça vakit geçirtmektedir. başlardan bazı örnekler;
- "heroes are often the most ordinary of men" - henry david thoreau
- "he'd have to remember all that: the right side of the road was the left. a right turn crossed oncoming traffic, not a left turn."
- "the cia's effort to assassinate fidel castro, which had been run out of the office of the attorney general during the time of camelot, had been right out of woody woodpecker, with a sprinkling of the three stooges: politicians trying to imitate james bond, a character made up by a failed brit spook. the movies just weren't the real world, as ryan had learned the hard way, first in london, and then in his own living room."
- "it was just the nature of men in positions of authority to diddle and waver, even though they had to know that delay was a waste of time and air. even marxism-leninism couldn't alter human nature. sad, but true."
- "no, yuriy vladimirovich told himself, getting people to believe in marxism wasn't all that hard. first, they hammered it into their heads in grammar schools, and the young pioneers, and high schools, and the komsomolets, the young communist league, and then they really smart ones became full party members, keeping their party cards 'next to their hearts' in the cigarette pockets of their shirts."
- "andropov did not quite see the contradiction in his own mind. like so many great men, he was blind to those things that conflicted with his own capacious ego".
- "he picked up a copy of the daily telegraph. that would mark him to the locals as conservative sort of person. those of a more liberal bent chose the guardian."
- "they have a large military. their intelligence services are first-rate. they are big. big ugly bear, like muhammad ali used to say, but you know, ali beat the bear twice, didn't he?"
- "russia is the last place in the world where a man can make a decent living as a poet. they revere their poets, and i rather admire that about them, but at the same time ... you know, stalin himself was reticent about going after artists - the writing sort, that is."
amazon'da satışta; http://www.amazon.com/…bit-tom-clancy/dp/0425191184