The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (George Smiley #3)
Sarò sincera: non avrei scommesso un soldo su le Carré. Perciò il fatto che l’abbia trovato piacevole si abbatte sul mio capo come una punizione letteraria, come la gogna dei miei pregiudizi. Sì, questo romanzo mi è piaciuto. Mea culpa, mea grandissima culpa. E, soprattutto, grande sorpresa per coloro ai quali, nelle passate settantadue ore, ho dat...more
In this era where decades of misdeeds by intelligence agencies are common knowledge and the notion of elaborate spy games are widely used fictional plots, it’s a little hard to imagine how groundbreaking this book was back in 1963. James Bond was in full literary swing...more
With that introduction made, I LOVED THIS BOOK. For a book published in 1963, once you get past s...more
I first read this novel in my 20's during my college years, that is, in the midst of the Cold W...more
An excellent read. This book is much drier and less sensational than the James Bond genre, and i have to say I like that. Generally, I'm not into the spy novel scene; I found the dose of reality engaging.
The plot is complicated, but easily understood. The reader is given the feel of what it is like to be an agent who only has some of the piec...more
The story is of Leamus, a spy for Britain, working in East Berlin during the Cold War. He wants to leave the trade, but is lured in for one final mission (aren't they all?) He is to pretend that he was let go by the British, and that he has spiraled into drunken...more
now i need to read some of the smiley novels. i just can't get over his style, his inventiveness, his complete imagination (either these things happened directly to him or he's a helluva genius). even if they did happen...more
”My killing a loathsome, harmful louse, a filthy old moneylender woman who brought no good to anyone, to murder whom would pardon forty sins, who sucked the lifeblood of the poor, and you call that a crime?”---Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
To kill one man, you become a murderer. There is no way around it.
Is it still morally right then to say that the protection of the whole is more important than an individual life?
Is it justifiable to kill in the name of freedom? Does murder become...more
"And suddenly, with the terrible clarity of a man too long deceived, Leamus understood the whole ghastly trick." [CH 23: Confession]
At the end of chapter 23 Alec Leamus had the ultimate "aha" moment. Sadly, I realized I had not a clue what his revelation was. I was stumped and desperately racking my brain to recall any infor...more
I was surprised by how little action there is in this book; most of the tension comes from people speaking (read: deceiving) to each other. After a deliberately-paced first half, the second half is a flurry of crosses and double crosses, deceptions and misinformation, begging the reader to start over to see how le Carre pulled it off.
There are no gun toting, martini drinking James Bond Type spies in this book nor are there blond bombshells ready to jump into bed with Mr Bond. What you have is a gripping tale, cold, cruel with a finale full of betrayal and hard brutality of the spying world.
You will care for the characters and the story will both surprise and distress you.
As one reviewer had...more
It managed to pack more plot into it's 212 pages than most longer,padded books in the same genre today.
The best thing about the book was how real the spy world was in the story and how ugly it was just like in the real world and not like most spy books. Alec Leamas was very believable character just like every other character in the book.
The last chapter of the book is probably one of the most memorabl...more
It is Cold War time and the Berlin Wall is up, casting a shadow over all of Germany. Alec Leamas, a British Intelligence officer, is happy to know that his work is over…or so he thinks. The agents in his network are either r...more
Hace una presentación muy pormenorizada de los personajes y su intrincada psicología haciendo que el lector sea participe de sus oscuros dilemas morales.
Desde mi punto de vista supone un punto de inflexión dentro del género de espías, al plantear una visión del...more
To summarize, the book is focused...more
First and foremost, it’s got a perfect structure, with a plot basically announces itself in the second chapter and then unfurls slowly, tenaciously from there with a twist ending that’s just as shocking as it inte...more
I read the book in small bites, not for lack of interest but for lack of time, and this is not the best way to read it, as I lost the continuity a bit. Even so, the suspense was great and the twists back and forth were entertaining. I also appreciated its brevity, which nonetheless gave le Carré space to create several interesting char...more
Leamas runs the network in Berlin, and the story opens with an agent being killed while trying to cross from East to West. Leamas returns to London, having lost basically his entire network of agents, and is headed for retirement. He and his superiors come up with a plan to trap hi...more
One of the characteristics of a LeCarre novel, is the way he shows how the similar the intelligence agencies we...more
I was attracted to this novel because it is reputed to have been controversial for suggesting a moral equivalency between the West and the Soviets, as early as 1963. This is true, in relation to the espionage agencies at least. Le Carre worked for the British intelligence services, as we all know, an...more