Oct 26, 11
Read from October 21 to 26, 2011
You know when you're at a party and you see those mutual friends that you only see once or twice a year at parties, and they're talking about people and things you kind of know about but not really? That's how the beginning of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy starts -- right in the middle of things so you'll need to keep your wits about you to understand what's going on.
For most of the novel, I didn't understand exactly what was going on. I knew the Cold War backdrop, and the general plot of trying to find a mole, but that was about it. Despite my confusion, the novel was still enjoyable because le Carre write such genuine characters with real emotions and real problems that I forgot that I was still confused about the plot. Sure, there's a lot of (awesome) trade-craft going on, some stealthy, seemingly coincidental meetings in parked cars and chalk lines, but at its heart, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is about the people coping with their job-related dilemmas.
The novel was slow to start, but I read the last quarter in one rushed sitting because everything was finally coming together and I really wanted to know what happened. After I finally digested What Happened, my mind was nicely blown. Good play Karla. Good play.