Aug 05, 08
Read in August, 2008
"The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" by John le Carre is an entertaining spy story, and I enjoyed every page of it. It is unpredictable, suspenseful, and it feels authentic, particularly when compared with Ian Fleming's James Bond. Le Carre's characters are human, with human flaws, and they don't dispatch their enemies with flippant one-liners. There are a few one-meeeeeellion doahllar moments in this 45 year old book, but the themes hold up well with age. The central theme is the amorality of Western (British) government, whose espionage tactics are no less deplorable than their cold war enemies'. The "good guys" do bad things, just like the "bad guys". . . timeless, unfortunately.