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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
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Mar 20, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: literature, mystery
Read in March, 2012

I caught up with a friend a few weeks ago when I had just started this book and he said he had given up on the film and drifted off to sleep as he had completely lost track of what was going on and in the end couldn’t care either way anyway. That was exactly the experience I was having with the book and had thought it was just me. But then, all of a sudden, at about the middle of this one (I imagine just as George was dozing off in the film), the pieces of the jigsaw start dropping into place and it all starts making sense. This still isn’t my favourite of his novels (I think maybe The Constant Gardner, Mission Song or Absolute Friends would have to fight it out for that honour – I envisage a three way arm-wrestle), but this was good enough to keep me interested, even though I knew, more or less, how it was going to turn out from about as soon as it started making sense. This is less of a mystery and more of a psychological drama, so knowing who did it doesn’t really matter too much. Not that I’m going to tell you, like. You need to keep your wits about you with this one - and no dozing.
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message 1: by Todd (new)

Todd Did you read the first 4 books in the series too? I've been putting off watching the movie (and the tv series from the UK) until I'd read the book, and the first two in the series, though good, weren't real page turners so I've been dragging my feet with the two in the series just prior to this one.

Trevor No, but I'd watched the TV series years ago - I probably should have done them all in order.

Michael Will you be watching the updated movie?

Trevor I'm not sure, Michael, I hardly watch anything now.

Wendy Actually, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is one of my favorites.. Smiley's people is also..

I bought the DVDs of the TV version of T.T. S.S. which starred the incredible Alec Guiness..and the sequel, Smiley's people,...both serialized for TV. I saw the movie as well which of course altered some things...and eliminated some characters....
Really, Trevor. Mission Song? Not as good in my opinion..

Michael I preferred A Most Wanted Man...

Trevor I really enjoyed Mission Song. But it is years since I read it. Per-good reads at least, so a lifetime ago. I haven't read A man most wanted. I have seen the tv series, but hardly remember it at all.

message 8: by Amber (new)

Amber Berry I keep thinking that I read this years ago, but after watching the TV 6-episode filmed version, I can't really say definitively whether or not I read it. I DO remember reading 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold,' and not liking the writing. I liked the story, but there are other writers of spy novels that read more easily.

Trevor I read The Spy Who Came In From the Cold for high school - 30 years ago - oh god say it quick. Anyway, now the only thing I remember from it - literally the only thing - is a woman in the story who is a member of the Communist Party and pretends to sell The Morning Star to people, but actually just pays for them herself. Other than that I don't remember a single thing. Although, I do remember quite liking the book when I read it - hardly sounds like it, though, does it?

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