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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
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Oct 14, 2007

it was amazing
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Read in October, 2007

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is not only le Carre's masterpiece, not only perhaps the greatest spy novel ever written, but it is also a great work of serious fiction. Few works of fiction examine so many types of betrayal: of country, of friends, of lovers, of ideals. In none of the espionage master's other works are so many layers of meaning revealed, all inseparable from a highly entertaining cat-and-mouse adventure yarn. The story of supposedly retired spy George Smiley's efforts to ferret out a mole within British intelligence has almost mythic dimensions.
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