The Tailor of Panama
Le Carré's Panama—the young country of 2.5 million souls which, on December 31, 1999, will gain full control of the Panama Canal—is a Casablanca without heroes, a hotbed of drugs, laundered money and corruption.
Seldom has the weight of global politics descended so heavily on such a tiny and unprepared nation. And seldom has the hidden eye of British Intelligence selected s...more
Aside from this book being hilarious I was caught by the story and wanted to finish it quickly. I also enjoyed the way how le Carre employed spycraft in this story.
If you need a thrilling humour break, give this story a go.
It is very cle ...more
Chance Favors The Prepared Mind - Pascal
Not a suspense / espionage in the regular le Carré mode, but a satire of same, and an expansive, elaborate novel at that. Since the demise of the Cold War this author has been casting around for another conflict to narrate, and I'm not sure le Carré has ever allowed himself to be this carried away by his characters and their dramatic entanglements.
That being said, there is an enormous asterisk here. The story of a bourgeois merchant-class civilian who is ...more
Yeah, I've found a new favorite author. I loved the mix of characters, some I liked and others ...more
What I hadn't expected, though, was how mordantly funny Le Carré can be, not in an overt but in a subtle way. There's satir ...more
This one is a great look at bullshitters managing to ride the whip for as long as they can. Pendel is a world-class creation, absolutely delightful, and watching him dig himself a hole (and then learning that everyone else is also digging away, for themselves an ...more
A movie was made based on this book, with Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis.
The Tailor of Panama pushes this even further. Though the book is ostensibly about the British intelligence service, there's no dastardl ...more
That’s what makes The Tailor of Panama so fascinating. Transparently a satire of western intelligence work, Le Carré also paints vivid portraits of characters wh ...more
THE TAILOR OF PANAMA, by John Le Carré (Ballantine Books, 2001), There ought to be a new way to express “double cross,” if only for the sake of John Le Carré novels. In ...more
Given his background Mr le Carre narrates an extraordinarily good political manipulation story from the viewpoints of its perpetrators. The author is comfortable discussing the lives, the methods, the thinkings of sleuths and people they encounter - as long as most are British. The same story could have been told much better with the plot as the backdrop, its perpetrators as some of the ...more
Although it was written better than 10 years ago, it harkens to recent events that led to the Iraqi innvasion on a mad hunt for WMDs which ...more
Anyway, 100 pages in and NOTHING HAPPENED. And I cared not for the characters that nothing was happening to, so I'm out. ...more
This was his standard joke, calculated to raise a laugh even with the most sedate of his customers. Not with Osnard apparently.
"Never know where the bloody thing is. Bobs about like a windsock," he replied dismissively.”