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
Yeah, I've found a new favorite author. I loved the mix of characters, some I liked and others ...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
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
harry pendell runs pendell and braithwaite, an up-market tailor in panama city
h/e his past is a well hidden secret until andrew osnard turns up on his doorstep and enlists his service as a spy for the british govt
he is in the ideal position as people talk whilst he is measuring and fitting and sometime disclose matters they should not or want harry to ...more
A movie was made based on this book, with Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis.
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 Th ...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
John le Carré, Coronet Books (1996)
I picked up a tatty copy of the Tailor of Panama because I’d been feeling rather ashamed for never having read a John le Carré novel. And reading just a few pages, I immediately knew I’d like the rest of it. The conversational language, the peppy tongue-in-cheek descriptions – here was a confident writer patient enough to allow a good story to unravel on its own. He doesn’t feel compelled, as many thriller writers do, to barrel from one acti ...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
See also: John le Carré - Wikipedia
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.”