John le Carré : three complete novels

by John Le Carré

Paper Book, 1995




New York : Avenel, N.J. : Wings Books ; Distributed by Random House Value Pub., 1995.


This volume includes the complete texts of the three novels tracing the chilling duel of wits between the inscrutable George Smiley and the KGB's evil genius, Karla.

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LibraryThing member jmaloney17
This review is just for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

I really wanted to like this book. I found it very difficult to read. Everyone had three names that were all similar, and then there was all the British spy slang. I also thought the story was very slow, disjointed and kind of dull. The main character George Smiley ended up very depressed when all the action was done with and everything had been solved. I did relate to that, since that is how I feel at the end of a big long-term project. Only thing is, there was no action to be exhausted from and no adreneline-high to recover from in this book!

If I read it again, I think I may like the book more. But, I just don't want to do that.

I have the old BBC version of this at home waiting to be watched. I am wondering if I will appreciate it more, since I will be able to distiguish the characters more easily and maybe feel more of the tension. I will have to do that soon.
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