Saturday, 30 March 2013

Review of John le Carre's 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (George Smiley, #5)Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A classic which I completely missed first, second, and third time around, le Carre's seminal Cold War spy novel is understated and intelligent. The variety of viewpoints gives a great breadth to the narrative, and while Smiley is definitely the hero he is an effectively flawed one, and there are other very well-explored characters as well. The novel is slow and thoughtful, dialogue-rich, and not afraid to follow interesting diversions to lend depth to a character and their situation.

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