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A modern classic in which John le Carré expertly creates a total vision of a secret world Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy begins George Smiley's chess match of wills and wits with Karla his Soviet counterpart It. A few months ago a stylish looking British adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was released in theaters and I was intrigued But I knew better Movies are for smart people If I had to constantly nudge my wife during Superbad to ask uestions like so who is that guy again and wait is she the same one from before then I had to admit that seeing this movie would only serve to make me feel very confused and intellectually inadeuate I do better with books Books explain things Books are for people who need a little uh help in the hand holding department So like any other self respecting moron I decided to read the book instead or at least before seeing the movie that way I could have everything explained to me nice niceBut I was dupedWhen my friend asked me to go with him to see Tinker Tailor I told him it was not possible I explained my reasoning while he nodded agreeably accepting my oddities without judgment But then he said I think you ll find this to be an exception to your rule In this particular case you re going to want to have seen this movie before reading the book Trust me What A Freaking LiarAs soon as those last two words were uttered warning bells should have gone off in my head But I took him at his word and went to see a movie with the most convoluted plot I d ever tried to absorb 120 minutes later I had a raging migraineI now understood the lengths to which someone would go in order to have a companion at the movies I suppose I can t begrudge a man that small favor and I was not entirely the worse for wear 800 mg of ibuprofen and a good night s sleep restored my faculties wonderfully And that s when I decided to read the bookJohn le Carr s novel retains all the plot complexity of the movie and then some but it is delivered in such a way that is digestible Even though I knew the fate of Colin Firth s character my pulse still raced at the novel s climax The author opens up a world of secrets lies espionage and scandal that are somewhat missing from my everyday life but seem to be or less commonplace in a Europe engulfed in the Cold War Mistrust and paranoia run as naturally as snowfall in New England I am generally very glad to have read this book despite having done so after seeing the movie

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Is now beyond a doubt that a mole implanted decades Tinker Tailor Epubago by Moscow Centre has burrowed his way into the highest echelons of British Intelligence His treachery has already blown some of its. After a lifetime of living by his wits and his considerable memory he had given himself full time to the profession of forgettingOver the past couple of months George Smiley has earned the distinction of my favorite spy Not because he is handsome sexy charismatic or daring but rather because he is all too human He s the real deal and no one could write a genuine character like him as well as the master John le Carr Small podgy and at best middle aged he was by appearance one of London s meek who do not inherit the earth His legs were short his gait anything but agile his dress costly ill fitting and extremely wetHow on earth does a guy like this get saddled with the onerous task of uncovering a Russian planted mole at the highest level of the British Secret Service Because he is brilliant and honorable that s how There are many layers to George Smiley and I am thoroughly enjoying the unpeeling of each one as I delve and into these novels Smiley teams up with Peter Guillam a younger agent who is further removed from the upper echelon of the service partly due to a botched operation and partly as a result of his prior association with Smiley The guys at the top have been very deliberately remaking the organization to their own advantage Anyone with a loyalty to the former chief or those that hovered too close to the truth have been uietly relocated to lesser positions or simply dismissed The organization is being carefully refashioned to the mole s purpose I was further pleased to become further acuainted with the somewhat eccentric Mendel a former police inspector whom was introduced to us in le Carr s novel Call for the Dead Naturally a huge theme in this novel is that of betrayal George Smiley grapples with this not only in his professional life but also his private life His sincere interior conflict further illuminates the real character of the man I can t help but feel sympathy for Smiley and admire his courage to examine his own principles It worried him that he felt so bankrupt that whatever intellectual or philosophical precepts he clung to broke down entirely now that he was faced with the human situationOne thing I have come to expect from le Carr is that I need to be a bit savvy with my spy lingo If there were a little glossary of the terms in the back of the book I would be off and running with the story straight from the get go In reality it takes me a little bit to settle in and really understand what is happening It s okay though I get there eventually and any earlier confusion is worth the payoff I m not very successful with my own personal psychological analysis of the characters but I consider myself in good hands with the author who was once a secret service agent himself I was once again fully invested with each character and the plot took me down a twisty furtive and thrilling path that I wouldn t mind riding once This book is the first in the Karla trilogy Karla being the working name counterpart to Smiley in the Russian Intelligence agency If all goes as planned I will be reading the second one next month If you have any interest in reading an authentic espionage thriller then I highly recommend this or any of le Carr s books They really do deliver I can t forget to mention the movie adaptation expertly cast with Gary Oldman as Smiley and highly entertaining Like an actor he had a sense of approaching anti climax before the curtain went up a sense of great things dwindling to a small mean end as death itself seemed small and mean to him after the struggles of his life

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Most vital operations and its best networks It is clear that the double agent is one of its own kind But which one George Smiley is assigned to identify him And once identified the traitor must be destroyed.. I m going to state the obvious and say John le Carr is a really good writerThis was my first le Carr novel and I can see why he s considered such a master of the spy genre The story itself was thrilling but what I most appreciated were his thoughtful descriptions The writing was so insightful that it was easy to become invested in the fate of the charactersA uick plot summary George Smiley is a retired British spy He was forced out during a reorganization of the Circus a nickname for the intelligence service One day he s approached and asked to discreetly investigate a mole in the agency someone who s been giving state secrets to Russia George sets to work getting help from some trusted colleagues It was exciting watching George uncover the mole Even though I knew the ending because I had seen the movie it was still thrilling Now that s good writingBut this wasn t just a book about finding a double agent no this was book about friendship love and loyalty It s about having a purpose in life And it s about betrayalThey shared no harmony They had lost all calmness in one another s company they were a mystery to each other and the most banal conversation could take strange uncontrollable directionsBesides Smiley my favorite character in the book was young Bill Roach a student at a prep school Roach is a good watcher and uietly observes things others don t notice For example Roach observes some odd behavior by the school s new teacher Jim Prideaux which suggests he has some secrets Here s an abbreviated early exchange between Jim and Bill that first showed me how well le Carr could write his charactersWhat are you good at BillI don t know sir said Roach woodenlyGot to be good at something surely everyone is How about football Are you good at football BillNo sir said RoachWhat s your best thing thenNow this was an unfortunate uestion to ask of Roach just then for it occupied most of his waking hours Indeed he had recently come to doubt whether he had any purpose on earth at all In work and play he considered himself seriously inadeuate even the daily routine of the school such as making his bed and tidying his clothes seemed to be beyond his reach Also he lacked piety old Mrs Thursgood had told him so he screwed up his face too much at chapel He blamed himself for the break up of his parents marriage which he should have seen coming and taken steps to preventDamn that s a good introduction of a character Rereading it it s no wonder my heart went out to young Bill so early in the book Speaking of strong introductions check out this one for SmileyUnlike Jim Prideaux Mr George Smiley was not naturally euipped for hurrying in the rain least of all at dead of night Indeed he might have been the final form for which Bill Roach was the prototype Small podgy and at best middle aged he was by appearance one of London s meek who do not inherit the earth His legs were short his gait anything but agile his dress costly ill fitting and extremely wet His overcoat which had a hint of widowhood about it was of that black loose weave which is designed to retain moisture Either the sleeves were too long or his arms were too short for as with Roach when he wore his mackintosh the cuffs all but concealed the fingers For reasons of vanity he wore no hat believing rightly that hats made him ridiculousMy one criticism of the writing is that the reader has to uickly adapt to the spy jargon much of it made up by le Carr I thought it was interesting he was inspired to write this novel because of Kim Philby a real life double agent I recently read Ben Macintyre s book on Philby A Spy Among Friends which made me keen to read Tinker Tailor And now I want to read the rest of the George Smiley series John le Carr is such a popular writer that I hardly need to say this but I highly recommend this novel to anyone who likes spy thrillers Favorite uotesHe imagined that like himself Jim had had a great attachment that had failed him and that he longed to replace But here Bill Roach s speculation met a dead end he had no idea how adults loved each otherHe would set up as a mild eccentric discursive withdrawn but possessing one or two lovable habits such as muttering to himself as he bumbled along pavements Out of date perhaps but who wasn t these days Out of date but loyal to his own time At a certain moment after all every man chooses will he go forward will he go back There was nothing dishonourable in not being blown about by every little modern wind Better to have worth to entrench to be an oak of one s own generationThere are always a dozen reasons for doing nothing There is only one reason for doing something And that s because you want toThere are old men who go back to Oxford and find their youth beckoning to them from the stones Smiley was not one of themHe was of that pre war set that seemed to have vanished for good which managed to be disreputable and high minded at the same timeI have a theory which I suspect is rather immoral Each of us has only a uantum of compassion That if we lavish our concern on every stray cat we never get to the centre of thingsSitting is such an elouent business any actor will tell you that We sit according to our natures We sprawl and straddle we rest like boxers between rounds we fidget perch cross and uncross our legs lose patience lose enduranceIf there s one thing that distinguishes a good watcher from a bad one it s the gentle art of doing damn all convincinglySurvival as Jim Prideaux liked to recall is an infinite capacity for suspicionHe wondered whether there was any love between human beings that did not rest upon some sort of self delusion


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  1. says:

    The suspicious black car did not follow me home How am I supposed to maintain this level of paranoia with this level of incompetence? Tweet from jkeeten's defunct Twitter accountI don't smoke but I always travel w a Zippo lighter in case I have to light a beautiful woman's cigarette or the wick of a Molotov cocktail Another tweet from jkeeten's defunct Twitter accountThe British Secret Service resembling a corporation that has suffered sag

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    I'm one of many people who think that Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the greatest espionage novel of all time Let's take the obvious things first Unlike most examples of this genre it's extremely well written Also

  3. says:

    A few months ago a stylish looking British adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was released in theaters and

  4. says:

    After a lifetime of living by his wits and his considerable memory he had given himself full time to the profession of forgettingOver the past couple of months George Smiley has earned the distinction of my favorite spy Not because h

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    Spy novels may be best consumed in large gulps by me There is no uestion that John Le Carré is a brilliant writer and his plots are peppered with surprise spirals throughout each novelThe one difficulty I had with this book was in the beginni

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    Whenever I think of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy I inevitably think of love love that grants fortitude love that clouds judgment love that scars the soul and roots the heart Although it is my experience of the book that guides me it perhaps also has to do with the 1979 BBC miniseries with the way Alec Guinness appears stol

  7. says:

    I'm going to state the obvious and say John le Carré is a really good writerThis was my first le Carré novel and I can see why he's considered such a master of the spy genre The story itself was thrilling but what I most appreciated were his thoughtful descriptions The writing was so insightful that it was easy to become invested in the fate of the charactersA uick plot summary George Smiley is a retired British spy He

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    Who can spy on the spies ? We are at the heart of British Secret Intelligence Service commonly known as MI6 For the initiated the Circus Tinker tailor soldier spy it’s the look at the firm from the inside Author himself worked there for many years and thanks to it I have no problems with his credibility We get

  9. says:

    I freely admit that I am not smart enough to appreciate this bookThe whole thing was way too convoluted for me First I was in one character's head then another then back to the first Then there was a third character who mostly made cameo appearances and was clearly unimportant but we spend time in his head too As if that's not con

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    I didn't understand half of what I just read and yet I loved it all the sameIn John le Carré's real name David Cornwell Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy a British intelligence service known as the Circus has been compromised by a mole a supposed Soviet double agent Former agent George Smiley is called back from retirement to ferret him out This is