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  • I have now been compelled to read more

    This is the first John Le Carré book that I have ever read. When I mentioned it to a few people that I would be reading it they all said the same thing, ‘it is a great book to get me introduced to the author’s work’. I will admit that I know of the book and that a few years ago there was a BBC adaptation of it and a recent movie. Alas, I have seen none, so apart from the synopsis and little snippets people were telling me, I knew nothing about the book. My first impressions of Le Carré’s work is how rich in vocabulary it is, you can certainly tell it was written a few decades ago from the carefully chosen descriptive words. Whilst this is a spy story set during the Cold War, there is no James Bond bling to it. George Smiley is a fascinating character. He has been brought back from retirement (this is the fifth George Smiley book), and give the task of searching for a mole high up in the ranks of the MI6. As well as George there is a vast array of characters, too many to mention and at times I did feel a little confused as to who was who. This is most definitely a book you need to concentrate on. It did take me a while to read and at times I re-read pages just to make sure I had the story straight. I feel this is more down to the fact I rarely read older books, so the language and the tone took some getting used to. Overall I found the book absorbing. I was expecting the plot to jump right into the thick of it, so I was a little confused by the opening scenes in a school, but everything came together nicely. I have now been compelled to read more by John Le Carré, including ‘The Little Drummer Girl’, though I might watch the BBC adaptation coming soon first this time.

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  • Truly a masterpiece

    Subtle but immersive. The mixture of the banal and the profound engages with the reader to make it a page turner of quality. Enough action to make it exciting.

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