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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy | John le Carre
John le Carré's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge and have earned him -- and his hero, British Secret Service agent George Smiley -- unprecedented worldwide acclaim.A modern masterpiece in which 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 is now beyond doubt that a mole, implanted decades ago by Moscow Centre, has burrowed his way into the highest echelons of British Intelligence. His treachery has already blown some of its 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.
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Freespirit
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One of my favourite things to do after a night shift sleep is to take a walk around our farm, especially now that the weather is milder. Today I took John Le Carre and Smiley with me on an #audiowalk along our driveway and through the Macadamia and Pecan orchard. Autumn is just such a great time of year.

Velvetfur I love those beautiful photos! All that gorgeous green 💚, and I love the really tall trees pic 💜 2mo
Freespirit Thanks Vikki @Velvetfur it's much greener than its been for months because we have had some recent rain 🙏🏼. The tall trees along our drive are gums...native to Australia🌿 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Beautiful! Love those tall gums trees 🌳 2mo
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Crazeedi What a beautiful farm! I love the peacefulness these pictures evoke! ❣💞 2mo
Freespirit Thank you @erzascarletbookgasm they are one my favourite trees😊 2mo
Freespirit Thanks @Crazeedi we love our farm. It's lovely to wonder around at this time of year. 2mo
LapReader Lucky lady. 2mo
Freespirit Thanks @LapReader Alissa😊 2mo
DGRachel Beautiful!! That's one of my favorite books, too. :) 2mo
Freespirit It's a complex book @DGRachel and helps that I saw the movie I think. He is a great story teller! 2mo
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Lulu6

“...in the hands of politicians grand designs achieve nothing but new forms of the old misery...”

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DGRachel
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I can‘t figure out what it is about my current read that I‘m not feeling, but I‘m apparently doing everything to avoid it. I haven‘t read a single page since Friday. Tonight, I‘m watching a film version of one of my all-time favorite spy novels. Le Carre is an absolute master of the genre. 😎💖 (Personally, I think Alec Guinness is a better Smiley, but I don‘t have enough time tonight to watch his version)

Scurvygirl I adore this movie... did not even think that this was even a novel. Tom Hardy is my 💚💚💚. Stacked!!! 5mo
DGRachel @Scurvygirl It‘s such a great novel. It‘s the fifth of the George Smiley novels (the first four are much shorter) and the first of the Karla trilogy. 5mo
taraWritesSci Look at that actor lineup... 😍 But yeah, the book! Totally gonna check out the book. 5mo
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Scurvygirl @DGRachel thanks chickie! Will check it out! 5mo
rabbitprincess I always picture Alec Guinness as Smiley but prefer the movie to the miniseries. I saw it three times in theatres 😂 5mo
DGRachel @rabbitprincess I feel the need for a Le Carre film marathon. I think I‘m going to watch The Spy Who Came in from the Cold with Richard Burton tomorrow and then TTSS and Smiley‘s People with Alec Guinness next weekend. That will give me something to look forward to during the long work week. 😊 5mo
rabbitprincess @DGRachel That sounds like an excellent plan! 😊 5mo
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larah17
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Pickpick

I completely forgot that I listened to this audiobook a few weeks ago, as I wanted to watch the movie. George Smiley, recently retired from British intelligence, is brought back to search for a suspected Russian spy within the top ranks of the agency. The book is really interesting, although I found myself getting lost in parts, but I think that wouldn‘t be an issue if I had read it!

DGRachel I love the Smiley books (and the film adaptations). You really need to read the books before watching the film, though, otherwise you‘d be completely lost! 6mo
larah17 @DGRachel oh absolutely! I saw the film years ago and was so confused 😂 then watched it after reading the book and it was great! 6mo
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bunneeboy
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Pickpick

George Smiley is one cool cat!

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NHLibrarian
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Pickpick

I watched the movie last weekend when I was sick and it made me want to know more. I‘ve never read a spy novel before and I think this was pretty decent. A little confusing in parts: the jargon used and some timelines/situations, plus this book is right in the middle of the Smiley series. But I liked it enough that I might read The Spy Who Came in from the Cold next.

BethFishReads The jargon takes a bit but le Carre is good 14mo
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NHLibrarian
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Reading in front of the fire... you know, like you do in the middle of April 🙄❄️💧😖

Melissa_J That looks so lovely and cozy 😊 1y
Aims42 Ughhh, I‘m tired of winter coats and snow!! 😩 1y
NHLibrarian @Melissa_J It is... but I‘m ready for it to be lovely and cozy outside instead ☀️🌸😀 1y
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NHLibrarian @Aims42 Me too!!! I‘m tired of getting excited when I see bare ground then: nope, never mind. 1y
Suet624 Grrr.. snowed a bit this morning. 1y
NHLibrarian @Suet624 Here, too 🙄 1y
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DRNeb18
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"I know that Moscow has planted a mole, and I know it is one of five men"

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Vansa
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What a stunning line.

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Augustdana
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#riotgrams day 17: an unreturned book. I told a friend of mine how much I enjoyed the night manager series, and all of a sudden I get more Le Carré than I can handle. I read the night manager last year, maybe I‘ll get to these sometime.

PictureandBook An all time favorite. 1y
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MayJasper
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Finally the eve of the #fallbookexchange has arrived. I can't wait to open my box. In the meantime I busy myself with a photo challenge #spooky
There's plenty of spooks in these books.
I watched the TV series 'The Night Manager' last year. Kept me in an agony of suspense till the last moment. So intense and down right scary. Brilliant.
#uncannyoctober @RealLifeReading

JazzFeathers 😍😍😍😍 Oh my goodness, l love all these covers 😍😍😍😍 2y
MayJasper @JazzFeathers I love them too. They are all Penguin Modern Classics 2y
JazzFeathers @MayJasper The Penguin Modrrn Classics always have such goid covers 😊 2y
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LauraBeth
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The husband last night: "What still fascinates you in life?"
Me: "Spies. Double agents. People leading double lives. That sort of thing."
The husband: "Really?? I've never seen you read a spy novel."
Me: "OMG - I haven't! Ever!"
The husband: "Not even that Tinker Tinker book? Just watch the movie - your Mr. Darcy is in it."

Our conversations are progressively getting dumber the longer we're married.

vivastory 😂😂 2y
MicheleinPhilly ?I always get a dirty look when I laugh just a little too hard at that bit that Chris Rock does about being with someone for a long time and you've heard everything they could possibly have to say. "Go out and have some new shit happen to you!" 2y
readinginthedark 😂Yeah, when I tell people my husband and I sit in the same room for hours without talking, they think I'm crazy. We'll talk when we have something to say! I'm reading, he's watching videos or playing a game, we'll find something. 2y
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Balibee146 Lol My Sherlock is in it too with dodgy barnet :-D 2y
AlaMich 🤣🤣🤣 2y
TheWordJar ? I love "Tinker Tinker" ? 2y
aeeklund It's not dumber, it's just shorthand (at least that's what I tell myself). 😉🤣 2y
alanacristin This conversation is glorious 😍 so many things in one moment there that my husband would never reference 😂 2y
LeahBergen I've been with my husband so long that we pretty much grunt and babble like toddlers. 😆 2y
TamCotzias Favorite movie. Hubs & I quotes lines from movie constantly and sang "Mr woo what will I do" I wish they would make Le Carrè's Smiley's People into a movie with Gary Oldman (I love the BBC series) 2y
rabbitprincess I love this movie! My favourite line is Control yelling at Esterhase, "I should have left you where I found you!" Sadly not a line that can be worked easily into conversation ? 2y
LauraBeth @vivastory at least he kept it in bookish territory 😂 2y
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly ??"Married and bored or single and lonely." The husband laughs just a little too hard at Rock's bit about practicing your alibi in front of the mirror 2y
LauraBeth @readinginthedark I don't understand people who have to talk ALL the time 😂 2y
LauraBeth @AlaMich and yet now I want to read this 😀 2y
LauraBeth @aeeklund that's a good way of looking at it 😀 2y
LauraBeth @alanacristin it comes from years of him having to listen to me yammer about books 😀 2y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen 😂😂this makes like easier 2y
LauraBeth @TamCotzias my aunt regularly references this exact BBC series - I still need to see it! 2y
LauraBeth @rabbitprincess oh you can work that line in somehow! 😂 2y
TamCotzias @rabbitprincess my favorite line is Toby "but I am Loyal" Also Connie has great lines "I don't know about you George but I am feeling seriously under fucked" and Connie: "It was a good time back then" .
Smiley: "It was a war, Connie."
Connie: "A war we could be proud of"
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thebeercolonel Splendid book and the TV series remains one of the best things ever broadcast. "Everyone's love to Anne." 2y
AlaMich @LeahBergen 🤣🤣🤣 2y
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mom2bugnbee
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1. @DeweysReadathon facebook page
2. Goodreads. I keep a written journal for books completed/currently reading.
3. Either
4. Yes. Especially if I've read it.
5. Never, which surprises most. B/c I love to talk books, to anyone.
6. Columbine
7. The Princess Diarist
8. The Story of Old Jack
9. Depends on person/genre. HP, Little Women, Dark Matter are some recents.
10. Mother, Teacher, Reader, Wife. (get it?)

@christyco125 #tbrboost

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Pickpick

I feel like I didn't quite give this book the attention it deserved --I listened to it but not really attentively enough so there were some connections I missed and some plot points I couldn't quite understand. With that being said though, it was a solid classic spy novel which kept me entertained through the end!

Yanes This is on my TBR for ages.... like so many other books... maybe this one needs an upgrade 😉 2y
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SpecsyBeast
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@bookriot #Riotgrams Day 3: #HowYouRead

I crack spines. Some people say it's a terrible thing to do to books, but to me it just means they're well loved. A few of my favorite paperbacks are only kept together with scotch tape. I'd much rather they be covered with cracks and wrinkles than collect dust.

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Kimberlone
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First day of the #Riotgrams photo challenge for June. Here's a #shelfie of my "fancy books."

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DGRachel
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While these novels have action in many cities, The Circus is in London, and when The Circus calls, Smiley comes running. 😉

#londoncalling #rockinmay

Making this post work for multiple challenges because I'm at work. I'm also #obsessed with LeCarre's Smiley novels. I own them all in print, but just have these three on my Kindle. Smiley also works for #illbeyourman

#maybookflowers #melodicmay

JazzFeathers Really, really love those covers. What are these novels about. I've never read Le Carrè 2y
DGRachel @JazzFeathers The Smiley novels are Cold War spy thrillers. They are dense, complex, and so good. 2y
Cinfhen Like your challenge mashup ❣️ 2y
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andrew61 A great choice. 2y
EvieBee I was listening to Nancy Pearl talk about how she rereads these every year. I need to read them!! 2y
DGRachel @EvieBee84 Yes! I love them. I haven't reread all of them, but I have reread several of the Smiley novels and there's a new one coming out this year, which is super exciting! 2y
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andrew61
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#dropeverythingandread #aprilbookshowers
I believe there is a new George smiley book cominh out in the autumn. That will definitely be an excuse to drop everything.

Quippe I am so excited for the new Smiley. Sounds amazing. 2y
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Over the last few days, I've been trying to get into this , and you can see by the bookmark that I haven't gotten very far (page 16, to be exact). But I just keep being confused even when reading the pages over and over. Maybe it's that spy novels aren't a genre I normally read. I picked it up for year 1974 for my #birthdaychallenge -- should I bail?

Hooked_on_books I would say bail for now and try it again later. If you get the same result, time to look for another 1974 book! 2y
Cinfhen I'm saying #AllHailtheBail 😉 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder I love that bookmark! I say bail. Life is too short. 2y
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kspenmoll Read this & others when they were published- wonder what it would be like for me now? I remember enjoying his books but my dad read them too & we talked about them; I am guessing that helped. 2y
Sue Bail! And great bookmark (edited) 2y
mhillis I had the same problem with this book! Watch the movie instead? 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen @Sace @Sue I think I'll go ahead and bail. I won't rule out returning to it in the near future. @mhillis good idea...maybe one of those rare instances where the movie should be seen first? @kspenmoll Yes I am sure it made a big difference getting to talk them with your dad 😊! BTW you all the bookmark is one that I colored from a set @KarenUK gave me as Secret Santa, I ❤ it too! 2y
LauraJ I'm going to have to let you stay a year ahead of me so I can continue to avoid the clunkers! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @LauraJ haha! It seems to have been (still is?) pretty popular so I think it was just not my type. Still stumped for this year...may resort to this non-fiction one I've had in my TBR forever! 2y
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rabbitprincess
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Pickpick

Appreciating this book more with every reread. It is quiet and meticulous and occasionally shocking.
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Eyelit
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This one was fun and I had more than I thought! #alliterativetitles #marchintoreading

RealLifeReading Oh nice one with the 2y
CrowCAH Woot a P&P! ☺️ 2y
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rabbitprincess
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@writerlibrarian Is this the scene you were talking about with Benedict in front of the elevator? There's a freight elevator in my office complex that is very similar to this one, and I think of the movie every time I walk by.

readinginthedark 😱😱😱 2y
rabbitprincess @readinginthedark I WISH that Benedict would pop out of the freight elevator at work 😂 2y
readinginthedark But not with that crazy killer look on his face! 🙈😂 (edited) 2y
rabbitprincess @readinginthedark Yes and with his natural auburn hair 😍 2y
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writerlibrarian
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Riveting and smart. Le Carré is a master of the spy genre. Smiley and his crew on the hunt for a mole inside the Circus could have been boring. Paper trails, reading through old files... Smiley is not Jason Bourne and that's a good thing. A really good thing. It's a fantastic chess game by proxy. The hunt for Karla's spy inside the organization takes the form of a long journey backwards, from the outside.

ValerieAndBooks I'm looking forward to starting this soon! 2y
Lidia I loved the movie and would like to read the book. I actually prefer this than Jason Bourne 2y
rabbitprincess Rereading this now! I loved the movie too. Saw it three times in theatres! 😄 (edited) 2y
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writerlibrarian @rabbitprincess Love both the movie book. I tried to find a pic of Benedict in front of the elevator but couldn't iconic pose from the movie. I love the slow pace of the book. 2y
writerlibrarian @Lidia The book is really good. You don't really need to read previous books in the Smiley universe to enjoy it. 2y
writerlibrarian @ValerieAndBooks I hope it lives up to your expectations. 2y
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Cydster61
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RealLifeReading That's a nice edition! 2y
EricQiao Yes! Love le Carre. ❤️ 2y
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rabbitprincess
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I first read this book at the age of 13 or 14. Liked it well enough but it felt a bit vague to me. Watched the miniseries. Read the book again. Then I watched the movie, and wow! Something about the movie clicked for me and made me read the book in a whole new light.
#feistyfeb day 4: book you changed your mind about

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hlgreenfield
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#riotgrams #day3 #favoritevillain So I must admit I thought long and hard about who to choose for my favourite villain, but when I remembered Karla I knew I had my pick. It's just so brilliantly set up because he pretty much never shows up during the whole trilogy ( or for like one flashback scene or so) and yet he is always there in the background, menacing and the perfect foil for George Smiley! Absolutely riveting spy novels!

DGRachel Great choice! 2y
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Anton
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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold + the return of Sherlock & a new Tom Hardy show ("Taboo", which debuted last week) have all conspired to get me to re-watch Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Such a great movie, I like it more with each viewing. PS, The Circus is a super cool name for a spy agency.

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I havent posted in a while. I had to give up on Grace of Kings. Then I jumped into TTSS. I gotta say its not one of my favorites in the George Smiley series. There's so much going on my notes have notes. Im determined to get through it. I liked the RL Kim Philby drama a lot. I feel like Le Carre bit off more than he could chew w this one.

mickeysirena Interesting. I saw the movie and really liked it but I felt like there were so many layers to the storyline that I'm sure I missed something. I put the book on my TBR because I thought it would help me parse some of that stuff out. Looks like the book is as complicated as the movie. 3y
TamaraH71 I read it after reading A Spy Among Friends about Kim Philby. Le Carre wrote the afterward and based TTSS on him. Philby is a more colorful man than Bill Hayden, the "Philby" character. I've been reading the Smiley books and this is my least favorite. People love this book. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold was much better. 3y
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rach_simone
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I've read the book and seen the movie (the Gary Oldman one) a couple of times and I don't think I fully understand it! #PhotoADayNov16 #SpyNovels

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Bailedbailed

Filed under: This Book Should Have Been Right Up My Alley, But It Just Wasn't And So I Gave Up. I thought it'd be gripping and unputtdownable and it was very, very easy to put it down in favor of literally anything else. Apologies to Mr. Le Carre.

BookHermit I felt the same way about the movie. Fell asleep 10 minutes in 😳 3y
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AllisonChaseWilliams
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Happy #nationalreadabookday! I just started reading #tinkertailorsoldierspy by #johnlecarre. What are you #reading?

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AllisonChaseWilliams

Happy #nationalreadabookday! I just started reading #tinkertailorsoldierspy by #johnlecarré. What are you #reading?

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MariettaSG
Mehso-so

Cold War, spies and espionage are all losing their influence but the complex mystery of who was responsible kept me going and I enjoyed the film version as well.

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#TBT: Over vacation in 2012, I grabbed second-hand copies of LeCarre's Karla Trilogy, and devoured them over the course of a week. Believable plot lines involving Cold War espionage and the all-too-fallible agents of The Circus create an engaging, compelling story arc that will have your blood pounding... And maybe even break your heart a little. #Smileyistheman

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StellaDz
Bailedbailed

Sadly, it wasn't working for me. I can certainly see and appreciate the talent of le Carre, but it was quite slow and heavy. Maybe it'll work for me in the future. But for now, I read 3 books while reading this one and didn't have the urge to pick it up again, after I put it down.

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Mehso-so

It feels sacrilegious to say: This was a bit of a slog for me. Le Carré is undoubtedly a fantastic writer who creates emotionally complex characters. But the plot was difficult to follow at times. Too interior for my taste-I like my spy novels more action-packed.

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BookHopper
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Great location in Southwest Harbor, Maine to finally read my first le Carré. Hope George Smiley is as funny as Susan Cooper from "Spy."

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Alwaysanna13

And now it was pouring with rain, Smiley was soaked to the skin, and God as a punishment had removed all taxis from the face of London.

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KimMarques
Mehso-so

I was iffy on this. My husband described the movie as a "slow burn" and I get it now that I've finished. It was just so - dense.

jeff Kim - my buddy is a huge Le Carre fan. @thepaulhoa - are there others you recommend over Tinker? 4y
KimMarques I'd love recommendations because I feel like this didn't get a fair shake. I was trying to read it during a super busy time and there's just so much to take in. 4y
thepaulhoa @kimmarques Was this your first Le Carre novel? I'm a huge fan of his books, in particular the Smiley ones. But I also started from the beginning so had more of the history with Karla and the other players 4y
thepaulhoa Call For The Dead is great. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold is fantastic too. But I think they all are! 4y
KimMarques Yeah, it was my first. I can see how starting from the beginning would probably make it a bit easier. And I've heard nothing but good things about The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. I'll have to give it another shot. Thanks for the recommendations! 4y
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