Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Le Carré, John

(eBook - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
British agent George Smiley hunts for a mole in the Secret Service and begins his epic game of international chess with his Soviet counterpart, an agent named Karla.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2011
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Through all of the adaptations, one thing remains constant: master spy George Smiley's thick glasses.

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Feb 01, 2014
  • eusebius rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've read it three times now, and expect to read it again sometime. As Dickens was to the 19th century novel, Le Carre was to the novel from 1960-1980, when the cold war was at its peak, in all its paranoid glory. If you can read the chapter in which Guillam breaks into the room in which the log books are kept, and not feel a terrible unease, then you don't remember the cold war.

Jun 02, 2013
  • slarsenbc rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I started to watch the movie, but it was way too slow. Finished the book, though. It was well written, but all in all I thought it could have been more suspenseful and found the ending a bit anticlimactic.

Mar 28, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

le Carre is a big name in spy fiction for a reason, and this novel is a perfect illustration of why. Brilliantly evoking the later days of the Cold War in the mid-1970s, we explore the world of men that came in to preserve Britain and the Empire in WWII and are now embroiled in a conflict where victories are nebulous at best. The novel is far more about the intellectual suspense of the spy game, and while there is a decent dose of action, it is the slow and intense burn of Smiley's hunt for answers about what happened prior to his being ousted from Circus and his search for the Russian mole that makes the novel such a delicious read.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An absorbing and tense tale of a hunt for a spy who has betrayed everything and everyone. It provides a lot more insight into the characters than the recent movie starring Gary Oldman.

Jul 28, 2012
  • buirechain rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really shouldn't review this book by comparison to the movie, but it seems I will. I wasn't the biggest fan of the movie, there was a certain something lacking in the conclusion, and just in the depth of what it explored. It didn't do much of what it did well.

I still read the book, mostly because it was a movie that seemed to have a solid book that it wasn't doing justice to, and I was right. This is an amazing analysis of the moral implications of spying, of the way these people are a world unto themselves, and yet holding themselves, and their importance up. And it's an examination of the mole that ruined Le Carré's career at MI6 by exposing him. This book gets into depth of characters, and really made me think.

2012 Oscars: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, based on John Le Carré's novel, was nominated for best actor (Gary Oldman) and best adapted screenplay (Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan).

Just saw the recent (Dec/11) feature film. I think Garry Oldman will give Alec Guinness a run for his money! Guinness is a superlative actor to be sure, but Oldman is amazing as well!

Jun 17, 2012
  • mtb_awill rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Awesome spy novel. George Smiley is a wonderful character and this is probably the best spy novel I have read. Delightfully complicated scenario, lots of intrigue, colourful characters and I couldn't put it down.

Jun 09, 2012
  • dcafk rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great novel. I've read it twice now and it was as engrossing the second time around as it was on the first. John LeCarre is a master.

May 11, 2012
  • btmslt rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

An okay spy thriller. A bit more interesting then the recently produced film.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I have a theory which I suspect is rather immoral," Smiley went on, more lightly. "Each of us has only a quantum of compassion. That if we lavish our concern on every stray cat, we never get to the centre of things. What do you think of it?"


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