Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John le Carré

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

By John le Carré

  • Release Date: 2011-06-07
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 531 Ratings)

Description

From the New York Times bestselling author of  The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; and The Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom Hiddleston. John le Carré’s new novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available.

The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement—especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla—his Moscow Centre nemesis—and sets a trap to catch the traitor.
 
The Oscar-nominated feature film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and features Gary Oldman as Smiley, Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech), and Tom Hardy (Inception).
 
With an introduction by the author.

Reviews

  • Rich with nuance

    5
    By bobditch
    I read TTSS many years ago and was enthralled with le Carre’s literary genius.I saw the movie severall years ago with some friends and they just didn’t get it; having read the book I totally understood. I have read all his book in my younger year and found several to be a difficult read. I’ve started reading all over again in order and I must say they are more enjoyable, I guess, due to literary maturity. (I’ve read A LOT of boks over the years). Looking forward to the reread.
  • Nebulous

    3
    By Amator Librorum
    A groundbreaker for sure, as it details the shady world of double agents in the Cold War, but this is a sub-culture that needs some explicit context setting and LeCarre assumes everyone is up on the nuances of the "Circus" and (for the Americans in the crowd) the intricacies of the British class system at mid-century. A must read for patient Anglophiles, but a hard slog for the uninitiated.
  • Wonderful

    5
    By AstieH
    The plot is simple - uncover the Soviet agent in British Intelligence - but the story is complex. It’s written by an ex-spy (real name David Cornwall) and it shows. There is a wealth of detail and a level of complexity that requires the reader’s full attention to follow along.
  • Boring!

    1
    By TxPharmacist
    Mind numbing .... I tried so hard to enjoy this book but only got about a third of the way through it. Even at that point, the plot was still not clear.
  • Mind numbingly English

    3
    By jalidanefan
    Do you like Jane Austen? You'll like this then. Unrequited English love in a spy novel. Beautifully written but tries really hard not to excite you too much. Which is why the movie was a flop. I guess I don't have enough imagination to realize all the tension and complexity to the story. So be it, I bet I just saved a few people a frustrating read.
  • Best thriller of the 20th Century

    5
    By Common reader
    The movie and the TV series are good, but nothing original. It make one weep for all the intelligence wasted in the Cold War, all the promise buried in paranoia, all those betrayals of every ideal fought for since 1939 in Europe.
  • In a word, a masterpiece

    5
    By WaveSkiBoy
    This work is to the Bond books what Titian is to a comic strip. Flat out the finest "spy novel" ever. Complex, rich, thorough, in plotting, prose and point. Simply superb.

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