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Le Carré beats most spy writers for two reasons. First, he knows what he's talking about, since he raced around working for British Intelligence while the Wall went up. He's familiar with spycraft's fascinations, but also with the fact that it leaves ideals shaken and emotions stirred. Second, his literary tone has deep autobiographical roots. Spying is about betrayal, and Le Carré was abandoned by his mother and betrayed by his father, a notorious con man. (They figure heavily in his novels Single & Single and A Perfect Spy.) In a world of lies, Le Carré writes the bitter truth: it's every man for himself. And may the best mask win. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Hard to believe this was John LeCarre's first spy novel. . . it still stuns. The ending is a killer. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cynthia L. Robins
It is the only le Carre novel that I enjoyed. Very well plotted but obviously dated since it concerns the Cold War which is now ancient history. Read morePublished 24 days ago by big ed
The ultimate spy novel. Le Carre coined much of the spy terminology that is used today with no knowledge it originated with him.Published 1 month ago by Anne Mathews
I have been re-reading LeCarre and I still love it. I find something new in it each time.Published 1 month ago by KSreader
It's a good read but the plot isn't the classic that it is made up to be. Predictable ending really as it all was going too smoothly for Leamas. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KJ
At first I dint like it because it seemed a bit dated, but as I read on, throughly enjoyed this classic.Published 1 month ago by George R. Wertz