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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.
I started reading the book, but when I got the movie, I watched that instead. Very well done. It inspired me to finish the book, though.Published 2 days ago by JEAN DAVID BEYER
With tempers flaring in the old Communist bloc, I felt nostalgic about the Cold War and decided to read some of the classics of the spy genre. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Ben Rothfeld
A bit dated but excellent writing. Never saw that ending coming. I would recommend this book and other Le Carre booksPublished 25 days ago by Steven E. Kress
An inception that is almost believable. Very difficult to put down even once. Absolutely the very best spy novel I have ever read.Published 1 month ago by Pankaj Dhoolia
This le Carre's third book. It is his second spy story. Smiley is lurking in the background as a puppet master. The character is a grizzled Circus operative Alec Leamas. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Morae