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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Sceptre (Nov. 26 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0340993782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340993781
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #679,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two seemingly unconnected events heralded the summons of Mr. George Smiley from his dubious retirement. Read the first page
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Format: Paperback
After the excellent movie rendition of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy with Gary Oldman I am waiting for a modern version of Smiley's People. Not that there is anything wrong with the Alex Guiness version; it's just that I want to see it again. This is the novel of a craftsman at his best and does have legit aspirations to literature. It showcases George Smiley, the shrewd and wounded warrior, facing his implacable enemy, Karla. There is not a comma out of line in this book as it builds slowly and relentlessly to it's conclusion. Do not miss this if you are a fan of subtle and brilliant spy lit!
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Format: Audio CD
Please do not purchase recordings of Davidson's readings of Le Carre - they are awful! The best reader is Michael Jayston, but his recordings are sometimes difficult to find.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Other people have written more complete reviews of this book, but I just had a few comments to make.
LeCarre's book's have claims to serious literature, not just spy novels, and I think this is one of his best. LeCarre, like all great novelists, is good at characterization, and a great observer of people.
Which brings me to my main point. You don't ever want LeCarre describing your face. He is always noticing odd things about people's faces, especially the moisture on a person's face. I noted this several times before. He'll make you sound like a greasy second-story man no matter what you look like, it seems.
My point notwithstanding, LeCarre is a great novelist.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this book England's finest spy, the unlikely George Smiley, comes out of retirement to follow up a series of clues--and murders--pointing to his shadowy Soviet opposite, Smiley's Moriarty Karla. And when each man carries something disavowed by the other, what constitutes justice, let alone resolution?
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Format: Hardcover
This is in my opinion, and I have read every one of John le Carre's novels and have written a book about them, his finest book. It features le Carre's most memorable character, George Smiley, on his ultimate quest for his nemesis Karla. "The last scene, the dnouement of both this novel and the trilogyis, I believe, the most moving that le Carre has written. Like a narrative laser beam, it poignantly fuses the themes [dealt with in his novels] in a concentrated drama." (Myron J. Aronoff, The Spy Novels of John le Carre: Balancing Ethics and Politics, St. Martin's, 1999).
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