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Smiley's People [Paperback]

John le Carré
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Format:Hardcover
George Smiley's final appearance stands as one of Le Carre's very best acomplishments. This extraordinary writer draws his many diverse themes and moral quandries together in a story that is both winningly complex and, in the end, shockingly simple.
LeCarre has always used the spy story form as an exploration of lonelienss,loss of indivuudailty and the etheral nature of honesty. But in this book -- perhaps a touch heavy handed if you don't the authors other work -- these themes are closer to to the surface than ever. Its profoundly moving, and the fact that it remains a stunningly entertaining read with all Le Carre packs into it is a worthy testament to this fine writers "trade craft."
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a spy novel April 5 2001
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book John le Carre has written so far. Oct. 28 1999
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Le Carre's best April 13 1999
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Format:Hardcover
The most remarkable procedural thriller I have read, surpassing even "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy". Hints and suggestions held together by a narrative which even by Le Carre's standrads is extraordinary. The novel takes the story of Smiley and his arch rival Karla to a wonderfully gripping yet human conclusion. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping June 3 2000
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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