Smiley's People Paperback – Nov 26 2009
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"An enormously skilled and satisfying work." - Newsweek
"An achievement of subtlety and power of which few novelists would be capable." - Financial Times --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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."
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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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.Published on April 11 2011 by Dean Perlmutter
I have recently become a fan of Le Carre, and this is my favorite book of his that I have read thus far. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2001
Smiley's People is simply the very best there is. There is absorbing power in its dramatic narrative that won't let go. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2001 by Barry G. Cohen
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,... Read morePublished on June 3 2000 by Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA