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John le Carré
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'A great thriller, the best le Carré has written.' (Spectator)

'A stunning story' (Wall Street Journal)

'John le Carré is the great master of the spy story . . . the constant flow of emotion lifts him above most novelists now practising.' (Financial Times)

Wall Street Journal

‘A stunning story’

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  • File Size: 20201 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444728172
  • Publisher: Hodder (30 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007185RA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,485 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, secured him a wide reputation which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, THE HONOURABLE SCHOOLBOY and SMILEY'S PEOPLE. His other novels include THE CONSTANT GARDENER, A MOST WANTED MAN and OUR KIND OF TRAITOR.

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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Old Fashioned Spy Thriller 8 Nov 2006
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This is a great change in pace against normal spy books. There are no wiz bangs and gorgeous women. It just revolves around old fashioned atmosphere and storytelling.

We follow the expolits of George Smiley, one of the Cold War's heroes, as he is tasked with finding a Soviet mole imbedded within MI6. He was ousted in a shake-up following the overthrow, and demise, of the previous "Control" of MI6 - another name for James Bond's M.

He is outside the current regime that the mole is part of and his search is therefore reliant on old fashioned techniques of infiltarion and intelligence gathering.

I hadn't read this in about 20 years but was swept back into Smiley's world. Le Carre has a reputation for outstanding work and this is one of his best.

I won't give the game away as I hate plot spoilers. If you want to read an authentic Cold War spy story then this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Philby 18 Sep 2009
An excellent book which transcends the spy genre and dissects brilliantly the moral condition of human beings in the iciest days of the cold war: an atmosphere of ethical and political confusion/ambivalence, petty ambition and careless treachery pervades the whole work and provides a convincing backdrop for the examination of the nature of patriotism and the defence of a limited and faulty but ultimately worthy western liberalism.

And yet it is a book in which very little happens - it feels like a collection of dusty papers, assiduously compiled reports found in a filing cabinet in the corner of a room in Whitehall two decades after the fact... The ponderously procedural and bureaucratic nature of intelligence work, and the consequent difficulty of accessing "truth" are very well manipulated by LeCarre who develops the plot as a series of episodic vignettes, hazily recollected by some unseen witness.

The characters, their conversations and innermost thoughts, the themes and the all-too real denouement are utterly convincing, precisely because Le Carre is able to portray the mundane, humdrum nature of intelligence work and, above all, the plain, bitter-sweet patriotism of his hero, George Smiley.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 5 Aug 2005
By Donaldo
This is probably the finest of Le Carre's novels. His great creation, George Smiley, is repsonsible for finding a Soviet mole in the heirarchy of British Intelligence which has done immeasureable damage for decades. George is the most unlikely hero - ponderous, old, shy, retiring, but posessed of enormous compassion and iron will. This who-dunnit story plays against a general background of betrayal - the betrayal of the mole against the British state, the betrayal of the agents run by the mole, the betrayal of Smiley's wife's infidelity, the general betrayal of idealism in the Circus to the mundane self-serving ends of its leaders.
And then there is the setting - Britain in all its drab, mundane 1960's/70's glory. Drab colours, poor food, rain soaked days, steamed up car windows, snobbery and poverty. And the dialogue is second to none. So world weary, so wise. And the intelligence world rings true in this book too, it feels realistic, it feels about right. The moral ambiguity is embraced by Le Carre. Though there are heroes and villians in this book, the boundaries are fairly blurred.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Le Carre at his considerable best 13 Feb 2008
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Not only is this probably Le Carre's best work, but I'd rate it as one of the best novels of the 1970s. It perfectly captures the feeling of Britain's post-war decline and nostalgia for a greater time. It is a beautifully written, highly convincing story of the hunt for a high-ranking mole in the British Secret Service, with the effect of this on the memorable central characters (not least unlikely hero George Smiley) subtly portrayed. A gripping, immensely satisfying Cold-War thriller. And a great novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tinker Tailor 4 Aug 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
To anyone who has not experienced a full dramatization, try this one. After many years of listening to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, it is the one title that I can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone with a love of the English language and of drama that leaves the listner imagine the set. The problem with a television adaptation of a theme or of a film version of a book, is that we are seeing an individual's interpretation of the events described. Spoonfed!
The difference with all of these excellent dramatizations, and with Tinker Tailor in particular, is that we are allowed to invent the scenery in our minds eye, to see the expressions, or just listen to a facinating story unfolding in the hands of people who really care, and who are at the peak of their craft. My hope is that many more people will find the same pleasure we have enjoyed for the past few years, and that the financial success of this format of media entertainment will be a guarantee of more excellent porductions to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
After publishing three books with George Smiley (GS) in a major or minor role, and one spy novel without him (A Small Town in Germany), John Le Carré (JLC) produced the monumental "Karla"- trilogy with GS as the undisputed hero.
This volume, first published in 1974, is Part One of the trilogy and in this reviewer's opinion JLC's very best creation among many other masterpieces. The principal theme in the book is the search for a "mole", an inside man turned traitor, within the higher echelons of the Circus, which runs some 600 agents worldwide. There have been inexplicable failures and disappointments. Control, the nameless head of the Circus is becoming suspicious of all of his staff, at a time when his health is declining rapidly. He becomes an increasingly marginalised person, poring over piles and piles of files, when a new source managed by a man keen to take Control's place, begins to enthral Whitehall with high quality reports...
Suddenly brought out of retirement, GS attends the debriefing of a rather dubious field agent and is requested to pursue the outcomes of the interview. In utter secrecy, GS starts his campaign to find the mole, aided by the trusted Peter Guillam and Retired Inspector (Special Branch) Mendel, who appeared first in JLC's debut Call for the Dead.
What makes this book exceptional is its plot, its dialogues, its atmosphere and more than ever, its characters. Chapter One about unhappy public schoolboy Bill "Jumbo" Roach meeting ex-betrayed spy, shot in the back, Jim "Rhino" Prideaux, ranks among the greatest first chapters in spy novels, on par with Trevanian's opening of The Loo Sanction. Totally brilliant.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
A must read for the disillusioned. This book will never grow old. The film did it justice. A life long favorite
Published 16 days ago by Mr. Philip Reck
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
good read
Published 20 days ago by P. C. Archer
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed his early novels especially 'The Spy Who Came In ...
I am working my way through John Le Carre's books in chronological order. I enjoyed his early novels especially 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold'. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Keiran McAllister
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone else with a love of history
For anyone else with a love of history, mysteries and/or the cold war era- i imagine you'll love it as much as me.

Fantastic novel.
Published 1 month ago by Kerri Ramsay
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not enjoy this at all, too gloomy for my taste
Published 1 month ago by maryanne
5.0 out of 5 stars ... than once and without a doubt this is the best spy novel ever
I've read this more than once and without a doubt this is the best spy novel ever. This is the first in the Karla trilogy which are brilliant especially the last one - Smiley's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. T. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy .
Published 1 month ago by peter
3.0 out of 5 stars Complicated
This is my first visit into the world of George Smiley, Tinker was a enjoyable but complicated one. I pay George a return visit.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. B. Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Quite splendid.
Published 1 month ago by Gary J Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
recommend yes
Published 1 month ago by K. Park
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