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5.0 out of 5 stars action aplenty with something for the brain and heart too
For readers new to le Carre(and there can't be many)this is the third of what has become known as the "karla series".The previous two being "tinker,tailor,soldier, spy" and the herioc and romantic "honorable schoolboy"(highly reccomended too).The third sees much of the same cast collected again.You meet clever and dodgy Toby Esterhazy,the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars They left bits out!
This is John Le Carré reading from his brilliant book "Smiley's People". I know the book well, and have read it many times. Having enjoyed other recordings of Le Carré reading of his own work, I was looking forward to this. However I was disappointed. The work has been truncated to quite a great extent: chunks of original text are missing, and lots of the...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The original Franchise?, 3 Dec 2012
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Come on Gary Oldman. You know you want to. They simply dont wriote them like this anymore - youcan cut the 70's atmosphere with a knife. Fabulously written - i think Smiley gets better as each iof the books goes along - probably because Le Carre began to realise he had a cult figure on his hands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book, 2 Nov 2012
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Having watched the TV series of Smiley's people I just had to read this book,and boy was it worth it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle book for iPad, 7 Aug 2012
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A good simple read. Does not tax the brain. I found it easy to buy and download from Kindle to the iPad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite brilliant....., 30 July 2012
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Wynne Kelly "Kellydoll" (Coventry, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is the third book in Le Carré's Karla Trilogy (along with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Honourable Schoolboy). An émigré, General Vladimir, living in London and an opponent of the Soviet Government, tries to get in touch with George Smiley. He claims to have vital information that he can only share with his old contact. When Vladimir is found shot the intelligence service calls Smiley out of retirement to try to sort out the mess. Vladimir is now considered to be of little importance and they want the whole thing hushed up and swept under the carpet.

Gradually a very complex plot unfolds that seems to lead back to Karla - one of USSR's intelligence chiefs. The apparently acetic Karla seems to have had a mistress and a daughter. The daughter is believed to have mental or psychological problems and has been placed in a home in Switzerland. Smiley begins to believe that he could use this information to coax Karla out of Russia and into the arms of British Intelligence.

The plot is actually much more complex than that and the reader has to hang on for dear life to keep up! But it is worth the effort. Once again Le Carré really scores when he writes interrogation scenes. Nothing is rushed. Smiley sometimes appears only half interested in the answers given but will gently (no shouting, no water-boarding) return to his previous questions for further clarification. Poor Grigoriev - he didn't stand a chance!

We are kept on tenterhooks right up to the end. Who will be triumphant? Karla or Smiley? Or perhaps neither........
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smiley's people, 2 July 2012
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The final book of the trilogy. I had watched the BBC dramatisation first which was excellent (I thought Gary Oldman was fantastic as George Smiley in last years film 'Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy' but not in the same league as Alex Guiness in the BBC dramas). Reading the book, at a slower pace than watching the tv drama, I appreciated so much more the subtleties of the plot. There is a poignant irony to the iniquitous Karla being destroyed by the one small chink in his armour; the small remnant of his humanity.....his paternal love for his daughter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars books, 25 Jun 2012
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Excellent book, well written and a good price from amazon, who always come up trumps, well done. keep it up. J.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzz, 26 Jan 2014
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I made the mistake of re-reading the Smiley trilogy all at once. By the time I got to Smiley's People I could see that this is merely a repetition of all that had gone before.

If you read for plot then this will please you. If you read for content then this adds nothing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Le Carre favourite, 21 Feb 2012
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Mr. Alan J. Bruce (Edinburgh) - See all my reviews
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If you like Le Carre you'll like this book. It's the follow up to Tinker Tailor etc now out as a film . The film will hopefully introduce a new generation to the wonderful writings of Le Carrie. This book has some of the same principal characters as Tinker Tailor with the same type of thoughtful plot.Enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good Le Carre read!, 13 Feb 2012
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This book is very entertaining as one might expect from Le Carre and also arrived very quickly, as well as in good condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, atmospheric and subtle., 14 Jan 2012
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An excellent, atmospheric and subtle novel with wonderful character observation. An excellent conclusion to the Karla trilogy. Perhaps le Carré's best.
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