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They left bits out!,
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This review is from: Smiley's People (Audio CD)
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 details. I realise that works are sometimes abridged for audio, but this time it was too much, in my view. Sudden leaps are made, which makes me wonder if someone not familiar with the text would follow the logic. Why did Smiley suddenly fish a plimsoll from the water? In the book, it's explained, with smooth detailed inevitable logic.
Even the great scene near the end, following the chess game, classic Le Carré, is cut so much it almost loses its point.
I have to confess I am a Le Carré enthusiast, and so I notice when bits are missing. Others might be perfectly happy with it. But when the text is there, and gives so much pleasure, why leave bits out?
Have another go Le Carré, and this time unabridged?