Sadder and better than the film,
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This review is from: the looking glass war (Paperback)
I am a Le Carre fan - well, of the better ones - and this is quite good. It hangs together better than the film, and makes sense of connections that the film fails to deal with. As is often the case (except with the truly excellent BBC and Alec Guiness Smiley's People) the book is more thoughtful than the movie and if you want to see it in there, it poses the interesting question of why we do what we do, in the context of the post-hot-war cold war. At the end it teeters on the brink of an interesting question of psychology, about the nature of 'tradition' and a cold, hard look at honour and Big Questions, but it doesn't explore them - except in the sense that the betrayal, mediocrity, self-agrandisement and cynical use of people is played out painfully on the page.