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on 12 June 2012
The three books in this omnibus edition are excellent spy novels; no one who has seen or heard an adaptation of them can be in any doubt as to their realism and characterisation. However the format of this volume leaves a lot to be desired. For some reason the print is extremely large and this makes the book very fat and hard to handle. Its weight is more than a kilogram and it can be quite uncomfortable to hold. In retrospect I would have bought the three novels separately.
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on 15 October 2012
OK this is not 007!!!
I love these books and have read them several times. When reading them one has to remember that a spy is not 007 style. A spy is someone who no one remembers even if he was in a group of one person.
OK they start out really slow and it can be a pain to get through the start of these books. When that is the case just remember that the reward lies ahead. The minute description of the persons and the whole environment is the thing that makes these books captivating.
In other words this might not be the perfect book if you are the kind of person that don't have the patience to wait for the plot to evolve. On the other hand if you think that you can get through the first 50 pages then the rest will go page by page as fast as you can turn them.

This is a minute description of what counter espionage is really about:
1: Find the mole in London Circus. (Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy)
2: Follow the money and information back to the source. (The Honourable schoolboy)
3: Flush out the person (Karla or Sandman) that is behind it all. (Smiley's People)

I can't comment of the weight and size of this particular edition since my Karla versus Smiley is quite a bit older. I can only say the all three of these books are worth reading.
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on 3 October 2012
It is indeed a brick of a book that you wouldn't want to pack for the beach, but read at a table or using some sort of support, it's absolutely fine. If, like me, you buy second hand and don't want to risk getting the three tomes in different editions/covers, this is a good solution.
Great story too, obviously.
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on 7 December 2012
I bought this book for my husband who is a John le Carre fan and he thoroughly enjoyed it but found it to use his words 'heavy going'.
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