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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

mizgilbert, January 19, 2011

This, though it can stand quite alone, along with its two followers "The Honorable Schoolboy" and "Smiley's People" make up a stupendous writing feat by John Le Carre and his combination of brilliant mental/creative powers and his top notch education. Never was there a sentence, either, to cause me to throw any of them in the dustbin as I so often do with so-called 'great' books. There are so very many books I call 'favorite' but this set has not, to my way of thinking, received the accolades it should........it's the best spy story in all the world but it's also a history book and a cultural anthropology and sociology book and a book of its times and a book on how much of the world thinks of things and how the UK has always thought of the US. I could continue on with its wonderful vocabulary, its fineness in the drawing of its characters and its open dealing with subjects of usual delicacy but it is late and I'm tired. My recommendation is to not die before you read this set even if you have to keep an Oxford dictionary at hand.
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