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Old 01-17-2011, 07:51 AM
 
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I am just curious. Have any JLC fans read this and thought "What?"
I am half-way through and I don't get it at all. I keep waiting for the suspense.

The characters are in shadow in my mind-no clear picture-boring as all get out and certainly not any I would care about or have any commitment to. No suspense--plodding plotline that reads like an academic journal. The review I read said it had suspense and humour. Humour------??
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Old 01-22-2011, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I had not even heard of this book until I saw your post and I'm a fan of LeCarre. I think The Little Drummer Girl is close to genius.

So, I started checking around and this 2008 book has not been well received. One fellow writer of this genre thinks it is his best because of the technical parts but he didn't much like the story.

It appears that Le Carre wrote about his disgust of the American spy groups specializing in hunting down terrorists. Well, too bad, John. IMO, the goal of those groups is to protect the US and her citizens. He also came down on government groups in The Constant Gardener, which in my opinion is also one of his best.

It's odd that he would go that route. I'm certainly surprised by it. OTOH, he historically has written about the Cold War and now seems to have moved into modern day. So, I guess it is a new day for LeCarre.

Having said that, I will read this book because of the subject matter. Why? Because I like the guy and I want to prove to myself that this is the direction he is going. My interpretation may be different for that of others.

I really do appreciate your posting about the book. Otherwise, I would not have known it existed.

Thanks.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:21 AM
 
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Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy was my favorite JLC novel. Didnt really get into the other two of that series.

The TV mini series in the late 70's was pretty good also. I understand that a movie based on TTSP is in the works and due out in late 2011. Gary Oldman is Smiley. That ought to be interesting.
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:37 AM
 
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Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy was my favorite JLC novel. Didnt really get into the other two of that series.

The TV mini series in the late 70's was pretty good also. I understand that a movie based on TTSP is in the works and due out in late 2011. Gary Oldman is Smiley. That ought to be interesting.
Oh, Goody. I like that casting. Oldman disappears into his characters. I swear that the guy looks like a totally different person in every one of his films. I suspect he will be great as George Smiley. It will be hard to better Alec Guinness, though.

That reminds me that I really enjoyed Smiley's People, too. I remember seeing the movie "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" with Richard Burton over 40 years ago. That's when I decided to start reading LeCarré.
Don't know why...that was a very depressing movie and book but I liked them both.
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