John le Carre's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge and have earned him -- and his hero, British Secret Service agent George Smiley -- unprecedented worldwide acclaim.Rounding off his... show more
John le Carre's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge and have earned him -- and his hero, British Secret Service agent George Smiley -- unprecedented worldwide acclaim.Rounding off his astonishing vision of a clandestine world, master storyteller le Carre perfects his art in "Smiley's People."In London at dead of night, George Smiley, sometime acting Chief of the Circus (aka the British Secret Service), is summoned from his lonely bed by news of the murder of an ex-agent. Lured back to active service, Smiley skillfully maneuvers his people -- "the no-men of no-man's land" -- into crisscrossing Paris, London, Germany, and Switzerland as he prepares for his own final, inevitable duel on the Berlin border with his Soviet counterpart and archenemy, Karla.
Publish date: November 26th 2002
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Pages no: 397
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Spy Thriller
, Mystery Thriller
Series: The Karla Trilogy (#3)
Once again Smiley is called back to deal with old spies and old secrets others have long since forgotten, and this time he’s in a hurry. Within a few weeks George Smiley will face his old nemesis, Karla, and play his last hand in their twenty year card game. That’s where the title of the Finnish tra...
I'm going to blame this one on Sherlock. Benedict Cumberbatch was in the recent remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which piqued my interest in le Carre. I should note, however, that in general I have absolutely no interest in spy novels. Which should have been a warning to me. There are whole ...
A far more difficult book, both to write and to read, than either of the first two. 90% of it is set-up. But it is a masterpiece of composition. The trilogy is indeed a whole.
I read these books a bit out of order. The first book is "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy", and the second Smiley book is "The Honorable Schoolboy" which I am reading now. TTSS has been made into a BBC series, as has "Smiley's People". This book was new for me because I'd only seen the BBC series. T...
irst of all I have to say that this book is one of the best spy thrillers I’ve ever read.The plot is slow, but in a good way. There are several characters involved, some more important than others, but everybody fits in the story. Sometimes it may seem that things don’t make sense and you may wonder...