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Smiley's People

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2002

    Less than I had hoped

    Le Carré is a genius of the first order, which is why I can still recommend this novel highly. And yet, compared to the first two books of the Quest for Karla trilogy, it fails, by the end, to capture the same genius. I would like to split the difference, and make it three and a half stars, but the rating system won't let me. The Quest for Karla Trilogy (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy, and Smiley's People) absolutely must be read in order, and at the beginning of Smiley's People, you start to wonder if you have indeed picked up the right book. While The Honourable Schoolboy made references to Tinker Tailor from the first page, Smiley's People makes a completely break. The story of the Russian expatriates in Paris and their constant fears is what makes this novel brilliant. The end, however, which has finally brought the reader back into the game between Smiley and Karla, is less than satisfying. Old favourite characters, like Peter Guillam, are reintroduced, but changed. Years have passed, yes, and yet George Smiley is the same. Old Connie is still recognisable, but not in a good way. Her swan song is pathetic, ignoble, and less than she is worth, yet terribly accurate. It is painful to read because as horrid as it is, most of the signs were there in The Honourable Schoolboy. The problem is that it feels as if Le Carré dug the old peripheral characters out of a shoebox under his bed, dusted them off, and tried to start writing them again when he was no longer the same person who created them in the first place. It is most noticeable with what happened to Peter Guillam. Only George Smiley, of the characters we already knew, feels like the natural and proper continuation of the self we saw in the first two novels. Smiley's People is absolutely worth reading, if only to see how Le Carré concludes this period of his writing life, but don't expect the same brilliance of Tinker Tailor. The narrative is excellent, and so are the new characters. It is the continuation that feels strained, as if Le Carré himself was unsure of his decisions for resolution, in more ways than one. Others may be pleased with the conclusion; I hoped for something more like the bitter ending of The Honourable Schoolboy. The first half of the book is worth five stars; the last half, three.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Le Carre at his finest!

    The final book of the karla series and a continuation of the George Smiley's saga. This is an excellent book with Le Carre at the top of his game. The book continues the duel with Karla and draws together the threads from the previous books. It is a wonderful read and beutifully written.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2002

    George Smiley and Karla Meet Again

    Geroge Smiley is called back from retirement to look into the murder of a Russion emigre who had worked in the field for Smiley years ago. His investigation leads Smiley, and eventually the Circus, down paths that have been left untrodden for years. All of Smiley's best operatives from the past are drawn into this investigation. An investigation that closes a most significant chapter in George Smiley's life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    HIghly recommended

    One of the great spy novels of the cold war along with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Another great Le Carre work!!!

    Another great Le Carre work!!!

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