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The Tailor of Panama

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

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    A Cautionary Tale

    Writing in the mid-1990's, as the West was celebrating its accidental victory in the Cold War with the careless swagger of sophomores greeting the incoming freshman class, le Carré adapted his method to the times. Turning away from the earnest style of his previous spy novels, le Carré surprised his readers with a comic approach.

    His unlikely protagonist, an expatriate tailor with a good heart and a questionable past, is recruited by a novice spy of uncertain virtue. Together they set out to prove the existence of conspiracy fabricated from whole cloth. True to his craft but inept in spycraft, the tailor weaves selective data with imaginative storytelling to flatter the careless and comfort the powerful. The institutions charged with analyzing and verifying his reports fail to question false information that suits their narrow interests. Let loose in a benign environment, the misdirected agents of change wreck havoc. See Writing in the mid-1990's, as the West was celebrating its accidental victory in the Cold War with the careless swagger of sophomores greeting the incoming freshman class, le Carré adapted his method to the times. Turning away from the earnest style of his previous spy novels, le Carré surprised his readers with a comic approach.

    His unlikely protagonist, an expatriate tailor with a good heart and a questionable past, is recruited by a novice spy of uncertain virtue. Together they set out to prove the existence of conspiracy fabricated from whole cloth. True to his craft but inept in spycraft, the tailor weaves selective data with imaginative storytelling to flatter the careless and comfort the powerful. The institutions charged with analyzing and verifying his reports fail to question false information that suits their narrow interests. Let loose in a benign environment, the misdirected agents of change wreck havoc. See http://tinyurl.com/ydeld8e

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2004

    the world without 2 great opposing powers

    The thing that has struck me about recent political events was how clearly John LeCarre predicted them. When there is not a strong balance of power in the world, he saw how the US and GB could run away with some untruth they wanted to hear. It is how everyone had a vested interest in believing this lie and start a war for fictitious reasons. It is frightening and I'm not sure why more pundits did not refer to it. I re-read it after the Iraq war reasons were exposed as easily undone lies. It is chilling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2002

    A real Page turner!

    I won this book from volunteering in a literacy fundraiser and truthfully, didn't pick it up for years. I was so glad I got the notion to read it this week! I finished it in 2 days, it was so good. I mean, the tailor to the rich & famous would make a perfect spy, right?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2001

    A Book to Sleep By

    The Tailor of Panama was described as a spy story. After three quarters of the first tape, the story had yet to get to anything to do with spying. It talked about a tailor¿well at least the name of the book was right¿and described all the customers of the tailor, from British Royalty to Communistic Leaders. It talked of the politics and even had a customer come in to get fitted for a suit. It described the receptionist and how she had gotten the scars on her face. But it never set the scene for a spy story. The book, which was compared to Casablanca, would make interesting reading for someone that enjoys the intricacies of politics and lots of in-depth details. It is a very dry read.

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    Posted August 31, 2009

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