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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Is There a Mole Deep Within the Circus?

George Smiley and Control,the head of the Circus, have been disgraced and removed from Her Majesty's Secret Sercvice (A.K.A. The Circus)With a new group of bright young men running the operation, the quality of the Circus's product (Secret Information) has never been be...
George Smiley and Control,the head of the Circus, have been disgraced and removed from Her Majesty's Secret Sercvice (A.K.A. The Circus)With a new group of bright young men running the operation, the quality of the Circus's product (Secret Information) has never been better or more consistent. But maybe that's the problem. Is the Circus's product just a little too good to be true? Information sufaces from a renegade Circus agent in Hong Kong that causes the very highest man of the Secret Service to look over his shoulder for fear of a mole. (A mole is a double agent planted deep in Circus's fabric by the Soviet Union.) George Smiley is called back from his forced retirement to root out the mole. You can't put the book down until you have reached the last page.

posted by Anonymous on September 15, 2002

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Not if your looking for an action packed thrill ride

Found this to be an intriguing book, but this was not like many of the spy novels I typically read. You know the ones where you are quickly flipping through the pages to find out what happens next. If you are looking for a bit of action, this is not for you. If you a...
Found this to be an intriguing book, but this was not like many of the spy novels I typically read. You know the ones where you are quickly flipping through the pages to find out what happens next. If you are looking for a bit of action, this is not for you. If you are looking for a thinker novel, then dive in.

Interested in seeing the movie. If it's close to the book, I'll definitely be renting it.

posted by 2203168 on January 1, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Gave up

    I am not the most sophisticated of readers, but this was impossible to follow and I gave up on it half way through. Too much mental exercise.

    3 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Although the overall story is a little bit interesting, I found

    Although the overall story is a little bit interesting, I found Le Carre's writing style to be horrible. Because of all the good things I've heard about it, I've been meaning to read this book for years. I was very, very disappointed. It's one of the worst written books I've ever read. I had to struggle through it. I was at least hoping to be surprised by the ending, but the mole is obvious to anybody but a 2 year old. So even the ending was a let down. 
    Basically, save your money and spend it on another book instead of this over hyped piece of literary trash.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    What a stupid name

    My dad said it was the worst movie he had ever seen. I mean, just look at the title. If the movie was that bad, then the book must have been a complete FLOP.

    0 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Not recommended

    While this book was interesting it was agonizingly slow.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Difficult and boring read!

    I am finishing reading this book as a challenge! The writing is cumbersome, too much detail, and lacks the action one may expect from from what is promated as a spy novel. There is too much third person narrative and not sufficient attention grabbing action. At night, I read a couple pages and fall asleep.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Best sleeping pill ever

    Too colloquial. Very boring. Disconnected. I wont be buying the other two thirds of the trilogy.

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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