Smiley’s People

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Read 05/07/2015-08/07/2015

Rating: 4 stars

This is the second John Le Carré book I’ve read. I didn’t enjoy Smiley’s People quite as much as I did Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but it was still a good read. The first 300 pages whizzed by, with lots of twists and turns and a satisfying plot, but the final quarter of the book felt a bit flat to me. When the action moved to Switzerland, time seemed to stand still. It felt like it took forever for anything to happen. Perhaps that’s what espionage is like – loads of action, and then loads of planning and waiting, and then a fairly flat conclusion. When the conclusion finally arrived, it was a bit of a damp squib. The prose was a joy, though. I love Le Carré’s turns of phrase and the way he paints a picture.

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