Friday, May 17, 2013
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
How does one even synopsize this sucker? It's one doozy of a tale involving a mole in the British version of the CIA called the Circus. When the long-time leader of the Circus dies of a heart attack, many are forced out by his sketchy co-workers. George Smiley was one of those forced out. A year later he is called in on a separate and covert mission to determine who in this new contingent is a mole for the Soviets and has given away one of their own.
This book is not for the faint of heart. I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt it was incredibly well-structured and beautifully written. However, there were many pages that I had to go back and re-read in order to figure out what was happening in the present. You almost need a flow chart in order to keep up.
It's a spy novel, and one that has kept up with the test of time. Oh yes, it's historical--it's based in a time when spying was still considered elegant and intriguing. This is a book you commit to, which to be frank, I am glad I did not know before I picked it up. I have commitment issues. However, I think it's fair to warn you, dear readers. It's worth it, most definitely. Buckle your seat belt and jump in.
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