Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

By John le Carré

  • Release Date : 2008-10-16
  • Genre : Fiction & Literature
  • FIle Size : 1.10 MB
Score: 4.0
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy The enduring novel by one of our greatest storytellers.
George Smiley, small, podgy and at best middle-aged, is one of the meek who do not inherit the earth. Yet he is also a senior British Intelligence officer, as devastating as he is self-effacing.
In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy we meet him in short-lived retirement, deserted by his beautiful wife, wrestling with idleness and disillusionment. And haunted by the secret fear that one day, out of a past so complex that he himself could not remember all the enemies he might have made, one of them would find him and demand a reckoning.
At the dead of night, in the house of a member of the Cabinet Office, a mission is put to George Smiley. ‘You’ll take the job, clean the stables? Go backwards, go forwards, do whatever is necessary?’ As Smiley retraces path after path into his own past there is no longer any difference between the two: forwards or backwards, George Smiley has embarked on a blind night walk with God knows how many bodies at the end.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a world of hoods and lamplighters, scalphunters and pavement artists, where men are turned, burned or bought for stock; a world of moles, legmen, listeners and watchers. And George Smiley is one of le Carré’s most memorable heroes: a troubled man and superb professional of infinite compassion.


  • Tinker tailor soldier spy

    By M0rphu3
    Tinker Tailor soldier spy Absolutely brilliant from start to finish, could not put the book down, kept you in suspense the whole way through, now to watch the film
  • Marvellous Novel

    By Chapelchap1
    Re-read this after a 20-year gap. Quite brilliant - tense, densely-structured and stylistically prodigious.
  • Fantastic

    By chjoer
    The only bad thing is that it wasn't longer. Fantastic spy yarn with all of the character development you could ask for.
  • Intensely thrilling

    By Brushfox
    This is the first book that I have ever taken the time to read through twice in succession. I read it the first time and enjoyed it but realised that I was missing most of the plot, however it was still good enough that I was determined to read it cover to cover again in order to fully understand the characters and why they were doing and saying what they did. Reading it the second time was almost like reading a different book as I got so much more out of it. This is not a book to read while doing something else at the same time as you will lose the plot, but give it the time and full concentration that it deserves and you will love it. A very grown up and (I imagine) true to life account of Cold War espionage, not your James Bond kind of story, but thoroughly recommended. SC.