Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre

The Circus has already suffered a bad defeat, and the result was two bullets in a man’s back. But a bigger threat still exists. The legendary George Smiley is recruited to root out a high-level mole of thirty years’ standing – though to find him means spying on the spies.


Ok first, how cool does Gary Oldman look in that cover ? The entire image is actually made up of codes and the key character names are hidden in it 🙂

This is the first John Le Carre I’ve read though I have had it on my TBR forever. What did I think of it ? I quite liked it actually. When I first got it from the library, I was apprehensive that it would be a bit of a drag since it is over 400 pages but luckily that isn’t the case. Even at places where the author goes into considerable detail over files and reports, it isn’t boring.

It is different from other spy thrillers I have read though. There are no high intensity action sequences – Smiley works using only his intelligence and experience and even the descriptions of some of the more thrilling sequences are done in a very matter-of-fact conversational way. In that sense, it was a new type of thriller format for me.

If you like spy thrillers and are ok with 422 pages, then definitely go for it.

Also, it turns out I was living under a rock in 2011 when the movie came out. How on earth did I miss it especially when it had that powerhouse star cast ?

Have you read this and/or watched the movie ? What do you think ? 

Are the next 2 books in the trilogy worth a try ?