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What's the ebst way to tackle Le Carre?

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WetAugust Tue 27-Aug-13 16:12:55

Have just finished The Spy Who Came In From the Cold.


<<Spoiler if you've not read the book>>

I guessed Mundt must be a British agent about hallway through the book and then spent most of the remainder alternating between Mundt or Fielder being British agents. At one point I even considered that Leamus could be a triple DDR agent being run by Mundt.

The book is so well written it trips along at a fair pace.

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

On to the next - Absolute Friends

WetAugust Fri 23-Aug-13 17:20:09

Thanks for the recommendations.

CoteDAzur Fri 23-Aug-13 15:23:29

I agree with LPW, as well.

I made the mistake of reading Absolute Friends which was bad enough, but A Most Wanted Man convinced me that I should never ever pick up another book by Le Carré.

I would recommend Charles Cummings, who writes really good modern spy books.

LadyPeterWimsey Fri 23-Aug-13 10:28:26


If it's any consolation, mine is a fairly individual opinion, judging by his book sales, so you could start chronologically and keep going until you stop enjoying them - which might be never...!

WetAugust Wed 21-Aug-13 21:29:04

Oh dear sad I thought I had a nice long reading list in front of me.

Thank you

LadyPeterWimsey Wed 21-Aug-13 19:45:47

DH agrees with you, TLP! I read The Constant Gardener when in hospital before a ELCS so probably wasn't concentrating enough. I must give it another go.

TheLightPassenger Wed 21-Aug-13 19:24:41

I agree with LPW. With the exception of The Constant Gardener

LadyPeterWimsey Wed 21-Aug-13 18:57:59

Well, I may be in a minority but I wouldn't read anything of his written after A Perfect Spy (1986). His earlier stuff is wonderful, but I haven't been able to finish any of his more recent novels.

The Honourable Schoolboy comes between Tinker Tailor and Smiley's People in terms of plot, but you don't need to read it, and I didn't really enjoy it.

My favourite apart from the TT and SP is The Little Drummer Girl (a female protagonist!) but I also enjoyed all the early stuff: The Spy who Came in from the Cold, A Small Town in Germany, Call for the Dead, A Murder of Quality.

WetAugust Wed 21-Aug-13 18:51:28

Obviously my Title should say 'best' grin

WetAugust Wed 21-Aug-13 18:50:52

Read Tinker Tailor when the latest film version came out and then Smiley's People.

Have just finished Our Sort of Traitor - very disappointing ending.

I want to read all his books but do you recommend reading chronologically or by picking some of his better books (to compensate for the disappoint of Our Sort of Traitor?)

Any I should avoid?

Thank you

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