I don’t have any fun quotations from this book. I’m still not really sure what I think of it. I know I didn’t dislike it, but I’m not sure I liked it either.
I should add that I don’t have much experience with spy novels.
The mystery of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was really compelling. I needed to know who the mole was! Desperately. I found the back and forth pace and breaks between plots a little too much to keep my totally involved with the characters though. I didn’t get attached to Smiley, couldn’t understand his attachment to Ann and honestly can’t really remember anyone else’s name. It’s sad. In this situation though, I think I’d blame me more than the book. I’m much too impatient for mysteries, and this probably wasn’t the best choice.
The tone was fantastic though. When le Carré wants you too feel anxious or scared or watched, he can certainly make it happen! I felt myself peeking over my shoulder and holding my breath when Smiley’s man was working his way through secret files.
So, overall, I didn’t love it but I think someone who can actually appreciate spy novels and mysteries would really enjoy!