Terrific Tuesday lovelies! This month's book review will be on Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy! I actually finished reading this book a while back but I didn't have time to actually write the review itself until fairly recently. That said, this was quite an enjoyable read and if you want more than my two cents, read on:
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
By John le Carré
By John le Carré
I admit, I was only inspired to read this book because I saw the movie… and I only saw the movie because I was on a Benedict Cumberbatch movie binge and I knew he played a secondary character (Peter Guillam). Oh the things I do to indulge my delusion of being in love with a celebrity who doesn’t know I exist...
From the moment Jim Prideaux’s character was gunned down by spies, (which was the first scene in the movie, also, spoiler alert!), I was completely captivated by the film. I can completely understand why this movie was nominated for all those Academy Awards when it first came out! I knew immediately that I had to pick up the book and read it for myself!
For those who haven’t heard of the book or the film, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a novel by John le Carré, the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell who was an actual employee of the British Secret Intelligence Service. He wrote this book in 1974 as a part of a trilogy although the main character (George Smiley) does appear in a few of le Carré’s other books.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a novel with a familiar plot - a Russian Spy has infiltrated the highest ranks of the British Secret Intelligence Service. Someone is spying on the spies and it’s up to George Smiley, a disgraced former MI6 employee forced into an early retirement to find out who the mole is.
It’s interesting because when I first read this book, I was a bit turned off by how slow the pacing was. If you’ve ever watched a 70s movie and have been frustrated by how slow it is to get to the crux, that’s what reading this book first felt like. I was then introduced to some rather interesting characters that propelled the story forward and the pacing got better for me. With the introduction of each new character, the less clear it got who was actually the mole. le Carré does a brilliant job writing the perfect mystery novel. Each character is so interesting and complex and trying to unravel their complexities is a difficult task and George Smiley’s process is equally complex and brilliant. Reading Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is an adventure and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good whodunnit novel.