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I really enjoyed this Smiley Novel. George's hunt, for a certain Soviet spy master, who has done great harm to the Circus continues. It requires much cleaning of the glasses on the fat end of the tie, and the services of a journalist who covers the Vietnam War based in Hong Kong to follow the golden trail. Exciting and realistic back drops to this wonderful piece of fiction.
The post Haddon period of the Circus with Smiley in charge following back the actions of Haddon to reveal Karla secrets in t he Far East. The quality of the charcterisation is first class with special scenes set in Tuscany, Vientiane and Hong Kong.It is more complex than Tinker,Tailor or Smiley' People and would make a superb film.The quality of the writing is very good and I was kept enthralled as the story developed.
After a very slow beginning the story picks up pace. However due to the complexity of the tale it was somewhat difficult to remember what had happened when I next picked up where I'd left off the previous night. However although I had to go over several chapters again I thoroughly enjoyed t h e novel.
Let me make it clear that this is not a review of John LeCarre's writing. I have far too much respect for his excellent work to make any criticism, if you find his writing somewhat difficult then I believe that the fault lies with you, not him.
No, this is a review of the the kindle version of the book. The typesetting (if that is the correct word) was absolutely abysmal! Havingwholepassages with wordsrunning togetherlikethis makes the book incredibly difficult to read and it also adversely affect the page layout.
This, allied with a completely unacceptable spelling mistake count, made the book virtually unreadable and certainly took away the pleasure of reading this excellent novel.
I have given 3 stars, but that is because, had the set out not been at fault I could certainly not have faulted the quality Mr LeCarre's writing or his story. I believe that the author would be fully justified in removing this book from the kindle list!
I have forgotten how much the book cost me but I feel aggrieved at paying for it and cannot recommend the kindle version to anyone.