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While surprises are all in order in thrillers, the final surprise of making Stella somebody so different was more than a bit unconvincing. The author's focus seems to have been on social commentary as he mentions in the afterword.
This is not a review of the story this is a review of the printing of the book. I read a lot and buy a lot of books. I have decided to read all the le carre books.this being the second . Unfortunately they have both been Penguin books. The quality of the materials used the colour of the pages and the small size of the books are terrible even the print looks slightly smaller than other books read. Maybe Penguin are strapped for cash, maybe they are encouraging us to but e readers but producing poor quality books . Next book hopefully will be by a different publisher. If like me you like to keep your books look elsewhere there must be better.
This is not a very good novel. I was not surprised to see it was only Le Carre`s second. His hatred of the English public school and its characters is very understandable but it doesn`t make for good literature. The characters are, at times, scarcely credible, They appear to have stepped out of the pages of P.G,.Wodehouse, having lost anything that made them entertaining. . I cannot understand why it has received so many good reviews. There is nothing in it that suggests the author will eventually produce something as good as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.
A laboured and dated Agatha Christie type whodunnit. The characters are all as believable as Hercule Poirot! The writing is, of course, top class and it is an easy read; suitable for a long plane journey perhaps. But if he had continued in this vein, he would never have become famous!