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After two failed attempts, I finally got into LeCarre's Tinker Tailor and I'm making a go of it. In fact, I'm blasting through it. Not sure what happened the first two times - just couldn't find my groove for some reason.
Some people say it's his best work. Do others agree?
Tinker Tailor is great stuff. I was surprised - well, perhaps not - at my own stupidity. Early in the book Guillam is taking Smiley to meet with Ricky. I didn't realise until I saw the very fine TV series - is it available for purchase? - that Smiley assumed, when they pulled into a layby to detect any following traffic, that Smiley thought he was to be killed by Guillam. Not all films are bad. I thought the Constant Gardener movie quite a good adaptation. I think that A Small Town in Germany is his most subtle and finest thing, but that's a pretty minority position.
The DVD series of Tinker Tailor is superb - one of the best things that the BBC has ever done. Everything from Alec Guinness' Smiley to Geoffrey Burgon's Nunc Dimittis for the title music is just right. Check out reviews on IMDB.com.
Smiley's People and A Perfect Spy are pretty good too. Not too keen on the films of the books mentioned above.
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