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The Tailor of Panama (original 1996; edition 1996)

by John Le Carre

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Title:The Tailor of Panama
Authors:John Le Carre
Info:Knopf (1996), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 331 pages
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The Tailor of Panama by John le Carré (1996)

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"Inspired by Our Man in Havana" ... well, it is Our Man in Havana -- only bloated out to three times the length with a number of extra, tedious subplots. ( )
  terrazoon | Jul 16, 2014 |
Read during Fall 2002

It is difficult to figure out which person is lying the most. Perhaps Harry Pendel, a successful tailor in Panama City, who lives in a world of his own creation as the successful protegé of the non-existsent Mr. Braithwaite. There is also Andy Osnard, a member of the Brittish Intellegence Service and always looking to make a fast buck. The two feed off each other's false worlds but their actions have ramifications in the bigger world of the Canal Zone and Panamanian politics. A different kind of spy novel from LeCarre but still well crafted and full of the moral ambiguity of the post Cold War intellegence service.
  amyem58 | Jul 14, 2014 |
Disappointed in The Tailor of Panama because I like John le Carre's books. The plot is a bit jaded. Man with past is blackmailed into being a spy by those who know about the questionable bits of that past, etc. This is a mainframe on which a good novel can be built. Not here, though. Things take far too long to get going and although there are plenty of examples of le Carre's wit and skill, they are weighed down by the very slow pace of the novel. It takes the first one-third of the book to get any action going, and while I am NOT a fan of 'action-packed' narratives, the story should pick up more quickly. As with Graham Greene, le Carre's 'heros' are usually flawed and drift towards their fate. This is the case here with Harry Pendel and his character is well drawn. Pity about the sluggish pace of his story.
'Arguably his best book since The Spy Who Came in from the Cold', says The times Educational Supplement on the cover. Well, no. ( )
  Eamonn12 | Dec 12, 2012 |
This dodgy novel of dodgy regimes and dumb intelligence would suggest that Le Carre is yesterday's man as far as spy novels go.

2 out of 5 ( )
  BlueTysonSS | May 5, 2012 |
Eh. I gave up. Decided it wasn't worth my time to finish.
  aketzle | Aug 22, 2011 |
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John le Carré's writerly skills are at work in ''The Tailor of Panama.'' The pace is nonstop, scenes are cleanly and economically written, and flashbacks are incorporated seamlessly into the narrative. The details of the tailor's craft are given entertainingly. And the conclusion, which should probably not come as a surprise, resoundingly does.
added by John_Vaughan | editNY Times, Norman Rush (Jul 20, 1996)
 
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"Quel Panama!"

Expression current in France
in the early years of this century:
describes an insoluble mess.
-- (See McCuloough's admirable The Path Between the Seas.)
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In memory of
Rainer Heumann,
literary agent, gentleman and friend
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It was a perfectly ordinary Friday afternoon in tropical Panama until Andrew Osnard barged into Harry Pendel's shop asking to be measured for a suit.
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'And we dress, sir – ? Most of my gentlemen seem to favour left these days.'
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345420438, Mass Market Paperback)

John le Carré, the greatest spy novelist of the Cold War era, continues his post-Cold War quest to define the genre he helped perfect. The classic spy novel was essentially a story of good (England, the United States) vs. evil (Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union), in which good more or less prevailed. The Tailor of Panama is something else entirely: a spy novel with no spies in which the bad guys reap most of the rewards. It is also a viciously funny satire. The novel is set in Panama, where a plot is in place to make void the Panama Treaty, which would return control of the Panama Canal to the Panamanians in 1999. At the center of events is Harry Pendel, the tailor of the title. Coerced into working for British Intelligence, he concocts out of whole cloth a left-wing movement with the goal of luring the American military to do the dirty work--invade Panama à la 1989 and nullify the treaty. From the characters to the setting, le Carré has succeeded in setting new parameters for an old genre.

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An English tailor working in Panama is hired by the British government as a spy because of his contacts at the highest level. He proceeds to tailor his reports the way he creates his suits, giving the client what he wants, and the result is tragicomedy.… (more)

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