Saturday, September 19, 2009

I'm an Addict

#67 -- "Smiley's People" by John Le Carre

Someone step in FAST, before I order sixteen Le Carre novels. Remind me that I thought "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" was just okay. Remind me that just because I enjoyed each of the Smiley novels progressively more, it doesn't mean that pattern will continue. Do this quick.

This is the third and last of the "Karla Trilogy" novels centered around George Smiley and his merry crew, and I leave them absolutely impressed and a bit upset at myself that it took me decades to try JLC's books. It's a masterpiece. It's brilliant. It's remarkably peaceful for a thriller -- there's one scene of on-screen violence and it lasts two pages. Instead there's 400 pages of tension. No gunfights, no savage beatings, just a whole lot of nervousness.

I'm sorry to be done with these. Absolutely fantastic books.

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