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Smiley's People

Smiley's People - John le Carré While more satisfying than The Honourable Schoolboy, it just didn't quite hold the same engagement that the first of the Karla trilogy garnered from me. The ethical questions are fascinating and the ending is heartbreakingly ambiguous - but the book as a whole felt somewhat underwritten, less-than-full. It was a fitting ending for Smiley's story with Karla but at the same time it was frustratingly empty. For the ethics, it shows the master for what he is... but it isn't the most engaging or exciting of novels, even when the tension ratchets up.Modest ramblings continue here: http://wp.me/pGVzJ-jm