I finally understand! 4 stars.
The blurb: It is now beyond a doubt that a mole, implanted decades ago by Moscow Centre, has burrowed his way into the highest echelons of British Intelligence. His treachery has already blown some of its most vital operations and its best networks. It is clear that the double agent is one of its own kind. But which one? George Smiley is assigned to identify him. And once identified, the traitor must be destroyed.
If you read my recent review of The Night Manager, you might remember that having seen the recent BBC TV adaptation ruined my experience of the book. Not because of spoilers, but because I enjoyed the TV version a great deal more. Fortunately, I had the opposite experience with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: having already watched the 2011 film version enhanced my enjoyment of the book.
I now truly appreciate how good the recent BBC adaptation was! 3 stars.
The blurb: At the start of it all, Jonathan Pine is merely the night manager at a luxury hotel. But when a single attempt to pass on information to the British authorities – about an international businessman at the hotel with suspicious dealings – backfires terribly, and people close to Pine begin to die, he commits himself to a battle against powerful forces he cannot begin to imagine.
In a chilling tale of corrupt intelligence agencies, billion-dollar price tags and the truth of the brutal arms trade, John le Carre creates a claustrophobic world in which no one can be trusted.
I have to begin with a confession: I only read this because I’d enjoyed the BBC TV adaptation earlier this year. And, unfortunately, that is the source of my issues with the book. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend you read The Night Manager if you’ve already seen the show because, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be disappointed.
It would be much better to come to the book first, then watch the show. And no, you don’t have to worry about spoilers because the book and the TV version are two completely different animals.