George Smiley Series by John le Carre
Intimations: John le Carre - 1960
The Best Way to Read John le Carre’s George Smiley Books
But where do you start reading one of the greatest espionage writers of all time? Here is our starter for ten. Here is our guide to ten of the best. It was revolutionary then, and still retains every ounce of its power, laying out what underpins much of his work: that most spycraft is essentially morally bankrupt and completely at odds with the values of Western democracies. This is best summed by the glorious rant from the titular Alex Leamas, an MI6 man who is sent to East Berlin to sow disinformation about a Stasi boss: 'What do you think spies are: priests, saints, martyrs?
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Who is George Smiley?
By Fabien. On September 7, In Reading Guide. After all, even with a long career, being a spy required to live in the shadows. Smiley may be the most famous British spy after James Bond, but he was definitely another kind of spy.
Nearly three decades ago, after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the U. The basic pitch is this: George Smiley is the anti—James Bond. Unlike Bond, he is fat and poorly dressed; unlike Bond, he toils away at a drab intelligence agency, abstrusely referred to as the Circus, permanently plagued by bureaucratic infighting and petty office politics. Unlike Bond, Smiley is married, and his wife dislikes him and cheats on him. Unlike Bond, Smiley regards the necessary violence and mendacity of espionage as a real moral problem, rather than a fun adolescent fantasy.