I read like crazy to finish Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. While my mother and the sibling sat and watched Ice Age 3, I sat and read about Peter Guillam, George Smiley and co.
And it was good, very good.
…With a slow tension build up.
The characters are very well written, as I said before very human. With Smiley there is this whole theme at the end where he is just disgusted by what is happening. He feels that he cannot be loyal to people at Circus, and how can they expect loyalty when they act that way, Lacon and Alleline being greedy, and so on, how can he?
With Guillam, he cracks (he was cracking slowly before). He loses it and beats up the mole, and then he “grows up”. He respected the mole, before he knew it was him, looked up to him and liked him, and now, what is he supposed to feel about him?
He’s all nerves, basically.
If you want to know who the mole is, please comment on this post and I will tell you. Or alternatively, you could get it off Wikipedia, but that’s cheating.
The end is slightly anti-climatic, and is what I believe my teachers would call concious crafting. It returns to Bill Roach and Jim Prideaux. And at the end of term, how Prideaux is losing it slightly, and Bill helps him.
And I want the next one, so bad.
Note: I am updating far too quickly than is regular. This site is not only a record for my readers (if I have any), but for me. I will update when I want to.