They're a squalid procession of vain fools, traitors, too, yes; pansies, sadists and drunkards, people who play cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten lives. We will refer to it as The Spy from now on, for brevity's sake, but it's worth starting any current assessment of the novel with something of a thought-experiment.
I think that this book gives a very accurate representation of this topic. After all, the author worked for MI5 and MI6 before starting his writing career!
It was interesting to compare the spying methods of countries in the past and today — double agents and spies vs. I found the book very interesting for numerous reasons. The storyline itself is very complex. There are many settings, but the main focus is on East Germany. The descriptions of the action are vivid — and scary you would not want to be in Leamas' shoes.
One of the most important and complicated characters is Mundt, who is one of the top men in the German intelligence agency, Abteilung. A former Nazi, he is completely loyal to his task, which is to protect East Germany from the West. Leamas, the main character, is an English agent spy for the Circus, a fictional version of MI6.
He is intelligent, and doesn't really believe in what he is doing.
Fiedler, my favourite character, is a Jew, and is the other most important person in the Abteilung. He is secretly plotting Munt's downfall by calling him a traitor. I like Fiedler because he seems to be the most sensible of all the characters.
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|When Smiley finds Circus head Maston is trying to blame him for the man's death, he begins his own investigation, meeting with Fennan's widow to find out what could have led him to such desperation.|
The characters are like what I'd imagine real spies to be like, as they nearly all seem to have no sense of right or wrong. But despite this, it is not the plot or the characters that really makes this make book excellent.
It's what the author is talking about. The writing is very suspenseful. I actually found this a bit annoying at times. In short, there are no good guys in this story, only bad guys.
I found this very, very interesting as in practically every fiction book I have read, there are good guys. It is, of course, unfair to compare these very different books, but in this way they are comparable.
I found that overall this book gave a very complete story; the end is really the end. When I finish some books, I feel that it isn't really the end of the story should I mention Richard Adams' Shardick, where the end isn't the end at all?
Overall, I'd rate this book nine point five out of ten for its excellent plot and profound understanding of British intelligence during the Cold War. The book certainly reaches my list of top 25 books!
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