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Posted 21 August 2015 - 01:50 AM

I've just this minute downloaded this title to my kindle. Got a couple other books to finish and then I'll start on this one.

http://www.amazon.co... kindle edition

 

Brad, I was wrong. Once I started searching I realized I've never read any of John le Carre's books. It was Len Deighton I was thinking of, and I've certainly read a good few of his tomes.

I'll let you know what I think of it, but the reviews are definitely promising.

 

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 02:53 AM

I assume you havent seen the movie, but if you have, could you compare the book to it?

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 03:14 AM

I assume you havent seen the movie, but if you have, could you compare the book to it?

 

Nope, haven't seen the movie either, but I'll keep an eye out for it.



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Posted 21 August 2015 - 05:07 AM

Its on netflix streaming if you have it

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 05:20 AM

Its on netflix streaming if you have it

 

Thanks -- but that's not an option where I live, or where I work.

No worries. I'll get my hands on the movie around three weeks from now. 



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Posted 21 August 2015 - 06:34 AM

I'm a big LeCarre fan, having read most of his books, and have read his Karla trilogy a couple of times: Tinker Tailor, the Honourable and Smileys People.

In my opinion, the movie is poor. It tries to update the story and it's nowhere near as good as the book. What the book should be compared to is the six hour series that starred Alec Guinness as George Smiley, Le Carre's most enduring character (although he only appeared in four or five of his books). Guinness is Smiley and the series was faithful to the book. I watch the series at least yearly. Guinness also starred in Smileys People, also a great book and a series.

Once you've seen the series, the movie will seem wanting in comparison. Save your money and get both series.

Regarding Deighton, I loved his Bernard Samson stories. They were very good. Of course, Harry Palmer is great too. I love the old Cold War Berlin. He also wrote a few books about a German family that were excellent. Let me see if I can find the name.

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 06:40 AM

The book is Winter: The Tragic Story of a Berlin Family 1889-1945. It's a prelude to his Game, Set and Match books. Winter is a fabulous book.

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 09:13 AM

I just discovered that You Tube has the full Tinker Tailor, for those who may be interested.

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Posted 07 September 2015 - 09:26 AM

Loved Harry Palmer and Caine did an excellent job channeling Palmer.



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Posted 07 September 2015 - 09:31 AM

The book is Winter: The Tragic Story of a Berlin Family 1889-1945. It's a prelude to his Game, Set and Match books. Winter is a fabulous book.

Yes -- it's a brilliant book!

 

I just discovered that You Tube has the full Tinker Tailor, for those who may be interested.

Okay, I'll have a look for it when I get home. Need to get my VPN working again though cos YT is blocked in the Middle Kingdom.



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Posted 07 September 2015 - 10:39 AM

I'm a big LeCarre fan, having read most of his books, and have read his Karla trilogy a couple of times: Tinker Tailor, the Honourable and Smileys People.
In my opinion, the movie is poor. It tries to update the story and it's nowhere near as good as the book. What the book should be compared to is the six hour series that starred Alec Guinness as George Smiley, Le Carre's most enduring character (although he only appeared in four or five of his books). Guinness is Smiley and the series was faithful to the book. I watch the series at least yearly. Guinness also starred in Smileys People, also a great book and a series.
Once you've seen the series, the movie will seem wanting in comparison. Save your money and get both series.
Regarding Deighton, I loved his Bernard Samson stories. They were very good. Of course, Harry Palmer is great too. I love the old Cold War Berlin. He also wrote a few books about a German family that were excellent. Let me see if I can find the name.

Brad I would recommend Len Deighton book Goodbye Mickey mouse about a young 8th Airforce Pilot in Britain in ww2
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Posted 07 September 2015 - 07:56 PM

Neil,

I read that many years ago. A very good book.

Thanks for bringing it up.

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 12:30 AM

Neil,

I read that many years ago. A very good book.

Thanks for bringing it up.

Brad

I've read it twice so far and still have the book in the loft great read
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Posted 08 September 2015 - 12:33 AM

I'm a big LeCarre fan, having read most of his books, and have read his Karla trilogy a couple of times: Tinker Tailor, the Honourable and Smileys People.

In my opinion, the movie is poor. It tries to update the story and it's nowhere near as good as the book. What the book should be compared to is the six hour series that starred Alec Guinness as George Smiley, Le Carre's most enduring character (although he only appeared in four or five of his books). Guinness is Smiley and the series was faithful to the book. I watch the series at least yearly. Guinness also starred in Smileys People, also a great book and a series.

Once you've seen the series, the movie will seem wanting in comparison. Save your money and get both series.

Regarding Deighton, I loved his Bernard Samson stories. They were very good. Of course, Harry Palmer is great too. I love the old Cold War Berlin. He also wrote a few books about a German family that were excellent. Let me see if I can find the name.

Brad you must love then the Richard Burton Film "the spy who came in from the cold ? There a thread on here already about Cold War spy films
Neil

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 06:44 AM

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold was excellent both as a movie and as a good rendition of the book.

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 08:02 PM

Yes I thought so too.  I also agree the so called updated TTSS was a bust.  I am waiting for the series version on BRD.





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