At the beginning I created 3 loose rules:
- Go in order to prevent cherry picking the easy prompts
- Any format – e book or print – but has to follow the prompt
- Finish any book I started
I’ve managed to stick to these rules until now.
An espionage thriller: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
100 pages in and I was so confused and tired of re reading passages that I gave up. I texted my mom saying that I hated the book. If she was into it (it was her pick after all), I would suffer through it, but her response was in agreement. In fact she texted back “Life is too short to read a bad book”
What is it about? Honestly, I’m not so sure. From what I gathered there was a big uprising in the Spy game in London which resulted in the old school Spies begin forced into retirement. The new crew do things very different. About 70 pages in or so, the plot comes to light a little in a story told by a new Spy who believes that the British are in cahoots with the Russians.
I stopped there, so who knows what happens to these guys, but I’m assuming they ferret out the bad spies, kick out the new boss and get reinstated. Of course, that could be all wrong too. I’ll never know.
What was so wrong with it? Literally everything. To start, I felt like I was dropped in the middle of a story and was expected to understand it all. The audience was obviously supposed to be British and into spy novels. The terminology, the slang, the locations…all were way over my head and difficult to grasp. The plot was slow to form, unless I just missed it, and even then was boring and predictable.
I don’t recommend this book at all although a Google search revealed that it is a movie now, so maybe just watch it instead. Unless you are the intended audience, then you may love it.
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I haven’t read the book, but I saw the movie. I had no idea what was going on. Everything you wrote about the book was what I experienced watching the movie.
Well, there goes my hope that watching the movie would help.
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Just shows there is something for everyone. I have read most John Le Carre, and really like them. But I like to read political stuff, and add in the spy and thriller elements and it is probably one of my favorites in the genre. I thought the movie was awful!
I used to have a finish any book I started rule too. But life is too short (with too many good books out there!). I usually will give something 100 or so pages, if it doesn’t grab me, I’ll pass. Sometimes I go back to try (maybe it was the mood I was in) but sometimes I know it is not for me. Moving on!
There really is something for everyone. I made it to page 100 before I gave up.