We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
funny, the introductory paragraph doesn't give his real name, David John Moore Cornwell. (it appears in a copyright notice at the end) its almost as if the magazine doesn't know LeCarre is the pseudonym.
Tinker, Tailor ... is my favorite, but I'd recommend The Spy Who Came In From The Cold to someone starting on LeCarre.
".. What do you think spies are: priests, saints and martyrs? 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. Do you think they sit like monks in London, balancing the rights and wrongs? I'd have killed Mundt if I could, I hate his guts; but not now. It so happens that they need him. They need him so that the great moronic mass you admire can sleep soundly in their beds at night. They need him for the safety of ordinary, crummy people like you and me."
I liked Smiley's People best, and LeCarre was nearly my favorite writer at the time. I think I have disliked everything he wrote after. His one goal after that seemed to be to show his own moral superiority by sniffing that others had feet of clay. This, even before any question of Iraq came in. Sanctimonious bastard.
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"tinker.." is on HBO on demand (free movies) if you have it.
I just ordered the book, after being impressed by the movie.
A new author for me.