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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 4
Little Drummer Girl 1
The Perfect Spy 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

John le Carre

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jorn January 29th, 2006 04:49 AM PST

Yes to "Tinker Tailor" but also "The Lookingglass War". Not "Spy Who Came in from the Cold", and certainly not the sequels to Tinker except in the proper order.

Marian March 28th, 2006 09:34 AM PST

I started with TINKER, TAILOR, then went back and read EVERYTHING by Le Carre in the order they were written. But that was in the 80s. Today, I recommend starting with THE CONSTANT GARDNER. After that, you may want to sink your teeth into the Karla trilogy and read forward from there.


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From the RANDOM HOUSE website, http://www.randomhouse.com/features/lecarre/author.html :

John le Carr? was born in 1931. After attending the universities of Berne and Oxford, he taught at Eton and spent five years in the British Foreign Service. He divides his time between England and the Continent.

On the same website, "LeCarre Breaks His Silence" by saying:

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