Le Carre was at the height of his literary power when writing about what he knew firsthand - cold war Realpolitik. I have to assume that he's out of his element writing about the "War on Terror". Or, perhaps his confused portrayal of intelligence agencies as much at war with each other as with an enemy they don't understand - that doesn't play by established Cold War rules; afraid to get it wrong, so just rounding everybody up in the same dragnet regardless of guilt or innocence - is more telling than I credit.
Either way, as a novel it wasn't gripping, it wasn't terribly interesting... it was hard to keep my eyes open. I think I'm done with Le Carre....Continua