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The double agents, the planted insinuations, and the endless treacheries? What was won? For some of us, this bleak and witty thriller was an introduction to grownup reality. No pessimistic book ever gave as much pleasure. It came out in , when everyone still remembered how badly British intelligence had been compromised in the forties, fifties, and sixties by Soviet double agents like Kim Philby and Guy Burgess.
The scandal was still alive.
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Sir Anthony Blunt confessed in that he had worked for the Soviets, but he was at large in the seventies. As all the world knows, the meek-mannered cuckold George Smiley, roused from retirement and disgrace, uncovers a mole in M. Chandler was a master of the sleaze and alluring amorality of Los Angeles. He created the cryptic jargon of tradecraft—lamplighters, scalphunters, babysitters, joes, mothers, burnboxes—some of which got taken up by actual spies.
Yet many were puzzled. Since the war? But redemption lay at hand. The perfect spy is one Magnus Pym, a name that suggests a man who is somehow both superlative and ordinary. His mentor in London—the extraordinary spymaster Jack Brotherhood—wants to believe in him, but the rest of what used to be called M.