Tinker tailor soldier spy is a 1974 spy novel by british author john le carr it follows the endeavors of taciturn aging spymaster george smiley to uncover a soviet mole in the british secret intelligence service since the time of its publication the novel has received critical acclaim for its complex social commentary and lack of . The oscar nominated feature film adaptation of tinker tailor soldier spy is the quintessential book of espionage told from the point of view of the main character george smiley john le carres universe unfolds slowly as smilely uses instinct deduction and trade craft to unravel the books mystery the level of jargon employed is high . Tinker tailor soldier spy with gary oldman as george smiley skillfully mined from john le carrs book is a mystery about spies spying on spies. At its core john le carres tinker tailor soldier spy isnt really about espionage says critic john powers the 1974 novel adapted for the screen in 1979 by the bbc is actually about secrets and lies and shifting identities which is to say a metaphor for our own daily lives
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