The Berlin Wall is toppled, the Iron Curtain swept aside . . . John le Carre has seized this impossible turning point in history to give the most visceral experience yet of the brilliant and base, delicate and brutal world of spydom.
Vakoojan Testamentti by John le Carré
This is a collage of old tales an ageing spy tells his students before his retirement. Unfortunately the stories were told in the first person voice from a perspective I never connected with. Despite his best efforts, le Carré couldn’t make me care about Ned, not even when he was reminiscing with Smiley.
Smiley made a cameo and nothing more.
I might have found a couple of the spy tales themselves interesting, but they always ended and a new chapter began just as I started paying attention. Someone else might think the description of a hardened spook letting go of his secrets and learning to live in a post cold war world is compelling in itself, but for me it simply wasn’t enough.