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le Carre's The Looking Glass War

The Looking Glass War - John le Carré

I enjoyed this book but it did confirm my opinion that le Carre is an overrated writer.  I pretty much new how the book was going to turn out from almost the beginning.  Le Carre, at least in the novels that I have read, perhaps it is different with his later stuff, becomes predictable once you are used to him.  It itself predictability is not bad, but le Carre has a habit of presenting as a surprise things that you see coming.


If le Carre wanted to surprise me, he would present a spying operation where every thing went according to plan and no one betrayed anyone, and everyone was a decent person acting for the right reasons.  I don't mind pessimism, but le Carre feels a bit like a one trick pony.  Having said that, the book was enjoyable and le Carre often writes prose very well.  I certainly intend to read more, but he's not a great writer or as clever as everyone seems to think.