Le carre does our man in havana
If you read and liked graham greene's our man in havana, i predict you will like the tailor of panama. the books have many similarities, especially in their satirical treatment of the spying establishment and those who serve it. if you have not read our man in havana, be aware that this book is not at all like any other le carre spy book you have read before. so if you are looking for another of his great reads in the genre of the spy who came in from the cold, the looking glass war, a small town in germany, tinker tailor solider spy, the honourable schoolboy and smiley's people, this is the wrong book for you. on the other hand, if you are open-minded enough to wonder what le carre's idea of humor would like in making fun of spies, spying, and spy novels, then you have come to the right place. this is one of the two great satires of this sort. our man in havana is the other. i recommend them both, when you are in the mood for that kind of a story. as i read this book, i was constantly reminded of stories that often surface in the newspaper about spies who have been working both sides against the middle to improve their incomes. i am sure that these stories were an indirect inspiration for this novel. in a broader sense, the satire here is really about the foibles we all have. if you have an easy time laughing at yourself, you may find moments when you see yourself in the mirror through le carre's fine novel.