Review: Our Kind of Traitor

Our Kind of Traitor
Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A promising scenario, but let down by cartoonish characterisation and the single most overt example of an author growing bored with his own book and ending it by simply finishing the sentence he was on. While the book is filled with Le Carre’s usual mix of connotative dialogue, double-guessing and cynical motivations, the cast of incompetents, buffoons and unsympathetically portrayed victims made this a difficult book to warm to, and ultimately, it was impossible to care very much for the consequences of anybody’s actions and, ultimately, anybody’s fate. Really not anywhere near his best.

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