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Although George Smiley isn't even mentioned in this audio book, you can somehow seem to relate this book to the Smiley ones.
With a cast such as Julian Rhind-Tut (as Magnus Pym), Bill Paterson (as Jack Brotherhood), Michael Maloney ( as Rick Magnus Pyms con artist father) and Anton Lesser (as Axel, the Czech agent Magnus has known since his teens) this has to be one for the keep shelf.
What did you like best about A Perfect Spy? What did you like least?
Perfect Spy found the Perfect Cast....alas, the same cannot be said for this adaptation to a BBC radio play. There are some terrific moments — but for those of us who cherish this work and have read it many times, it's baffling that the adapter omits absolutely key moments and LeCarre descriptions and dialogue, words that are essential to understanding Pym and why he does what he does. Why? If you haven't read the book you will enjoy this harrowing tale of betrayal, it just doesn't give you that deep resonance of the book itself, which as LeCarre says, contains a great deal of autobiography regarding the relationship of Pym and his larger-than-life conman father.