Sunday, July 17, 2011

More of the Book Backlog: John Le Carre/ Our Game

I finished this one about 6 weeks ago in a quest to whittle down the "unreads" on the bookshelves and when I first sat down at the laptop tonight, there was NO memory of what this book was about.  Nothing.  Nada.

That implies one of two things:  either I really need these "book report" posts as a part of the blog because my memory is so weak that I might forget the plot of Goodnight, Moon (Wait, is there a plot to Goodnight, Moon??) or else this book was such a bit of fluff that it wasn't meant to be remembered by my selective brain cells.  I'm going with the later possibility.

Our Game is another book that somehow wandered onto the bookshelves and I have no recollection of where I found it or who gave it to me.  I'm hoping this isn't a kleptomaniac symptom!

After flipping through the pages again, the storyline began to come back to me like a dense fog rolling in.... Tim is "retired" British spy living with a mysterious artsy younger woman and trying to be "mainstream" by running a winery in the British countryside.  Convinced of the plausibility of this yet?  He wakes up one day to find local police knocking at his door and learns that his protege in the spy world has gone AWOL along with millions of Russian dollars/rubles and Tim's squeeze.  The authorities suspect Tim of being involved but he's as clueless as the rest of us.

Not a thriller;  more of a slow smolder of activity but it was a diversion.  The ending was utter hogwash.... Tim decides to join the Russian insurgency and the final scenes are him heading off with the locals through the mountains.

I've heard that Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy is LeCarre's finest work and maybe one day if I find a free copy I'll give it a try.  Otherwise I'm  not actively searching for anymore of his novels.  Sort of like having a bad meal at a restaurant..... there are too many other places to try.

I'm about 6 books behind on my summaries and determined to catch up!

~~My standard book review disclaimer:  I'm not writing reviews for anybody's benefit other than my own.  I'd love it if you see a book that strikes your fancy but I've no pretense of being a literature expert....this type of post falls into the journal aspect of the blog.  Nothing house or family oriented here.... just a book report to help me remember the details of what I've read.  Who am I kidding?  Details??  I need these summaries to help me remember that I've even read the book period!  

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad I'm not the only person who can't remember the plot of a book a few weeks after reading it.


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