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The Tailor of Panama av John Le Carré
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The Tailor of Panama (urspr publ 1996; utgåvan 1997)

av John Le Carré (Författare)

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Harry Pendel is the charismatic proprietor of Pendel and Braithwaite Limitada of Panama, through whose doors everyone who is anyone in Central America passes; Andrew Osnard, mysterious and fleshly, is a spy. His secret mission is two-pronged: to keep a watchful eye on the political manoeuvrings leading up to the American handover of the Panama Canal on 31st December 1999; and to secure for himself the immense private fortune that has until now churlishly eluded him.… (mer)
Medlem:slojudy
Titel:The Tailor of Panama
Författare:John Le Carré (Författare)
Info:Ballantine Books (1997), 416 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Skräddaren i Panama av John le Carré (1996)

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A little different than so other le Carre, more satirical. The book takes some fast turns and you might not see the main character for a few chapters. Not my all time fav le Carre but of course excellent. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 24, 2021 |
Humor? Yes. Pathos? Yes. Best le carre? Maybe. ( )
  farrhon | Oct 2, 2020 |
I don't normally read spy novels. However, I have read le Carre's before and he is an exception. His spies are no James Bonds. They tend to be complex and not without flaws, which makes them more interesting. They don't tend to accomplish amazing feats, narrowly escaping detection and death, either. I like reality so I like le Carre.

This novel is an interesting mix of novelty, reality, and humor.

Harry Pendel is a tailor in Panama, a British ex-patriot. He chose Panama some years ago as a good place to remake his image, after spending some time in prison in England. A natural storyteller, he has created a past, including his training under the auspices of a fine tailor. He is happy to elaborate on his life and his mentor to whoever wants to listen. It is just this talent, as well as the fact that he is the exclusive tailor to the leader of Panama, that marks him as a potential spy to British Intelligence.

Pendel is reluctant to become an informant, but the potential financial rewards persuade him. To keep the money rolling in (through some channels that even the British network does not devine) he offers some highly creative information. It appears that he may not do this deliberately. He just can't help elaborating on the truth.

It isn't all fun and games, of course. In fact, it is probably an accurate account of just how easy it can be to throw a country into chaos, without even meaning to do so. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
When I was younger, I almost never left unfinished a book that I once started reading. Even if it bored me completely and I didn't like it at all. I think it was because of school reading, which was often boring but I still had to read it. At the age of fifteen, I went with my mother for a two-week vacation abroad. No one had heard about kindle back then and we took only two books with us. One of them was by John le Carré. I read the second one in the first two days, what left me with twelve days and only le Carré to read. I could not make it. I haven't even gone through the first fifty pages of this book. I read from cover to cover all the magazines that fell into my hands (even those that didn't interest me at all), I read two newspapers in foreign languages that I didn't speak at all and probably some boring romance in English (and I didn't know English so well at that time, so it was quite a job). But in two weeks I couldn't read le Carré. Bored over the top and left with this one possibility, I still couldn't read this book.

Now, being a lot older, I decided to give le Carré one more chance and reached for one of his most famous novels, The Tailor of Panama. Oh, no no no no. Nothing has changed in the last several years. I still can't read his book. I forced myself as much as I could, reached a little over 40% and the thought that I have to read the next 60% is enough to make me feel miserable.

I can't even say what exactly I have a problem with. I think it's his writing style. Which stretches like chewed gum you try to unstick from under the chair, numb like a thirteen-hour flight after which you get a jet lag that leaves you totally confused and at times pseudo-poetic like poems of a thirteen-year-old with this bizarre pseudo-depth. Generally one of the most boring things I've read recently.

The situation is not saved by the plot or the characters. The plot may still be there, but the action is completely missing. Everything drags on. At a snail's pace. Scene after scene. Little by little. One meaningless conversation after another. Unhurriedly. From time to time a side thread that supposed to diversify the story and enrich the character, what story do I ask? And of course, a flashback, as if everything was not slow enough. Christ, how slow it is, counted in minutes! If you can handle this pace, that's fine, you might even like this book, but I couldn't stand it. After reading one page I was so bored that I couldn't bring myself to read the next one.

The thing is, Harry Pendel is even quite an interesting hero. But the writing style killed any desire to follow his actions in me. There was also something that irritated and upset me. I can't even say exactly what.

I was seriously wondering whether to force myself to finish this book, but reading it is such an unpleasant experience for me that I decided to abandon it. Le Carré is probably just not for me. I doubt I'll ever read his book again or finish this one. In fact, I'm so uninterested in this story that I don't even feel like watching a movie to find out how it all ended. ( )
  Sarielle | Jan 15, 2020 |
The plot though rather good, could not keep my attention. Some of the characters are well written, but others, seem to drag the book down. The book does not flow and you will find yourself putting it down to do something. The story is a satire on the time when America has just handed over the Panama canal. Though I cannot believe that any agency would fall for the information that was passed on by Harry, the tailor and would be spy. Of course I read the whole book, because my rule is once you start ....finish it. Other wise , I would have put it down. ( )
  hermit | Nov 9, 2018 |
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John le Carré's writerly skills are at work in ''The Tailor of Panama.'' The pace is nonstop, scenes are cleanly and economically written, and flashbacks are incorporated seamlessly into the narrative. The details of the tailor's craft are given entertainingly. And the conclusion, which should probably not come as a surprise, resoundingly does.
tillagd av John_Vaughan | ändraNY Times, Norman Rush (Jul 20, 1996)
 

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"Quel Panama!"

Expression current in France
in the early years of this century:
describes an insoluble mess.
– (See McCuloough's admirable The Path Between the Seas.)
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It was a perfectly ordinary Friday afternoon in tropical Panama until Andrew Osnard barged into Harry Pendel's shop asking to be measured for a suit.
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Harry Pendel is the charismatic proprietor of Pendel and Braithwaite Limitada of Panama, through whose doors everyone who is anyone in Central America passes; Andrew Osnard, mysterious and fleshly, is a spy. His secret mission is two-pronged: to keep a watchful eye on the political manoeuvrings leading up to the American handover of the Panama Canal on 31st December 1999; and to secure for himself the immense private fortune that has until now churlishly eluded him.

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