I’m glad I’m not the only one who felt the way I did when I finished Silverview by the late John Le Carré, his last novel published after his death in December 2020.
Despite it being a short novel at just over 200 pages, it took me a while to get through it. I’m still not quite sure what happened as the story seems jumbled and confusing due to (what I think is) flicking between the different types of past and present.
It follows Julian who has left his well-paid job in the city and moved to the coast with his own bookshop. All seems well until a chap named Edward comes in, who appears to know quite a bit about Julian, and he needs his help. With what I still don’t understand.
That’s it. That’s the story – haha I joke.
But seriously, that’s pretty much all I picked up from it as I was honestly so bored. It was an unusual novel that seemed to lack substance. I don’t even know when the present is set – now? Early 2000s? Eighties? No clue.
If you can get a better idea of it, please enlighten me. It’s a cross between espionage and attempted comedy due to the close narrator, although it remains disjointed as it almost reads as a play at some points.
I’m so disappointed as I’ve heard he has made some great novels, including Tinker , Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
But yes, overall I am still left feeling confused. Take what you will from this ‘review’.
Rating – 2/5
Genre – Thriller, mystery, suspense