"The Ipcress File" is a early spy novel Len Deighton published in 1962. It is of medium length and has no obscene language. It is relatively complicated and, at times, left me confused. I liked the novel a lot, but it is not always an easy read, required my full attention, and may not suit the taste of a reader seeking a simple light entertaining reading experience.
The story is written in first person. The protagonist/narrator is unnamed. He exudes a casual, laconic manner and makes numerous sarcastic comments. He seems more human and I like him better than I like James Bond.
I have only read a few early novels of Ian Fleming. In terms of early novels, I found this to be a more mature and more sophisticated novel than the early Ian Fleming novels that I have thus far read. I liked this novel more than the early Ian Fleming novels.
Mister Deighton makes many references to British Culture and many historical references within this fine novel that, as an American, I sometimes found a bit confusing. I knew some, but not all of the historical and literary references, but I enjoyed studying the ones I did not know. That is a matter of taste and not everyone wants to "study" as they read a novel. Some of the cultural references left me at a loss, but that did not really keep me from following the storyline.
In summary, I moderatly like this novel. I definitely intend to read another novel by Len Deighton. The novel is at times confusing and is not necessarily a light easy read. Thank You...