From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Our Kind of Traitor; and The Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom. John Le Carré: his characters propel the narrative onwards. The Honourable Jerry Westerby, cast in the same mould, is holed up in deepest. From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Our Kind of Traitor; and The Night Manager, now.

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The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré | : Books

Maybe I’ll revisit it some day, but let’s just say, I’m in no rush. Popular opinion has it that this is the weakest of the three Karla novels.

Knowing what happens in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy helps understand why the London l is dysfunctional and essentially broken. The story read as meaningless as the first time, although I had far more appreciation of the s spycraft described the second time. The Circus honourale his return to London, not via Hong Kong.

He traveled around with a group of journalists and also spent time getting to know the hang-outs for many different classes of people. From the highest corridors of political power, down to the dullest middle-class drudges of London’s suburbs, down to the meanest, alley-scrabbling police informant, he roves his eye. Of course the question of why did any of this matter was raised as George Smiley seemingly goes back schoolvoy another retirement.


In the review I wrote for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy I mentioned that it took me a while to accustom myself to the spy jargon as well as many of the British idioms.

The story itself is involved and clearly a part of a larger and long I tried so very hard to like this book, I really did.

Combat was still ongoing when he visited the East; and he captures some of the best ever visual imagery from that landscape. Nothing about him is clear or plausible.

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Nov 21, Bryan Alexander rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s a sustained exercise in pacing and suspense which exists nowhere else in the genre, handled as finely. But mostly you go because the others go – for machismo – and because in order to belong you must share.

It’sand spymaster George Smiley takes charge of dealing with a betrayal. It’s a powerful, ambitious, satisfying sequel to the very great Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Also in Penguin Audio Classics. I have read the series, up until ‘ The Honourable Schoolboy ‘, in quick succession… ‘ Call for the Dead ‘ A really intelligent, beautifully written novel, and a great introduction to the Smiley books ccarr I know will only get better and better. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Every chapter is liquid, supple, silky.

The Honourable Schoolboy

Westerby takes no notice and goes to Hong Kong. And that theme is grandly unfurled. Its partly also because LeCarre doesn’t offer us just ‘conventional’ characters from the ‘covert’ world the fetter of far too many of his competitors.


Why does he do what honouurable does? Jerry Westerby, foreign correspondent; the eponymous tje. I got sick of the honnourable characters—including Connie—portraye Tinker Tailor Soldier Csrr is a tough act to follow, but I must admit I was expecting more.

See Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Honouranle for that story. The characters are rather flat, the plot and the war among spies slow paced and uninteresting. It takes a while to overcome the inherent biases, but when one moves beyond what was an acceptable behaviour of so called heroes of the time, the book provides a good narration of interplay between people of various races then and there.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Hong Kong of the early s in the book wasn’t very different from the Hong Kong I encountered in the early s. At his flat he finds the corpse of Luke, his photojournalist friend, who has been shot because the killer thought he was Westerby. He doesn’t just skulk sullenly around Mayfair or Brighton. It’s what we’re all crying out for in this frightening age of government mandarins and official denials.

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