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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He was one of the clean ones, as PG puts it. On 30 AprilWesterby arrives at an American air force base in north-east Thailand and cables his report to the Circus; he also learns that the North Vietnamese Army has captured Saigon, winning and ending the Vietnam War — The le Carre novels that I have read tend to make use of two general frameworks. And I have to say that I am not comple, Smiley rebuilds the shattered agency and hurls it into the fray.

But mostly you go because the others go – for machismo – and because in order to belong you must share.

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Elegant and masterly throughout, the book has what may be le Carre’s best-written scene, surely his most human, jkhn of course it happens in a living room, Smiley’s visit to Lizzie Worth’s parents.

Let me put it this way: His research is woven so smoothly into this novel that I felt like I was there myself.

This page was last edited on 31 Octoberat Buy the Audiobook Download: There’s a gold seam out of Indochina, then the whiff of Karla and, perhaps, a mainland KGB spy who is seeking to escape China. The book may have had more meaning in the Seventies when political events of Asia were momentous, the Cold War for all its inaction appeared thrilling and not much was known in the West about people and cities discussed here.


A modern day Stendahl or Balzac. And so to ‘ The Honourable Schoolboy ‘ It’s and George Smiley – following his exposure of Bill Haydon as the mole – is the new acting chief of the Circus where he, and analysts Connie Sachs and Doc di Salis, look into investigations unreasonably suppressed by Haydon.

Can Jerry Westerby be trusted? They said he found her in the town: E This is one of the greatest spy novels I’ve ever read. Why does he do what he does? Jerry Westerby, foreign correspondent; the eponymous ‘schoolboy’. Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. Learn how your comment data is processed. The best part of the story by far, aside from the magnificent and tragic conclusion, is Westerby’s sojourn through Southeast Asia. Feb 12, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: The ending with its rebirth almost reassured me enough to forget all my troubles with this book.

I tried so very hard to like this book, I really did. As a Southeast Asianist and a fan of le Carre, this book is personally a dream come true for me.

But one character whose role puzzled me and Peter Guilliam is that of Sam Collins. Smiley’s and Connie’s scenes are strongly written, with the gradual unveiling of the mole leaving me whipping through the side stories in order to get back to the latest information on the deep penetration agent.

The Honourable Schoolboy

If they stab me in the back, then at least that honoyrable the judgment of my peers. Then the second, from to the present. How did he seemingly go from the doghouse to playing such a key role in the case? So rather than nitpick, I’ll conclude by saying that it’s a great spy novel, a fantastic tour of Indochina and Hong Kong, and a pretty good character analysis of an unhappy middle-aged spy trying to do the right thing. Kohn 07, Pages Buy.


The Karla Trilogy is not a true trilogy but a marketing spin and this book proves it in more ways than one. They discover tue Sam Collins’s investigation of a money laundering operation in Laos could point to involvement by Karla.

The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré

To the book’s great detriment. Add to this mix the man’s extraordinary longevity and his personal courage and integrity, his willingness to take on the right enemies absolutely, and ladies and gentlemen I nominate for the Nobel Prize for Literature M. The Honourable Schoolboy lends itself with particular ease to such a journalistic reading due to the place and time it is set in: After attending the universities of Bern and Oxford, he taught at Schoolboyy and spent five years in the British Foreign Service.

Another really good novel about cold-war spies.

Smiley team is there but more as jogn sideshow to the juvenile story of a fringe spy falling in crazy love over a single meeting, his Southeast Asian ventures and a complex capture tale where one is never clear what the entire fuss is all about.

But now, only Len Deighton’s ‘ Game, Set, Match, ‘ series a trilogy, mind you can favorably compare in depth and breadth to just this one, schoolboy LeCarre masterpiece.