The Honourable Schoolboy

Paperback | August 27, 2013

byJohn Le Carré

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The mole has been eliminated, but the damage wrought has brought the British Secret Service to its knees. Given charge of the gravely compromised Circus, George Smiley embarks on a campaign to uncover what Moscow Centre most wants to hide. When the trail goes cold at a Hong Kong gold seam, Smiley dispatches Gerald Westerby to shake the money tree. A part-time operative with cover as a philandering journalist, Westerby insinuates himself into a war-torn world where allegiances—and lives—are bought and soled.

Brillaintly plotted and morally complex, The Honourable Schoolboy is the second installment of John le Carré's renowned Karla trilogy and a riveting portrayal of postcolonial espionage.

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The mole has been eliminated, but the damage wrought has brought the British Secret Service to its knees. Given charge of the gravely compromised Circus, George Smiley embarks on a campaign to uncover what Moscow Centre most wants to hide. When the trail goes cold at a Hong Kong gold seam, Smiley dispatches Gerald Westerby to shake the...

John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Honourable Schoolboy; and Smiley’s People. His recent novels include The Constant Gardener, Absolute Friends, The Mission Song, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 8.24 × 5.28 × 1.57 inPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143189891

ISBN - 13:9780143189893

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Long and tedious. Nothing in comparison to Tinker Tailor I loved the first book in this series. It was extremely well written with a great plot and well developed characters. That being said, I have to write an honest review for the Honourable Schoolboy. I found the book to contain very lengthy and unnecessary sections of dialog that had no bearing or importance to the plot. I enjoy John's descriptive writing style but that's only when it's coupled with actual plot advancement. I'd say half the book could have been edited out for it's uninteresting and simply pointless elements. In other unrelated instances, I found the added characters to be overly silly/comical for the series I'd come to know for consisting of mainly dry wit. Not only did this add nothing to the enjoyment of book, I found the book to not want to be taken seriously either. The best parts of the book, in my opinion, were when any of the original cast (Smiley, Guillam, Lacon) or Jerry were present. In those instances, this book was more like the first in the series.
Date published: 2015-01-06

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Editorial Reviews

"Not a page of this book is without intelligence and grace." - The New York Times

"Energy, compassion, rich and overwhelming sweep of character and action . . . one of the finest English novels of the seventies." - The Times (London)

"All the good things are there: the Balkan complexities of plot; the Dickensian profusion of idiosyncratic characters; and above all, le Carré’s glistening social observation." - Time