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The Honourable Schoolboy: A George Smiley Novel (George Smiley Novels Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

John Le Carre
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Book Description

Featuring George Smiley, The Honourable Schoolboy is the second installment in the renowned Karla Trilogy, the follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which was the inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Tom Hardy.

As the fall of Saigon looms, master spy George Smiley must outmaneuver his Soviet counterpart on a battlefield that neither can afford to lose.
 
The mole has been eliminated, but the damage wrought has brought the British Secret Service to its knees. Given the 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 sold.
 
With an introduction by the author.


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'His command of detail is staggering, his straightforward, unaffected prose is superb. In short, wonderful value' -- The Sunday Times 'Simply the world's greatest fictional spymaster' -- Newsweek 'Energy, compassion, rich and overwhelming sweep of character and action ... one of the finest English novels of the seventies' -- The Times

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  • File Size: 874 KB
  • Print Length: 611 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743457919
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RKXO02
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spy novel you will come back to... January 25, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've just finished reading SCHOOLBOY for perhaps the fifth time & find myself enjoying it just as much as I did to begin with. Part of the pleasure of a good LeCarre is the remarkable depth of his characters -the feeling that one is dealing with real people with all their faults and strengths. Beyond this however is the feeling of authenticity that leCarre brings to his landscapes and to his times. Here we can feel that we are actually in London, and Hong Kong, and Cambodia during that strange Spring of 1975 when thirty years of war were finally drawing to their chaotic close. In Smiley LeCarre has created a truly remarkable figure -at once remote in his brilliance and yet at the same time so human in his flaws and failures. here is a man who will read Goethe in the original to his cheating wife, smoke out a Russian spy in China, salvage a failing Secret Service, and yet try & fail to keep to his diet. Jerry Westerby, The Honourable Schoolboy of the title is in many ways the Everyman of the piece, we side with him, root for him, fear for him, and at the end, well I won't give it away! This is a Thinking Person's spy novel that will do just fine as "aeroplane reading" or as a serious glance back at those awful 1970's...
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Le Carre May 8, 2000
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John Le Carre's mistakes (e.g., "Naive and Sentimental Lover") are more interesting than most other writers' crowning achievements, but "Schoolboy" is as good an intrigue and adventure novel as one will ever find.
Le Carre is the bravest popular novelist around. He panders to no one's politics; he doesn't care how much work a reader might normally choose to invest in a book; and he adheres to no formulae. You either trust him utterly, and let him take you where he's going, or you read Grisham.
"Schoolboy" features a Le Carre regular character, George Smiley, and centers on a bit character from earlier work, Jerry Westerby. In a sense, the novel is a contrast between, on the one hand, the bluff, hearty, athletic, noble, and, well, superficially superficial Westerby; and on the other, the deepest and most complicated character in the genre, George Smiley. But there's so much more here: the contrast between Eastern and Western cultures; between England in its late-twentieth century posture and the then-seeming decline in influence of the U.S.; between the young Turks at the Circus and its old guard.
What unites it all is Le Carre's remarkable gift at storytelling, dialogue, and character development.
I read many authors in the intrigue, mystery, and crime fields. But they're all just faint echoes of Le Carre. If you want real gold, and not just cheap imitation, he's your man.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Underachieving Schoolboy October 31, 2011
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Following the events of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy the British intelligence agency known as the Circus is in disarray. Following the revelation of a traitor within in its highest echelons, its reputation is in tatters, its budget cut and its very existence is in question. The man who uncovered the traitor, George Smiley, is now the chief of a dying agency and its only hope for survival is to go on the offensive. The Honourable Schoolboy is the story of what happens next.

Unlike Tinker which was set entirely in Britain (minus reminisces and flashbacks), le Carre splits the story of this novel across two continents. On one continent is George Smiley running the Circus and the operation that will hopefully redeem it. To do that, le Carre brings back many of the supporting character's he used in Tinker such as Smiley's right hand man Peter Guillam and the eccentric researcher Connie Sachs to name two such people. The main narrative takes place on the other side of the world in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia where former newspaper reporter and occasional Circus agent Jerry" Westerby (introduced as one of the supporting characters in Tinker) is sent to follow up information the Circus has obtained about Hong Kong Fat Cat Drake Ko. As a result, the novel is split up far more then Tinker was something that is both good and bad.

On the good side is its introduction of an all new series of character's and locations. The new character's range from the mysterious Liese, Hong Kong Fat Cat Drake Ko, CIA agents Martello and Murphy and aging Hong Kong journalist Bill Craw. Really though it is the locations that give the novel a much different feel from its predecessor.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LeCarre, The Thinking Man's Spy Master! July 31, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like most of the best-selling works that come from the unchallenged master of the intelligent spy thriller John LeCarre, this is a fictional but absorbing treatise on the hidden and conflicted corners of the human heart, the many ways in which our own natures feed into and extend the darker impulse of a society bent on pursuing the secrets and treachery that ever lurks for the unsuspecting victim. Here, in the second of three best-selling novels tracing the pilgrim's progress of George Smiley, the intrepid and unlikely hero of the post-industrial Western world, LeCarre continues his marvelously convoluted narrative tracing the continuing history of the Smiley chronicles, a three volume spy novel treatise detailing the perfidy and treachery of the world of British intelligence.
In "The Honourable Schoolboy", the instrument of Smiley's revenge against the legendary Karla, the Chief of the Soviet espionage effort, is one Jerry Westerby, a man who comprises such an amalgam of honor, evil, and rage that he is perhaps one of the most complex and yet completely believable characters to pop from LeCarre's fertile mind. Westerby is the old hand in the Far East, Smiley's eyes and ears, and the man George has placed to push the first domino spinning toward the eventual collapse of all the others in the vast Soviet spy network. Smiley is spinning the network in the aftermath of the uncovering of a Soviet mole deep within the Circus, the code name within the trade for the center of British Intelligence.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like the way it started off until i put myself ...
I didn't like the way it started off until i put myself in that era. I am old enough to think back that far and once I did I, really like the book. Read more
Published 13 days ago by MzeeGlenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely texture, absurdly complex characters in an even more complex...
As with any LeCarre novel, you have to be prepared to bring your mental notepad as none of the narrators are reliable and you are forced to work to piece together what is going on. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Irvin Owens
2.0 out of 5 stars I read four of the previous novels and liked them but I had a hard...
I read four of the previous novels and liked them but I had a hard time getting into this one. The story line seemed disjointed and erratic, almost like he had patched together... Read more
Published 28 days ago by tom gaffney
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold War HK
great Le Carre yarn. Loved the HK setting (for a lot of the book).
Published 1 month ago by Brandon G. Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars smiley at his best
This second volume of the "Karla" trilogy is much more filled with action and sympathetic characters -- especially the character of the title -- than tinker tailor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by William Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
I have been reading the Smiley series and this is the best so far. The Spy Who Came in From The Cold probably put le Carre on the map, but Tinker, Tailor,etc was better. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patrick D. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Precisely what I wanted
Published 3 months ago by Raymond Livesey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book. A bit uneven.
Published 3 months ago by Trym Llewan
3.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, uninteresting, nothing like the first book.. but perhaps 50%...
After reading the masterfully written Tinker Tailor, I was very excited to read further into the series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ethan Sargeant
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A nice book, a few to many twists, but still a very nice book.
Published 4 months ago by Saga Jonsson
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John le Carre 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: Tinke, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Honorable Schoolboy, and Smiley's People. His novels include The Little Drummer Girl, A Perfect Spy, The Russia House, Our Game, The Taileor of Panama, and Single & Single. John le Carre lives in Cornwall.


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