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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Clandestinity just makes spy battles much more psychologically complex.

Other books in the series. Jayston renders numerous characters in recognizably individuated voices and different realistic accents, ranging from English public school, to American Midwest, to Australian, to Chinese, to Mexican-American. It explodes over the pages. But, when I picked it back up, I found that this novel had everything I could have wanted about my exotic perceptions of the East as the story swung between Hong Kong, Cambodia, Vietnam, London and America.

Smiley quickly realises that Tiu, Ko’s second-in-command, travelled to Shanghai six weeks before Ricardo’s flight to meet with Ko’s brother, Nelson, a high-ranking Chinese official and Soviet mole; Tiu was to arrange their rendezvous, through which Nelson would escape China.

The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Perhaps, the greatest spy trilogy ever. The characters had many aspects, very 3-dimensional and I loved their strengths and flaws as they played out through the narrative. There are large passages of inaction throughout.


Inspired by Your Browsing History. The psychological contrasts of these two characters are central to the story’s development and conclusion. Looking for More Great Reads?

This is a startling, refreshing, and welcome change from the usual trenchcoat-tales which always feature dreary Berlin and London. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. He traveled around with a group of journalists and also spent time getting to know the hang-outs for many different classes of people. I was often reminded of Morse novels as I read, because Smiley is quite like Morse and because I often felt Csrr had lost the thread of the plot but felt I wanted to plough on nonetheless.

Pound-for-pound in any one-on-one matchup versus any other ‘stand-alone’ title it has no peer. I found the East Asian life descriptions more interesting than the first time.

The internal UK counter-espionage and counter-terrorism security service, whom the Circus often hhonourable “The Security Mob”.

The Honourable Schoolboy lends itself with particular ease to such a journalistic reading due to the place and time it is set in: I’m a longtime reader of the espionage genre –beginning as just a lad–and although I massively enjoyed all of John LeCarre’s earlier works and particularly his George Smiley series–I must call out “The Honourable Schoolboy” for especial recognition.

I’ll read all of them. To ask other readers questions about The Honourable Schoolboyplease sign up. To start with, this book has little connection with the Karla-Smiley story of Tinker, Tailor.


There are two LeCarre’s. Let me put it this way: Did Smiley order the death that closes the action? But Westerby is not ‘dead inside’, not a ‘shell’. But it did go on a bit, Westerby was just too smart, Guillam needs to find a new line of work and ls women are trinkets.

The Honourable Schoolboy

This page honourablr last edited on 31 Octoberat It is very different from the last book: Rhapsody in Books Weblog. It’s also a gesture of homage to the grand days of the Far East under British rule.

But the book’s main shortcoming is the titular character, car journalist aristo cum spy honnourable Westerby, dispatched by Smiley on a mission in the south-east. The main character is not George Smiley although he is present in much of the novel but Jerry Westerby, one of the Occasionals as they are referred to – foreign correspondents who do a little spying on the side.

This is the lodestone for our era as nothing else is; and LeCarre writes as an insider. So this is far more than mere ‘espionage’. You will be wide-eyed at the descriptions of war-torn South Vietnam. Technicians responsible for finding and removing hidden microphones, cameras and other surveillance devices.