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The Honourable Schoolboy by Le Carre, John(August 12, 1977) Hardcover (1977)

de John Le Carré (Autor)

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George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network. Smiley wants revenge. He chooses his weapon: Jerry Westerby, "The Honourable Schoolboy," a passionate lover, and a seasoned, reckless secret agent. Westerby is pointed east, to Hong Kong. And so begins the terrifying game.… (més)
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Títol:The Honourable Schoolboy by Le Carre, John(August 12, 1977) Hardcover
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The Honourable Schoolboy de John le Carré (1977)

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Part spy thriller, part political potboiler, part romantic tragedy, the second part of the Karla trilogy does not fail to deliver. Smiley is just as clever and unassumingly devious as before and his pawn, Westerby, is a classic le Carre creation who is sent into the heart of Hong Kong to further the Circus' war against the spectre of Karla. Despite some slight dips in the story where it seems Westerby's narrative threatens to overshadow the whole show, it's a solid engaging read that effectively sets the stage for a monumental showdown between long-term enemies, like pieces on a chessboard. ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
A really satisfying continuation to Tinker Tailor, with Smiley picking up the pieces after the chaos of the first book and trying to start over. I think there are some parts where it drags (Westerby's endless wandering around Southeast Asia feels like it could have been condensed) but otherwise this is a very solid sequel. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
A bit of a curate's egg. The Honourable Schoolboy is an unfocused romp through British Hong Kong, Communist China, the conflict in Vietnam and the life of the foreign correspondent (as well as the usual bureaucratic intricacies of the Circus). Le Carré is always at his weakest when he paints with the broad brush, and this tendency is evident in some of the caricatures he presents in supporting roles. Despite this, there is much in the novel that is good, and there are some finely-worked passages among the rambling. ( )
  Lirmac | Jan 28, 2021 |
I started of a bit slow and I felt as there was a lack of direction in what is actually going on. But after this initial slow part it really picked up and got really interesting and good.

Fully enjoyed reading this one, fantastic spy thriller. ( )
  gullevek | Dec 15, 2020 |
John asks for a review.

You know what, John? Right now I'm reading Through a Scanner Darkly. Should you happen to know it, it may explain why I'm not giving one.

Or maybe just this: it was too long ago and I honestly can't tell one of the early le Carres from another. I know I shouldn't say that, but.

Sorry!!! ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
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A retired missionary and his daughter, a Hong Kong policeman, an Italian orphan, an English schoolmaster, an American narcotics agent, a slovenly Kremlinologist, a mad bodyguard, the quite splendid Craw -- all are burned on the brain of the reader. If they are not marooned in loneliness, their cynicism corrodes or they go blank when there are no explanations, only helicopters. Loneliness, in fact, rather than betrayal, is the leitmotif. It is the leper's bell around their necks. They have only themselves to be true to, and they are no longer sure who they are. Not a page of this book is without intelligence and grace. Not a page fails to suggest that we carry around with us our own built-in heart of darkness.
afegit per John_Vaughan | editaNY Times, John Leonard (Jul 20, 1977)
 
The Honourable Schoolboy brings the second sequence to a heavy apotheosis. A few brave reviewers have expressed doubts about whether some of the elements which supposedly enrich le Carré later manner might not really be a kind of impoverishment, but generally the book has been covered with praise - a response not entirely to be despised, since The Honourable Schoolboy is so big that it takes real effort to cover it with anything. At one stage I tried to cover it with a pillow, but there it was, still half visible, insisting, against all the odds posed by its coagulated style, on being read to the last sentence...

Smiley's fitting opponent is Karla, the KGB's chief of operations. Smiley has Karla's photograph hanging in his office, just as Montgomery had Rommel's photograph hanging in his caravan. Karla, who made a fleeting physical appearance in the previous novel, is kept offstage in this one - a sound move, since like Moriarty he is too abstract a figure to survive examination. But the tone of voice in which le Carré talks about the epic mental battle between Smiley and Karla is too sublime to be anything but ridiculous. 'For nobody, not even Martello, quite dared to challenge Smiley's authority.' In just such a way T. E. Lawrence used to write about himself. As he entered the tent, sheiks fell silent, stunned by his charisma.
afegit per SnootyBaronet | editaNew York Review of Books, Clive James
 

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le Carré, Johnautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Davidson, FrederickNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Laing, TimIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Nousiainen, JussiTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Soellner, HeddaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Soellner, RolfTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Taylor, MattAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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I and the public know
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Those to whom evil is done
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For Jane, who bore the brunt, put with my presence and absence alike, and made it all possible.
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Afterwards, in the dusty little corners where London's secret servants drink together, there was argument about where the Dolphin case history should really begin.
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George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network. Smiley wants revenge. He chooses his weapon: Jerry Westerby, "The Honourable Schoolboy," a passionate lover, and a seasoned, reckless secret agent. Westerby is pointed east, to Hong Kong. And so begins the terrifying game.

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