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The Honourable Schoolboy review à eBook or Kindle ePUB summary Å eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ John le Carré read The Honourable Schoolboy Ent on revenge Smiley thrusts his own handpicked operative into action Jerry Westerby The Honourable Schoolboy is dispatched to the Far East A burial ground of French British and American colonial cultures the region is a fabled testing ground of patriotic allegiancesand a new showdown is about to beg. There is a passage than halfway through The Honorable Schoolboy which discusses the reading material that Jerry Westerby the schoolboy of the title about to embark for Phnom Penh has brought with him on the plane He read the Jours de France to put some French back into his mind then remembered Candide and read that He had brought the book bag and in the book bag he had Conrad In Phnom Penh he always read Conrad it tickled him to remind himself he was sitting in the last of the two Conrad river ports I smiled when I read this for I had been thinking of Conrad for the last hundred pages or so Most of Le Carre makes me think of Conrad A career in espionage is in its way as isolating and maddening for the spy as the sea is for the sailor as a far flung colonial outpost is for the civil servant Each of these remote milieux calls forth the uniueness and the oddness of the lone individual who deprived of society s customary comforts and restraints may be seduced into making rash irretrievable choices This is perhaps doubly true of the secret agent whose tasks reuire a counterfeit identity the maintenance of which demands some degree of self deception Such a double life intensifies loneliness and may well lead the agent to disasterThus it is for Jerry Westerby the honourable schoolboy of the title In 1974George Smiley spymaster of The Circus intent on rebuilding the agency s reputation after the discovery of a highly placed mole believes the exposure of the purposes of a recently detected gold seam a laundering operation of money through Laos in which the Soviets have a hand may be just what the Circus needs to restore credibility So Smiley sends Westerby under cover as a sportswriter to track the gold seam determine its route of travel its beneficiary and its purpose Hong Kong Vietnam and Laos provide Westerby with the answers but they also change him personally profoundly leading him toward his own Conradian tragedyThis is a rich unsettling novel Like Conrad s heroes Le Carre s Westerby faces ambiguous moral choices but in a post Vietnam world filled with machinations and deceptions both between and within governments Smiley s and Westerby s moral charts seem convoluted less navigable if it be possible than Marlow s and Lord Jim s

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The Honourable Schoolboy review à eBook or Kindle ePUB summary Å eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ John le Carré read The Honourable Schoolboy Pands upon his extraordinary vision of a secret world as George Smiley goes on the attackIn the wake of a demoralizing infiltration by a Soviet double agent Smiley has been made ringmaster of the Circus aka the British Secret Service Determined to restore the organization's health and reputation and b. AcknowledgmentsMap The Honourable Schoolboy

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The Honourable Schoolboy review à eBook or Kindle ePUB summary Å eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ John le Carré read The Honourable Schoolboy John le Carré's classic novels deftly navigate readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge and have earned him and his hero British Secret Service agent George Smiley unprecedented worldwide acclaimIn this classic masterwork le Carré ex. Popular opinion has it that this is the weakest of the three Karla novels I thought it was a masterpiece and a ambitious novel than Tinker TailorIt is very different from the last book suddenly there is this unexpectedly huge scope of Southeast Asia to go alongside the muted meetings in grey London office rooms I can well understand how some readers might have felt it was two books jammed together but for me the contrast worked perfectly and I was riveted by how brilliantly Le Carr unfurls the story The writing here is simply incredible I can t think of another writer who could have me on the edge of my seat with a twenty page description of an interdepartmental meeting but somehow that s what we get here Here s the halfway point of the meeting after several pages of close detailed description just admire how easily he suddenly slips into this spare witty style Lunch Martindale announced without much optimism They ate it upstairs glumly off plastic catering trays delivered by van The partitions were too low and Guillam s custard flowed into his meatThe Southeast Asia sections are wonderfully accomplished We have thumbnail sketches of the Laotian capital the Cambodian Civil War rich descriptions of pre handover Hong Kong Jerry Westerby the hack reporter who doubles as an occasional stringer for British Intelligence is a character who will ring true to anyone who s worked in journalism As a reporter myself I ve never yet read a better description of why journalists do dangerous things for so little money why they get out of the car cross the road head towards the gunshotsSometimes you do it to save face thought Jerry other times you just do it because you haven t done your job unless you ve scared yourself to death Other times again you go in order to remind yourself that survival is a fluke But mostly you go because the others go for machismo and because in order to belong you must shareOh that s wonderful and practically thrown away in the middle of a paragraph This comes in a long virtuoso section which sees Jerry digging up information on a contact under cover of writing a story on frontline fighting in Cambodia The book is full of such delights everything from tiny foreign airline lounges to fashion shows to opium dens have an air of truth to them I don t know if Le Carr is drawing on personal experiences or if he just writes so well that I believe anything he says Either way it makes this book a pleasureThere are flaws The final third is less good than what comes before and the one main female character is too much of a damsel in distress who has really no reason except convention for falling for our antihero But I ll take that for the joys of reading a spy novel I can actually believe with some descriptive set pieces of The East that are unmatched

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  • The Honourable Schoolboy
  • John le Carré
  • English
  • 11 March 2018
  • 9789997518545

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    (PDF/EPUB) [The Honourable Schoolboy] » John le Carré What a man thinks is his own business What matters is what he doesThis uote seems fairly elementary in substance and I can’t help thinking how much this seems to reflect the basic expectation of the intelligence agents in this novel A man or woman is given a set of orders and those orders should be followed through wit

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    summary Å eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ John le Carré (PDF/EPUB) [The Honourable Schoolboy] » John le Carré John le Carré ☆ 3 read & download In the review I wrote for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy I mentioned that it took me a while to accustom myself to the spy jargon as well as many of the British idioms It gave me a very strange feeling to start reading this episode # 6 in the George Smiley series and discover 1 the British idioms are offset by the fact that the Circus centre of espionage in London is balanced and often explained by the Cousins their American counterp

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    summary Å eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ John le Carré John le Carré ☆ 3 read & download read The Honourable Schoolboy Popular opinion has it that this is the weakest of the three Karla novels I thought it was a masterpiece and a ambitious novel than Tinker TailorIt is very different from the last book suddenly there is this unexpectedly huge scope of

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    read The Honourable Schoolboy (PDF/EPUB) [The Honourable Schoolboy] » John le Carré 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

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    (PDF/EPUB) [The Honourable Schoolboy] » John le Carré summary Å eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ John le Carré “I and the public knowWhat all schoolchildren learnThose to whom evil is doneDo evil in return ― WH Auden “Yet it's not for want of future that I'm here he thought It's for want of a present” ― John le Carré The Honourable Schoolboy Well sport this was a messy sometimes uneven AND occasionally a plodding novel but I absolutely loved every single word of it This is the second book of le Carré's Karla trilog

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    summary Å eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ John le Carré (PDF/EPUB) [The Honourable Schoolboy] » John le Carré John le Carré ☆ 3 read & download I and the public knowWhat all schoolchildren learnThose to whom evil is doneDo evil in return WH AudenWhat if you devoted your entire life to something because you thought it was the right thing the good thing the moral thing and then you ended your life wondering if you had been completely wrong? It happens to a lot of people particularly be

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    (PDF/EPUB) [The Honourable Schoolboy] » John le Carré One of the few bright spots is how the author wrote the 1970s colonized Hong Kong I also enjoy how the author described the international spy network and how those spies work but all the good things I have to say about this book end here The characters are rather flat the plot and the war among spies slow paced and uninteresting In

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    John le Carré ☆ 3 read & download summary Å eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ John le Carré read The Honourable Schoolboy There is a passage than halfway through The Honorable Schoolboy which discusses the reading material that Jerry Westerby—the “schoolboy” of the title about to embark for Phnom Penh—has brought with him on the plane He read the Jours de France to put some French back into his mind then remembered Candide and read that He had brought the book bag and in the book bag he had Conrad In Phnom Penh he alway

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    read The Honourable Schoolboy John le Carré ☆ 3 read & download summary Å eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ John le Carré Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a tough act to follow but I must admit I was expecting At first I thought that’s exactly what I was g

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