In the second part of John le Carré's Karla Trilogy, the battle of wits between spymaster George Smiley and his Russian adversary takes on an even more dangerous dimension.
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.
Brilliantly plotted and morally complex, The Honourable Schoolboy is the second installment of John le Carré's renowned Karla triology and a riveting portrayal of postcolonial espionage.
With an introduction by the author.
An Honorable Book
If you are a fan le Carré and his character Smiley you will enjoy this book. Well written. Highly descriptive in a minimalist way. Evokes SE Asia of the turbulent early '70s. If not familiar with his earlier work Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, this book may leave you feeling like you are missing much of the secondary plot or psychological analysis of Smiley. It was a fun read after years away from le Carré's work
Why are there so many more Spanish translations of Le Carre's novels available for sale than there are copies of the English originals?
I'd buy more, but my Spanish isn't very good...
That's messed up.
You should read this trilogy in order, starting with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy. The greatness of George Smiley emerges in this book. The other characters are well drawn also. This is a masterpiece of a novel. In a way, it is truer than fiction.