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The Honourable Schoolboy: The Karla Trilogy, Book 2 | [John le Carré]

The Honourable Schoolboy: The Karla Trilogy, Book 2

George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network, and 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. So begins the terrifying game.
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Publisher's Summary

George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network, and 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. So begins the terrifying game.

©2009 David Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"All the good things are there: the Balkan complexities of plot; the Dickensian profusion of idiosyncratic characters; and above all, le Carré's glistening social observation." (Time magazine)

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  • Roderic
    Victoria Park, Australia
    11/4/13
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    "Excellent story and narration"
    What other book might you compare The Honourable Schoolboy to, and why?

    I have now listened to all the George Smiley books with Michael Jayston as narrator. All are excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    5/8/12
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    "Labyrinthine masterpiece"

    Never mind if you can't follow the complex twists and turns of this superbly written Cold War spy thriller. This is LeCarré at his peak with well fleshed out characters, an utterly believable Secret Service and a typically dark and rather grim storyline. Cleverly told with insight and surprising humour, the descriptions of people, places and events are fulsome and expert. Certainly not a sparse writer, but I could listen to Michael Jaystons rendition of this superlative work for another 20 hours and not tire of it.
    This is the second in the so-called "Karla trilogy", following on from Tinker Tailor, and that's certainly where you should start. Brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Momo
    Salford, United Kingdom
    12/15/11
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    "The Circus gets back at Karla"

    A brilliant book, the reading by Michael Jayston adds enoromously. I have got more out of listening to it than I got out of reading it. I would suggest that you listen to Tinker, Tailor as it will help you make sense of the characters, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    10/29/11
    Overall
    "Good but not great"

    Perhaps what I did wrong was listen to this right after I'd finished Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which I really loved. It's not as good, though it is still very good. The narration is fantastic. I felt that this was too 'padded' out, with long sections that seemed to add little to the overall plot. The setting was atmospheric, though I missed George Smiley who featured a lot less than I'd expected. We had of course met the main character - the Honorable Schoolboy of the title - in the last book. His character in this story seemed at odds with the way he was portrayed in Tinker Tailor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • peter
    Szentendre, Hungary
    7/4/11
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    "thrilling..."

    utterly enchanting story telling with the familiar and brilliant le carre prose, saturated by caustic humor and subtle characterization. probably one of the finest english novels of the late 20th century that moves beyond of the cloak and dagger genre. To top it all, a brilliant narration by michael jayston who above everything else is able bring his TTSS - BBC experince to the front by adding alec guinness’ intonation to george smiley’s character. just loved that sound!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    8/21/10
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    "If you only buy one"

    The story is read extremely well and at the ideal pace and the stry does draw you in to a tangled web as you would expect from the author. It helps if you know Tinker, tailor , spy but can stand up on its own. My one negative is the story itself is just not as good as tinker taylor spy and if you only by one le Carre that should be it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charles J
    Newcastle, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
    6/13/10
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    "detailed and connected"

    The narration is good throughout and the cast are well represented the story flows. I enjoyed it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel
    Belvedere, United Kingdom
    6/15/13
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    "Breathless"

    Reading was rather irritating as a result of drawn out 's' sounds and loud breathing at intervals by the reader.
    Most off-putting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Duncan
    Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
    4/22/10
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    "Health warning"

    Having given the dramatisation of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold a five star rave review, I eagerly awaited this new LeCarre
    offering. I'm sorry but I found it very irritating and overly long, so much so that I didn't finish it. The dramatised and narrated versions of LeCarre are very different animals.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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