Thursday, October 8, 2015
THE HONOURABLE SCHOOLBOY - John le Carre
The second book in the "Karla" trilogy and this must be the 5th or 6th time I've read it and even though I know the story back to front there's still something new every time.
The "Circus" is in turmoil after Bill Haydon was discovered to be a Soviet agent in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", Smiley is the temporary head and sets out to uncover a sleeper agent in Hong Kong.
To assist he activates part time agent ,The Honourable Gerald 'Jerry' Westerby.
From here we have a story set in South East Asia during the last days of the Vietnam War and the back rooms of London.
This story is often over looked as a real Smiley novel with many jumping to Smileys People, but I think its one of the best, certainly the saddest. You don't have to have had read the previous book as this stands alone but you should.
In fact if you are over 12 years of age you should have read the series. Brilliant 11/10.