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5.0 out of 5 stars after 20-plus years, still Le Carre's best, 16 Dec 2003
This review is from: The Honourable Schoolboy (Paperback)
Not just another spy novel! Virtually all of this author's novels are about the slow, painful evolution of both conscience and consciousness in the protagonist, but Honourable Schoolboy stands out because the plotting and imagery work so perfectly with the spiritual journey of Jerry Westerby, which commences when he undertakes a field operation for George Smiley, his sometime mentor, who has just come back into power at the intelligence agency nicknamed "the Circus." This journey of heart and mind is wonderfully played out in Jerry's physical odyssey through Southeast Asia, during the time of the US withdrawal from Vietnam and its neighbors. The novel is peopled with brilliantly drawn side characters that move and fascinate the reader, but never distract (something that is not always the case in Le Carre's work). Conrad and Orwell would both have loved it.
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