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The honourable schoolboy - John Le Carré,
This review is from: The Honourable Schoolboy (Paperback)
THS forms number 2 in the Smiley / Karla trilogy - although as any Le Carré reader knows some characters pop up in other stories.
For me this novel is the pinnacle of Le Carré's writing. It's brilliantly constructed. It's undoubtedly a densely packed novel - one friend couldn't manage to read it "because there were too many words". I found and still find it to be a brilliant story, incredibly well written. I've re-read it several times and my current copy, bought sometime in the late 70s, is falling apart through over-use. One reviewer, whose comments are on my copy, states that in his opinion, THS was one of the finest English novels of the 70s. I've always agreed with this. Of the three Smiley/ Karla books THS has been my favourite since I first read it. Many words there may be but how they're put together makes this one of the best novels written in English. For James Bond spy fiction fans this probably is not for you. For those who appreciate brilliant writing then enjoy it.