Plot[ edit ] In George Smiley , the chief of the British secret intelligence service referred to as The Circus, is repairing the damage done to their operations by double agent Bill Haydon and looking for opportunities to target Karla , the Moscow Centre spymaster. Smiley and analysts Connie Sachs and Doc di Salis look into investigations suppressed by the outed mole and find that a historic investigation of a money laundering operation in Laos by Sam Collins could indicate a Moscow intelligence operation. Smiley dispatches Jerry Westerby , a newspaper reporter and occasional Circus operative, to Hong Kong under the guise of a sports journalist. Westerby traces the Soviet money to Drake Ko, a local businessman with links to both the criminal underworld and the British establishment. London establishes that Drake Ko has a brother, Nelson, who is a high-ranking Chinese official and who has been spying on the Chinese for the Soviets. Charlie Marshall and Tiny Ricardo both pilots and smugglers were approached by Drake to carry opium into China, and return with a package.
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Tojashicage Without spoilers I can assert that The Honourable Schoolboy takes place largely in south and southeast Asia, with long stretches back in London, and an ultimate focus on Hong Kong.
And his style is to describe his ohnourable and propel their actions through external description alone. Too many characters are presented as caricatures of various stereotypes.
We have thumbnail sketches of the Laotian capital, the Cambodian Civil War, rich descriptions of pre-handover Hong Kong. He traveled around with a group of journalists and also spent time getting to know the hang-outs for many different classes of people.
This is some of the most vivid Vietnam-era prose you will ever encounter. The Honourable Schoolboy Smiley team is there but more as a sideshow to the juvenile story of a fringe spy falling in crazy love over a single meeting, his Southeast Asian ventures and a complex capture tale where one is never cl The Karla Trilogy is not a true trilogy but a marketing spin and this book proves it in more ways than one.
Or as an epic of moral compromises and attempted redemptions note the plural. That said,there is no intrigue of the previous book. Or the local security services had blackmailed him—in Sarratt jargon the angels had put a burn on xarr he had played the honourablee both ways in order to survive and smile and keep his Circus pension.
Yes, Karla is mentioned as linked to the spies being chased but with no other role whatsoever. The story, as per LeCarre is dirty, grimy and full of opportunistic and unscrupulous criminals. Learn how honouable comment data is processed. No idea what that was about. Rhapsody in Books Weblog. It is clear that THS is substantially longer than everything that has led up to it. And because of that name, I had no idea he was British either.
Lists with This Book. The year is and the Vietnam War is drawing to its awful conclusion. You are commenting using your WordPress. If they stab me in the back, then at least that is the judgment of my peers.
She walked with all her fingers locked round his arm and her cheek against el shoulder, and she only let go of him to pay out meanly from the purse she now controlled. A modern day Stendahl or Balzac. Drake is sceptical and hesitates. View all 14 comments. I got sick of the female characters—including Connie—portraye Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a tough act to follow, but I must admit I was expecting more.
The story bounces and ricochets all over the lawless by-ways of early s Hong Kong. Smiley assigns Westerby the task of following the money. But mostly you go because the others go; for machismo ; and because in order to belong you must share.
Refresh and try again. His espionage is an all-embracing literary device. The book may have had more meaning in the Seventies when political events of Asia were momentous, the Cold War for all its inaction appeared thrilling and not much was known in the West about people and cities discussed here. In turn, Fawn manhandles Hlnourable. Can Jerry Westerby be trusted? TOP Related Posts.
The Honourable Schoolboy
His older brother, Tony — , was an advertising executive and former county cricketer for Dorset , who lived in America. His younger half-brother, Rupert Cornwell , is a former Washington bureau chief for the newspaper The Independent. When his father died in , Cornwell paid for a memorial funeral service but did not attend it. In , he joined the Intelligence Corps of the British Army garrisoned in Allied-occupied Austria , working as a German language interrogator of people who crossed the Iron Curtain to the West.
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