Rereading "The Honourable Schoolboy" again
Posted 19 December 2011 - 06:21 PM
I had "Tinker, Tailor" in a volume with "The Honourable Schoolboy" and "Smiley's People" and decided to follow the adventures of Jerry Westerby once more. Much of the attraction of Le Carre is the the incredible detail he uses to not only build characters but to describe what they are doing. This attention to minutia is not for everyone--a friend wasn't able to read it, complaining that, when Jerry Westerby is on his way to "burn" a minor official of a bank in Hong Kong it took two pages to get him across the street. It did. I found it enthralling as I not only followed Westerby into the bank but watched his every move as he mimed a sudden need for ready cash just as it was closing at noon on Saturday. More importantly we got a real sense of the the thrill and the anxiety of an agent in the field in a potentially hostile area.
"The Honourable Schoolboy" has a certain cachet for me. It was the first new, hardcover, full-price book that I ever bought, at least one that wasn't either a textbook or a gift--an extravagant gift at that. Spending $12.95 or whatever it was in 1977 instead of getting on a long list at the library, trying to find a review copy sold by a reviewer to a North side bookstore or just reading it twenty or thirty pages at a time while standing in the aisle at Kroch's and Brentano's made me feel like a real plutocrat.
Posted 20 December 2011 - 12:52 PM
I have fond memories of Alec Guinness as Smiley back when but I can imagine Oldman in the part.
Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:27 PM
I saw the new movie and it was most enjoyable. I intend to read the book.
Posted 27 January 2012 - 05:09 AM
One thing that surprised both me and John (my husband) about the movie was that Jerry W. (I just read his last name in your post but I can't remember it now) had a small part in it. I do remember that Jerry is the main character in The Honourable School Boy. I really want to re-read all three books when I get a chance. Fortunately my husband owns them.
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