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Briefly: John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy

The Honourable Schoolboy itself is anything but brief, and that turned out–more or less–to be my problem with it. Of course, I am no stranger to long books, and I would never use scale on its own as a measure … Continue reading

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“This Blind Night Walk”: John Le Carré, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

He did not like to leave her there in the dark, swaying under the trees, so he walked her halfway back to the house, neither of them talking. As he went down the road, he heard her humming again, so … Continue reading

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“A Squalid Procession”: John Le Carré, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold

“What do you think spies are: priests, saints, and martyrs? They’re a squalid procession of vain fools, traitors, too, yes . . .  . They don’t proselytise; they don’t stand in pulpits or on party platforms and tell us to … Continue reading

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