Age shall not weary him

The Guardian - Review - - Review -

I love John le Carré’s Smi­ley with a pas­sion yet, de­spite John Banville’s ex­pla­na­tion of the vague timescale in the new novel, I have dif­fi­culty in imag­in­ing Ge­orge say­ing any­thing at all in 2017. In one of the early nov­els I re­mem­ber him ob­serv­ing Kristall­nacht from a win­dow in Ger­many as a stu­dent/spy. Even by shoe­horn­ing Smi­ley into this in­ter­lude as a 16-year-old, and plac­ing it in 1939 in­stead of ear­lier, I can’t credit him with be­ing much younger than 93. De­spite this, I sus­pend dis­be­lief. shade­boz from the web­site

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