science fiction, new weird, old weird, very weird - and everything else. often, though not always, discussed in relation to gender identity and (a)sexuality.
Guillam was exhausted. Forty is a difficult age at which to stay awake, he decided. At twenty or at sixty the body knows what it's about, but forty is an adolescence where one sleeps to grow up or to stay young.
Yeah, well,... that would actually explain a lot. *yawns*
Seriously though, it's kinda nice to read a book where a forty year old character is considered young for a change, and not an old fart with one leg in his grave.
Then again, Guillam is male. No idea if le Carré would extend the same courtesy to a female character.