The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

by John le Carré
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The Constant Gardener by John le Carré

Frightening, heartbreaking, and exquisitely calibrated, John le Carré's new novel opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle near northern Kenya's Lake Turkana, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover and traveling companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's much older husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive.

A master chronicler of the deceptions and betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, le Carré portrays, in The Constant Gardener, the dark side of unbridled capitalism. His eighteenth novel is also the profoundly moving story of a man whom tragedy elevates. Justin Quayle, amateur gardener and ineffectual bureaucrat, seemingly oblivious to his wife's cause, discovers his own resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love.

The Constant Gardener is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743215053
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 12/12/2000
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.63(d)

About the Author

John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Honorable Schoolboy; and Smiley's People. His novels include The Little Drummer Girl, A Perfect Spy, The Russia House, Our Game, The Tailor of Panama, and Single & Single. John le Carré lives in Cornwall.

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Constant Gardener 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read maybe three of LeCarre's books, and he always drives me nuts trying to figure out what is going on. I almost put this one back on the bottom of my 'books to read' pile after about 90 pages. I always find myself frustrated in the early going as to 'where is he going with this'? Mr. LeCarre is very meticulous about developing his characters before he hits you with the 'two-by-four between the eyes' plot twists. This novel was stupendous. You knew the characters right down to their toenails when he starts to let the story really roll, peeling off layer upon layer of betrayal. Justin the milk-toast diplomat: LeCarre has you so lulled into thinking that he's a do-nothing larva that when he starts to break out of his chrysalis of propriety, you find yourself laughing and crying at the same time - go Justin! The story line is about as scary as they come, considering the pharma-related headlines of the last several months. LeCarre tells a story that we don't want to believe could be true, but we suspect that there is more truth between these lines than we read in our daily papers. We are treated to the possible havoc that could be wroought by raw corporate power underpinned by greed, predjudice and ethnic fanaticism at its worst. We understand why the heroes do not survive. It's doubtful that any of us would, either. This may be a work of fiction, but as in other of LeCarre's novels, it is a fiction that is chilling to the bone in the truths it speaks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had just finished reading The Informant: A true story by Kurt Eichenwald. The Informant is a non-fiction account of how the FBI used an Archer Daniels Midland executive to gather information in the lysine antitrust case the government brought against the corporation. I was ready to read more and Le Carre¿s The Constant Gardener fit the bill. Often, when I read fiction such as Le Carre¿s, I wonder how much of it was based on truth. By the time I had finished the book I was sure that the pharmaceutical-government complex was up to something in not only Africa but elsewhere as well. Powerful companies who are not opposed to killing the people who stand in their way seem very likely to me. The suspicion surrounding the death of Karen Silkwood a Kerr-Mckey employee or even my recent novel about the military-industrial complex and an organization of fictitious aerospace contractors comes to mind. John Le Carre has done a marvelous job at describing in detail his characters and their surroundings. The setting of the story is Kenya. Carre¿s writing and descriptions reminded me of how Hemmingway wrote about Africa in The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories. In John Le Carre¿s The Constant Gardener the plot moves fast and tense and his characters are well drawn. For me The Constant Gardner was an exciting book to read and one that I would recommend to any one who enjoys either a mystery or a thriller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I felt I was learning about 3rd world countries and the way companies use them as guinea pigs for the advancement of the almighty dollar. The storyline held my interest till the end
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed many of Le Carré's novels, particularly the George Smiley trilogy and 'The Tailor of Panama' and of course novels by other authors, mostly American. But I love Le Carré's plots and writing elegance. And I've thought, how much denser a plot could Le Carré weave? I believe he raised the bar on himself with this latest, 'The Constant Gardener.' I did not want the reading to end. I felt almost born-again, and had a feeling that there may yet be some hope left in humankind. I have a feeling this is not your average fictional text. John Le Carré's must have felt spiritually cleansed after completing this absolutely awesome novel. (The disclaimers at the end were very appropriate indeed.) Thank you.
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I really flew through this one. Well written, interesting characters, compelling plot.
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