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The Constant Gardener

A Novel

Le Carré, John

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Constant Gardener
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Now a major motion picture from Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of City of God The Constant Gardener is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time. The novel opens in northern Kenya with the gruesome murder of Tessa Quayle--young, beautiful, and dearly beloved to husband Justin. When Justin sets out on a personal odyssey to uncover the mystery of her death, what he finds could make him not only a suspect among his own colleagues, but a target for Tessa's killers as well. A master chronicler of the betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, John le Carre portrays the dark side of unbridled capitalism as only he can. In The Constant Gardener he tells a compelling, complex story of a man elevated through tragedy as Justin Quayle--amateur gardener, aging widower, and ineffectual bureaucrat--discovers his own natural resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2004
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780743287203
0743287207
9780743262439
0743262433
Branch Call Number: FICTION LECARRE 2004
Characteristics: 482 p. ;,22 cm

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A thriller in which the main character is seeking his wife's killers, and also trying to figure out why she was killed -- ultimately her murder is the result of her investigations into corrupt practices of a pharmaceutical company which is involved in large-scale unscrupulous testing of a new drug.

Tessa Quayle, the wife of a British diplomat living in Nairobi, is trying to do good things when she is murdered. Her husband Justin starts looking for answers after her friend is found guilty of the crime. His search leads not to her friend but to a new TB drug. From a master of spies and c... Read More »


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Sep 27, 2011
  • jgrnlees rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The book jacket description for this title begins with the words, "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." Unfortunately, I found the book to be neither frightening nor heartbreaking. If "exquisitely calibrated" is synonymous with well-written, then I suppose this part of the description can be considered true. I thought the plot to be quite boring, however, and gave up the reading of it when about 1/3 of the way into it. Most of the action to this point took place in Nairobi and Lake Turkana was only mentioned as the scene of the crime. My mother tells me that le Carré's earlier books are much better (she used to read everything he wrote until this title, after which reading she stopped reading his new works), so I won't write him off as a writer until I've read one of his earlier spy novels.

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