The Constant Gardener (Paperback)

Author: Le Carre, John

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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 Carré 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.

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. What he might know and what he ultimately learns make him suspect among his own colleagues and a target for the profiteers who killed his wife.

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.


Publisher Pocket Books
Mfg Part# 9781416503903
SKU 31058226
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1416503900
Release Date 7/26/2005
Dimensions (in Inches) 7H x 4.5L x 1.75T
Author Info
John Le Carre
Born David Cornwell in Poole, Dorset, John Le Carr? attended Berne University in Switzerland and Lincoln College, Oxford, graduating in 1956 with a B.A. in modern languages. After tutoring at Eton for two years, he went to work for the British Foreign Service in Bonn and Hamburg from 1959 to 1964. Le Carr? is best known for his brooding international spy, the ironically named George Smiley. In fact, Smiley is a dark, disturbed agent mired in the lonely, cutthroat world of espionage where the line between good and evil is often blurred, and sometimes erased. Le Carr? pulls no punches in depicting the stark, inhuman nature of international intrigue. He first gained fame for the classic thriller THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD (1963), which featured Smiley in a small, supporting role. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, many people predicted that Le Carr?'s career would die with the Cold War. But Le Carr? proved them wrong, finding newly relevant topics in the post-Cold-War world.
"The novel dramatically bares what the accumulation of fact or a high-minded dialectic will never disclose. No serious novelist can do more. To be sure, Le Carr? has never quite gotten his due in literary England.... [But] that realm's neglect may ultimately be proof of Le Carr?'s genius."
Le Carr? is...a thoroughgoing literary artist....He deserves to be considered a major writer....[H]e sits more comfortably in the company of Bellow and Roth and Updike than the Forsyths and Ludlums of the world. THE CONSTANT GARDENER is a worthy addition to his large and consistently impressive oeuvre."
"THE CONSTANT GARDENER reveals a new and far more Dickensian le Carr?....But where in Dickens the desire to improve the real world--to weigh in on the subject of debtor's prisons or child labor in factories--never interfered with creating a supremely inviting fictional world, one senses an impatience in THE CONSTANT GARDENER, as if le Carr? were chafing at his eagerness to have us admire his heroine as he does, to get us to believe. Taking sides with the angels, his novel unabashedly wears its heart on its sleeve."
"Because he writes elegantly and because his characters engage us, we do not stop to wonder how well le Carre's discourse holds up. Though sentimentality is hard to resist, hostility to authority is not always a virtue, and the superior righteousness of the oppressed remains, as the Scots say, unproven."
"With THE CONSTANT GARDENER, le Carre proves once more that the themes of deception and betrayal that run through his work need nothing as dramatic as the Cold War for their expression; unbridled capitalism works just as well in exposing the flaws of human morality."
"THE CONSTANT GARDENER exposes an ugly secret in which, knowingly or not, we are all complicit."
"Richly detailed, full of righteous fire to offset its desperate prognosis, THE CONSTANT GARDENER is a very impressive piece of work. It is certainly on of John le Carre's best."
"THE CONSTANT GARDENER's conclusion may be somber, but the book breathes life, anger and excitement until the casual, near brutal realism of its last sentence."
From the Publisher
Annotation Tessa Quayle, the lovely wife of a member of the British Foreign Service based in Nairobi, is killed in a mysterious car accident near a lake in Kenya. Tessa was an activist who had recently come across sensitive documents exposing an international corporate conspiracy to exploit Kenya's poor. Tessa's husband, Justin, has been a mild-mannered official for decades, but when he decides to get to the bottom of Tessa's death, he discovers that he has an unexpected capacity to go against the grain. He'll need it, as his journey to the truth takes him through many levels of corporate and diplomatic intrigue in Kenya, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, and Canada. This novel by master of the spy thriller John Le Carre was adapted into a 2005 film starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz.
Editors Note When the young and beautiful wife of a much older embassy worker and amateur gardener is found murdered near Northern Kenya's Lake Turkana, his personal pursuit of the killers not only sets him up as their next target, but as a suspect among his embassy colleagues. Reissue. (A Focus Features film, directed by Fernando Meirelles, releasing Fall 2005, starring Ralph Fiennes & Rachel Weisz) (Suspense)
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Book Format Pocketbook
Number of Pages 0560
Publisher Pocket Star Books
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