The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

John le Carré / Aug 09, 2020
The Constant Gardener The Constant Gardener is the profoundly moving story of a man whom tragedy elevates The novel opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle near northern Kenya s Lake Turkana
  • Title: The Constant Gardener
  • Author: John le Carré
  • ISBN: 9780340733530
  • Page: 495
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  • The Constant Gardener is the profoundly moving story of a man whom tragedy elevates The 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 muchThe Constant Gardener is the profoundly moving story of a man whom tragedy elevates The 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 Quayle, amateur gardener and ineffectual bureaucrat, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive, and discovers his own resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love.
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      • John le Carré

        John le Carr , the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell born 19 October 1931 in Poole, Dorset, England , is an English author of espionage novels Le Carr has resided in St Buryan, Cornwall, Great Britain, for than 40 years, where he owns a mile of cliff close to Land s End.See also John le Carr


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    1. The most peaceble people will do the most terrible things when they re pushed John le Carr , The Constant GardenerI have been a little reluctant to read le Carr s post Cold War, post Smiley novels Part of my reluctance was borne of some false assumption that le Carr s masterpieces were mostly weighted towards the front end of his brilliant career The Constant Gardener blew all my assumptions up It is amazing how le Carr can write such a masterful novel and such a popular book Many of the MFA lit [...]



    2. One of the reviewers on complained that this book had little to do with gardening Good grief I think Le Carre has made the transition from Cold War spy novels to contemporary issue thrillers quite handsomely In this book, he really goes after the pharmaceutical companies, accusing them not only of unethical practices using Africans as guinea pigs, but also suggests they would kill anyone whom might deign to challenge their unholy hegemony.It s also truly a great love story The relationship of tr [...]


    3. I made rapid progress through this long book thanks to an intriguing plot, empathy with the protagonists, a serious socio political backdrop and plenty of interesting peripheral characters.Le Carre has been very careful to make Tessa and her husband Justin humble, passionate and self effacing, since the role of White Saviour in Africa is, to say the least, problematic Tessa is almost beyond reproach, and the book was overly morally comfortable for me with its predictably ignorant, self intereste [...]


    4. My first impression of the book was not good The beginning was slow, and seemed like something my Dad might read something mundane and unoriginal with cheap thrills I kept on though, and soon found myself completely enthralled I could not have been wrong Not only does The Constant Gardener deliver clever suspense and thrills, but it also has a strong emotional pull The strongest part of the book is probably its intelligent and complex plot which involves major pharmaceutical companies I was bot [...]


    5. In the 60 s I distinctly remember reading two of the authors earlier books, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and the Looking Glass War With no pun intended I read them in a small town in Germany, a town located not too far distant from where the fictitious events of the stories took place They were really good books.Returning to him some 40 years later proved, for me, something of a disappointment There is only a fleeting reference to gardening so horticulturist need not get their hopes up but [...]


    6. My first Le Carre, so I was expecting to be thrilled, something cat and mouse type of story After all, someone killed Justin Quayle s wife while she s on a perfectly justifiable, if not very dangerous mission And it was not a quick death like an assassination she was stripped naked, possibly raped, had bruises all over her body, and her throat was slashed Meaning It s the kind of injustice that forces Justin to go on a global hunt for the answers But the ending is just too sad for me Too pessimi [...]


    7. I had never read anything by John Le Carre before I thoroughly enjoyed this book He is a masterful writer who develops interesting characters and describes scenes with poetic intensity This is the sort of book I could see myself rereading in years to come There is so much in it Clearly the author is so much than a spy novelist.


    8. One of my favourite Le Carre novels, right up there with The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and the Smiley books It works on every level as a thriller, as suspense fiction, as character study, as social and economic critique Truly moving and compelling.


    9. I think this is the only time in my life I ve actually liked the movie better than the book, but perhaps my expectations were too high I hadn t read or heard of LeCarr before this Basically I d thought that since it was about pharmaceutical company conspiracies to test drugs on poor Africans and kill people who get in their way, I d love it I was wrong, but maybe I shouldn t have been so surprised.I felt Le Carr didn t address the pharmaceutical issue with enough depth, and focused too much on m [...]


    10. For tuberculosis sufferers, Dypraxa was supposed to be the Holy Grail Pharma giant Karel Vita Hudson KVH had so much confidence in it coming out of the gate that they made it widely available in Africa, with disastrous results Tessa Quayle and her friend Arnold Bluhm MD wage a two man war against the ravages of the drug When Quayle is murdered and Bluhm disappears, things start to happen Tessa s husband, John Quayle, a Foreign Office functionary, suddenly disappears and, under false ID, pursues [...]


    11. Yeah, this isn t the best le Carre The beginning of the book was quite engrossing, and then it is like it takes a right turn The husband s investiagtion is just annoying on some levels 3 stars because of the beginning.


    12. I ve been hearing great things about John Le Carre, so I picked up The Constant Gardener I knew nothing about the book, except that it was made into a movie which got good reviews.I can t say I was floored The plot is pretty transparent to everyone but the protagonist, who would know immediately what s going on if he d read the back cover blurb Instead of being a thriller full of unexpected twists and turns, the reader has to wait for the protagonist to catch up When the plot drags behind the re [...]


    13. What a tedious read This book was about 300 pages too long The topic should have been interesting but LeCarre found a way to make it boring I also watched the movie in the hopes that it would improve my opinion of the book Didn t work.


    14. Where does the creator of George Smiley, expert spy master of the cold war, go find a new theme Le Carre readers must have asked themselves this question Fortunately, after a couple of attempts in different directions, Le Carre has found a new cause Pharmaceutical companies and their dealings, in particular in Africa He tackles a highly sensitive and complex set of issues As he says himself in the acknowledgements, in comparison to real life, his revelations are as tame as a picture postcard.We [...]


    15. This is one of LeCarre s best novels especially impressive because he s out of his usual Cold War milieu But the narrative drive, the simmering anti corporate anger, are all there Also, the opening paragraph is a marvel precise, engaging, suspenseful, and a quick character sketch, all in one.


    16. It is difficult to find fault with this book, so I won t try I have always enjoyed Le Carre s work, partly because he has connections that enable him to find out about things that are not usually talked about publicly partly because his writing is sublime.Mr Le Carre knows how to tell a story and this is one of his best It builds slowly but surely to its shocking but almost inevitable conclusion and the way it s done keeps you reading with interest to the end The end itself leaves you a bit cyn [...]


    17. It took me an eternity to finish this book because of a universal conspiracy to keep me on my toes and away from it Luckily, after a series of difficult tribulations I got to finishing it, and thank God I did This was my first Le Carr book and definitely not my last Possibly one of modern literature s most enthralling narrators of its time, Le Carr creates a carefully calibrated and well researched story in the politically relevant novel His deliberate choices as a storyteller are admirable as h [...]


    18. Human tragedy as an occurrence is very much similar to clay it can either drive humans to the vilest acts of insanity or the most humane of actions Natural disasters, accidents and countless other instances bear witness to such acts each day everyday across the world Tragedy in individual life of a fictional character on the other hand gives rise to literary gems a la Shakespeare the gang or movies read tear jerker pay back movies The backdrop of John Le Carre s The Constant Gardener has a tragi [...]


    19. This was a fun book I read it after I had already seen the movie, and I still found it suspenseful enough that I had to pull it from being my commuting book, and spend an hour on my couch Sunday morning frantically finishing it Since I already knew what happened, I have to give much credit to Le Carr s ability to spin a plot It is also very well written, particularly for a popular, mass market thriller I m looking at you, Da Vinci Code It was a nice post Cold War twist on a spy story, and it tou [...]


    20. The Constant Gardner by John le Carre I loved it I don t know that I ve enjoyed a book although I ve liked some as much I liked Smiley and the other characters, well, John le Carre s books I m so glad I got to read this one It focuses on the drug industry and how some things contribute to problems, rather than help them It also focuses on the diplomatic life in an African country right before the colonial regime changed into sort of a local one There are alot of implications And le Carre s wri [...]


    21. People raved about this novel, but I thought it was boring and predictable, and had too much dialogue Woman is murdered in Kenya for investigating whether drug companies are using people as guinea pigs Her husband solves the mystery.


    22. This was a fun break from my typical reading routine I do like a serious spy detective crime thriller from time to time Actually, I ought to read them often This one inspired me to really get a handle on the issues related to pharmaceutical RD and global distribution.



    23. The story starts slowly but eventually develops in a pretty decent thriller I am glad that Kenya looks promising as compared to late 1990s.



    24. Vi a adapta o cinematogr fica com Ralph Fiennes e Rachel Weisz, talvez h cerca de dez anos, pelo que v rios pormenores do enredo me estavam distantes e fiquei mesmo com a ideia de que a adapta o de Fernando Meirelles ao grande ecr tenha conhecido algumas diferen as do livro Talvez por o filme n o estar t o presente na minha cabe a, fui surpreendido agradavelmente pela obra, ainda que n o tenha conseguido destrin ar mentalmente as personagens Justin e Tessa Quayle das figuras de Fiennes e Weisz, [...]


    25. I ve never been to Africa, irl, but I spent about a week there recently with le Carre s characters Magnificent evocation of the heat, sights, details, severity of corruption and income inequality Nothing is fair in this Africa Only the bad guys can win.Le Carre delves into big Pharma with gusto The complexity of fraud is neatly unfolded Treacherous men at their worst expertly displayed on these cherished pages Greed is pretty nasty business when unrestrained observe my current president for ampl [...]


    26. Cool story that brings to light many issues But I really struggled to finish it The pacing was slow and there was little beauty in the words Very technically written, the prose didn t flower or blossom Definitely a good read if you are interested in the corruption of the pharma industry But otherwise give it a miss.



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