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The Constant Gardener


Tessa Quayle has been horribly murdered on the shores of Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover, a ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

The slow burn of faith

by Ellyb on Mar 23, 2010

With "The Constant Gardener," John le Carré proves that he is just as masterful in the realms of modern politics as he was with those of the Cold War. However, politics are only a small part of this novel. This is a tragic, moving portrait of a man elevated beyond himself by grief. I found myself completely caught up in Justin's transformation from a nothing of a bureaucrat to an intensely driven crusader for truth. The novel also examines that little concept of faith, whether it is faith in the spouse everyone thinks is adulterous, or faith that her theories were more than just crackpot liberalism, or faith that a life of previous ineffectuality can still amount to something. I highly recommend this book.



by Foxwarren on Apr 29, 2008

John le Carre's "The Constant Gardener" is one more of his works affirming his stature as a keen observer of the human condition. Many of his most successful novels have certainly revolved around the world of spies and covert activity. He doesn't disappoint here but his focus is more upon character delineation. George Smiley lived for us on television, of course, yet most all of this master writer's characters spring to life in our mind's eye. He persuades us to embrace his world and, no matter what plot twists he provides us with, le Carre draws us into caring about his people.

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