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Synopsis: Frightening, heartbreaking, and exquisitely calibrated, John le Carre'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 Carre 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.
Review: British diplomat Justin Quayle, complacent raiser of freesias and doting husband of the stunning, much younger Tessa, has tended his own garden in Nairobi too long. Tessa is Justin's opposite, a fiery reformer, "that rarest thing, a lawyer who believes in justice," whose campaigns have earned her a nickname: "the Princess Diana of the African poor." But now Tessa has turned up naked, raped, and dead on a mysterious visit to remote Lake Turkana in Kenya. Her traveling companion (and lover?), the handsome Congolese-Belgian doctor Arnold Bluhm, has vanished. So has Quayle's complacency.
Tessa had been compiling data against a multinational drug company that uses helpless Africans as guinea pigs to test a tuberculosis remedy with unfortunately fatal side effects. Her report was destroyed by her husband's superiors; was she? It's all somehow connected to the sinister British firm House of ThreeBees, whose ad boasts that it's "buzzy for the health of Africa!" John le Carré symbolically associates ThreeBees with an ominous buzz in the Nairobi morgue: "Over [the corpses], in a swaying, muddy mist, hung the flies, snoring on a single note."
The home office tries to take Quayle in out of the cold. He cleverly eludes their clammy embrace, turns spy, and takes off on a global chase to avenge Tessa and solve her murder. Le Carré has lost none of his gift for setting vivid scenes in far-flung places expertly described: London, Germany, Saskatchewan, Kenya. His sprinting thriller prose remains in great shape. And thanks to his 16 years in the British Foreign Office, his merciless send-up of its cutthroat intrigues and petty self-delusions is unbelievably good--or rather, believably so. This is global do-gooder satire on a literary par with Doris Lessing's The Summer Before the Dark.
But you want to know if The Constant Gardener is as good as Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Very nearly. Africa's nightmare is more complex than the cold war chess match, and the world pharmaceutical circus is tougher to dramatize than the old spy-versus-spy-versus-spymaster game. Still, le Carré can write a smart, melancholy page-turner, and his moral outrage (the real subject of his books) burns as brightly as ever. --Tim Appelo
Title: The Constant Gardener
Book Condition: New
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, 2001. Taschenbuch. Book Condition: Gebraucht. Gebraucht - Gut - 492 pp. Bookseller Inventory # INF3003000549
Book Description Simon and Schuster, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Good. Bookseller Inventory # 1850348
Book Description New York, Pocket, 2001. Kl.-8°. Book Condition: Gut. 492 pp, Mass Market Paperback, antiquarisch gut erhaltenes Exemplar, good copy, K18880 ISBN 0743428552 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 240. Bookseller Inventory # 955625
Book Description Unknown. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Very good condition - book only shows a small amount of wear. Bookseller Inventory # G0743428552I4N00
Book Description Unknown, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Publisher: Scribner. In good condition with minor shelf wear and a slight crease to spine. Light soiling to bottom corner pages but otherwise no markings to nice pages. Binding and spine tight. Nice copy, with little to no wear. Tracking available on most domestic orders. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000209059
Book Description Book Condition: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97807434285523.0
Book Description Pocket Books, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Fine. Frightening, heartbreaking, and exquisitely calibrated, John le Carré's new novel opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quay le near northern Kenya's Lake Turkana, the birthplace of mankind. Her putat ive African lover and traveling companion, a doctor with one of the aid age ncies, 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. Bookseller Inventory # RWARE0000005221
Book Description Unknown, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Bookseller Inventory # GD-158-25-0824700
Book Description Unknown, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Very good. Bookseller Inventory # HH-158-25-0824700
Book Description Unknown, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: As New. Like new condition. Bookseller Inventory # XX-158-25-0824700