The Constant Gardener by John Le CarréThe Constant Gardener by John Le Carré

The Constant Gardener

byJohn Le Carré

Paperback | July 27, 2010

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Tessa Quayle-young, beautiful, and dearly beloved to husband Justin-is gruesomely murdered in northern Kenya. 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 but also a target for Tessa's killers.

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.


John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Honourable Schoolboy; and Smiley’s People. His recent novels include The Constant Gardener, Absolute Friends, The Mission Song, ...
Title:The Constant GardenerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 8.22 × 5.25 × 1.36 inPublished:July 27, 2010Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143171070

ISBN - 13:9780143171072

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Editorial Reviews

"The book breathes life, anger and excitement." - Observer (UK)"Vintage le Carré, a morality tale set in the New World Order." - The Globe and Mail"Heart-wrenching." - Publishers Weekly"The master storyteller...has lost none of his cunning." - Daily Mail (UK)"Brilliant...No serious novelist can do more." - The Washington Post Book World“Le Carré’s prose... is a feast... The Constant Gardener is classic le Carré – even after 500 ripe pages, you find yourself wanting it to be longer.” - The Montreal Gazette"Nobody writing today manipulates suspense better. Nobody constructs a more tantalisingly complex plot ... Essential reading." - Sunday Telegraph"Amazingly seductive, pulling you in deeper all the time." - David Halberstam"A novelist of conscience, pure and simple...A masterpiece." - Seattle Post“Immensely readable and engaging…le Carré has combined a trinity of genres – international thriller, murder mystery and ghost story – into a masterful tale.” - The Edmonton Journal"The Constant Gardener is not only about the triumph of the gray men who rule the world. It's also a love story, and as we watch Justin take on his wife's cause in spite of himself, we realize that there are parts of ourselves that the gray men will never reach." - Booklist"Le Carré has never been angrier or more satisfyingly entertaining." - New York Daily News"Tough-minded, fast-moving, and uncompromising. The Constant Gardener is a tale of personal transformation . . . eloquent . . . civilized and forceful." - Boston Sunday Globe“Le Carré continues to craft characters who cause us to not only look into ourselves, but also demand we question our ability to negotiate the increasingly moral issues in an increasingly immoral world...The Constant Gardener begs us to take the time to uncover the curiosities of a well-written story even as we race to uncover the twists and turns of another captivating plot.” - Calgary Herald"'A cracking thriller." - Economist"Le Carré's narrative...illuminates the tangle of hypocrisy, politics, and passion roiling beneath that steadfast British restraint." - Entertainment Weekly