The Constant Gardener - John le Carré

The Constant Gardener

By John le Carré

  • Release Date: 2005-08-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 93 Ratings


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.
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.


  • The Constant Gardener

    By 1969nymets
    An excellent written book. The beauty and troubles of central Africa weaving through the story. I highly recommend.
  • Wonderful novel that will stay with you for a long time

    By eurotraveler
    This novel is one of Le Carre's best. The journey of the main character as he searches for the answers in his wife's death is profoundly moving. The ending has stayed with me ever since reading the book several years ago. A masterpiece.