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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
Enjoyable story. Good plot, typical John le Carre quality (=very high) . Recommanded.Published 19 days ago by Albert van Deursen
Brilliant read I couldn't put it down. I think John le Carre has an amazing style of writing.Published 3 months ago by Minnie
The characters were interesting, the story intriguing, and the message was thought-provoking. Much has been written about the cruel and unethical experimentation on humans... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Catherine W. Meibert
A writer of immense learning and insight. I learned so much about a world that is hidden and forbidden. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ron Conrad
I love love love this book. It portrays a reality of pharmaceutical companies that not everyone really sees. It also shows how human nature is modified by many different factors.Published 4 months ago by Deodato Gavin Brandon Trentis
I'll admit, I had to learn how to read LeCarre....but once I 'got' him and understood how his stories and settings shift, I was hooked. This is one of his best. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bill Morris
We unfortunately listened to 16 hours audio book, so,we couldn't skip what we already heard like we might have in reading a book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gopurdue