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The Constant Gardener: A Novel (English Edition) par [le Carre, John]
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Longueur : 576 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
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The master storyteller...has lost none of his cunning (A. N. Wilson, Daily Mail)

The book breathes life, anger and excitement (Nigel Williams, Observer)

A cracking thriller (Economist)

Nobody writing today manipulates suspense better. Nobody constructs a more tantalisingly complex plot . . . essential reading (Chris Woodhead, Sunday Telegraph)

'Richly detailed, full of righteous fire to offset its desperate prognosis, The Constant Gardener is a very impressive piece of work. It is certainly one of John le Carré's best books' (The Times Literary Supplement)

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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.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 576 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0743262433
  • Editeur : Scribner (1 août 2005)
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(lu, (en VO) il y a quelques mois , à sa sortie en Angleterre.)
Ce livre aborde un sujet original: celui des grands groupes pharmaceutiques, confrontés à leurs tentations (la recherche de profit rapide) et leurs obligations (sûreté sanitaire).
Le grand thème de la quête de l'être aimé, se joue alors sur la scène de l'Afrique anglophone dans la région des grands Lacs ,où évoluent les éternels membres de représentations britanniques, des ONG, et des laboratoires de recherche.
Comme dans "le Directeur de nuit" (the night manager),c'est encore par fidélité à l'être aimé, à ses idéaux (d'un autre age),que le héros, contre toute raison, reprend à son compte un combat qu'il sait perdu d'avance, et qui le mènera des grands paysages africains aux banlieues pluvieuses d'Europe.
NB: livre quelque peu prémonitoire puisque paru en Angleterre avant les récentes querelles judiciaires entre l'Afrique du Sud et les industries pharmaceutiques
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Impressive 15 janvier 2017
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Without giving away spoilers, I can honestly say this was a very fast paced book for how realistic it is and how most characters had their unlikable and likable sides. My first John le Carre book but I will be reading more! I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in tragic whistleblower stories.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I view The Constant Gardener as an incredible story of love and loyalty 22 novembre 2014
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Years ago I saw the movie The Constant Gardener and it has never left me, always floating around in the back of my brain for some reason. Then I decided to read the book (something I've never done after seeing the movie first), and I am now left almost speechless due to the overwhelming emotions the author stirred and deepened in me from beginning to end. The author's writing style and the voices of his many characters are unparalleled. There is much tragedy and intrigue woven from the first page to the last, but at its heart, I view The Constant Gardener as an incredible story of love and loyalty. Actually, one of the best love stories I've ever read.

The story takes place over the short period of only a few weeks, but packs a punch with the telling of a love story in reverse. We come to know Tessa Quayle through not only Justin's memories, but those of others, as well. Justin Quayle is a quiet, reserved man who would rather tend to his garden and play by the rules of his British post than to cause disruptions in Nairobi, or anywhere else. His wife, on the other hand, was quite the opposite with her unrepentant and vocal activism in Africa.

After her untimely and brutal death, Justin takes it upon himself to learn his wife's secrets, by tracing and following the footsteps of her final days, meeting with her betrayers, and reconstructing the fatal information she and a friend, Arnold Bluhm, had gathered prior to their murders. He does this out of love and loyalty to Tessa.

The reader learns that Justin had always stayed out of the activist part of Tessa's life. And she had always protected him and his diplomatic career from it. They respected each other's differences, but in the end I feel that Justin viewed this as a tragic loss, and time lost. Not only did he fail in his promise to always protect her, but he failed to really know her, completely. They were both to blame for this. And he sets out to correct that miscalculation during his final few weeks of globetrotting, as a pseudo-spy.

Justin's journey ultimately ends where Tessa's ended, and the reader understands this to be his intention all along: To be nearer her, to follow her behind the veil...
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Pharmaceutical Heart of Darkness 20 février 2014
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The Constant Gardener (2001) by John le Carre begins as an appalling murder mystery, develops into a harrowing investigation of big pharmaceutical companies and their seemingly humanitarian but actually pernicious activities in third world countries like Africa (aided and abetted by similarly superficially altruistic but fundamentally greedy countries and people), and ends up a contemporary Heart of Darkness complete with its own Kurtz figure. Throughout all that, the novel explores marital and other kinds of love and the question of whether it's "Better to be inside the system fighting it than outside the system, howling at it." And this politically and socially engaged, literate mystery and espionage novel is set in a vividly realized Africa, "heat ripping off the city pavements."

The story begins when the British High Commission in Nairobi is informed of the death of Tessa Quayle, a beautiful twenty-five year old lawyer married to Justin Quayle, a gentlemanly, unambitious diplomat in the Foreign Service stationed there. Tessa and her African driver have been found brutally murdered near Lake Turkana, while the handsome black Belgian aid worker Dr. Arnold Bluhm, who'd been accompanying Tessa on some unknown mission (and with whom she'd shared a hotel room the night before), has gone missing. Soon enough the media is portraying Tessa as an unstable interracial nymphomaniac and Arnold as a vengeful lover, impressions that the powers that be in the Foreign Service are subtly fostering. Enter two young police agents sent from Scotland Yard to investigate the murders. As they question Sandy Woodrow (the Head of Chancery in the Nairobi High Commission) and Justin, we realize that there is more to Tessa's death than some love triangle gone bad. As the novel progresses, Justin researches Tessa's "mission" until it becomes his own and, questioning his pre-loss persona as detached gardening aficionado and constant spouse, he is retracing her steps like a thinking man's middle-aged, non-violent James Bond into the heart of darkness that lies in the pharmaceutical industry, Africa, and humanity, all the while coming to love his dead wife more and more.

The novel does not paint the western "pharmagiants" as completely evil entities and Africans as completely innocent victims. As one character puts it, the "pharmaceutical industry has achieved human and social miracles, but its collective conscience is not developed." le Carre doesn't ignore local corruption, brutality, ignorance, intolerance, and civil war. But indeed much of the responsibility for those evils does, in his depiction, stem from the profit driven interference of western companies, countries, and even organizations like the UN and WHO, that, despite the best efforts of some people who genuinely want to help the Third World, too often end up botching and exacerbating complex and problematic situations. Lest readers think le Carre is exaggerating for dramatic effect, he says in his Author's Note, "As my journey through the pharmaceutical jungle progressed, I came to realize that, by comparison with the reality, my story was as tame as a holiday postcard."

le Carre is quite good at getting in the heads of middle-aged men, like Justin, to be sure, but also like his foil, Sandy Woodrow, who is also a diplomat but one whose raison d'etre is to keep a steady boat so he can be promoted up through the Foreign Service until he can become a Sir. Sandy fantasizes divorcing his wife and marrying attractive female subordinates and can't understand why they treat like sexual harassment his "natural" comments and contacts. He is a conflicted man subject to waves of nausea at the glib, obedient lies he finds himself telling his staff, wondering self-pityingly, "Who did this to me?" "Who made me what I am? England? My father? My schools? My pathetic, terrified mother? Or seventeen years of lying for my country?"

Just one part of the novel disappointed me, and to explain it requires a SPOILER (so if you haven't read the novel, do not read this paragraph). I think that le Carre unfairly and nearly perversely raises the reader's hopes at a couple points towards the end when a complaining villain and a persuasive spy say things that seem to indicate that justice will be done.

There are no easy answers in The Constant Gardener. The "God profit" is seemingly almighty, with the few un-tainted people tending to be vulnerable and limited in the amount of change they can force in the multinational corporations and compliant governments running the world. The novel is not, however, a total downer. It is sometimes quite funny. It makes you want to make Tessa and Justin's mission your own. It is suspenseful, sad, angry, illuminating, beautiful, and terrible, with just enough hope.

NOTE: I read the Kindle version of the book and found it mostly but not completely free from typos.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I love John Le Carre 2 août 2014
Par Marty Reeh - Publié sur
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Don't listen to anyone who says this is not worth reading. I love John Le Carre, but some of his books, "Spy Who Came in from the Cold", "The Russia House", "The Little Drummer Girl:, "A Perfect Spy", didn't do much for me. However I loved the "Honorable Schoolboy" trilogy, and George Smiley remains my favorite character. This book is deeply intriguing and absorbing. You feel for Justin and Tessa. Tessa's zeal for reforming a corrupt system, and feel Justin's pain as he's drawn further and further into solving her murder. I hate the way Le Carre's characters often come to a said end. I could not put this book down and re-read as soon as I finished. Take it from me, the picky reader, this book is more than good.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A GOOD INVESTMENT 19 juin 2014
Par Was It Worth Purchasing - Publié sur
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First, I want to say that I read a lot (usually 2 books a week) and I belong to 2 book clubs. I am not an expert, but I know what I like.
This book is a commitment, but a good one. It was a bit slow getting started, but I got swept up in the story. What I liked most was what I learned about the socioeconomic factors, the corrupt government, the countries that took advantage and all the good people who cared. This is the first book that I am thankful I have a Kindle because I had to look up a lot of the words. Because it is British and my mother is English, I was at least able to pick up most of the English jargon. If you want a fast easy book, this is not the book for you. If, however, you want to read a well written read, I highly recommend it.
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