Teaser Tuesdays: The Constant Gardener


I saw the movie version of this book – The Constant Gardener a few years ago, and I found it unbearably heartbreaking (in a very lovely way).

I find the book less so, but that is because Le Carré is not really a sentimental type of writer.

I do love though how righteously angry he gets (something I haven’t seen in previous books I read). This is an angry, angry book, and the main character Tessa really rips into the injustice she sees around her. Not without unfortunate consequences, of course.

Here is an excerpt from the book.

Tessa distinguished absolutely between pain observed and pain shared. Pain observed is journalistic pain. It’s diplomatic pain. It’s television pain, over as soon as you switch off your beastly set. Those who watch suffering and do nothing about it, in her book, were little better than those who inflicted it. They were the bad Samaritans.

The Constant Gardener – John le Carré

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
6 Responses
  • Nise'
    June 1, 2017

    I’ve seen the movie before reading the book. No something I normally do.

    • Nishita
      June 1, 2017

      @NiseUTB:disqus It’s rare that I watch a movie before reading a book too. Surprisingly, watching the movie beforehand didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book – it actually enhanced the reading experience for me 🙂

  • laura thomas
    May 31, 2017

    I felt the same way about the movie. It’s interesting that the book is more serious. I’d like to read it.

    My TT from River Of Teeth

    • Nishita
      May 31, 2017

      @laurathomas61:disqus The film differs quite a bit in places, but the basic plot is the same. The tone of the book is different but it still moved me nevertheless – whether it’s because I was recollecting the movie as I read, or because of the book itself, it’s hard to say now.

  • Majanka Verstraete
    May 30, 2017

    This looks intriguing. Not sure if I like the cover but the teaser is fun. Hope you enjoy it.

    My Teaser Tuesday post.

    • Nishita
      May 31, 2017

      @majankaverstraete:disqus The cover is actually very apt for the plot. It’s about a corrupt corporation called Three Bees, hence the cover.

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