Books

The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

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Recently, I read a Quartz article about healthcare and I was stunned by how well it summarized the healthcare problem in the world today. I wish I had the link to share with you, but I don’t. However one particular line from the article really had me nodding along with interest, especially because we recently had a health issue in our family where I felt totally gypped by the doctor and the hospital.

Keeping people healthy has no value. Making them sick does.

3 and a half murders by Salil Desai

3 and a half murders by Salil Desai

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Salil Desai is back at it again. After the very successful first two books in the Inspector Saralkar series (Killing Ashish Karve and The Murder of Sonia Raikonen), he is back with 3 and a half murders – which I have to say is the absolute best in the series so far.

Teaser Tuesdays: The Constant Gardener

Teaser Tuesdays: The Constant Gardener

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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.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

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If you are a regular reader of this blog, you would have come to know that I am on a bit of a John Le Carré kick right now. I finished The Tailor of Panama a couple of months back, then picked up The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Unlike The Tailor of Panama, which was nice but bloated, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is short and really cold.

Teaser Tuesdays: The Spy who came in from the cold

Teaser Tuesdays: The Spy who came in from the cold

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I tried to read The Spy Who Came In From The Cold when I was a teenager and quickly dumped it. I was looking for action. It’s not that sort of story. Le Carré’s not that sort of espionage writer.

Instead this book is a complex, slow, unglamorous rendering of life in the espionage world in the post World War 2 era. There are no good guys and no bad guys. And in the end, no happy endings for anybody.

The Husband’s Secret

The Husband’s Secret

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I was recommended this book by Amazon when I rated Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. So when I started reading The Husband’s Secret, I went in expecting something dark and twisty, and well, something a little more like Sharp Objects. But this book isn’t anything like that at all.