[lit-ideas] Re: The Constant Gardener

  • From: "Phil Enns" <phil.enns@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 08:19:33 -0400

Simon Ward wrote:

"I agree to some extent about the conspiracy as a plot device, but if
that was Le Carre's intention, he did a heck of a lot of research just
for the purposes of constructing a device. His end note certainly gives
a strong impression of his feelings."

Le Carre has become a bit of a crusader so the background information
isn't out of place.  And yes, it is an odd love story being largely
retrospective, but what moves the plot forward is the main character's
need to find out more about his wife, to the point of following in her
footsteps.  However, as he is following her, the main character has in
view his wife, not her obsession.


"Without giving away the specifics, does the ending match the book?"



Phil Enns
Toronto, ON

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