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A plot smothered by narrative.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Constant Gardener (Hardcover)
I became a Le Carre addict two decades ago. But his latest novel has now cured me. The theme - not so much a plot - is relatively straightforward and has great potential. But Le Carre has got carried away with his well known love of character development. Unfortunately The Constant Gardener has no characters of interest, and none of them even approach credibility. They all - diplomats, policemen, international businessmen - speak a curious, veiled and telegraphese kind of language which simply doesn't ring true. And do they talk! In Le Carre's early books we, his avid fans, didn't question the peculiarity of speech and behaviour attributed to members of The Great Game. Who among us knew otherwise? But now that Le Carre cuts and pastes the same formula onto less esoteric characters it just doesn't work, I'm sorry to say.