Inequality Explored in "The Constant Gardener" Book Review by Nicky

Inequality Explored in "The Constant Gardener"
An analytical review of "The Constant Gardener" by John Le Carre.
# 146668 | 1,293 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 11, 2011 in Literature (English)

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This paper provides a review of John Le Carre's "The Constant Gardener." The opening chapters centers on the mystery of Tessa Quayle's death, the paper notes; searching for clues as to what led to and who were responsible for Tessa Quayle's death are central to the story. The paper explains that violence and cruelty were also themes of the book, and were clearly communicated through the manner of death of Tessa and the driver, Noah. The paper asserts that the book is a work of fiction, and though Le Carre implicitly cleared that the book was not based on any true event, the story perhaps may be reflective of reality and thus is credible as testing of drugs on human subjects is being done today. The paper concludes that the 1996 clinical testing of the Trovan drug by Pfizer in Nigeria resulted in deaths and serious injuries of the children involved in the experiment; this is a case similar to" The Constant Gardener," which makes it credible to an extent.

From the Paper:

"Throughout the story, the reality of inequality was flawlessly described by Le Carre. The difference between how the Westerners and the Africans live and how they are treated was described in an eye-opening way. The prejudice of the Westerners to Africans was also portrayed through the characters by the likes of Woodrow in a way that makes on shameful for it. Another important theme that this book has showed is the way people turn a blind eye to the reality of poverty and injustice. People may feel sympathetic but they don't care enough as Tessa Quayle did to champion the causes they believe it."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Angell, Marcia. "The Body Hunters". The New York Review of Books. Volume 52 Number 15 (6 October 2005). 27 March 2009 <>.
  • Brewer, Janet. "The Constant Gardener: Film Industry Forces a Look at Big Pharma's." BMJ Medical Publication of the Year. (21 December 2005). 27 March 2009 <>.
  • Le Carre, James. The Constant Gardener. New York: Scribner , 2001.

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