Tragedy elevates Justin Quayle, amateur gardener and ineffectual bureaucrat, seemingly oblivious to his wife's cause, when he wakes to his own resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love.
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"Elegant style, rich characterization, and Graham Greenish exploration of moral ambiguity. [John le Carré's] sonorous voice and nuanced delivery perfectly complement his authorial personality." (AudioFile)
Mr le Carre continues to be the high watermark of espionage/spy drama. His narration adds a depth and texture to his characters that only the author could.
I found this book hard to follow on audio. I don't know if it seemed random since it was an abridged version, or not, but I constantly felt like I was missing something.
John LeCarre writes great characters and it is a real treat to hear him give distinct voices to each of them. This story grabs you right from the start and doesn't let up until it ends. Highly recommended!
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A good yarn - comparable to The Russia House. Le Carre paints an intriguing picture of Africa and of the abuse of the third world by the west and by the big pharmacutical companies. I found the ending a tad disappointing.
This book dragged on too much for me. I was also disappointed with LeCarre's narration. He seemed to revel in his own words versus tell a good story.
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