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By John Le Carré

Love. At any cost.

Tessa Quayle-young, attractive, and dearly cherished to husband Justin-is gruesomely murdered in northern Kenya. while Justin units out on a private odyssey to discover the secret of her loss of life, what he reveals can make him not just a suspect but in addition a aim for Tessa's killers.

A grasp chronicler of the betrayals of normal humans stuck in political clash, John le Carré portrays the darkish aspect of unbridled capitalism as in basic terms he can. within the consistent Gardener he tells a compelling, complicated tale of a guy increased via tragedy as Justin Quayle—amateur gardener, getting older widower, and ineffectual bureaucrat-discovers his personal traditional assets and the intense braveness of the girl he slightly had time to like.

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He is the paradigm of the aspiring novelist who for whatever reason is deprived of a model and a mentor, and has to make it up himself. Cervantes's strangely modern career as a novelist is evident in the differences between the two volumes of his novel, which were published some ten years apart. In volume i, Quixote, inversely mirroring the career of his creator, perhaps, has his head turned by reading too many romances of chivalry, and at an WHO IS A N O V E L I S T ? j 9 advanced age, leaves his impoverished estate and his sedentary pursuits to go out into the world to protect the virtuous and preserve the unfortunate.

I had not then read any real novels. I had heard it said that George Sand was a typical novelist. That had prepared me in advance to imagine that François le Champi contained something inexpressibly delicious. -MARCEL PROUST, Swann's Way A novel has an author. The desire to write a novel is the single / \ required prerequisite for writing a novel. It is the only thing / \that overcomes all the handicaps—perfectionism, low selfesteem, depression, alcoholism, diseases of all kinds, immense riches, economic hardship, deadly enemies, the resistance of relatives and friends, laziness, retarded professional development, the regular responsibilities of adulthood, even imprisonment (Sir Thomas Malory, for example, wrote the romance/protonovel Le Morte d'Arthur while imprisoned during the Wars of the Roses).

He or she cannnot be understood at all apart from this. I once asked a woman mathematician whether it was true that math talent went with the Y chromosome, a tendency to allergies, lack of social skills, and left-handedness. She told me that she didn't think so, but that the large population of left-handed male mathematicians with allergies felt most comfortable with their own sort because they had no social skills, so it was a self-selecting profession. Novelists are selfselecting in a similar way.

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