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Brazzaville Beach

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It’s centred around 2 main aspects of Hope Clearwater’s life, her time with her husband in the UK and her time without in Africa. Boyd alternates the narrative of Hope’s life in Africa, told in first person, with that of her life in England, rendered in third person. It feels perfectly balanced, a story about chimps that has much to say about humanity, and says it beautifully.

She is uninterested in working after getting her PhD until her former Professor forces her to take on the hedgerow mapping project. Admittedly, I haven't unraveled every thread of this book sufficiently to articulate a review with any authority.What if, John said, there are small perturbations that we miss or ignore; tiny irritations that we regard as fundamentally inconsequential. At the age of nine years he attended Gordonstoun school, in Moray, Scotland and then Nice University (Diploma of French Studies) and Glasgow University (MA Hons in English and Philosophy), where he edited the Glasgow University Guardian.

It's also causing problems for her husband who eventually goes insane with predictably disruptive results. When the novel opens, Hope Clearwater is living in a house on Brazzaville Beach that she owns as a result of her Egyptian lover's death in the civil war in the Congo. This book is no exception, though I did catch a few minor missteps I would have thought Boyd’s editor should have discovered.At any rate, Hope’s story eventually intersects with that of the guerrillas, giving the novel added tension and momentum. but I remained totally absorbed in each strand, never having that irritating feeling of wishing he would hurry up and get back to the other storyline.

It takes place primarily in the continent of Boyd's birth, Africa (he was raised in Ghana), but in an unnamed country loosely modeled on Angola and Mozambique. His first play was SIX PARTIES that premiered at the Cottesloe Theatre as part of the National Theatre’s New Connections series in 2009. I couldn't find anything to like in the descriptions of chimpanzee sex and violence or the unravelling of an unconvincing relationship. John is a man obsessed with developing a new theory and when Hope inspires him with what she terms his "Clearwater Set," John's fanaticism reaches scary levels.The contrast between these two parts of her life, as well as Western and African cultures, represents a central challenge for Hope (and thus Boyd) to integrate. Hope, herself, seems to be drinking more and more, though this fact is simply never elaborated on – by anyone. She doesn't know what she wants, but defines herself by what she doesn't want: the ordinary, dull and dependent life. Sometimes we get the story of Hope and John, though better than half of the story takes place in Africa.

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