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I felt that an author with such obvious literary talent could have created the same effect without this. It did make me wonder if Boyd was hurrying with this novel, or if his publisher was putting pressure on him to “deliver faster. The main character of the book is Hope Clearwater, an English woman, who is studying the behavior of chimpanezes in Africa. Once you let that be, or let it go, and stop worrying if you are comprehending all the pieces while reading it, you can enjoy this compelling piece of fiction. Boyd spent eight years in academia, during which time his first film, Good and Bad at Games, was made.

There are the asides that show a tremendous knowledge in a vast range of areas (or at least they seem to) that are interesting in themselves, but are also very relevant and helpful as part of a gentle analysis. Admittedly, I am not a “math person”, but the many explorations of game theory, turbulance, catastrophe theory, divergence syndromes and other chaos theory components sometimes left me shaking my head. His wife is editor-at-large of Harper's Bazaar magazine, and they currently spend about thirty to forty days a year in the US.He is also the author of a collection of screenplays and a memoir of his schooldays, School Ties (1985); three collections of short stories: On the Yankee Station (1981), The Destiny of Nathalie 'X' (1995) and Fascination (2004).

This is the story of a very able ecologist (Hope) who marries a gifted and ambitious mathematician (John Clearwater). As she walks the beach at the end, as in interludes elsewhere in the book, the theme of permanence despite perpetual change is realized. There are other themes too – the war that rumbles on in the Congo, the evolutionary and genetic links between human and chimp – and a third story, of Hope's love affair with Usman Shoukry, an Egyptian mercenary pilot fighting on the pro-government side in the war, though this strand has less weight than the other two. The first is Hope Clearwater's reflections on her current life whilst living in a beach house on Brazzaville Beach.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. At one point, traveling north by jeep, rebels take Hope prisoner where she must duck down from an enemy patrol. Greek philosopher Epicurus warned his followers of the great dangers when one's identity becomes closely entwined with fame and reputation, a need that is neither natural nor necessary. Hope, the main character, tells about her marriage in the UK and her work life in Brazzaville as a chimpanzee monitor during civil war time.

The subject matter of the brutality of the animals was very disturbing to me, as was the mental illness of Hope's husband John.And to move forward, she must first grasp some hard and elusive truths: about marriage and madness, about the greed and savagery of charlatan science . I delighted in this book because it tells a compelling human story with a rich framework of ideas that appeal to me. To give the book some more depth (hope and faith may not be enough), Boyd throws in a lot of mathematical theory. The structure of the book, broken into long-ago past, more recent past, and present also helps to build suspense and intrigue to keep the book moving forward at a steady clip. Each section is introduced with a segment from mathematical or biological sciences, which reflect on work concerns of her mathematician husband or herself.

Her story is told by moving back and forth from past to present, which I thought was very well done by the talented Mr. But this is all animal to animal interaction – there is no suggestion of human cruelty towards the chimps – and I therefore found it quite bearable, like watching a wildlife documentary. Not that he does it to show off; he is creative with his use of the language and I get the impression that he has a spectacular vocabulary. a book which stretches, tantalizes and delights' Financial Times_____________________________________On Brazzaville Beach, on the edge of Africa, Hope Clearwater ponders the strange circumstances that led her to leave her husband John, and his mathematical obsessions, in England and venture to Africa to help world-renowned scientist Eugene Mallabar with his studies of wild chimps. If this book hadn't been recommended by a friend who loved it, I probably wouldn't have read the whole book.During Hope's time at Grosso Arvore, political complexity casts it shadow: a civil war with three sides fighting it out threatens the project's funding and very existence.

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