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Brazzaville Beach

Brazzaville Beach

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I think the book might have been stronger had Boyd concentrated entirely on Hope’s time in Africa, with only minimal backstory regarding her life in England and her marriage. a book which stretches, tantalizes and delights' Financial Times 'A most extraordinary parable about mankind. At any rate, Hope’s story eventually intersects with that of the guerrillas, giving the novel added tension and momentum.

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. He also became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in the same year, and is also an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. I’d so like to keep it on my shelves and have considered a few ways of explaining its loss (the cat ate it and the like), but it never worked on my teachers and I don’t suppose my conscience could take it these days. When you yourself have suffered considerably, it is hard to cope with the rest of the world’s indifference to your experience, and upsetting to see how unmarked it is. He then breaks into hysterics in an Italian restaurant back in London and matters are made worse when Hope discovers he is having an affair with the wife of a Polish university colleague.

As a result of the 1st person narrative, we don't fully understand, until the end, that Hope is a broken person as a direct result of these two narratives. On Brazzaville Beach, on the edge of Africa, Hope Clearwater examines the complex circumstances that brought her there. Boyd has written about Africa before, though his previous novels set on “the Dark Continent,” were darkly comedic. She always wanted her man to be extremely intelligent and highly unusual, however, as she eventually realizes, she will continually take second place to John's true love - mathematics.

They are: A Good Man in Africa (1981, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize) An Ice Cream War (1982, shortlisted for the 1982 Booker Prize and winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Stars and Bars (1984), The New Confessions (1987), Brazzaville Beach (1990, winner of the McVitie Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize) The Blue Afternoon (1993, winner of the 1993 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, 1995), Armadillo (1998) and Any Human Heart (2002, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet).

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). It isn't that the prose is so beautiful, nor innovative, nor even maybe exactly what the novel requires.



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