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Brazzaville Beach

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Murder of chimpanzees, but they are so similar to human beings that these too must be seen as murders. I hadn’t read anything by William Boyd before so didn’t really know what to expect, but it worked well for me.

Hope, though, knows what she saw, so Mallabar sets out to “persuade” her that she’s mistaken, and that he’s the one who’s right. It takes place primarily in the continent of Boyd's birth, Africa (he was raised in Ghana), somewhere in the Congo. Hope is trying to figure out all that's happened to her, both in England with her husband and the events that caused her to flee to a new job in Africa, and the challenges she's faced since then.At first I thought I wouldn’t enjoy the book if it was going to be all about chimpanzees and I found it needed to be read in fairly large chunks due to the different 'voices'. After all, he has to be right if he wants his newest book to succeed and the funding to keep flowing in. A touching and wrenching tale of a woman's experiences in her personal life and career, with a backstory set in Africa. The book includes a segment where the unstable politics of the Congo intrude dangerously on the lives of the scientists in the form of actions by a revolutionary faction.

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. Young, alone, and far from her family in Britain, Hope Clearwater contemplates the extraordinary events that left her washed up like driftwood on Brazzaville Beach.I think the title made me think of a trashy summer read, and might not draw readers to the subject matter as much as the content merits. WILLIAM BOYD has received world-wide acclaim for his novels which have been translated into over thirty languages.

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