Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd

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“Utterly engaging….A novel of ideas, of big themes….William Boyd is a champion storyteller.” - New York Times Book Review

William Boyd’s classic Brazzaville Beach has been called as a “bold seamless blend of philosophy and suspense… [that] nevertheless remains accessible to general readers on a level of pure entertainment.” (Boston Globe). Released to coincide with Boyd’s latest novel, Ordinary Thunderstorms, Brazzaville Beach tells the story of a British primate-researcher who relocates to war-torn Africa in the wake of her husband’s tragic descent into mental illness. Intense, exhilarating, and engrossing, Brazzaville Beach is “rich in action and thought,” and William Boyd “a writer who allows the scope of his work to expand to the point of bursting.” (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

 

About William Boyd

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William Boyd's first novel, A Good Man in Africa, won a Whitbread Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award; his second, An Ice-Cream War, was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and The Blue Afternoon won the Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction. Boyd lives in London.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 324 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, War. Fiction

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Mallabar, who has established worldwide fame on the strength of chimpanzee studies with titles like The Peaceful Primate, refuses to accept Hope's claim that a local chimpanzee population is showing signs of extreme violence.

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Though Boyd made his reputation with novels of larky humor, his new work is a literate tale of romantic suspense that eschews comic relief and holds the reader's attention with effective foreshadowing

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Boyd's adroitly written tale of romantic suspense is told from the point of view of a woman who flees marital difficulties in England to study chimpanzees in Africa.

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Entertainment Weekly

The chimps fit the scientists, and the scientists fit the rest of us, like a microcosm.

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People

Hope becomes so caught up in the chimpanzee wars, she fails to notice until too late how close to her the battles of a human civil war have come.

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London Review of Books

What Hope discovers is that their society – watched over so benignly by Mallabar for so long – is also capable of internecine violence and gratuitous cruelty.

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Curtis Brown

On Brazzaville Beach, on the edge of Africa, Hope Clearwater examines the complex circumstances that brought her there.

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